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Legal news from Friday, November 19, 2010
by Zach Zagger

More than 9,000 workers who took part in the 9/11 rescue and cleanup efforts approved a negotiated settlement with the city of New York Friday in a lawsuit over their injuries. The parties relayed to Judge Alvin Hellerstein of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York …

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by John Paul Putney

Costa Rica filed a complaint Thursday with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) accusing Nicaragua of violating its territorial integrity and damaging protected wetlands. Costa Rica contends that 50 Nicaraguan soldiers remain in the area and that Nicaragua is attempting to build a canal there. The filling came after Nicaraguan President …

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by Aman Kakar

The deputy prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday issued a statement lamenting the killing of seven people in a post-election violence in Guinea. The prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, urged security forces to refrain from using excessive force against civilians. The statement asserted that the ICC would evaluate all reported acts of …

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by Drew Singer

US Attorney General Eric Holder instructed federal prosecutors on Thursday to use DNA evidence as much as possible, in a reversal of Bush administration policy. Among the changes, defendants who plead guilty will no longer have to waive their right to DNA evidence under the Innocence Protection Act of 2004. The memo also calls …

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by Matt Glenn

International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told reporters Thursday that the ICC has opened preliminary investigations in Honduras and Nigeria. The Honduras investigation will focus on the June 2009 coup that removed Manuel Zeleya from power. Moreno-Ocampo did not elaborate on the Nigeria investigation. Following a …

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by Julia Zebley

Thirty-three Republican senators filed an amicus curiae brief on Thursday supporting state attorneys general in their legal effort to have the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) declared unconstitutional. The brief, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida supports …

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by Daniel Makosky

The Indian government announced Thursday that it has authorized additional compensation for the victims of the 1984 Bhopal chemical spill disaster. The new package includes USD $15.8 million, adding to the original disbursement in June of USD $148 million. The compensation was approved after the government faced criticism for perceived leniency in the sentencing of …

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by Megan McKee

The US Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted in favor of the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), which would better equip US law enforcement to combat websites engaged in the pirating of movies, television programs and music. The bill was approved by a vote of 19-0, and has received strong support …

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by Daniel Makosky

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) of the UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution detailing its concerns with human rights violations in North Korea. Passed 100-18 with 60 abstentions, the resolution takes issue with "he persistence of continuing reports of systematic, widespread and grave violations of civil, political, …

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