JURIST Daily Digest – 28 September 2016

JURIST Daily Digest

 In the 28 September 2016 edition:

Today’s Legal News

Latest Legal Commentary:

Today’s Legal News

Shareholders file suit against Wells Fargo
By Miracle Jones on Sep 27, 2016 04:07 pm
Wells Fargo [corporate website] shareholders on Monday filed [press release] suit against the banking conglomerate over their allegedly deceptive sales practices. The suit [complaint, PDF], filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website], alleges that the Wells Fargo organization violated the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by engaging in misleading and incorrect information regarding the financial status of the bank. The shareholders argue that this misinformation caused the stock of the banking giant to…   +read more

Brazil police arrest former minister in corruption probe
By Miracle Jones on Sep 27, 2016 03:05 pm
The Federal Police of Brazil [official website, in Portuguese] on Monday arrested [press release, in Portuguese] former finance minister Antonio Palocci in connection with an ongoing corruption probe. The former minister is accused of being involved with a host of other government officials who worked under the administrations of former presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff [BBC profile] and illegally conspired with the local company Odebrecht group to engage in deceitful business practices with the oil giant…   +read more

Colombia signs peace agreement with FARC rebels
By Ashley Hogan on Sep 27, 2016 02:24 pm
The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a peace agreement [text, in Spanish] on Monday that ends a more than 50-year conflict. The agreement was finalized [JURIST report] in August after four years of negotiations in Havana, Cuba. Witnesses to the signing included UN secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, US secretary of state John Kerry, as well as hundreds of victims of the war. Under the accord, FARC has vowed [Guardian report] to sever all ties with…   +read more

Pakistan lawmakers approve bill to allow Hindu marriage registration
By Ashley Hogan on Sep 27, 2016 01:53 pm
The National Assembly of Pakistan [official website] on Monday approved a bill [PDF] that allows the Hindu community to legally register their marriages. Rights groups applauded [Times of India report] the passing of the Hindu marriage bill as it will lead to greater protection for female members of the minority Hindu community who will now be able to provide proof of marriage. The bill sets the minimum age for marriage for Hindus at 18. It also grants Hindus the right…   +read more

FBI: violent crime increased in 2015
By Taylor Isaac on Sep 27, 2016 12:49 pm
The FBI [official website] on Monday reported an increase in violent crime during 2015 and decrease in property crimes [press release]. Crime in the United States, 2015 [report materials] revealed the first increase in violent crime in recent years, although property crimes have been declining each year for over a decade. While the report showed a 3.9 percent rise in violent crime from 2014, the totals for 2015 were lower than 2011 by 0.7 percent, and lower than 2006 by…   +read more

Federal appeals court rules American Express anti-steering credit card policies do not violate antitrust laws
By Alexandra Farone on Sep 27, 2016 11:20 am
[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that American Express (Amex) [corporate website] can enforce rules that ban merchants accepting its credit cards from directing customers to its competitors’ cards. The court reversed a lower court’s determination that Amex’s agreements with merchants impermissibly restrained trade in violation of antitrust laws. The court held:We conclude that, so long as Amex’s market share is derived from cardholder satisfaction, there is no reason to…   +read more

UN rights expert calls for female involvement in Israel-Palestine peace process
By Alexandra Farone on Sep 27, 2016 10:27 am
[JURIST] UN human rights expert Dubravka Šimonović [official profile] called [press release] Monday for women to participate in a new peace process between Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Šimonović suggested that reducing violence against women and supporting gender equality will assist in achieving peace in the region. Her comments were made at the end of her first official visit to Israel and the OPT, which spanned nearly two weeks and was intended to investigate violence against women:My visit…   +read more

Latest Legal Commentary

Cicero, International Law, and the Oil in Iraq
By Laurie Blank on Sep 23, 2016 02:06 am
JURIST 2016 Law of Armed Conflict Contributing Editor Laurie R. Blank of the Emory University School of Law discusses recent political comments concerning application of law during times of war… +read more

A Federal Expungement Law Should Be a Priority in Any Future Criminal Justice Reform Effort
By ||Nicholas Wooldridge on Sep 22, 2016 12:52 pm
JURIST Guest Columnist Nicholas M. Wooldridge of LV Criminal Defense discusses the need for federal expungement legislation… +read more

Proposition 62 Appeals to the Better Angels of Our Nature
By Stephen Cooper on Sep 20, 2016 02:18 pm
JURIST Guest Columnist Stephen Cooper discusses Proposition 62… +read more

Brazil’s President Impeached: Could It Happen Here?
By Joseph Marren on Sep 05, 2016 09:05 pm
JURIST Guest Columnist Joseph H. Marren discusses the impeachment of Brazil’s President… +read more

Land as the Center of Social and Ethnic Conflict in Ethiopia
By Henok G. Gabisa on Aug 30, 2016 01:49 am
JURIST Guest Columnist Henok G. Gabisa of the Bekele Gerba et al International Legal Defense Project discusses the motivation behind Olympic marathoner Feyisa Lilesa’s arm-crossed protest at the finish line at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil… +read more

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