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United States: New Jersey Passes Law Abolishing Death Penalty

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 17, Governor Jon Corzine of New Jersey signed legislation abolishing the death penalty and replacing it with life in prison without eligibility of parole. According to a press release issued by the Governor, “New Jersey is the first state in the nation to enact a law to end use of […]

United States: Court Enjoins Navy’s Use of Sonar to Protect Marine Life

(Dec. 2, 2007) On November 13, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit partially upheld an order enjoining the Navy's use of medium-frequency sonar in training exercises off the Southern California coast. A federal district court in California had issued a blanket preliminary injunction preventing the Navy from using the sonar due […]

United States: Fuel Economy and Emissions Standards Ruled Inadequate

(Dec. 2, 2007) On November 15, 2007, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down standards promulgated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ("NHTSA") which would govern fuel economy and emissions for light trucks, including sports utility vehicles, minivans and pickup trucks, for the years 2008 through 2011. The court […]

United States: Court Enjoins New DHS Employment Regulations Targeting Illegal Immigrants

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 10, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted a preliminary injunction against the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS"), preventing DHS from implementing new regulations designed to make it more difficult for employers to hire and retain employees who are illegal immigrants. The Social Security Administration ("SSA") […]

United States: Lawsuit Allowed to Proceed Against Corporations for Aiding and Abetting Apartheid Regime in South Africa

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissing plaintiffs' claims under the Alien Tort Claims Act ("ATCA"). The plaintiffs had filed claims against a variety of international corporations under the ATCA, a […]