Legal news from Wednesday, December 19, 2012

[JURIST] Sri Lankan Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake on Wednesday appealed the findings of a parliamentary committee which concluded she was guilty [JURIST report] of three charges of misconduct. Bandaranayake claims she was not given an adequate opportunity to defend herself [Colombo Page report] against the charges. She is asking the … [read more]

[JURIST] Former federal judge Robert Bork [official profile] died Wednesday at the age of 85. Bork was an influential judge for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for seven years and was a strong proponent of the legal theory of originalism [backgrounder], an interpretive principle … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced criminal charges [press release] Wednesday against two former UBS [corporate website] traders for allegedly helping UBS illegally manipulate foreign interest rates. The DOJ accused former traders Tom Hayes and Roger Darin of assisting in a conspiracy to manipulate the London … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US International Trade Commission (ITC) [official website] ruled on Tuesday that Motorola Mobility, a subsidiary of Google may not assert a patent claim against Apple [corporate websites] regarding a sensor that prevents phone users from dialing the wrong number on touchscreens. Motorola Mobility filed a … [read more]

[JURIST] The Honduran National Congress [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday approved controversial amendments to the police law [materials, in Spanish] designed to eliminate corruption. Approval came after the congress voted to dismiss four justices [JURIST report] of the country's Supreme Court [official websites, in Spanish] last week after the … [read more]

[JURIST] A UN probe into human rights violations in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backrounder] found on Tuesday that at least 126 people were raped and at least two civilians were killed during recent violence in the region. The probe focused on alleged human rights violations [UN … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] reached a settlement [press release] on Tuesday with book publisher Penguin Group, Inc. [corporate website] regarding an alleged conspiracy to raise the prices of e-books. The DOJ's antitrust division filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; JURIST report] in April accusing Penguin Group, … [read more]

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