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Legal news from Thursday, April 25, 2013
by Addison Morris

The EU Court of Justice on Thursday upheld the EU's three-year ban on seal products. Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009, which recognizes seals as "sentient beings that can experience pain, distress, fear and other forms of suffering," and bans all imports containing seal products, took effect in August 2010, exempting only Inuit hunters. …

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by Addison Morris

The European Commission announced Thursday that Google has agreed to provide clearer labeling of promoted links in order to assuage concerns that the search engine is abusing its dominance in the market by favoring its own products. This concession marks a significant step toward reaching an antitrust settlement that has been in dispute …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A Toronto judge ruled Wednesday that a Muslim woman must remove her niqab while testifying in a sexual abuse case. The woman, known as NS, has been fighting for years to be allowed to wear her niqab while testifying and took her case to the Supreme Court of Canada, which ruled in December that trial …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Rhode Island Senate voted 26 to 12 Wednesday in favor of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. The House passed its own version of the bill in January, but must now vote on Senate amendments. A vote is expected as early as next week. Governor Lincoln …

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by Blake Lynch

Israel's Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein confirmed Wednesday that security personnel can ask visitors to the country to open their e-mail accounts if they are perceived as suspicious. The attorney general's approval comes in response to an inquiry by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) which has criticized such security measures. Under …

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by Blake Lynch

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday criticized for limiting freedom of speech since Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency. HRW's report calls the restrictive laws "unprecedented" in Russia's post-Soviet history. Amnesty International's report focused on the multiple new laws and amendments passed in the last year that they claim …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Wednesday. In Metrish v. Lancaster the court heard arguments on whether the Michigan Supreme Court violated due process rights when it recognized a state statute that abolished the diminished capacity defense and applied it retroactively to defendant …

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