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Legal news from Wednesday, March 11, 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

Pakistan government forces conducted raids and arrested opposition members, including members of the country's lawyers' movement, prior to a protest rally led Wednesday by former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif. Among those targeted Tuesday night were lawyers' movement leader …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench on Tuesday approved a settlement agreement between Canadian meatpacker Maple Leaf Foods and class action plaintiffs who brought suit against the company in connection with sales of meat tainted with listeria monocytogenes. The tainted meat sickened 56 Canadians and caused 20 deaths across …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

The government of Libya has released two men convicted in 2007 of planning to overthrow the government and meeting with a foreign official, Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced Tuesday. Jamal al-Haji and Faraj Humaid were arrested as part of a larger group in Tripoli in February 2007, in advance …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal sentenced Ali Hassan al-Majid and former Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz Wednesday to 15 years in prison, respectively, for their parts in the 1992 murders of 42 merchants accused of price-gouging during a period of UN-imposed sanctions. Aziz and al-Majid, …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

German prosecutors announced Wednesday that they have filed charges against former Nazi concentration camp guard and Ohio resident John Demjanjuk. Demjanjuk is charged with 29,000 counts of accessory to murder for his alleged involvement at the Sobibor concentration camp, where more than 260,000 people were executed in the gas …

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by Andrew Morgan

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Tuesday that an unpublished list of items prohibited from airplanes does not have any binding effect on individuals unless it is made public. The list is set out in an annex to Regulation 622/2003, but under Article 3 of that regulation is made available …

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by Andrew Gilmore

High litigation costs are impeding the advancement of justice in the United States, and significant changes should be made to federal discovery rules, according to a report issued Wednesday by a special task force composed of members of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) and the University of Denver's Institute …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism Martin Scheinin on Tuesday cited the case of Canadian citizen and former US detainee Maher Arar in presenting a report critical of international counterterrorism practices to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. Scheinin …

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by Devin Montgomery

The French National Assembly on Tuesday began considering a bill that would allow the government to shut off internet access for those who repeatedly share or download copyrighted music and movies illegally. The bill, supported by French Minister of Culture Christine Albanel and passed by the country's Senate …

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