“A coalition of lawyers and human rights groups yesterday unveiled a bid to use the UN’s new International Criminal Court as a tool to restrain American military power. In a move Washington said vindicated U.S. claims that the court would be used for political purposes, the rights activists are working to compile war crimes cases against the United States and its chief ally in Iraq, Britain,” the Canadian National Post reports here.
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Breyer delivered the prepared remarks in an address to the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Among other things, he said: “If ‘the government claims that the court lacks jurisdiction to decide a particular matter, the court, not the government, will decide if that is so, with the result in a lower court being subject to appeal,’ eventually all the way to the Supreme Court,” UPI reports here.
The tale of how Philadelphia attorney Michael Kleeman came to start a practice representing tourists who are injured during international travel is almost as interesting as the cases themselves. Brought to you by The Legal Intelligencer and law.com.
“In a case of first impression, a judge has ruled that the same-sex partner of an attorney who died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver may pursue a wrongful death action against a local hospital as a spouse under Vermont law,” the New York Law Journal reports here.
The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that a judge who recently ruled against Phillip Morris to the tune of $10 billion over light cigarettes had received cash donations from the winning lawyers, it says here.
Overlawyered.com discusses and links to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s recent Harris poll on the subject. Best states are Delaware, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, and Indiana. The worst are Mississippi, West Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas.
This article from CNET News.com says that if employees have complained about dirty spam and the employer fails to take action to filter it, it might qualify as evidence of a “hostile work environment.”