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Legal news from Wednesday, April 21, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Krupski v. Costa Crociere on the appropriate construction of "mistake" in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15(c)(1)(C). The rule permits an amended complaint to "relate back" for statute of limitation purposes when the …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Five international Muslim Brotherhood (MB) members will be tried in an Egyptian criminal court on charges of money laundering, Attorney General Abdul Magid Mahmoud announced Wednesday. The members, including Muslim Brotherhood International Secretary General Ibrahim Munir, were referred to the Supreme State Security Emergency Court for trial. The five members have …

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by Michael Kraemer

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged Kyrgyzstan's interim government to begin a comprehensive investigation into the violence between April 6 and 8 that resulted in the overthrow of president Kurmanbek Bakiyev. After conducting witness interviews and examining photo and video evidence, HRW concluded that the violence was fueled …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in Perdue v. Kentucky that calculation of an attorney's fee based on the lodestar may be increased due to superior performance, but only in extraordinary circumstances. The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the lower …

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by Haley Wojdowski

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva announced Wednesday that he is prepared to negotiate with protesters once they cease their illegal conduct. Government spokesperson Panitan Wattanyagorn stated that the prime minister is willing to speak with protesters regarding an election and amending the constitution once protesters abide by the law. Anti-government protesters, known …

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by David Manes

US President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he will take into account a potential nominee's position on individual liberty, including women's rights, when nominating a Supreme Court justice. Speaking at a meeting with Senate leaders, Obama acknowledged that abortion has been "a hugely contentious issue in our country for a very long time" and …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled 7-2 in Jerman v. Carlisle that a debt collector's legal error does not qualify for the bona fide error defense under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) [15 USC § 1692 text, PDF]. The US Court of Appeals for …

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by Jay Carmella

Eleven Philippines policemen and militia members pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder charges for their involvement in the November 2009 massacre that left 57 dead. The arraignment was held in Camp Bagong Diwa, which is also the headquarters of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO). The arraignment of …

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by Tara Tighe

A federal court in Argentina on Tuesday sentenced former president and military general Reynaldo Bignone to 25 years in prison for human rights abuses during the 1976-83 "Dirty War". Bignone served as de facto president from 1982 to 1983 and represents the last …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled 5-3 in Conkright v. Frommert that a district court has an obligation to defer to an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) plan administrator's reasonable interpretation of the terms of the plan if the plan administrator arrived at the …

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by Erin Bock

A spokesperson for French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Wednesday that the president is in favor of a complete public ban on the burqa and other full face veils and will be submitting a bill to parliament in May. According to spokesperson Luc Chatel, Sarkozy wants the ban to be carried …

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by Brian Jackson

The UK Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the country's sex offender registry requirement violates the right to privacy. The case involved an appeal filed by two convicted sex offenders who challenged the notification requirement of Section 82 of the 2003 Sexual Offences Act, which mandates indefinite notification for any individual sentenced …

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by Tara Tighe

Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday called for an investigation into the deaths of 25 people during recent anti-government protests. The group stated that it would welcome a pledge by the Thai government to "investigate promptly, effectively, and impartially the recent violence," and urges it to "provide accountability for any violations by security forces as …

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by Steve Czajkowski

British human rights lawyers on Monday submitted documents to a UK High Court that allege Britain allowed Afghan detainees to be tortured following their transfer to Afghanistan authorities. The documents were submitted by Public Interest Lawyers on behalf of human rights and anti-war activist Maya Evans, who is seeking a judicial inquiry into …

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