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Legal news from Saturday, December 31, 2011
by Max Slater

The Egyptian government agreed on Friday to cease its crackdowns on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that advocate for democracy in Egypt, according to the US Department of State (DOS). Egyptian officials assured the US that it would return all property and assets seized in the raids to the NGOs. Despite Egypt's assurances, however, the US said …

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by Max Slater

The Montana Supreme Court ruled on Friday to uphold a restriction on corporate independent expenditures related to state political campaigns and candidates. In the case, Western Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Montana, the high court affirmed a century-old ban on corporate spending, implemented by the 1912 Corrupt Practices Act. The high court concluded that …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday ruled that a Washington law banning political action committees from taking donations of $5,000 or more in the last three weeks before an election is unconstitutional. The law was challenged by Family PAC on three grounds, including two that require political action …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday unanimously ruled that a law granting immunity from civil suits for telecommunications companies that assist government intelligence agencies is constitutional. The Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act of 2008 (FISA) provides in Section 802 that "a civil action may not lie or be maintained . …

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