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Legal news from Monday, October 6, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

Trial proceedings began in Paris Monday in the case of 42 people, including the son of former French President Francois Mitterrand, allegedly involved in the so-called Angolagate scandal regarding the supply of illegal arms to the Angolan government between 1993 and 1998 in contravention of an international ban on weapons sales to the country. The …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

Citigroup Inc., Wachovia Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. announced Monday that they had reached an agreement to freeze litigation activity until at least noon Wednesday. The agreement follows a weekend of legal maneuvering, when a New York State appellate judge reversed a court order extending an exclusivity agreement that bars Wachovia from considering …

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by Joe Shaulis

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in three cases, including Altria Group v. Good, 07-562, in which the Court will consider whether the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act bars state lawsuits based on allegedly deceptive cigarette advertising. A federal judge originally dismissed a suit brought by three Maine …

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by Devin Montgomery

Senior officers in the Ugandan military could held responsible for the use of child soldiers under a new US law, according to a Monday report in Kampala's Daily Monitor. The Child Soldiers Accountability Act of 2008, signed into law by US President George W. Bush on Friday, provides for up to 20 years …

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by Devin Montgomery

International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo on Monday renewed his call for the arrest of Ugandan rebel leader and war crimes suspect Joseph Kony after new attacks attributed to the rebels. Moreno-Ocampo said Kony's group, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), was …

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by Joe Shaulis

The US Supreme Court on Monday began its 2008 term, in which it has agreed to hear cases involving pre-emption of state law, the separation of church and state, and broadcast indecency, among other issues. The Court began hearing oral arguments Monday with Altria Group v. Good (07-562) [docket; cert. petition, PDF], …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Officials for Bank of America announced Monday that they have agreed to an $8.4 billion settlement in response to allegations by 11 state attorneys general that subsidiary Countrywide Financial engaged in deceptive business practices that harmed consumers. California Attorney General Jerry Brown, a leading figure in the negotiations, sued …

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