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Legal news from Monday, January 10, 2011
by Ann Riley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Matrixx v. Siracusano on a pharmaceutical company's obligation under §10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act and SEC Rule 10b-5 to disclose reports of patients' adverse reactions when the number of incidents is statistically …

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by Megan McKee

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday renewed his support for the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), which is investigating the 2005 murders of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others. Ban met with current Prime Minister Saad Hariri, son of the slain Prime Minister, in New …

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by Erin Bock

The US Supreme Court on Friday granted certiorari in seven cases. In Erica P. John Fund, Inc. v. Halliburton Co. [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will determine whether investor losses need to be proven by a preponderance of the evidence at the class certification stage prior to full discovery in …

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by LaToya Sawyer

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that refusal by provincial marriage commissioners to marry same-sex couples violates § 15(1) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The decision invalidates a proposed amendment to Saskatchewan's Marriage Act of 1995 that would allow for marriage commissioners to refuse to …

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by Ashley Hileman

Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was sentenced Sunday to 11 years in prison. Sotoudeh was found guilty of "acting against national security" and "making propaganda against the system" for which she will serve five and one years, respectively. The remaining five years of her sentence result from allegations that she was a member of the …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani announced Sunday that he has no intention of revising the country's contentious blasphemy laws after Governor Salman Taseer of Punjab province was shot and killed Tuesday apparently due to his opposition to the law. The laws envisage the death penalty for anyone who insults the …

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by Dwyer Arce

The US Supreme Court on Monday remanded the case of Madison County v. Oneida Indian Nation [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, ordering the lower court to reconsider its ruling. The Second Circuit ruling had found that tribal sovereign immunity prevented county …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Federal charges were formally filed on Sunday against Jared Loughner, the man is accused of shooting to death Chief Judge John Roll of the US District Court for the District of Arizona and five other people Saturday. Fourteen other people were wounded in the shooting including Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). …

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