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Legal news from Tuesday, September 16, 2008
by Caitlin Price

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Tuesday that a drug company refusing to meet "ordinary" orders for medicine as a means of thwarting parallel exports abuses its market position. The decision comes in connection with a lawsuit filed by Greek drug wholesalers against pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), stemming from a three-month …

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by Devin Montgomery

UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Patricia O’Brien has found that prison overcrowding in countries with UN peacekeeping missions threatens the success of those missions, the UN Press Centre reported Monday. O'Brien made the remarks at a UN Department of Peacekeeping (DPKO) meeting, and blamed the frequent overcrowding on ineffective judicial systems and long pre-trial …

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by Joe Shaulis

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has admitted the unlawful abuse of nine Iraqi detainees, solicitors for the detainees announced Tuesday. As part of the settlement, the detainees are to receive damages of as much as £1 million (US $1.79 million). While acknowledging that the detainees' treatment was unlawful, the MOD did not …

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by Caitlin Price

Members of the US Congress spoke out about regulatory changes and investigations following a stock market drop propelled by Lehman Brothers' Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and the sale of Merrill Lynch on Monday. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reiterated plans for a new economic stimulus package designed to "create jobs and address …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The 2007 Crime in the US (CIUS) report released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) indicates that the level of violent crime in the US dropped by 0.7 percent between 2006 and 2007. The drop follows two years of increasing rates of similar crimes, including a 2006 increase of 1.3 percent and …

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by Joe Shaulis

Attorneys for former US Army researcher Dr. Steven Hatfill have filed a motion seeking to dismiss an appeal by former USA Today reporter Toni Locy challenging her contempt order for refusing to disclose sources for articles about the 2001 anthrax attacks. The motion, filed Thursday in the …

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by Joe Shaulis

Senegalese publisher El Malick Seck is appealing a court ruling which sentenced him to three years in prison and closed his newspaper for three months as punishment for printing an article accusing Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and his son of money laundering, according to a defense lawyer. Seck, publisher of 24 Hours Chrono, was convicted Friday of …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Officials from the monitoring committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) released a draft resolution Monday praising Serbia for the reforms it has made since joining the Council of Europe (COE) in 2003 but stressing that the country still has work to do. The committee particularly praised the Serbian government's continued efforts …

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