Legal news from Wednesday, January 16, 2013

[JURIST] The District Court of The Hague [official website] on Wednesday ruled that the designs of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9, and 7.7 produced by Samsung Electronics do not infringe designs patented by Apple [corporate websites]. In deciding whether Samsung's tablets were so similar in design to Apple's iPad to … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases [JURIST report] on Wednesday pertaining to jurisdiction. The first, Arlington v. FCC [transcript, PDF], addresses whether Chevron USA v. NRDC [opinion] allows a federal agency to determine its own jurisdiction. The provision at issue, … [read more]

[JURIST] The City Court of Berezniki, Russia [official website, in Russian] on Wednesday denied the appeal of an imprisoned member of the feminist rock band Pussy Riot [RASPI backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to defer serving her sentence for hooliganism until her five-year-old son reaches the age of 14. Specifically, band … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced Wednesday that her office has officially launched an investigation [press release] into possible war crimes committed in Mali. The decision was based on information gathered through preliminary investigations and used to publish a report [text, PDF] on the … [read more]

[JURIST] A Canadian human rights group unveiled research [NYT report] Tuesday indicating that a number of nations are using American-made Internet surveillance technology which could be used to censor content and track their citizens. The group, Citizen Lab [advocacy website], published its report [text, PDF] entitled "Planet Blue Coat: Mapping … [read more]

[JURIST] New York Governor Andrew Cuomo [official website] on Tuesday signed legislation intended to impose tighter restrictions on gun and ammunition sales. By enacting the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (NY SAFE) [text, PDF], New York becomes the first state to amend its gun control … [read more]

[JURIST] Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley [official website] announced on Tuesday that he will file legislation to repeal capital punishment in the state of Maryland [press release]. O'Malley stated [text] that the death penalty was expensive and ineffective. The governor had previously attempted to repeal the death penalty [JURIST report] in … [read more]

[JURIST] Myanmar repealed a law on Tuesday that was used by the nation's military junta to impose long prison sentences on dissidents. The law, which was revoked by President Thein Sein [BBC profile], banned protests against the national convention and allowed for prison sentences of up to 20 years for … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 7-2 in Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] that a houseboat permanently docked to land is not a vessel for purposes of 1 USC § 3 [text] and thus is not under federal maritime jurisdiction [DOJ backgrounder]. The … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases on Tuesday. The first, Levin v. United States [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] concerned whether the Gonzales Act [10 USC § 1089 text] properly immunizes government medical personnel against battery suits. The Gonzales Act allows … [read more]

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