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Legal news from Thursday, July 28, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

A group of attorneys filed a civil lawsuit in Belgium against the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO Thursday alleging it is responsible for killing 13 civilians in a bombing of a residential compound in Libya. The complaint was filed on behalf of retired Libyan general and member of Libya's Revolutionary Council, Khalid el Hamidi, whose …

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by Julia Zebley

A judge for the Superior Court of San Francisco ruled in Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco v. Arntz on Thursday that a San Francisco public referendum to ban circumcision cannot appear on the ballot in November. The Male Genital Mutilitation bill would have made male circumcision illegal in San Francisco if the recipient …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will be held in Cairo, a senior official said Thursday. The announcement comes amid speculation that the trial would be held at a Red Sea resort because of Mubarak's alleged poor health. Many Egyptians contend that Mubarak is not ill and that members …

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by Julia Zebley

UK Lord Justice Brian Leveson, head of an investigative panel into the recent media phone hacking scandal, said at a press conference Thursday that the panel will investigate the overall "culture, practices and ethics of the press." Prime Minister David Cameron announced earlier this month the seven-member panel to investigate journalism practices in …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The UK Supreme Court on Thursday granted leave of appeal in Ministry of Defence v. AB to British former servicemen seeking compensation for illnesses resulting from participating in nuclear weapons testing. The veterans are seeking to overturn a 2009 High Court ruling that denied the men compensation for the adverse health consequences …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) on Wednesday filed a petition for writ of certiorari in the US Supreme Court asking for review of an appeals court ruling declaring the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) constitutional. The petition comes in response to a …

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by Zach Zagger

A federal judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida Wednesday heard oral arguments in a case challenging whether political speech from grassroots organizations can be regulated under campaign finance laws. Judge Robert Hinkle, who heard the arguments, partially denied a preliminary injunction in October to stop enforcement …

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by Julia Zebley

The United Kingdom's High Court of Justice ruled on Thursday for the Motion Picture Association (MPAA), requiring internet provider British Telecom (BT) to block access to a file-sharing website, Newzbin2. Newzbin2 is an aggregator of content, but does not develop any illegal content itself, simply making the content …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit heard oral arguments on Wednesday in Discount Tobacco City & Lottery v. USA on cross-appeals from a tobacco advertising decision in January 2010. The January ruling upheld the majority of restrictions on cigarette advertising imposed by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco …

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by Erin Bock

The Italian Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday rejected by a vote of 293 to 250 legislation [C. 2802 materials, in Italian] that would have provided greater penalties for hate crimes committed against homosexuals and transsexuals. The legislation was rejected on the grounds that it violated the concept of equality in Article …

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