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Legal news from Tuesday, March 29, 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, a gender discrimination class action lawsuit estimated to include more than 1.5 million women—the largest class action lawsuit in US history. The issues are (1) whether claims for monetary relief can be certified under …

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by John Paul Putney

Finnish telecommunications company Nokia announced Tuesday that it filed another complaint against Apple with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) in addition to a lawsuit filed in Delaware. Nokia's newest complaint alleges Apple is violating seven patents "in virtually all of its mobile phones, portable music players, tablets and computers ... …

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by Sarah Posner

UN prosecutors on Tuesday demanded that ex-Yugoslav army chief Momcilo Perisic receive a life sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Perisic is on trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), charged with eight counts of crimes against humanity and five counts of war crimes. The charges …

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by Aman Kakar

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled unanimously in Astra USA v. Santa Clara County, CA that health care providers that are third-party beneficiaries of a government contract may not sue drug companies for overpricing under federal law. The issue was whether health care providers who qualify for reduced-price …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 5-4 in Connick v. Thompson that a district attorney cannot be held liable under § 1983 for a failure to train subordinates, reversing a jury award of damages for a wrongfully convicted man. The respondent was found guilty of …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit dismissed a claim led by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) upholding secrecy provisions of a federal whistleblower law. The case involved the Civil War-era False Claims Act (FCA), which includes provisions authorizing private citizens, dubbed qui tam relators, to sue on behalf …

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by Matt Glenn

Israel's Knesset passed a law Monday giving courts the power to revoke the citizenship of those convicted of treason, spying, aiding the enemy or terrorism. The law, initiated by members of nationalist party Israel Beytenu, passed by a vote of 37-11. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman repeated his …

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by Aman Kakar

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi attended a hearing in Milan on Monday to defend himself against charges of fraud and embezzlement. Berlusconi has not attended a case hearing for more than seven years. He is currently a defendant in four trials. Berlusconi is accused of inflating the price paid to …

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by Aman Kakar

An Egyptian prosecutor indicted three police officials [al-Masry al-Youm report] from the Beni Suef governorate on Monday on charges of murdering protesters during the Egyptian revolution. According to judicial sources, Major General Ahmed Abu Zeid, Colonel Mohamed Abdel Maqsoud and Colonel Mohamed Othman face charges of attempted murder and murder. The charges stem from a January 28 incident where …

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