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Legal news from Tuesday, May 7, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Monday upheld a lower court ruling blocking enforcement of a Florida law that denies government contracts to companies that do business in Cuba or Syria. The law was challenged last year by Odebrecht Construction, a Brazilian company that …

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by Lauren Laing

A human rights mechanism took effect Sunday that will allow a UN committee to review complaints from people or groups who have exhausted every option for justice in their own country regarding economic, social and cultural rights violations. The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Protocol) requires that after the Committee on …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

German authorities on Monday arrested a 93-year-old man for allegedly serving as a guard at Auschwitz and assisting in the mass murder carried out at the death camp. Hans Lipschis, who was deported from the US in 1983 for lying about his Nazi affiliations, has acknowledged being assigned to an SS guard unit, but maintains he only …

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by Alison Sacriponte

The US Senate approved a bill on Monday that would subject online shopping, a traditionally tax-free frontier, to state sales taxes. The law currently maintains that retailers must have a physical presence in the state to collect sales taxes. Thus, many Internet retailers have an advantage with tax-free online sales. Matthew Shay, president and CEO …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) cannot require businesses to post a notice in the workplace about employees' rights to unionize. In 2011 the NLRB issued a regulation requiring employers to post their employees' rights under the …

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by Alison Sacriponte

The Supreme Court of California ruled unanimously Monday that local governments may outlaw medical marijuana dispensaries, upholding a ban enacted by the city of Riverside in 2010. The court concluded that California's medical marijuana statutes, the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (CUA) and Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) do not preempt a local …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday postponed the trial of Kenyan Vice President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang. The trial was previously postponed and was scheduled to begin May 28. A new trial date will be set after the status conference on May 14. The …

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