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Legal news from Tuesday, June 25, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

An advocate general for the European Court of Justice (ECJ) released an advisory opinion Tuesday finding that EU data protection law does not require Google and other Internet search companies to withdraw sensitive data from search indices even when found to be harmful. In November 2009 a Spanish citizen found that a Google …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the US District Court for the District of North Dakota alleging that two restrictive North Dakota abortion laws violate the US constitution. CRR filed suit on behalf of the Red River Women's Clinic challenging HB 1456 and HB 1305, …

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by G. Redd

The Intellectual Property High Court in Tokyo on Tuesday ruled that Samsung did not infringe an Apple patent regarding the synchronization of music and data on multiple devices. In so doing, the High Court affirmed the ruling of the Tokyo District Court last August. Neither company has issued an …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District in favor of a landowner in a property rights case. Carl Koontz, Sr. refused to contribute money to protect the wetlands in order to get a permit to redevelop some acres of land. The St. Johns River …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl that §1912(f) and §1912(d) of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) do not bar the termination of the biological father's parental rights. In this case, a woman put her baby, who was fathered by an American Indian, up …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday in Shelby County v. Holder that section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) is unconstitutional, and its formula can no longer be used as a basis for subjecting jurisdictions to preclearance. Section 5 of the VRA requires jurisdictions …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was convicted Monday on charges of underage prostitution and abuse of power. The Milan court sentenced Berlusconi to seven years in prison and barred him from public office for life. A panel of three judges found Berlusconi guilty of paying then 17-year-old dancer Karima "Ruby" El Mahroug for …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Monday that the government plans to put Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason. Sharif did not officially declare that the government was filing charges, stating that the federal government would first consult with other political parties "so that the collective will …

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