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Legal news from Friday, July 27, 2012
by Max Slater

Google called Friday for the dismissal of a class action lawsuit accusing the company of infringing upon authors' copyrighted works when it scanned books for its digital library. In a filing with the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, Google argued that the plaintiffs in the …

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by Sung Un Kim

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara announced Friday that four men responsible for killing seven UN officials during an armed conflict near the border town of Tai were arrested in Liberia. The seven UN peacekeepers, all from Niger, were killed in a cross-border raid in early June. The …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) on Wednesday ruled that Ecuador violated the rights of the Sarayaku Indigenous community in the Ecuadorian Amazon when the state allowed the Argentine oil company CGC to encroach on Sarayaku traditional lands in the early 2000s without the Indigenous People's consultation. The court found that the Ecuadorian state …

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by Max Slater

Alaska Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell issued a regulation on Thursday that allows transgender individuals to change the sex indicator on their driver's licenses without undergoing surgery. Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against Alaska on behalf of a transgender woman, KL, who was told by the Department of …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

UN Special Rapporteur on arbitrary executions Christof Heyns on Friday expressed concern about an announcement that the Iraqi Court of Cassation has upheld the death sentences of 196 individuals in the Anbar province of Iraq. Heyns said he was concerned about the growing number of prisoners sentenced to death in the country and the lack …

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by Dan Taglioli

Russia's Federal Arbitration Court in Tyumen on Friday ordered British Petroleum (BP) to pay 100 billion rubles (US$3.1 billion) in damages to TNK-BP, BP's 50-50 joint venture with Alfa Access Renova (AAR), a consortium representing four Russian billionaire tycoons. Minority shareholders of TNK-BP brought a lawsuit against BP alleging that the venture suffered financial losses …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy on Friday renewed her call to transfer Canadian Guantanamo Bay detainee and convict Omar Khadr to his home country of Canada. Coomaraswamy said it was important to focus on rehabilitation of child soldiers like …

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by Max Slater

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday upheld a lower court decision to impose restrictions on cigarette makers for violating federal racketeering laws. The appellate court said that the US District Court for the District of Columbia did not err when it ruled in 2006 that numerous …

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by Sung Un Kim

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday expressed concern about the continued violence and human rights violations prevalent in Myanmar's Rakhine state since clashes began between its Buddhist and minority Rohingya Muslim communities in May. Pillay said that independent reports alleging "discriminatory and arbitrary responses by security forces, and even …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday insisted that the Syrian government take steps to protect civilians during armed conflicts. Pillay noted that recent violence in the country has often led to the death of civilians who were not notified that the conflict was approaching their area. Pillay said that although both sides …

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by Sung Un Kim

A Chinese intermediate court on Friday dismissed fraud charges against Ni Yulan, a human rights lawyer with disabilities, resulting in a two-month reduction to her two-year and eight-month sentence while upholding convictions against the lawyer for causing a disturbance. Ni had assisted victims of government land seizures, including those displaced by the Beijing Olympics project, prior to …

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by Max Slater

The government of Sri Lanka said Thursday that it may take up to five years to prosecute people accused of war crimes during the 26-year civil war it fought with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The government released a timetable on Thursday detailing how it plans to deal with people accused …

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by Sung Un Kim

A German court on Friday granted Microsoft Corp. an injunction against Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility in a patent infringement case involving a technology related to common names for long and short file allocation tables. With the injunction the court in Mannheim also held that Motorola should bear half of the legal costs. The injunction …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A government watchdog group Judicial Watch announced on Thursday that they had filed a lawsuit seeking information about the funeral arrangements made for al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. The US Navy reported last year that Bin Laden was buried at sea in accordance with …

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by Max Slater

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled 4-3 on Thursday that Pennsylvania's new oil and gas law violated the state's constitution by placing zoning rights regarding hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" solely in the hands of state authorities. Fracking is the process of injecting a high pressured mixture of water, sand and …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Supreme Court of Israel on Friday granted a government request to delay the removal of the Migron outpost in the West Bank. The court had ordered, in a watershed decision in August 2011, that Migron be dismantled by this August, but decided to extend the deadline …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday expressed concern about the lack of progress being made at a UN conference to negotiate an international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). With only two days remaining in the UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty, Ban expressed concern over the "very limited progress …

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by Max Slater

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange filed suit in federal court on Thursday seeking approval of a redistricting plan passed by the Alabama state legislature in May. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, asks the court to issue a declaratory judgment approving the plan without going through …

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by Jamie Reese

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday reinstated a challenge brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) over the no-fly list maintained by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA). The appeals court, without deciding on the merits of the case, decided the case could go forward and …

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