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Legal news from Friday, December 28, 2012
by Benjamin Minegar

China's National People's Congress (NPC) on Friday passed amendments to a law allowing elderly parents to file suit against their adult children if they feel they have been neglected or abandoned by them. While the law mandates that adult children must visit and assist elderly parents on a regular basis, it provides no express provisions …

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by Benjamin Minegar

Former Galleon Group hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam on Friday agreed to pay approximately USD $1.45 million to settle an ongoing civil lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). After the SEC charged Rajaratnam with insider trading in 2009, the US District Court for the Southern District of …

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by Julia Zebley

Hobby Lobby, Inc. and Mardel Inc. announced Thursday that they will not comply with Justice Sonia Sotomayor's order that the companies provide employees with coverage for contraceptives under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The two businesses, a craft store and religious bookstore, are owned by a Christian family, and …

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by Sung Un Kim

Egypt's chief prosecutor on Thursday ordered an investigation into allegations that opposition leaders were inciting supporters to overthrow the country's president Mohammed Morsi, which amounts to treason. The investigations are against Mohammed El-Baradei, a Nobel Peace laureate and former head of the UN nuclear agency, former Foreign Minister Amr Mousa and Hamdeen …

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by Sung Un Kim

Cambodia is misusing its judicial system in order to suppress dissent and thereby undermine justice, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday amid two court rulings against three individuals. In the first case, the Court of Appeals of Cambodia upheld a lower court's 20-year sentence against two individuals, Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun, …

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by Julia Zebley

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law Friday a recently passed bill that would prohibit United States citizens from adopting Russian children. The legislation was unanimously passed this week by the Council of Federation, the upper house of the Russian parliament, after passing the lower house by a …

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