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Legal news from Saturday, May 19, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) on Friday concluded its investigation into a complaint that a number of Motorola mobile phones infringed on several Microsoft patents. The decision affirmed the ruling of an administrative law judge in December that Microsoft had proven by a preponderance of the evidence that Motorola had in fact …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Israeli Knesset Wednesday rejected a bill that would have legalized civil marriages in the country. The "Freedom of Choice in Marriage" bill was proposed to allow marriages not approved by Jewish Law, including same-sex marriage and marriages between a Jewish person and a gentile. Currently marriages in Israel are only conducted …

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by Matthew Pomy

Malawi President Joyce Banda announced in her first national address on Friday that she will decriminalize homosexual acts. The provisions she intends to repeal are Section 153 and 156 of the Penal Code, which provide 14 years or 5 years imprisonment, respectively, for anyone engaging in male homosexual activity or relationships. Lesbianism is …

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by Matthew Pomy

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia decided to uphold Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act Friday, affirming the ruling of the district court below. Section 5 requires covered jurisdictions to clear changes in voting districts, polling places and other electoral processes with the Department of …

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