June 21, 2008 |
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that juveniles have a constitutional right to a jury trial, a surprise decision that could influence courts in other states and force local prosecutors to retry hundreds of open cases. In a 6-1 decision, the court based its ruling partly on a provision of the Kansas Constitution that states defendants "in all prosecutions" are guaranteed a speedy jury trial. Courts generally have said for several decades that states aren't required to have jury trials for juveniles as they are for adult defendants.
February 25, 2004 |
Millions of Indian workers walked off the job to protest a Supreme Court decision banning strikes by government employees. Air, train and bus services were disrupted in Calcutta, and all financial institutions, including insurance companies, were closed in Bombay. State-run banks in New Delhi were shut down, and government-run institutions in Bangalore, India's information technology hub, were also affected.
November 4, 1998 |
Bank of America cannot require some of its longtime customers to submit disputes to an arbitrator rather than a jury, a state appeals court ruled. The ruling by the 1st District Court of Appeal should apply equally to 12.4 million customers who had credit cards or checking accounts with the bank in June 1992, when the bank changed its rules, said James Sturdevant, lawyer for four credit card customers who filed the suit.
August 1, 2002 |
An appeals court in Britain on Wednesday reversed Amgen Inc.'s victory in a patent infringement suit over its anti-anemia drug. The decision by an appeals court in London means Amgen could face competition from Transkaryotic Therapies Inc. before the European patent on the drug expires in 2004. At stake is a European market worth more than $800 million, with Britain representing 8% to 10%.
December 16, 1996 |
In an apparent breakthrough Sunday for opponents of Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, a government court ordered opposition election victories to be restored in Serbia's second-largest city. It was the first victory by the opposition after 28 days of massive street demonstrations against Milosevic, and it appeared to be an attempt by the Serbian leader to neutralize the protest movement challenging his regime.
May 19, 2001 |
A federal appeals court threw out claims against Philip Morris Cos. and other tobacco companies that they intentionally marketed less healthy menthol cigarettes to blacks. The decision by the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia affirmed a lower court's ruling that a group of black smokers didn't show there was a disparity between products sold to black smokers and those sold to white smokers. The suit cited R.J.
January 27, 2002 |
Zimbabwe's High Court, ruling in favor of the opposition, has ordered the government to allow people to vote in any constituency in the presidential election in March, an opposition party spokesman said Saturday. Learnmore Jongwe, information secretary of the Movement for Democratic Change, said the ruling handed down Friday would enable thousands of Zimbabweans who he said had been displaced by political violence to cast their vote in the March 9-10 poll.
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March 28, 2003 |
A Lebanese-born teacher who claimed that an Alaska school district discriminated against her because of her national origin was unlawfully denied a permanent teaching position, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court decision against Nada Raad. Raad filed a complaint in 1993 with the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights alleging discrimination.