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Legal news from Friday, September 14, 2012
by Michael Haggerson

The Supreme Court of Russia 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 engage in homosexual activity and even then …

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by Michael Haggerson

Apple won an injunction against Motorola Mobility on Thursday in a German court due to patent infringement in Motorola's smart phones and tablets. The patent at issue, EP2126788 which corresponds to US Patent No. 7,469,381, is for "rubber-banding" technology which allows users to continue scrolling …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A Norwegian court on Friday upheld a the country's display ban 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 brought suit against Norway in March 2010, arguing that the …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

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 until an appeal can be heard on the issue. The contested provision requires law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of persons they stop or arrest if there is a …

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by Dan Taglioli

The US Department of Justice on Friday filed an appeal of this week's order by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York that permanently enjoined a law allowing US authorities to detain indefinitely anyone suspected of having aided known terrorist organizations. Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense …

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by Dan Taglioli

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland on Thursday blocked the enactment of the Stop Insider Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK Act). Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. granted the plaintiffs' motion for a temporary preliminary injunction against the STOCK Act, which was designed to stop insider trading …

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by Sarah Posner

The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the amended Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD), 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 at the University of Washington for discrimination based on sexual …

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by Sarah Posner

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania heard oral arguments on Thursday to determine whether Pennsylvania's voter ID law is constitutional. On its first day in session, the high court heard oral arguments to decide if the state's newly enacted voter ID law will take effect for the upcoming presidential election and whether this …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

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 found to have illegally profited from a license …

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