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Legal news from Saturday, August 25, 2012
by Matthew Pomy

On Friday an inn in Vermont settled a discrimination case brought by a same-sex couple who was turned away from the holding their wedding reception at the inn because of the owner's views on same-sex marriage. The Wildflower Inn was fined $10,000 in civil penalties and $20,000 to put in a charitable trust. The couple, Katherine Baker and …

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by Matthew Pomy

The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia approved an agreement Friday between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Virginia in a case dealing with the treatment of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Virginia was found to have violated the interpretation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) …

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by Jennie Ryan

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Friday signed a resolution [Xinhua.net report] describing South Korea's control of islands in the Sea of Japan as an "illegal occupation." The resolution also calls for South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak to apologize and renounce comments he made during an August 15 surprise visit …

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by Jennie Ryan

A jury in the US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled Friday that Samsung Electronics violated several smartphone and tablet technology related patents held by Apple, awarding $1.05 billion in damages. The dispute covers everything from the shape and design of the competing companies' tablets and smartphones …

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