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Legal news from Tuesday, September 4, 2012

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Tuesday ordered Oracle to reimburse Google [corporate websites] about $1 million for costs incurred during the course of the companies' recent patent litigation [materials]. The trial concluded in May [JURIST report] with a … [read more]

[JURIST] The Egyptian Ministry of Justice on Tuesday brought charges against former culture minister Farouq Hosni for corruption. He has been accused [AFP report] of illegally obtaining 27 million Egyptian pounds (USD $4.5 million) during his term as culture minister under the ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [BBC profile; JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] Cambodian officials said Tuesday that they will deport the Swedish founder of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB) [media website]. The announcement came after visiting Swedish officials [Telegraph report] presented the Cambodian authorities with the conviction and prison sentence against Gottfrid Svartholm Warg. The founder of the controversial … [read more]

[JURIST] A UN expert on Monday urged member states to improve access to justice for the poor [UN News Centre report], explaining that ensuring access to justice is a necessary step to combating poverty. The Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty, Magdalena Sepulveda, explained that access to justice is a human … [read more]

[JURIST] The High Court of England and Wales on Tuesday struck down [judgment] a petition calling for an independent inquiry into the killing of 24 Malaysian rubber plantation workers by British troops in 1948. The incident occurred during the Malayan Emergency [AFP report] when Britain was combating communist insurgents. The … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] is expected to hear arguments this week in a landmark case involving alleged workplace discrimination in the UK against four practicing Christians. Two of the applicants, British Airways employee Nadia Eweida and geriatrics nurse Shirley Chaplin, seek relief from workplace … [read more]

[JURIST] A civilian court in Bahrain upheld lengthy prison sentences for 20 opposition and human rights activists on Tuesday, including eight life sentences. The lesser prison terms upheld ranged between five and 12 years [AP report], and seven of the activists were convicted in absentia. The activists are accused of … [read more]

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