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Legal news from Monday, July 2, 2012
by Sung Un Kim

Google on Monday offered to settle antitrust claims by the European Competition Commission (ECC). The company's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, sent a letter to ECC Joaquin Almunia addressing four areas of concerns the ECC pointed out in May, including that the company unfairly abused its Internet …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US government is considering transferring suspected Taliban militants from Guantanamo Bay to prisons in Afghanistan, officials told AP on Saturday. The potential transfer is part of an ongoing effort by the US government to improve relations with the Taliban in an attempt to promote peace in Afghanistan. Any prisoner transfer is not likely to include …

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by Sung Un Kim

The UN on Monday released a report alleging that the Rwandan government has helped to create armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and supplied them with weapons, armor and recruits including children. The group of Experts on the DRC for the UN Security council found that …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

US Bancorp, one of the 10 largest banks in the US, on Monday announced that they have agreed to a $55 million settlement to resolve lawsuits by customers who sued over excessive overdraft fees. The settlement is part of ongoing national litigation challenging the overdraft practices of 35 banks. The agreement is subject to approval …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Sunday said that an effective international arms treaty would save lives and aid in the enforcement of international law. The statement by the ICRC was made in anticipation of the UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty, which is being held in New York …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) announced Monday that it may shut down Apple operations in Italy for 30 days and fined the company up to 300,000 euros (USD $377,500) for unfair commercial practices. The authority claims that Apple misled customers by not advising them of their legal right to …

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by Sung Un Kim

Amnesty International Moldova (AI) on Monday urged the Center for Human Rights of Moldova to assess the constitutionality of a new law that allows chemical castration of anyone found guilty of violent pedophilia. The new law, which took effect on Sunday, was unanimously introduced and passed by …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Francois Crepeau on Monday called on the government of Turkey and authorities in the European Union (EU) to respect the rights of migrants in the continent. Crepeau acknowledged the need for governments to ensure border security but stressed that the need for secure borders …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on Monday announced that they had reached a $3 billion settlement in a series of criminal and civil healthcare fraud cases against the drug company. As part of the agreement, GSK pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Constitutional Court of Germany on Monday announced that it will hear a claim brought in opposition to the 500 billion euro (USD $632 billion) European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the fiscal pact. The main opponent of the agreements is the leftist party Die Linke which asked …

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by Sung Un Kim

A federal judge on Friday issued an injunction against Samsung Electronics to stop the sale of its Galaxy Nexus smartphone in the US. Judge Lucy Koh for the US District Court for the Northern District of California found that Apple is likely to succeed on the merits in the litigation and …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US government on Friday dropped all charges against a Kuwaiti national being held in Guantanamo Bay. Faiz al Kandari, who previously lost a petition for habeas corpus, was never formally brought to trial. His case was never referred to a military tribunal. The decision to drop the charges came shortly after a Kuwaiti Ambassador …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue on Sunday vetoed a bill that would have lifted a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state. Fracking is the process of injecting a high pressured mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the ground to break through rock and release oil and natural gas. …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Libyan government on Monday released four International Criminal Court (ICC) staff members who had been detained for nearly four weeks. The release was announced while the ICC's president, Sang-Hyun Song, was visiting the country. The prosecution's office confirmed the release and noted that a hearing in their cases is expected on July 23. It …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Sunday told reporters that attacks by Islamist rebels on religious monuments in Mali will not be tolerated. Bensouda said that the rebels' destruction of tombs of ancient Muslim saints in Timbuktu may amount to war crimes. The rebels said the …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Supreme Court of Israel on Sunday postponed the demolition of illegal settlements in the West Bank. The Supreme Court had ordered the 30 apartments in Ulpana neighborhood to be destroyed by July 1, extending it from May 1. However, with Sunday's ruling, another date for the demolition was set …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi on Sunday issued a temporary injunction blocking a controversial Mississippi abortion law that was scheduled to go into effect July 1. The new law requires that all physicians performing abortions at a clinic be a licensed OB-GYN and have …

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by Sung Un Kim

A Chinese court on Monday confirmed a settlement reached last week in the trademark case between Apple and Shenzhen Proview Technology. The Guangdong Hich People's Court said that Apple has agreed to pay USD $60 million to Proview for the use of the iPad trademark in mainland China. Although Apple had paid $55,000 for the …

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