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Legal news from Wednesday, November 25, 2009
by Ximena Marinero

A UK heterosexual couple whose civil partnership application was denied by their local town council announced Wednesday that they will challenge the refusal in court. Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle are the first heterosexual couple to apply for a civil partnership in the UK, where same-sex couples may obtain legal recognition with rights akin …

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by Ximena Marinero

The UK Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) may not challenge the fairness of bank overdraft fee charges as a matter of law. The Court ruled in favor of seven major banks and one building society appealing a lower court decision, holding:he bank charges …

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by Hillary Stemple

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday called for the UK to investigate allegations that government officials were complicit in the torture of British citizens in Pakistan from 2004 to 2007. The announcement followed the release of a report alleges that Pakistani security agents tortured prisoners and then transferred them to British government officials for questioning. …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US State Department (DOS) stated Tuesday that the US will not be signing the treaty to ban the use of anti-personnel landmines. The announcement comes a week before the Second Review Conference the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their …

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by Matt Glenn

A US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit panel ruled Tuesday that a school district's policy prohibiting the performance of religious holiday songs does not violate the First Amendment Establishment Clause. Plaintiff Michael Stratechuk argued that the policy of the School District of South Orange and Maplewood in New …

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