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Legal news from Friday, September 14, 2012

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Russia [official website, in Russian] upheld the Arkhangelsk region's ban on "gay propaganda" on Thursday, but ruled that gay pride parades and other demonstrations in support of gay rights are legal. According to the court, the ban applies only to direct appeals to minors to … [read more]

[JURIST] Apple [corporate website; Bloomberg backgrounder] won an injunction against Motorola Mobility [corporate website; Bloomberg backgrounder] on Thursday in a German court due to patent infringement in Motorola's smart phones and tablets. The patent at issue, EP2126788 [text; European Patent Register materials] which corresponds to US Patent No. 7,469,381 [text], … [read more]

[JURIST] A Norwegian court on Friday upheld a the country's display ban [text, in Norwegian] on tobacco products. The law prevents stores from displaying tobacco products or their logos anywhere in a store, requiring the products to be stored in cabinets or otherwise hidden from sight. Philip Morris [corporate website] … [read more]

[JURIST] A coalition of rights groups in Arizona filed an emergency motion on Thursday asking a court to block a controversial provision of Arizona's immigration law [SB 1070, PDF] until an appeal can be heard on the issue. The contested provision requires law enforcement officials to check the immigration status … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] on Friday filed an appeal of this week's order by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] that permanently enjoined [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] a law allowing US authorities to detain indefinitely anyone suspected of having … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland [official website] on Thursday blocked [opinion, PDF] the enactment of the Stop Insider Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK Act) [S 2038, PDF]. Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. granted the plaintiffs' motion for a temporary preliminary injunction against … [read more]

[JURIST] The Washington Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that the amended Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) [materials], which now includes gays and lesbians, is not retroactive in its effect. The WLAD was amended in 2006 to protect gays and lesbians against discrimination. The plaintiff sued her superior … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania [official website] heard oral arguments on Thursday to determine whether Pennsylvania's voter ID law [HB 943 materials] is constitutional. On its first day in session, the high court heard oral arguments [AP report] to decide if the state's newly enacted voter ID law will … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Thursday sentenced former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Nazif to three years in prison after finding him guilty of corruption charges. Nazif was accused of embezzling $10.5 million while in office. This most recent conviction will add to a previous corruption conviction in which he was … [read more]

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