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Legal news from Friday, April 19, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte

An Argentinian appeals court on Wednesday struck down key parts of a 2009 media law that was designed to dismantle the media empire Clarin. The controversial bill, which would force Clarin to sell profitable business assets, was signed into law by President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner in October 2009. …

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by Sydney Normil

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Thursday dissmissed a copyright infringement lawsuit by Viacom against Google's YouTube. Viacom, which owns Comedy Central, MTV and VH1, was seeking $1 billion in damages as well as an injunction against YouTube for clips that were posted on the …

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by Samuel Franklin

The US House of Representatives passed a controversial cybersecurity bill on Thursday that allows corporations to share customers' personal data with other firms and the US government, even in the face of a company contract prohibiting such activity. Known as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), the legislation was approved …

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by Addison Morris

Montana Governor Steve Bullock on Thursday approved a revision to the state code that formally decriminalizes same-sex intercourse in the state. The bill struck from the state code a phrase stating that deviate sexual relations entail "sexual contact or sexual intercourse between two persons of the same sex." The revision passed through the Montana House …

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by Sung Un Kim

The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) on Thursday began the retrial of Fatmir Limaj, a prominent political figure in the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) and former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). Nine other defendants are also facing charges in the case. Limaj pleaded …

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by Samuel Franklin

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday condemned Iraq's execution of 21 prisoners this week, urging the country's compliance with international human rights obligations. Pillay expressed dismay with the numbers of executions carried out in Iraq, noting that the country's criminal justice system continues to "fall short of international standards." Iraq …

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by Sung Un Kim

Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf was placed under house arrest on Friday. He appeared before a magistrate after he was arrested in his home in the suburbs of Islamabad. Musharraf escaped the court premises on Thursday after an arrest warrant was issued against him on charges of detaining judges during …

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by Max Slater

A state judge in North Dakota said Thursday that he will rule that a 2011 North Dakota law that restricts drug-induced abortions is unconstitutional. Judge Wickham Corwin of the Cass County District Court announced that the law creates an "insurmountable barrier" to abortion and fails to adequately protect women's reproductive rights. The …

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by Sarah Posner

A group of UN independent experts urged the World Bank on Thursday to adopt human rights standards that will protect vulnerable populations at the World Bank's meeting on the organization's social policies. The UN experts want to ensure that the World Bank will respect human rights in all their practices, including but not limited to …

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