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Legal news from Friday, August 8, 2008
by Abigail Salisbury

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday dismissed a shareholder suit against government-sponsored lender Fannie Mae for alleged wrongdoing by the board of directors. Shareholders accused the board of failing to take appropriate steps in 2004 to prevent accounting violations, and also asserted that the board should not have …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

According to high-level supporters on Friday, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has affirmed his June vow that he will neither step down nor go into exile, despite the recent pressure from opposition forces. Secretary General of the Pakistan Muslim League-Q party Mushahid Hussain said that Musharraf will fight against impeachment, with …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

An August 17 trial date has been set for five Sudanese men accused of killing John Granville, an aid worker affiliated with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Sudan's state media reported Friday. Following the January shooting of John Granville and his driver, a previously-unknown extremist group calling itself Ansar al-Tawhid claimed responsibility for …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

US District Judge James Robertson on Thursday ruled in a 12-year class action lawsuit concerning the US government's alleged mismanagement of trust funds for a group of some 500,000 Native Americans. Plaintiffs led by Eloise Cobell had argued that the federal government owed them $58 billion, representing its profits from land use …

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by Devin Montgomery

The aerospace division of Honeywell International has agreed to pay $5 million in fines and $1 million for a cleanup project for environmental violations at its Phoenix, Arizona facility, according to a Thursday release from Arizona officials. In the lawsuit , the state had alleged that the Honeywell had committed 38 infractions of state …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

An Indian Supreme Court judge on Friday withdrew from hearing a judicial bribery case after lawyers accused the court of protecting corrupt judges. Justice B.N. Agrawal said that he refused to consider unsubstantiated accusations against the court, adding that the behavior of the accusers, former Union Law Minister Shanti Bhushan and his son …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging a so-called "sore loser" election law [SC Code Ann. § 7-11-10 text] in South Carolina. Under the law, a candidate that seeks a nomination from multiple parties will be banned from appearing on the ballot if any one of those parties rejects …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Thursday dismissed a claim brought by the mother of a special education student that her child's Fourth and Fourteenth amendment rights were violated when he was given "timeouts." Jennifer Couture sued the Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) and three individual school officials for …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled  Thursday that in a mixed-motive employment discrimination case, the plaintiff must show he or she objectively met minimum requirements for the job. The issue had not been addressed by other circuits, and came before the court in a lawsuit by former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) [official …

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by Abigail Salisbury

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Thursday affirmed the dismissal of a shareholder securities suit against Biogen Idec, in which the class of plaintiffs accused directors of violating the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by intentionally misrepresenting the safety of its multiple-sclerosis drug, Tysabri, in order …

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by Devin Montgomery

Guantanamo Bay detainee Djamel Ameziane Wednesday filed a complaint against the US with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), alleging that he had been tortured, given inadequate medical treatment, and denied other basic rights. The complaint was filed on Ameziane's behalf by the Center for Constitutional Rights …

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