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Legal news from Wednesday, June 22, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

Dutch lawmakers on Wednesday passed a network neutrality law, which prohibits mobile operators from blocking or charging consumers fees for using Internet-based communication services. The law, passed by the Dutch Parliament's lower house, the Tweede Kamer, will prevent operators including KPN, Vodafone and T-Mobile from imposing extra fees for free …

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by Julia Zebley

The International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said Wednesday that he will seek an investigation into the Ivory Coast on Thursday. Last week, Ocampo issued a public notice for victims of violence in the Ivory Coast to give statements and advise if the ICC should proceed …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The South Carolina House of Representatives voted 69-43 on Tuesday to enact legislation aimed at reforming the state's immigration laws. The immigration reform bill allows police officers to check a suspect's immigration status during a lawful stop, seizure, detention, or arrest, and mandates businesses to participate in the E-Verify system, …

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by Julia Zebley

Ukrainian opposition leader and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday, alleging violations of the European Convention of Human Rights. The complaint argues that the charges against Tymoshenko are politically engineered by current Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych …

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by Zach Zagger

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Tuesday upheld the dismissal of a torture suit against former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld brought by four Afghan and five Iraqi citizens alleging they were illegally detained and tortured. The plaintiffs sued in 2005 …

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by Julia Zebley

A UN official on Tuesday denounced continued human rights abuses against civilians in the South Kordofan region of the Sudan. The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said that the UN knows of more than 70,000 people who have been displaced by the conflict, many of whom …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Australian Government on Wednesday introduced legislation aimed at reinforcing current cybercrime laws and improving Australia's international cybercrime security. Australian Attorney General Robert McClelland and Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Brendan O'Connor announced that the Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill of 2011 aims to provide Australian agencies with better access to international Internet …

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by Zach Zagger

A Tunisian court Wednesday sentenced in absentia nephew of ousted former president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali to 15 years in prison for issuing bad checks, according to a Tunisian state media report. A trial court in the city of Beja issued the cumulative sentence against Sofiane Ben Ali for multiple cases …

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by Julia Zebley

Bahrain's Lower National Safety Court sentenced 20 activists on Wednesday—eight to life in prison—for anti-government protests conducted earlier this year. The convicted were charged with "plotting to topple the leadership of the Kingdom of Bahrain," but rights organizations have denied this, stating that all convicted were protesters exercising freedom of speech. The 20 protesters [profiles, …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday permitted a lawsuit against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) arising out of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 to proceed. An electrical substation at the base of 7 World Trade Center (7WTC) was …

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by Sarah Posner

JPMorgan Chase & Co reached a $153.6 million settlement Tuesday for fraud charges brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commissionn(SEC) for allegedly misleading investors during the housing crisis. A settlement was reached when JPMorgan agreed to pay a $133 million fine, in addition to $20.6 million for fraudulent …

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by Sarah Posner

Judge Thomas Hogan of the US District Court for the District of Columbia Monday approved a $3.4 billion settlement in the American Indian trust class-action lawsuit. The suit has been underway for 15 years, with a federal judge approving of the most expensive class-action settlement against the US government [AP …

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