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Legal news from Thursday, March 31, 2011
by Dan Taglioli

Microsoft announced Wednesday it will file a formal complaint with the European Commission (EC) detailing alleged anticompetitive practices by Google. Microsoft claims Google has engaged in "a broadening pattern of conduct aimed at stopping anyone else from creating a competitive alternative" to Google's products and services in Europe, where it controls …

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by Daniel Makosky

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday ordered the formation of a committee that will evaluate possible elimination of the country's 48-year-old state of emergency law. The panel will be composed of legal experts and charged with examining potential legislative measures that would simultaneously preserve national security and allow the revocation of the emergency law, …

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by Jennie Ryan

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday upheld an approval by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of caps on motor vehicle emissions in California. The court held that no abuse of discretion had occurred, citing the broad discretion which must be afforded to a government agency's interpretations of its …

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by Julia Zebley

The Ohio Senate on Thursday passed Senate Bill 5, which alters Ohio labor law and restricts the collective bargaining abilities of unions for public sector workers. The bill was approved in the Senate by a vote of 17 to 16, shortly after a House vote of 53 to 44. In February, the legislation …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

The Supreme Court of Canada agreed Thursday to review a B.C. Court of Appeal decision allowing a challenge to the country's anti-prostitution laws. The appeals court had set aside a lower court ruling denying standing to Sheryl Kiselbach, a former sex worker in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, and the federal attorney general appealed. Kiselbach …

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by Daniel Richey

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Wednesday that a lawsuit against the Library of Congress (LOC) filed on behalf of former Guantanamo prosecutor and LOC employee Col. Morris Davis can proceed. Davis, who was employed at the LOC's Congressional Research Service …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The Czech Republic's Constitutional Court on Thursday overturned parts of a controversial data retention law that obligated telecommunications companies to maintain records of their customers' internet and telephone usage. The court found that paragraphs 3 and 4 of § 97 of the Electronic Communications Act, which compelled telecommunications companies …

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by Ann Riley

The US Department of State announced on Wednesday that it would pursue a second term on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). In continuing its membership, the US intends to further its stand against the council's "biased and disproportional focus on Israel," and push the council to "address a broad range of urgent …

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by Ann Riley

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Wednesday that it has reached a settlement with Google over charges that the Internet giant breached consumer privacy rights and was misleading during the launch of its social networking platform, Google Buzz. The FTC complaint alleges that when Google launched Buzz …

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