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Legal news from Wednesday, January 23, 2013
by Michael Haggerson

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Tuesday reversed a $2.5 million judgment against Newegg in what could be a significant software patent ruling. The US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas had ruled that Newegg violated patent numbers 5,715,314, 5,909,492 and 7,272,639 owned by …

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by Brandon Gatto

UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday announced his plan for a nationwide referendum on whether the UK should remain part of the European Union (EU) following the country's next election in 2015. Though Cameron stressed reluctance to leave the EU altogether, he explained that the institution has become too involved in …

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by Matthew Pomy

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday struck down an Indiana law that prohibits sex offenders from joining social networking websites, such as Facebook and other websites children are able to join. The law makes it a crime for a registered sex offender to be a member of a "social …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Supreme Court received briefs in two separate cases on Tuesday defending the constitutionality of laws that define marriage as strictly between one man and one woman. The first case, Hollingsworth v. Perry [docket; cert. petition, PDF], examines the validity of Proposition 8, a California referendum that revoked same-sex marriage rights. In their …

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by Keith Herting

An Indian government commission published its report Wednesday recommending numerous reforms in the way the nation's legal institutions handle rape cases. The report was created by a panel led by Justice Jagdish Sharan Verma which was established to respond to mass protests in India following the December gang rape and subsequent death of …

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by Cynthia Miley

A Thai court sentenced magazine editor and political activist Somyot Pruksakasemsuk under Thailand's lese majeste law to a total of 11 years in prison. Section 112 of the Thai Penal Code is the lese majeste law, which reads: "Whoever, defames, insults or threatens the King, the Queen, the Heir-apparent or the Regent, shall be punished with imprisonment of …

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by Keith Herting

The US Supreme Court denied certiorari Tuesday in a case in which an Illinois tax-payer was found to lack standing to sue the state legislature for a $20,000 grant provided to the Bald Knob Cross of Peace Organization to restore a landmark Latin cross. The petition challenged a June ruling by the …

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by Cynthia Miley

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday urged the international community to declare Syria's actions against its own citizens war crimes. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Davutoglu stated that cities were being "bombarded ... indiscriminately" and that the government is committing criminal acts. Both sides of the conflict have intensified attacks while …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court denied certiorari in two cases Tuesday that dealt with federal maritime piracy law. The court denied Dire v. United States [cert. petition, PDF; docket] and Said v. United States [cert. petition, PDF; docket], both decided in May of last year, opting not to rule on …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday in Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center that 10-year-old final rulings for Medicare reimbursement cannot be appealed to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) beyond the deadlines previously set by the Secretary of HHS, despite evidence of …

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by Jerry Votava

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that it would not compel the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to change the listing of marijuana as a Schedule I drug. The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (CSA) permits the DEA to place narcotics into various Schedule classes and …

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