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Legal news from Wednesday, January 4, 2012

[JURIST] A panel of three judges in the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 2-1 Tuesday that West Virginia's congressional redistricting plan, signed into law last August, is unconstitutional. The Jefferson County Commission [official website] brought suit in November to challenge … [read more]

[JURIST] 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 [text, PDF, in Spanish], the new government agency will … [read more]

[JURIST] The Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) [official website; JURIST news archive] published a draft law Monday establishing guidelines for the election of the assembly that will create Libya's new constitution. The law would ban [AP report] any former members of the regime of deceased former dictator Muammar Gaddafi [BBC … [read more]

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the Provincial Court of Justice of Sucumbios in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, on Tuesday upheld [judgment, PDF, in Spanish] a multi-billion dollar fine against Chevron [corporate website] for polluting the Amazon Jungle in the 1980s. The USD $18 billion fine, one of the largest in the … [read more]

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