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Legal news from Monday, July 14, 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

The Federal Reserve Board on Monday approved new rules for home mortgage loans designed to reduce unfair lending practices and increase consumer protection. The new rule amends the Truth in Lending Act to include prohibitions against granting loans without a verification of the borrower's ability to repay, bans on some debt prepayment penalties …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A New York district court judge ruled Monday that Internet auction house eBay is not required to actively monitor its website for the sale of counterfeit goods. The decision comes in a case brought by jeweler Tiffany & Company, alleging that eBay diluted its trademark by facilitating the sale of "copycat" Tiffany jewelry. …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Five men involved in an alleged plot to blow up transatlantic planes leaving a London airport pleaded guilty to lesser conspiracy charges Monday in London's Woolwich Crown Court. Abdulla Ahmed Ali, Assad Sarwar, and Tanvir Hussain admitted that they planned to set off bombs but insisted that their only intention was to create …

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by Devin Montgomery

Protesters led by Thailand's People's Alliance for Democracy petitioned the country's National Counter Corruption Commission (NCCC) Monday, asking it to bring new corruption charges against government officials and former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The protesters are seeking new charges against the government for allegedly granting Cambodia full claim to …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

US President George W. Bush issued a memorandum Monday to the Secretary of the Interior, lifting an executive ban on offshore oil drilling put in place in 1990 by then-President George H. W. Bush. Monday's action will have little practical effect because offshore drilling is still prohibited by a longstanding congressional moratorium. The limitation …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Canadian government leaders reached an agreement with Nova Scotian officials on Sunday which requires the Canadian government to pay the province $235 million CAD for lost profits from prior government offshore oil and gas projects. In 1980, the Canadian government obtained the right to buy partial ownership in private Canadian oil …

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by Andrew Gilmore

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo applied for an arrest warrant Monday for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes for atrocities committed in the country's Darfur region. The application follows a three-year investigation into …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Supreme Court of Switzerland Monday ruled that Doctors without Borders (MSF) must repay the Dutch government for its share of a ransom paid to secure the release of a MSF official. MSF's former Dagestan head was kidnapped in 2002, and his abductors demanded 1 million euros in ransom. The Dutch …

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by Deirdre Jurand

A former vice president for Hewlett Packard (HP) pleaded guilty Friday to one count of theft of trade secrets [18 USC s. 1832 text] for giving HP protected information he obtained while working for IBM. Atul Malhotra said in his plea that before leaving IBM, he requested and received information on IBM's pricing and …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The French Council of State has denied a Moroccan-born Muslim woman's citizenship application because she failed to assimilate to French culture and she practices a type of Islam found incompatible with French values. The ruling was made public for the first time on Friday by the French newspaper Le Monde, which …

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by Deirdre Jurand

French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner said Monday that officials will have to adjust the final declaration  of a Paris Mediterranean summit because of a disagreement between Israelis and Palestinians on how Israel  is described in the agreement. The summit began Sunday and was designed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy as an effort to …

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by Devin Montgomery

Turkish prosecutors indicted 86 alleged members of the secular Ergenekon group Monday for allegedly attempting to destabilize and overthrow the country's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The group is believed responsible for bombing the headquarters of the newspaper Cumhuriyet, assassinating Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, and …

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