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Legal news from Sunday, December 23, 2012
by Peter Snyder

The Egyptian opposition on Sunday said it will appeal the referendum that appears to have voted in a new constitution backed by ruling Islamic parties. The opposition has alleged the vote was marred by fraud and irregularities, while the Muslim Brotherhood, the main supporters of the new constitution, claim the referendum has passed with …

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by Peter Snyder

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday signed legislation that criminalizes enforced disappearances. According to the Presidential Communications Operations Office, the Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act of 2012 criminalizes the "arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of the State." The law was passed by Congress in October. …

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by Sarah Posner

An Italian appeals court on Friday overturned the conviction of three Google executives for violating Italian privacy laws by posting a video on Google of a handicapped child being bullied. Google was "delighted" to see the convictions overturned and uncertainty over the effects of Italian privacy laws removed. The lower court's conviction raised concern over …

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by Sarah Posner

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri on Friday blocked a Missouri law which prohibits mandatory insurance coverage of birth control for any employers with ethical or religious objections, finding that the state law conflicts with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Missouri Insurance Coalition …

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