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Legal news from Tuesday, March 23, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in New Process Steel v. National Labor Relations Board on whether the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has the authority to decide cases where only two of the five-member board are present. Section …

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by Brian Jackson

The attorneys general (AGs) of 13 states filed suit in federal court in Florida on Tuesday challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The suit comes the same day that President Barack Obama signed the bill into law. The suit is being led by Florida Attorney General Bill …

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by Brian Jackson

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed into law a bill to significantly alter the US health care system. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was presented to the president on Monday after being passed by the House of Representatives by a margin of 219-212 on Sunday. The new law …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The proposed amendments to Turkey’s Constitution threaten separation of power and judicial independence, the president of Turkey's Supreme Court Hasan Gerceker declared on Monday in an interview televised on NTV. "I want to indicate very clearly that …

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by Sarah Miley

Google officially stopped censoring search results to Chinese users on Tuesday after a legal impasse was reached between the Internet giant and the Chinese government. Google announced Monday that it would be rerouting the Google.cn website through the company's Hong Kong site, which is not censored. Google explained its decision, stating:Figuring out how to make …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled unanimously in United Student Aid Funds, Inc. v. Espinosa that a bankruptcy court can discharge a student loan debt even if the student has not filed a claim of "undue hardship" under 11 USC § 523. The ruling affirms …

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by Ann Riley

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Tuesday that Google did not violate trademark law by selling advertising linked to trademarked names. The court reasoned that Google was merely a platform for ads, clearing all search engines from trademark liability and protecting their main source of revenue. …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday ordered the release of a Guantanamo Bay detainee who had been accused of planning the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian who has been in US custody for over seven years, brought a …

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by Hillary Stemple

Bolivian President Evo Morales on Monday called on the UN to declare access to safe drinking water a basic human right, marking World Water Day. While addressing the UN General Assembly's High Level Interactive Dialogue on Water, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro reiterated the importance of access to clean water resources …

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by Megan McKee

A German court on Tuesday sentenced former Nazi SS member Heinrich Boere to life in prison for the 1944 murders of three Dutch civilians. Boere's trial began in October after he was declared medically fit to stand trial. During the trial, Boere admitted to the reprisal killings of a bicycle shop owner, a pharmacist, and …

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by Ximena Marinero

The US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on Monday voted 13-10 in favor of the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010, aimed at increasing oversight of the American financial system in the wake of the recent economic crisis. The vote on the legislative initiative, introduced by Senate …

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