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Legal news from Wednesday, September 15, 2010
by Sarah Miley

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Tuesday denied an appeal by the Danish company Lego to restore its EU trademark for its interlocking toy bricks. The court held that the company's red eight-stud brick is not registrable as a community trademark and "is a sign consisting exclusively of the shape of goods …

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by Sarah Miley

US federal judges reached an agreement Tuesday on a pilot project allowing certain civil trials to be televised. Federal appellate judge David Sentelle said that, while the details still needed to be worked out, the judges agreed that the faces of jurors and witnesses will not be recorded and that either party to the suit …

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by Daniel Makosky

A French court on Wednesday declined to extradite Dr. Eugene Rwamucyo to Rwanda to face charges for his alleged involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The court also granted his release. The ruling is due to suspicions that Rwamucyo would not receive a fair trial in Rwanda, and …

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by Ann Riley

UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan Muhamed Chande Othman called Tuesday for a thorough and transparent investigation into the early September attack in Northern Darfur that left many civilians dead. The Janjaweed militia is suspected of conducting an attack on civilians in a …

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by Daniel Richey

Police in the Netherlands violated a Dutch magazine's right to free expression by compelling disclosure of documentary evidence relating to anonymous sources, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday. The unanimous ruling centered around a 2002 feature on illegal street racing published in the Dutch edition of Autoweek, a property of …

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by Daniel Richey

The UK military's handling of detainees in overseas operations is "in compliance" with UK and international law, according to a report released Tuesday by the Ministry of Defense (MOD). According to British Army Inspector Brigadier Robert Purdy, a nine-month investigation of legal documents, army procedures and testimony from personnel showed that UK forces' attitudes toward …

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