Legal news from Friday, April 19, 2013
14:04 EDT

[JURIST] An Argentinian appeals court on Wednesday struck down key parts of a 2009 media law that was designed to dismantle the media empire Clarin [media website, in Spanish]. The controversial bill, which would force Clarin to sell profitable business assets, was signed into law [JURIST report] by President Christina [read more]

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[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Thursday dissmissed [opinion] a copyright infringement lawsuit by Viacom against Google's YouTube [corporate websites]. Viacom, which owns Comedy Central, MTV and VH1, was seeking $1 billion in damages as well as an [read more]

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[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] passed a controversial cybersecurity bill [HR 624, PDF] on Thursday that allows corporations to share customers' personal data with other firms and the US government, even in the face of a company contract prohibiting such activity. Known as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing [read more]

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[JURIST] Montana Governor Steve Bullock [official website] on Thursday approved a revision [SB107, PDF] to the state code that formally decriminalizes same-sex intercourse in the state. The bill struck from the state code a phrase stating that deviate sexual relations entail "sexual contact or sexual intercourse between two persons of [read more]

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[JURIST] The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) [official website] on Thursday began the retrial of Fatmir Limaj [JURIST news archive], a prominent political figure in the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) [official website, in Albanian] and former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). Nine other [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Friday condemned [press release] Iraq's execution of 21 prisoners this week, urging the country's compliance with international human rights obligations. Pillay expressed dismay with the numbers of executions carried out in Iraq, noting that the country's criminal [read more]

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[JURIST] Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was placed under house arrest on Friday. He appeared before a magistrate [CNN report] after he was arrested in his home in the suburbs of Islamabad. Musharraf escaped the court premises on Thursday after an arrest warrant [JURIST report] [read more]

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[JURIST] A state judge in North Dakota said Thursday that he will rule that a 2011 North Dakota law [HB 1297, PDF] that restricts drug-induced abortions is unconstitutional. Judge Wickham Corwin of the Cass County District Court [official website] announced [Inforum report] that the law creates an "insurmountable barrier" to [read more]

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[JURIST] A group of UN independent experts urged [press release] the World Bank [official website] on Thursday to adopt human rights standards that will protect vulnerable populations at the World Bank's meeting on the organization's social policies. The UN experts want to ensure that the World Bank will respect human [read more]

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