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Legal news from Friday, October 15, 2010
by Zach Zagger

Egypt issued new media restrictions Wednesday that critics say effectively put all live television media, including talk shows and news shows, under government control. The telecommunications regulator cancelled the broadcast permits of all private media companies forcing them to apply for new licenses through the state television agency. The measure is part of a series of …

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by Brian Jackson

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced Thursday that CVS Pharmacy has agreed to pay a $75 million fine for sales of pseudoephedrine to individuals who used that compound to produce methamphetamine. In addition to the $75 million fine, CVS will also forfeit the profits from those sales, an additional …

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by Brian Jackson

US Attorney General Eric Holder has said the Department of Justice will continue to enforce the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) in California even if a state ballot measure legalizing marijuana passes in November, according to a Friday report by the AP. The measure, Proposition 19, would legalize the possession of less than one …

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by Drew Singer

Italian prosecutors on Friday launched a tax inquiry against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for tax declarations he made in 2003 and 2004 relating to the commercial broadcast company Mediaset, which Berlusconi founded. Berlusconi is accused of artificially inflating the price of film rights sold to companies that belonged to him, …

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by Matt Glenn

Judge Alvin Hellerstein of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Thursday approved a $47.5 million settlement between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the World Trade Center site, and over 9,000 people who claim they became ill from helping with 9/11 [JURIST …

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by Megan McKee

The Obama administration on Thursday asked for a federal judge to stay her order requiring the US military to end enforcement of its controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy [10 USC § 654; JURIST news archive]. In reaction to the order by Judge Virginia Phillips of the US District Court of …

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by Megan McKee

A US military judge postponed the trial of Canadian Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr Thursday while his lawyers attempted to reach a deal exchanging a guilty plea for leniency. The military proceeding was to resume Monday after being suspended in August, but the judge delayed the proceedings …

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by Daniel Makosky

The World Justice Project (WJP) released its inaugural report on Thursday, ranking countries by their adherence to the rule of law. The three-year study categorizes governments based on nine factors, including their level of corruption, rights, clarity of laws and access to judicial remedies. Of the nations with the highest income levels, Sweden ranked first …

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by Daniel Makosky

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida on Thursday denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a group of attorneys general challenging the constitutionality of the recently enacted health care reform law. The lawsuit, filed in March and joined …

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