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Legal news from Thursday, August 8, 2013
by G. Redd

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Wednesday that the International Trade Commission (ITC) erred while reviewing Apple and Google patents related to the iPhone and Android systems. Specifically, the court held that the ITC applied an inappropriate standard of review when it invalidated one Apple patent regarding touch screen …

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by Endia Vereen

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) ordered Italy to address the problem within a year, ruling that overcrowding had violated …

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by G. Redd

Judge Sally Shushan of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Wednesday ordered British Petroleum (BP) to pay the third quarter and some fourth quarter expenses for the gulf oil spill claim administration program. The budget and fees for the program totaled over $130 million. This order comes …

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by Endia Vereen

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 as the winner of Mali's July 28 first round presidential vote but said that he had failed to win an outright majority, only securing 39.79 percent of the vote. Former …

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by Daniel Mullen

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday urged states to honor treaties with indigenous peoples, two days before the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. Pillay stated that treaties with indigenous peoples ought to be respected regardless of how long ago they were signed and that such treaties serve …

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by Daniel Mullen

Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC), released a statement 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. Bensouda also reiterated the commitment of her office to prosecuting …

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