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Legal news from Thursday, August 8, 2013

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Wednesday that the International Trade Commission (ITC) [official websites] erred while reviewing Apple and Google [corporate websites] patents related to the iPhone and Android systems. Specifically, the court held that the ITC applied an inappropriate standard of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Italian Senate on Thursday approved a measure to ease some of the worst prison overcrowding in Europe by cutting pre-trial detentions and using alternative punishments for minor offenses. In January the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ordered Italy to address the problem [JURIST report] within … [read more]

[JURIST] Judge Sally Shushan of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Wednesday ordered British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] to pay the third quarter and some fourth quarter expenses for the gulf oil spill claim administration program [official website website]. The budget and fees … [read more]

[JURIST] Mali's Constitutional Court on Thursday rejected allegations of electoral fraud in the country's first round of presidential elections. The court confirmed former prime minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita [official profile] as the winner of Mali's July 28 first round presidential vote but said that he had failed to win an … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Wednesday urged [press release] states to honor treaties with indigenous peoples, two days before the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples [official website]. Pillay stated that treaties with indigenous peoples ought to be respected regardless of how … [read more]

[JURIST] Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official websites], released a statement [text] on Wednesday expressing her concern over the deteriorating security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR). Bensouda called upon the international community to assist the CAR government in enhancing security and protecting civilians. … [read more]

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