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Legal news from Thursday, October 11, 2012
by Brandon Gatto

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on Wednesday joined a federal lawsuit challenging a policy directive to defer the deportation of young illegal immigrants. The claim, filed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on behalf of 10 agents of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) …

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by Brandon Gatto

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Thursday reversed an injunction issued by the US District Court for the Northern District of California against Samsung in an ongoing patent dispute with Apple. Specifically, the Federal Circuit found that "the district court abused its discretion in enjoining …

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by Keith Herting

The Thai Supreme Court issued an arrest warrant Thursday for former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The warrant was issued following his failure to appear before the court in an ongoing trial on five criminal charges including abuse of power and violation of banking regulations at the state-owned Krung …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit against Rwandan President Paul Kagame alleging he ordered the killings of the former presidents of Rwanda and Burundi. The lawsuit was filed by the widows of Juvenal Habyarimana, the former president of Rwanda, and Cyprien Ntaryamira, the …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Four Nigerian residents and an advocacy group told a Dutch court on Thursday that Shell should be held liable for damage from oil pollution in the Niger Delta. The suit, which was filed by the four villagers and Friends of the Earth Netherlands in 2008, is the first time …

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by Max Slater

The Tokyo District Court ruled Wednesday that the Japanese government must disclose part of a 1965 treaty between Japan and South Korea regarding sexual slavery employed by Japan during wartime. The District Court ruled in favor of 11 Japanese and Korean activists representing the descendants of enslaved sex workers known as comfort …

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by Max Slater

A UN official on Wednesday said that Islamists who have seized power in northern Mali are violating the human rights of women and children through enforced prostitution and recruitment of child soldiers. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic said that rebel forces who seized power in northern Mali when soldiers overthrew …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, in which the plaintiff is challenging the constitutionality of the university's affirmative action program. The plaintiff, Abigail Noel Fisher, was denied acceptance to the university and claims that her race was a determining factor …

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