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Legal news from Thursday, May 16, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday denied a motion to certify a putative class action against Google's YouTube involving copyright owners from around the world. Named plaintiffs included the English Premier League, the French Tennis Federation, the National Music Publishers' Association and several …

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by Benjamin Minegar

A group of UN experts on Wednesday encouraged Guatemalan authorities to continue to seek the establishment of internal and transitional "truth and justice" in the wake of the trial of Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt. Last Friday, a Guatemalan court sentenced Rios Montt to 80 years in prison for his role in presiding …

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by Addison Morris

A federal judge on Tuesday reinstated a $203 million penalty against Wells Fargo in a class action suit alleging that the bank affirmatively misled customers and then charged excessive overdraft fees. Rather than processing purchases in a chronological order, as is the common practice, the bank processed its customers' purchases from largest to smallest. The penalty was …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The UN General Assembly, deeply concerned by the rising death toll in Syria, adopted a resolution Wednesday calling for rapid progress on a political transition while condemning the Syrian government's use of heavy weapons and the "widespread and systematic" violations of human rights within the region. The resolution also welcomes the 2012 establishment of the …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Brazil's National Council of Justice on Tuesday ruled that notaries public cannot refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage in Brazil. The decision follows legislation in Argentina and Uruguay, which both legalized same-sex marriage in recent years. The ruling, entered on May 14 and effective May 16, prohibits …

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by G. Redd

The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) on Wednesday challenged a North Dakota law that places additional requirements on abortion clinics. SB 2305, passed in March, restricts abortion providers to those doctors recognized by a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. Although the providers at Red River Women's …

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by G. Redd

A UN special reporter said Tuesday that the current situation in Eritrea warrants close scrutiny from the international community. Sheila Keetharuth made the statement based on her findings during a 10-day mission to obtain knowledge from refugees in Ethiopia and Djibouti. The total number of refugees in the past year reached 4,000—increasing the total Eritrean …

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by Alison Sacriponte

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on Tuesday that the mutilation of a Syrian soldier seen in an Internet video should be investigated as a potential war crime. Pillay urged Syrian rebels to stop the "truly atrocious" acts. Although the video cannot be fully authenticated, it appears to show a Syrian rebel …

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by Alison Sacriponte

Three UN independent experts on Tuesday urged authorities in Russia to revise a law that is having "obstructive, intimidating and stigmatizing effects" on the country's non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and non-commercial organizations (NCOs) [JURIST op-ed]. The law, adopted in November, requires NGOs and NCOs to register as "organizations performing the functions of foreign agents" if they want to …

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