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Legal news from Wednesday, December 19, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Sri Lankan Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake on Wednesday appealed the findings of a parliamentary committee which concluded she was guilty of three charges of misconduct. Bandaranayake claims she was not given an adequate opportunity to defend herself against the charges. She is asking the Court of Appeal to declare the committee's …

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by Julia Zebley

Former federal judge Robert Bork died Wednesday at the age of 85. Bork was an influential judge for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for seven years and was a strong proponent of the legal theory of originalism, an interpretive principle that instructs judges to seek the "original intent" when interpreting …

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by Max Slater

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced criminal charges Wednesday against two former UBS traders for allegedly helping UBS illegally manipulate foreign interest rates. The DOJ accused former traders Tom Hayes and Roger Darin of assisting in a conspiracy to manipulate the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), an interest …

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by Max Slater

A judge for the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled on Tuesday that Motorola Mobility, a subsidiary of Google may not assert a patent claim against Apple regarding a sensor that prevents phone users from dialing the wrong number on touchscreens. Motorola Mobility filed a lawsuit against Apple in May, alleging that …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Honduran National Congress on Tuesday approved controversial amendments to the police law designed to eliminate corruption. Approval came after the congress voted to dismiss four justices of the country's Supreme Court last week after the justices ruled that the police reform bill supported by President …

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by Max Slater

A UN probe into human rights violations in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) found on Tuesday that at least 126 people were raped and at least two civilians were killed during recent violence in the region. The probe focused on alleged human rights violations that occurred between November 20 and November …

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by Max Slater

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) reached a settlement on Tuesday with book publisher Penguin Group, Inc. regarding an alleged conspiracy to raise the prices of e-books. The DOJ's antitrust division filed a lawsuit in April accusing Penguin Group, as well as several other publishers, of conspiring with Apple, …

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