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Legal news from Wednesday, August 4, 2010
by Daniel Richey

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled its lawsuit against Intel on Wednesday, with the industry-leading microchip maker agreeing to a set of conditions designed to facilitate fairer competition from competitors such as Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Nvidia. The FTC originally filed suit alleging violations of Section …

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by Daniel Richey

An officer for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees said Wednesday said that lawyer Mohammad Mostafei, who is defending a woman sentenced to death in Iran, is seeking asylum in Turkey after fleeing Iran following alleged harassment by Iranian officials. Mostafei is currently being held by Turkey …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Wednesday ordered the release of Abdullah Khadr, the brother of Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr after staying a US extradition request. Abdullah Khadr has been detained by Canadian authorities since December 2005 on a US arrest warrant for terrorism issued by the …

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by Dwyer Arce

Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Director Adam Szubin said Tuesday that his office would be willing to issue a license to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) allowing them to provide legal services to Anwar al-Awlaki. Al-Awlaki is a US citizen who is suspected of being a member …

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by Daniel Richey

The US Senate on Tuesday heard final statements on the confirmation of US Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Most Senate Republicans oppose her confirmation, but have chosen not to pursue a filibuster given statements from five Republicans confirming that they will vote for Kagan's confirmation. Senator …

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by Dwyer Arce

A US military lawyer for Canadian Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr filed an emergency petition with the Supreme Court on Monday, seeking to stay proceedings in Khadr's military commission. The petition asks the court to issue a writ of mandamus to the US Court …

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by Dwyer Arce

Missouri voters on Tuesday approved Proposition C, which seeks to make the individual mandate provision of the recent health care reform law unenforceable in the state. The law, which was passed with 71.1 percent in favor, stated that "o law or rule shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or …

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by Andrea Bottorff

US District Court for the Central District of California judge Mariana Pfaelzer on Monday gave preliminary approval to a settlement in which Countrywide Financial Corporation agreed to pay $600 million to settle several class action lawsuits brought by former stockholders accusing the company of securities fraud. The settlement is the largest such agreement resulting from …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A revised complaint to a class action lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corporation filed Tuesday in the US District Court for the Central District of California claimed that the company was aware of automobile safety problems in 2003, but failed to take action to protect consumers. Attorneys representing the plaintiffs in …

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