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Legal news from Saturday, October 30, 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

The US District Court for the District of Hawaii on Friday rejected a challenge to one of the state's campaign finance laws. In the case of Yamada et. al v. Kuramoto et. al., Judge Michael Seabright rejected challenges to two Hawaiian states laws according to which political action committees must disclose the names …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

A spokesperson for the European Commission on Friday said that the Vatican will implement the European Commission's laws against money laundering and financial fraud by the end of the year. According to Amadeu Altafaj, spokesman for EU Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn, EU and Vatican officials discussed a draft law …

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by Daniel Makosky

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday filed an amicus curiae brief in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit revising the government's stance on patenting isolated genetic material, including human genes. The position represents a significant departure from established policy, which has permitted the Patent and Trademark Office …

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by Daniel Makosky

The tenth Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on Saturday concluded its proceedings with delegates agreeing to the Nagoya Protocol. The protocol identifies 20 goals within five categories designed to protect biodiversity, including a 50 percent reduction in the extinction rate by 2020. Preservation targets are …

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