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Legal news from Thursday, November 8, 2012
by Brandon Gatto

Malawi's government on Thursday changed its position on a decision to suspend it laws barring same-sex marriage and homosexuality after being pressured by a number of churches within the strongly Christian country. Despite announcing a moratorium that would suspend the laws to allow the country to consider their permanent nullification, Malawai Minister of Justice Ralph Kasambara claims …

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by Brandon Gatto

A jury in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Wednesday ordered Apple to pay $368.2 million to a technology licensing company for infringing four patents related to private-network technology. In particular, the jury found that Apple's FaceTime function, which is used on its iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and …

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by Alex Ferraro

Louisiana voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state constitution which creates the strongest protection of the right to keep and bear arms in the nation. With all 4,267 precincts reporting, unofficial results from the Louisiana Secretary of State show that 73.46 percent (1,283,850 votes) of the state's electorate supported the amendment. Before the amendment, Article 1, …

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by Arjun Mishra

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday temporarily blocked several provisions of a human trafficking law approved by voters Tuesday. The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) joined with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to challenge portions of the …

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by Addison Morris

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday that the Viagra patent held by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. is no longer valid, opening the door for generic competition. The court ruled 7-0 against Pfizer on an appeal from Israeli-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world's largest generic pharmaceutical company. The …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Libya should not grant amnesty for war crimes committed on either side of the country's uprising against former leader Muammar Gaddafi, International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said Wednesday. In her statement to the UN Security Council, Bensouda acknowledged the possibility that key Libyan war …

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by John Paul Regan

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday upheld a German injunction preventing the activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) from using Holocaust images in an animal rights poster campaign. The campaign featured pictures of Holocaust victims alongside images of animals kept in mass …

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by Max Slater

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is accused of leaking confidential documents to WikiLeaks, offered a guilty plea on Wednesday to several of the charges that the government has leveled against him. Manning was charged for allegedly leaking more than 700,000 classified government documents to WikiLeaks, which purports to be a …

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by Endia Vereen

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, sitting en banc Wednesday, ruled that two American citizens cannot sue former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld for alleged torture by US soldiers in Iraq. The plaintiffs, who worked for a private security firm in Iraq, were arrested in 2006 by military personnel after …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. The issue in the first case, Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc., was whether a federal court has Article III jurisdiction over a party's challenge to the validity of a trademark if the owner of the trademark has …

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