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Legal news from Wednesday, April 27, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Wednesday filed a corruption lawsuit in a US federal court against a natural gas trading company. In the suit against Swiss-based RosUkrEnergo, Tymoshenko seeks to reverse a decision by the Stockholm Arbitration Court that forced …

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by Daniel Makosky

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled 5-4 in AT&T v. Concepcion that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), which provides for judicial facilitation of private dispute resolution through arbitration when the transaction involves interstate commerce, preempts states from enforcing alternate solutions when arbitration clauses are considered …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Nevada Commission on Ethics v. Carrigan on whether the First Amendment allows states to prevent government officials from voting on matters in which they have or appear to have a personal conflict. The Nevada …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A Somali man pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to piracy, kidnapping and weapons charges related to a yacht hijacking in February that left four Americans dead. Mohammad Saaili Shibin is believed to have been the chief negotiator for the pirates accused of the highjacking. …

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by Daniel Makosky

A study released Tuesday by PLoS Medicine asserts that US military medical personnel responsible for treating Guantanamo Bay detainees consciously disregarded evidence of physical and psychological torture. The report's authors, including a retired US Army general, reviewed the medical records and case files of nine detainees, each of whom claim to have been …

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