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Legal news from Tuesday, November 27, 2012
by Cynthia Miley

El Salvador should address the continued challenges to the independence of its judicial system, the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Gabriela Knaul stated on Monday. Her mission was to examine El Salvador's progress at implementing and fulfilling its human rights obligations regarding the independence of judges and lawyers and those obstacles …

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by Samuel Franklin

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Tuesday that the euro zone's permanent bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), is in line with European law, following a referral from the Ireland Supreme Court. The referral arose from a claim made by a member of Irish Parliament that the ESM, …

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by Sung Un Kim

Ericsson, the Swedish telecom network equipment maker, on Tuesday announced that it filed suit against Samsung in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas for patent infringement. The suit follows a disagreement between the two companies for the renewal of licenses for telecommunications patents. The negotiation lasted for nearly …

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by Sarah Posner

Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Pakistani judges on Tuesday to stop using contempt of court powers as a mechanism for silencing the media's critique of the judiciary. Since 2009 when the independent judiciary was restored, Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and the provincial high courts have reportedly attempted to muzzle the media's criticism of …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych on Tuesday signed a law on conducting national referendums. Pursuant to the law, referendums can be used to approve altering the wording of the constitution, to amend the constitution and to repeal a law amending the constitution. They can also be used to resolve territorial issues of …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court on Monday remanded Liberty University v. Geithner to the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The court ordered the lower court to re-consider the case in light of National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius. The Fourth Circuit previously dismissed [JURIST …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases on Monday. In Vance v. Ball State University the court considered whether an employer can be held vicariously liable for harassment by supervisors who oversee the daily work of the alleged victim, and if that potential liability is limited …

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