Legal news from Wednesday, January 30, 2013
15:01 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] ruled [opinion] on Tuesday that Samsung [corporate website] did not willfully infringe Apple [corporate website] patents. If Samsung was found to have willfully infringed Apple's patents, the $1.05 billion jury verdict [JURIST report] against [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former Illinois governor George Ryan [JURIST news archive] was transferred Wednesday to home confinement to serve the remainder of his six-and-a-half-year prison sentence imposed after several corruption-related convictions in 2006. The ex-governor was originally sent to a Chicago halfway house early Wednesday morning but was released [Chicago Tribune reports] [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Retired Michigan Supreme Court justice Diane Hathaway pleaded guilty on Tuesday to felony bank fraud as part of a plea agreement [text, PDF]. The charges arose [Detroit Free Press report] from Hathaway deeding her home in Florida to a relative while negotiating a short sale on the home, resulting [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Tuesday expressed regret [press release] that the Israeli government failed to send a representative to the Council's review of Israel's human rights record. The council had planned to begin its review of Israel's human rights record on Tuesday, as part of [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Dutch District Court of The Hague [official website] ruled Wednesday that a subsidiary of Shell [corporate website] could be held liable to one farmer for damages resulting from polluting the Niger Delta region in southern Nigeria. However, the court dismissed four other claims [Reuters report] brought by farmers [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Tuesday accepted a plea agreement [DOJ press release] between British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] for the company's role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil [read more]

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