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Legal news from Thursday, October 6, 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

The EU Court of Justice (ECJ) advocate general Juliane Kokott on Thursday issued an opinion stating that an EU law forcing foreign airlines using EU airports to pay fees for greenhouse gas emissions is lawful. Kokott said that the carbon emission fees do not violate international law, as several US and Canadian airlines have argued. …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Pakistani Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on Thursday issued a judgment urging political parties to stop financing criminal groups responsible for increased violence in the city of Karachi. In the judicial decision, Chaudhry announced that militant groups have gained strength because of support from local political groups and ordered the Pakistani government to …

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by Dan Taglioli

Bahrain on Wednesday announced retrials will be given to 20 medical staff convicted last month of participating in the country's pro-democracy protests against the ruling regime. Dr. Ali al-Boainain, Bahrain's attorney general, stated that the department of public prosecution had studied the judgment rendered against the 20 Shiite medics by the National Safety Court of Appeal …

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by Matthew Shames

Derrick Bell, a leading legal scholar and the first tenured African-American professor at Harvard Law School, died Wednesday in New York of carcinoid cancer. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bell graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1957, the only African-American in his class. He subsequently worked for the US Justice …

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by Dan Taglioli

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama on Wednesday denied an emergency motion to issue a temporary injunction on those portions of Alabama's recently passed immigration law that the same judge last week ruled did not meet the requirements for a preliminary injunction. The plaintiffs in the case …

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by Michael Haggerson

Human Rights Watch released a report on Thursday calling for the Ivory Coast government to prosecute both sides of the post-election violence equally. The violence began last November when Alassane Ouattara defeated incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo, but Gbagbo refused to cede power. The report alleges that pro-Gbagbo forces then began a …

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by Erin Bock

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Wednesday. In Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, the court considered whether an employment discrimination claim can be brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) against a religiously affiliated school despite the Act's "ministerial exception." …

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