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  • Mothers May Sue Gerber Over Sugary Fruit Snacks

    Mothers May Sue Gerber Over Sugary Fruit Snacks

    US Legal News 05/02/2008

    The 9th Circuit allowed two mothers to pursue their class action accusing Gerber Products Co. of deceptively dressing up sugar-loaded gummy treats as healthy snacks for toddlers. The mothers claimed Gerber falsely touts its Gerber Fruit Juice Snacks ...

  • Convicted terror plotter sent to ’Supermax’

    Convicted terror plotter sent to ’Supermax’

    US Legal News 04/21/2008

    Convicted terrorism plotter Jose Padilla will serve his term at a Colorado federal prison known as “Supermax” for its strict, isolated conditions and roster of infamous inmates, prison officials said Friday.Padilla, 37, was sent from a Miami prison t...

  • Defense in CIA case wants Berlusconi as witnesses

    Defense in CIA case wants Berlusconi as witnesses

    US Legal News 04/17/2008

    A former Italian secret services chief's defense lawyers requested Wednesday that Premier-elect Silvio Berlusconi testify in the trial of 26 Americans and others charged with kidnapping a terror suspect during a CIA operation.Nicolo Pollari's defense...

  • Fed Appeals Court Dismisses Free Speech Case

    Fed Appeals Court Dismisses Free Speech Case

    US Legal News 04/10/2008

    The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by Kentucky high school student Timothy Morrison against the Boyd County Board of Education over a 2004 policy that banned Morrison and other students from expressing...

  • Scalia to Go Before the News Cameras

    Scalia to Go Before the News Cameras

    US Legal News 04/09/2008

    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who makes no secret of his disdain for the news media, has agreed to appear in a segment of CBS News' "60 Minutes" on April 27, the eve of the publication date for a new book he has co-authored. A knowledgeable s...

  • Chemical Co. Settles Lawsuit for $1.8 Billion

    Chemical Co. Settles Lawsuit for $1.8 Billion

    US Legal News 04/09/2008

    W.R.Grace, a specialty chemical company that operated plants inMassachusetts and Montana, agreed to a settlement yesterday forasbestos claims brought against the company in a class action lawsuit. More than 100,000 claims have been brought against W....

  • Eyes on Supreme Court in Execution Case Tuesday

    Eyes on Supreme Court in Execution Case Tuesday

    US Legal News 04/08/2008

    By 6 p.m. Tuesday, when a Mississippi inmate is scheduled to die by lethal injection, the Supreme Court may give the clearest indication so far of whether it intends to call a halt to all such executions while a case from Kentucky that the justices a...

  • Lawyers seek to bar statements obtained by torture

    Lawyers seek to bar statements obtained by torture

    US Legal News 04/07/2008

    Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdanon Friday asked a military tribunal to bar the use of statements made by Hamdan that were allegedly obtained through the use of torture and requested that the court declare that Hamdan has been su...

  • Federal court decertifies status of cigarette lawsuit

    Federal court decertifies status of cigarette lawsuit

    US Legal News 04/04/2008

    The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Thursday overturned class action certification for a lawsuit brought by "light" cigarette smokers against Philip Morris USA Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and other light cigarette makers. The class act...

  • Federal court strikes down new patent rules

    Federal court strikes down new patent rules

    US Legal News 04/02/2008

    The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Tuesday rejected new US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) rules that would have retroactively limited the number of claims that can be included in a patent application and the number of ...

  • Taking A Look At Surveillance

    Taking A Look At Surveillance

    US Legal News 04/01/2008

    US Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Friday that he was willing to compromise with Congress on legislation amending the Foreign Intelligence Security Act but that the legislature would have to provide a "workable bill". Mukasey said that the bill...

  • Supremes weigh habeas rights of US citizens held in Iraq

    Supremes weigh habeas rights of US citizens held in Iraq

    US Legal News 03/27/2008

    The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in the consolidated cases of Munaf v. Geren and Geren v. Omar where the Court is considering whether federal courts have jurisdiction over habeas corpus petitions filed by American citizens detained b...

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