Legal news from Wednesday, November 28, 2012
15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Two privacy advocacy groups wrote a letter [text, PDF] on Monday to Facebook [corporate website] CEO Mark Zuckerberg, urging him to withdraw recently announced proposed changes [press release] to the site's governance documents. The letter, signed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the Center for Digital Democracy [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday ordered [opinion, PDF] cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris, Inc. [corporate website] to issue public corrective statements after decades of concealing the health risks and addictive qualities of cigarette smoking. The US Department of Justice [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Tuesday held [opinion, PDF] that New York can continue to require residents who seek to carry a concealed weapon to obtain a special license. The plaintiffs sought injunctive relief from a New York handgun law requiring licensing [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Nokia announced Wednesday that it filed litigation against Research In Motion (RIM) [corporate websites], the Canadian parent company of BlackBerry, in courts in the US, UK and Canada to block sales of BlackBerry smartphones. The move came after a Swedish arbitrator's decision that ruled in favor of the Finnish [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Four gay men filed suit on Tuesday against a conversion therapy group in New Jersey which they claim had promised to make the men straight. The suit [complaint, PDF], the first of its kind in the US, alleges that Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH) [official website], a [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Four female service members filed suit [complaint, PDF] Tuesday against the US Army and the Department of Defense [official websites] to end a policy which bars women from combat units and related posts. The suit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website], [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Arizona has appealed a district court ruling that granted an injunction to the enforcement of a public funding law [HB 2800, PDF] that would prohibit public funding from going to clinics that provide abortions, which would effectively defund Planned Parenthood Arizona [advocacy website]. Arizona is asking the US Court [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Tuesday denied a request [order, PDF] by the state of Alabama to reconsider its August ruling partially striking down [JURIST report] the state's immigration law [HB 56, PDF]. The original challenge was brought by advocacy groups, including [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday expressed serious concern [text] regarding Colombia's proposed constitutional reform to their military justice system. The proposed reform seeks to alter the scope of Colombia's military criminal justice system. Should the proposal [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Egyptian Court of Cassation on Wednesday suspended work until President Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] rescinds a decree he issued [JURIST report] last week that removes judicial review of his actions and vastly expands his power, according to Egypt's state television. In addition to these highest [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday in US Airways, Inc. v. McCutchen [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) [materials]. The court is considering whether § 502(a)(3) of ERISA is susceptible to equitable principles of relief even where [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Third Committee [official website] of the UN General Assembly on Monday approved a resolution [press release] calling for a global ban on female genital mutilation (FGM). The committee's resolution calls on the UN's 193 member countries to enact and enforce legislation to protect women and girls from female [read more]

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