Legal news from Tuesday, November 27, 2012

[JURIST] El Salvador should address the continued challenges to the independence of its judicial system, the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers [official website] Gabriela Knaul stated [letter] on Monday. Her mission was to examine El Salvador's progress at implementing and fulfilling its human rights obligations … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] ruled [press release, PDF] Tuesday that the euro zone's permanent bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) [official website; BBC backgrounder], is in line with European law, following a referral from the Ireland Supreme Court. The referral arose from a claim … [read more]

[JURIST] Ericsson, the Swedish telecom network equipment maker, on Tuesday announced that it filed suit [press release, PDF] against Samsung [corporate website] in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas [official website] for patent infringement. The suit follows a disagreement between the two companies for the renewal … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged Pakistani judges on Tuesday to stop using contempt of court powers [press release] as a mechanism for silencing the media's critique of the judiciary. Since 2009 when the independent judiciary was restored, Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and the provincial high … [read more]

[JURIST] Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych [official website] on Tuesday signed [press release, in Ukrainian] a law [parliamentary backgrounder] on conducting national referendums. Pursuant to the law, referendums can be used to approve altering the wording of the constitution, to amend the constitution and to repeal a law amending the constitution. … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday remanded [order list, PDF] Liberty University v. Geithner [docket; JURIST report] to the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website]. The court ordered the lower court to re-consider the case in light of National Federation of Independent Business … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard arguments in two cases [day call, PDF; JURIST report] on Monday. In Vance v. Ball State University [transcript, PDF] the court considered whether an employer can be held vicariously liable [LII backgrounder] for harassment by supervisors who oversee the daily work of … [read more]

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