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Legal news from Monday, December 13, 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

The Council of the EU adopted a decision Monday to institute sanctions against the Ivory Coast. There has been unrest in the country since elections were held at the beginning of this month. Alassane Ouattara defeated incumbent Laurent Gbagbo, but Gbagbo has refused to concede victory to Ouattrara. According to …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled Monday that the minimum coverage provision of the recently enacted health care reform law is unconstitutional. Judge Henry Hudson, who had previously denied a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, found that an individual's …

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by Megan McKee

Irving Picard, the trustee charged with recovering money for the victims of the Bernard Madoff scandal, has filed close to 60 lawsuits in the past three weeks attempting to recover more than $40 billion from numerous banks, hedge funds and individuals. The influx of litigation coincided with the Saturday deadline for seeking compensation. Picard …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday divided 4-4 in Costco Wholesale Corp v. Omega, SA on the issue of copyright protections for imported goods. The case presented the question of whether the first-sale doctrine [17 USC § 109(a)], which provides that the owner of any particular copy …

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by Megan McKee

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Monday filed a complaint in a Malaysian court over a WikiLeaks cable published by Australian newspapers stating he had engaged in sodomy. The leaked US diplomatic cable claimed Australia's Office of National Assessments had concluded, in agreement with Singapore's Intelligence Agency, that the sodomy charges …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Washington on Friday dismissed a patent infringement lawsuit by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen against Apple, eBay, Google and eight other corporations. According to the complaint, which also named AOL, Facebook, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo and …

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