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Legal news from Wednesday, January 30, 2013
by Michael Haggerson

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled on Tuesday that Samsung did not willfully infringe Apple patents. If Samsung was found to have willfully infringed Apple's patents, the $1.05 billion jury verdict against it could have been increased up to triple that amount …

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by Brandon Gatto

Former Illinois governor George Ryan was transferred Wednesday to home confinement to serve the remainder of his six-and-a-half-year prison sentence imposed after several corruption-related convictions in 2006. The ex-governor was originally sent to a Chicago halfway house early Wednesday morning but was released within hours after his arrival. According to the Federal Bureau …

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by Matthew Pomy

Retired Michigan Supreme Court justice Diane Hathaway pleaded guilty on Tuesday to felony bank fraud as part of a plea agreement. The charges arose from Hathaway deeding her home in Florida to a relative while negotiating a short sale on the home, resulting in a $600,000 debt they owed to their bank being …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday expressed regret that the Israeli government failed to send a representative to the Council's review of Israel's human rights record. The council had planned to begin its review of Israel's human rights record on Tuesday, as part of a two-week session in which the council is scheduled to …

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by Cynthia Miley

The Dutch District Court of The Hague ruled Wednesday that a subsidiary of Shell could be held liable to one farmer for damages resulting from polluting the Niger Delta region in southern Nigeria. However, the court dismissed four other claims brought by farmers and fishermen, along with Friends of the Earth Netherlands [advocacy …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Tuesday accepted a plea agreement between British Petroleum (BP) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) for the company's role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. US Attorney General Eric Holder …

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