Church of Scientology Categorised as Public Benefit Organisation in Amsterdam Tax Court

The Church of Scientology has benefited from a decision in the Appeals Tax Court of Amsterdam, which finds that the organisation “is operated exclusively for the public benefit and its activities are religious and ideological in nature” and therefore the Church’s revenues are now tax exempt. The Church of Scientology in the Netherlands is part … Read more Church of Scientology Categorised as Public Benefit Organisation in Amsterdam Tax Court

Australian Court Enshrines “Do Not Knock” Signs in Law

Australia’s Federal Court has found that clear “Do Not Knock” signs on resident’s premises constitute a clear request for salespeople to leave and that failure to do so is unlawful. The decision clarifies Australia Consumer Law, establishing that consumers do not need to meet a salesperson face-to-face to ask them to leave. The news comes … Read more Australian Court Enshrines “Do Not Knock” Signs in Law

“Defense Of Marriage Act is unconstitutional” – US Supreme Court

The much awaited decision on United States v. Windsor was handed down by the US Supreme Court on Wednesday 26th June 2013. The case concerned federal laws designed to restrict the meaning of marriage to that between and man and a woman. The Court ruled that it had the jurisdiction to to consider the merits … Read more “Defense Of Marriage Act is unconstitutional” – US Supreme Court

Nokia to Audit Australian SMS Marketing

Finnish mobile giant, Nokia Corporation, is to audit its SMS marketing in Australia following an investigation by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). The ACMA is Australia’s regulator for broadcasting, the internet, radiocommunications and telecommunications. The ACMA’s strategic intent is to make communications and media work in Australia’s public interest. The ACMA commenced the … Read more Nokia to Audit Australian SMS Marketing

Australian High Court Reverses Refugee Swap Program

The High Court of Australia has ruled that controversial plans to swap asylum seekers for registered refugees from Malaysia was “made without power and is invalid”. The Minister for Immigration and citizenship has been restrained from removing the asylum seekers in question to Malaysia. The Gillard government had announced the plans to return asylum seekers … Read more Australian High Court Reverses Refugee Swap Program

Lucasfilm Ltd Calls on UK to Modernise Copyright Law

Lucasfilm Ltd which owns the rights to Star Wars and its related products, today issued a mixed reponse to a UK Supreme Court ruling on a copyright infringement of a storm trooper outfit. There were two aspects to the ruling – firstly that of the copyright infringement itself and secondly “Whether an English court may … Read more Lucasfilm Ltd Calls on UK to Modernise Copyright Law

Guantanamo Victims Win Judgement on “Closed Material Procedures” in UK Justice System

In a landmark case against the security services, rendition victims have won their case that special “Closed Material Procedures” are not permissible in a civil case for damages against those who were complicit in their extraordinary rendition. The judges ruled that courts cannot go beyond the current Public Interest Immunity process without new legislation from … Read more Guantanamo Victims Win Judgement on “Closed Material Procedures” in UK Justice System

UK: Elderly Forced to Use Incontinence Pads Rather Than The Bathroom

In a Supreme Court judgement issued on 6th July 2011, an appeal from a former prima ballerina to be granted assistance from her local borough council to visit the bathroom on a night was dismissed. Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea insisted that it was proportionate to give Ms McDonald absorbent sheets or incontinence pads … Read more UK: Elderly Forced to Use Incontinence Pads Rather Than The Bathroom

Augustin Bizimungu Sentenced to 30 Years for Rwandan Genocide

Augustin Bizimungu, the former Chief of the Rwandan Army, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. A three judge panel found him guilty of six counts of genocide, crimes against humanity for murder, extermination and rape and violations of articles of the Geneva Conventions. He was acquitted … Read more Augustin Bizimungu Sentenced to 30 Years for Rwandan Genocide

Miscarriage of Justice Payments Not to “compensate someone who had in fact committed the crime”

The Supreme Court has issued a ruling on the matter of compensation payments to people with quashed convictions. The ruling gave four categories of those cases in which the Court of Appeal would quash a conviction on the basis of fresh evidence: Where it showed a defendant was innocent of the crime Where it was … Read more Miscarriage of Justice Payments Not to “compensate someone who had in fact committed the crime”

Law: The Twists and Turns of the Case of the Bahia Emerald

Judge Kronstadt’s Tentative and Proposed Statement of Decision in the case of the Bahia Emerald provides provides a fascinating insight into the twists and turns of the high profile case currently before a Los Angeles court. Several years ago, the world’s largest emerald went missing, allegedly en route from Brazil to the USA following its … Read more Law: The Twists and Turns of the Case of the Bahia Emerald

Law: Judge Issues Tentative and Proposed Statement of Decision in Bahia Emerald Case

On 11th April 2011, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John A. Kronstadt signed a Tentative and Proposed Statement of Decision finding Anthony Thomas’ claim of ownership of the Bahia Emerald not credible. After hearing the evidence, the Judge found that Mr. Thomas never purchased the Bahia Emerald. If the Judge’s Tentative and Proposed Statement of … Read more Law: Judge Issues Tentative and Proposed Statement of Decision in Bahia Emerald Case

Law: Indian Supreme Court Judgement “Rajesh Singh & Ors. V State of U.P.”

In the case of Rajesh Singh & Ors. V State of U.P., Justice V.S. Sirpurkar reversed the acquittal of Rajesh Singh, Najai Srivastav and Mohan Singh for the murder of an eleven year old boy, Deepak. Giving judgement on 28th March 2011, the judge criticised the “peverse” findings of the original trial court. Among the inconsistencies … Read more Law: Indian Supreme Court Judgement “Rajesh Singh & Ors. V State of U.P.”

Supreme Court Ruling Handed Down to Westboro Baptist Church

The Westboro Baptist Church first gained notoriety after it protested outside the funeral of Matthew Shepherd, murdered because he was gay. In recent times the church has picketed at various locations, including the funerals in the US of soldiers killed in action and public figures. They are most well known for their prolific anti-homosexuality stance. On … Read more Supreme Court Ruling Handed Down to Westboro Baptist Church

Rulings: Veteran Wins Reprieve from US Supreme Court After Missing Deadline

David Henderson served on active military duty from 1950 to 1952. He was discharged in 1952 after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, for which he has established service connection. In August of 2001, he filed a claim for monthly compensation with the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office, based on his need for in-home care. … Read more Rulings: Veteran Wins Reprieve from US Supreme Court After Missing Deadline