Monday, November 8, 2004

Two News Items - Hot Off the Wires

Two items hot off the wires-

1.  The Wall Street Journal reports in an email news item titled, SEC, Justice Department Probe Vioxx Withdrawal  that " Merck & Co. disclosed Monday that it received a subpoena from the Justice Department related to its Vioxx research, marketing and selling activities. The company also said it faces an informal investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission." 

2. Although not a white collar topic- many white collar attorneys are involved in Guantanamo litigation.  This federal court ruling was issued today - "Salim Ahmed Hamdan petitions for a writ of habeas corpus, challenging the lawfulness of the Secretary of Defense’s plan to try him for alleged war crimes before a military commission convened under special orders issued by the President of the United States, rather than before a court-martial convened under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The government moves to dismiss. Because Hamdan has not been determined by a competent tribunal to be an offender triable under the law of  war, 10 U.S.C. § 821, and because in any event the proceduresestablished for the Military Commission by the President’s order are “contrary to or inconsistent” with those applicable to courts-martial, 10 U.S.C. § 836, Hamdan’s petition will be granted in part.  The fovernment's motion will be denied.  The reasons for these ruling are set forth below....."


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