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Legal news from Tuesday, April 17, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday in Filarsky v. Delia that a private individual temporarily retained by the government to carry out its work is entitled to seek qualified immunity from suit under 42 USC § 1983. Firefighter Nicholas Delia brought suit against the city of Rialto, the Rialto …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday in Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Ltd v. Novo Nordisk A/S that a generic drug manufacturer may employ the counterclaim provision of the Hatch-Waxman Act to force correction of a use code that inaccurately describes the brand's patent as covering a particular method of using a …

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by Brandon Gatto

The Supreme Court of the Netherlands on Tuesday approved the extradition of a Dutch-Pakistani man suspected of preparing terrorist attacks on an American military base in Afghanistan in 2010. The suspect, known under Dutch privacy laws only as Sabir K., claimed that his transfer to the US would be illegal under Article 3 [ECHR …

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by Max Slater

James Ibori, the former governor of Delta State in Nigeria, was convicted in a UK court on Tuesday on 10 counts of money laundering and conspiracy to commit fraud and sentenced to 13 years in prison. Ibori, who governed the oil-rich Delta State from 1999-2007, was convicted by the Southwark Crown Court for fraud charges …

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by Sung Un Kim

Human rights violations continue in Bahrain despite reforms, Amnesty International (AI) reported Tuesday. After the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) released a report in November concerning human rights violations committed against anti-government protesters, the Bahraini government responded through reforms. However, AI's recent report criticized these efforts …

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by Keith Herting

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) concluded Tuesday that the 1940 Katyn Massacre of 21,000 Poles by the Soviets was a "war crime" but acknowledged that they cannot force Russia to investigate the killings further. The case was brought by 13 relatives of victims of the Katyn massacre who allege that the …

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by Hillary Stemple

Human rights groups including Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday urged Council of Europe member states to reject proposed changes to the European Convention on Human Rights. The proposed changes, entitled the Brighton Declaration, were introduced by the UK, and began circulating to member …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued an order Monday dismissing its review of two lawsuits challenging Wisconsin's controversial voter ID law, leaving state appellate courts to decide whether to lift an injunction against the law. In the two cases, NAACP v. Walker and League of Women Voters v. Walker [case …

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by Hillary Stemple

The lower chamber of the Malaysian Parliament on Tuesday approved a law aimed at replacing the country's controversial Internal Security Act of 1960 (ISA), which currently allows for indefinite detention of terror suspects, dissidents and political opponents. Parliament introduced the legislation, known as the Security Offences Act of 2012, …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Danish authorities failed to examine possible racist motivations behind an attack on an Iraqi refugee family in Denmark in 2004, according to an opinion published by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Iraqi-born Mahali Dawas, his wife and eight children were attacked in June 2004 in their home in Denmark by up …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp. on the breadth of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regarding pharmaceutical sales representatives (PSRs) as well as the Secretary of Labor's interpretation of the act. Circuits are split on whether PSRs are …

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