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Legal news from Friday, October 5, 2012
by Michael Haggerson

The Mannheim Regional Court in Germany ruled for Motorola Mobility, a subsidiary of Google, against Microsoft on Friday. This was the fourth decision in a suit between Motorola and Microsoft to be issued this year, all of which were countersuits by Microsoft against claims by Motorola. All of the prior decisions had come down …

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by Michael Haggerson

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday condemned a draft law that would ban pro-gay "propaganda" in Ukraine. The OHCHR said that the bill would be open to abuse and that it violates human rights and Ukraine's commitments to anti-discrimination and the protection of …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Queen's Bench Division on the High Court of England and Wales ruled Friday that three elderly Kenyans can sue the British government for torture they suffered while in detention under the British Colonial Administration in the 1950s. Judge Richard McCombe ruled that the three Kenyans could claim damages against the British government for the …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The High Court of England and Wales on Friday approved the extradition of five terror suspects to the US. The court's decision comes a week after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) gave its final approval of the extradition, which it had initially approved in April. Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Thursday ruled that the state may move forward with its efforts to remove approximately 180 suspected non-citizens from its voter rolls. Several rights groups had filed suit to stop the purging process in Florida, arguing that it violated regulations in the …

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by Dan Taglioli

The High Court of Australia on Friday published its reasons for dismissing a lawsuit brought by several large international tobacco companies challenging the labeling requirements of the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 (TPP Act). The court originally dismissed the challenge in August but provided its reasons only this week. The TPP Act …

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by Sarah Posner

Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday urged Syria to release a prominent human rights lawyer and his friend believed to be detained by security forces. AI contends that both men should be released immediately unless they are charged with an internationally recognized offense. A Deputy Director for Amnesty International states that "the families of these men …

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by Sarah Posner

Google and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) on Thursday announced a settlement over Google's book-scanning initiative. Authors and publishers have alleged that Google was illegally profiting off of their works by scanning more than 20 million books. One particularly contentious issue was that Google would include books in its …

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