Legal news from Friday, December 7, 2012

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases dealing with same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder]. In Hollingsworth v. Perry [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will consider the validity of Proposition 8 [JURIST news archive], a California referendum that revoked same-sex marriage … [read more]

[JURIST] The judge presiding over the ongoing patent infringement between litigation Apple and Samsung Electronics [corporate websites] requested on Thursday that both sides call a "cease fire" on introducing new suits against the other until after she has determined if a previous $1.05 billion judgment awarded to Apple will be … [read more]

[JURIST] Those who are engaged in human rights defense in the Americas are subject to increasing levels of "intimidation, harassment and attacks," Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF] Friday. The report, entitled "Transforming pain into hope: Human rights defenders in the Americas," investigated over 300 reports of abuses … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] expressed grave concern on Friday at the rising death toll during the ongoing political chaos in Egypt, saying that Egypt's draft constitution [text, PDF] presents serious problems for human rights. Pillay complained [UN News Centre report] that the draft … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday accused the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] of war crimes after a November aerial bombing raid killed 12 civilians in Gaza [JURIST news archive]. According to HRW, the IDF planned and authorized the attack in pursuit of Mohamed Jamal al-Dalu, … [read more]

[JURIST] Michigan's Senate and House of Representatives [official websites] passed legislation [SB 116, materials] on Thursday, known as "Freedom to Work," that makes payment of union dues voluntary and limits workers' rights to strike and picket. The House passed the legislation by a vote of 58-52, over unanimous Democratic opposition … [read more]

[JURIST] Rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] on Thursday challenging Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's executive order preventing immigrants in a federal program from obtaining driver's licenses. Brewer's order denies driver's licenses for immigrants participating in the … [read more]

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