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Legal news from Sunday, July 17, 2011
by Julia Zebley

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday criticized Turkey's neglect of some human rights issues, including a lack of religious freedom, the censoring of the internet and improper detention of journalists. Clinton noted the rising economic importance of Turkey as well calling it one of the most exciting places in …

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by Julia Zebley

Apple prevailed in a complaint against HTC on Saturday when the US International Trade Commission (USITC) ruled against HTC for patent infringement on patents 5,946,647 and 6,343,263, both of which relate to cell phones that run the Android operating system (OS). HTC will appeal …

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by Daniel Makosky

A federal judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Washington on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction suspending the imposition of contribution limits in Washington state recall campaigns. Judge Robert Bryan ruled that, given the diminished potential for quid pro quo arrangements typically feared in electoral campaigns, the state failed to demonstrate …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Friday dismissed consolidated racketeering claims against British Petroleum (BP) in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Gulf residents and businesses filed lawsuits in June 2010 alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International (AI), the Arabic Network For Human Rights Information (ANHRI) and Front Line Defenders (FLD) on Saturday urged United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities to end the trial of five pro-democracy activists charged with publicly insulting UAE leaders. The five men, who have been detained since April, were charged in June …

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