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Legal news from Wednesday, January 4, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A panel of three judges in the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia ruled 2-1 Tuesday that West Virginia's congressional redistricting plan, signed into law last August, is unconstitutional. The Jefferson County Commission brought suit in November to challenge the constitutionality of the plan, which created a disparity of …

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by Jamie Davis

The Spanish government has approved a new law that creates a government agency with the authority to force Internet service providers to block certain websites that are involved in pirating copyrighted material, reports said on Tuesday. Under the Sinde law, the new government agency will take claims of infringement against websites that have …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

The Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) published a draft law Monday establishing guidelines for the election of the assembly that will create Libya's new constitution. The law would ban any former members of the regime of deceased former dictator Muammar Gaddafi as well as those educated in …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

A three-judge panel of the Provincial Court of Justice of Sucumbios in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, on Tuesday upheld a multi-billion dollar fine against Chevron for polluting the Amazon Jungle in the 1980s. The USD $18 billion fine, one of the largest in the history of environmental contamination suits, was originally set at $8.6 …

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