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Legal news from Saturday, December 29, 2012
by Keith Herting

Philippine House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales III announced on Friday that Philippine President Benigno Aquino III had quietly signed into law on the 21st of December a bill which will make contraception, birth control, sexual education, and maternal care universally available to all Filipinos. The law, known as the Responsible Parenthood …

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by Keith Herting

China adopted new rules on Friday which impose new restrictions on the country's Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and individual users. The rules, called the Decision to Strengthen the Protection of Online Information, were adopted by China's highest legislative body, the National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC), after one reading and without any public consultation. The …

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by Peter Snyder

Lawyers representing the Mexican government asked the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in an amicus brief to uphold a lower court ruling that blocked enforcement of a section of the 2010 Arizona immigration law SB 1070 that prohibits the harboring of illegal aliens. In their brief, Mexico's lawyers argued that the prohibition …

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by Peter Snyder

A Moscow court on Friday acquitted prison doctor Dmitry Kratov of all charges stemming from the death of whistleblowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009. A Russian judge found that there was no evidence showing a causal link between Kratov's negligence and Magnitsky's death. Dr. Kratov was the head of medical services at Butyrka Prison, where Magnitsky …

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by Samuel Franklin

Apple Inc disclosed on Friday an agreement to withdraw patent claims against Samsung in the US District Court for Northern California for a new Samsung phone, Galaxy S III Mini, that the South Korea-based company said it was not offering for sale in the US market. Samsung began sales of the Mini in …

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by Samuel Franklin

A Beijing court ordered Apple, Inc., on Thursday to pay damages of 1.03 million yuan, or $165,908 USD, to eight Chinese writers and two companies for copyright infringement. The Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court, a regional court directly below China's appellate level courts, held that software available on Apple's app store …

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