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Legal updates: SC to continue hearing entry tax validity case

In other news, the Supreme Court will hear cases regarding allowing dance bars to function in Maharashtra

New Delhi: Mint brings to you your daily dose of legal news. A look at some interesting cases being heard in courts on Tuesday.

Constitutionality of entry tax

A nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court will continue hearing a question of validity of entry tax levied by state governments on goods. Several companies, including Vedanta Aluminium Ltd, Essar Steel Ltd, Tata Steel Ltd and Adani Enterprises Ltd, contended that the entry tax provisions violate the right to free trade and commerce guaranteed under the Constitution. Read more.

Alleged irregularities in clinical trials of cervical cancer vaccines

The Supreme Court will hear a case relating to alleged irregularities in clinical trials conducted for cervical cancer prevention vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, manufactured by pharmaceuticals major Merck Sharpe and Dohme and GaxoSmithKline Plc. respectively. The case is stuck in a limbo since January last year after the court asked the government to place before it the report of a parliamentary standing committee on health and family welfare. A question whether the court can review a report of the parliamentary standing committee is also under question.

Prasar Bharti feed sharing case

The Supreme Court will also hear the case regarding mandatory feed-sharing by private broadcasters with state-run Prasar Bharti. Under the Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act, broadcasters are required to compulsorily share signals of sporting events of national importance with the public broadcaster. However, private broadcasters like Star India, which have made significant investments for the rights to broadcast, seek exemption from sharing these signals with private cable operators. Read more.

Dance bars in Maharashtra

The Supreme Court will hear cases regarding allowing dance bars to function in Maharashtra. The apex court had allowed dance bars to receive their licences after meeting certain conditions. Read more.

Enforcement of Docomo’s arbitral award against Tata

The Delhi high court will hear a plea for enforcement of an arbitral award in favour of Docomo under which Tata Sons, the holding company of Tata group, is required to pay NTT Docomo Inc. $1.17 billion as damages for breaching a shareholders’ agreement.

On 26 July, Tata agreed to furnish $1.17 billion in fixed deposit receipts with the registrar of the Delhi high court. Read more.