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Legal news from Friday, May 6, 2011
by Daniel Makosky

The Florida House of Representatives on Thursday voted 77-38 to pass controversial legislation revising the state's election laws, only hours after the Senate did so by a 25-13 margin. The bill limits the window for early voting to one week prior to an election, down from the previously established two weeks, and …

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by Daniel Makosky

The Supreme Court of California on Thursday ruled unanimously to allow claims against tobacco companies for smoking-related ailments that arise after the statute of limitations for an earlier condition has elapsed. Though state law requires that parties file suit within two years of discovering an injury, the decision will allow smokers to proceed with …

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by Julia Zebley

The Supreme Federal Court of Brazil unanimously recognized legal rights for partners in same-sex civil unions on Thursday. Through the ruling, gay couples in "stable relationships" now have rights to community property, alimony, health insurance and tax benefits, adoption, and inheritance rights. The court disregarded a portion of …

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by Julia Zebley

Human rights experts from the UN Commission for Human Rights on Friday called on the US to disclose further details on the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. Special Rapporteurs Christof Heyns and Martin Scheinin are seeking more information in order "to allow …

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