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Legal news from Sunday, February 27, 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

Two tobacco companies filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in order to enjoin a recent opinion by the agency's advisory committee due to conflicts of interest. The suit, filed by Lorillard, Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

A three-judge panel for the Illinois Court of Appeals for the Fifth District on Thursday unanimously decided to reopen a $10.1 billion class action against Philip Morris involving deceptive marketing practices in light of a favorable 2008 US Supreme Court ruling on the subject matter. The class represented in the lawsuit claims …

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by Drew Singer

The Egyptian military's judicial committee on Saturday proposed a constitutional amendment that would impose an eight-year term limit on the presidency in an attempt to prevent a repeat of the 30-year reign of former president Hosni Mubarak. The proposed constitutional amendments also make it easier for a candidate to obtain a nomination. The existing Egyptian Constitution …

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by Drew Singer

The UN Security Council on Saturday voted unanimously to impose sanctions on Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, marking the first unanimous referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in UN history. Resolution 1970 also received support from Libya's delegation itself, which renounced Gaddafi on Friday. Libya's UN Ambassador …

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