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Legal news from Wednesday, December 16, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Wednesday sued computer microchip manufacturer Intel for antitrust violations. The complaint alleges that Intel used its dominant market position to stifle competition. According to the FTC, Intel engaged in threats and other unlawful tactics to coerce computer manufacturers not to purchase chips manufactured by …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday struck down the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), which granted President Asif Ali Zardari and 8,000 other government officials immunity from corruption charges. A special 17-member panel of court ruled unanimously that the NRO is unconstitutional, paving the way for corruption charges to be …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Swiss government announced Wednesday that it has agreed to accept one Uzbek Guantanamo Bay detainee for resettlement "on humanitarian grounds." The unidentified detainee has been held at Guantanamo since 2005 but has never faced charges. The detainee has been cleared for release since 2005, but could not be returned to Uzbekistan for fear …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The British Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a Jewish school discriminated against a boy by denying him admission because he was not "ethnically Jewish." The London secondary school, JFS, denied admission to the boy, known as M, because his mother is Jewish by conversion, not by birth. The case turned …

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by Patrice Collins

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Wednesday issued its first genocide charges against two former Khmer Rouge leaders. Former deputy leader and chief ideologist Nuon Chea and foreign minister Ieng Sary were charged with genocide in connection with crimes allegedly committed against Vietnamese people and …

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by Steve Czajkowski

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed charges of fraud and conspiracy against two former executives of microchip maker Broadcom Corp. citing prosecutorial misconduct. Judge Cormac Carney of the US District Court for the Central District of California dismissed charges against Broadcom's former CEO and co-founder Henry Nicholas and former CFO William …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The lawyer for a Swiss Muslim said Wednesday that his client has filed a complaint at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) challenging Switzerland's recent vote to ban the construction of minarets. Hafid Ouardiri, a former spokesman at the Geneva Mosque, alleges that the ban violates his rights to freedom of religion …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The European Commission (EC) on Wednesday agreed to drop antitrust charges against Microsoft after the company agreed to offer consumers a choice of web browsers. The EC had accused Microsoft of violating fair competition rules by bundling the Internet Explorer browser with its Windows operating system. Under the agreement, European …

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by Steve Czajkowski

An assembly of Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday submitted an immigration reform bill in the US House of Representatives that would give undocumented immigrants an easier path to seek legal status in the country. The proposed legislation, which is titled the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP) [bill summary, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Galleon Group hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam and former hedge fund consultant Danielle Chiesi were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Manhattan on insider trading charges. The 17-count indictment includes charges of conspiracy and securities fraud for their alleged role in the largest hedge fund insider trading …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police must obtain a warrant before searching data stored in a cell phone, in the first ruling of its kind by a state high court. The court ruled 4-3 that a warrantless search of the contents of a suspect's cell phone violates the Fourth Amendment …

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