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Legal news from Wednesday, August 14, 2013
by Theresa Donovan

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday ruled that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has been violating federal law by failing to accept or deny the pending Department of Energy (DOE) application for a waste storage facility at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, which was originally filed …

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by Theresa Donovan

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Monday dismissed a lawsuit against the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding the agency's failure to report Allen Stanford and his Ponzi scheme. Judge Robert Scola stated that the SEC market regulator was shielded under an exception …

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by Endia Vereen

Antitrust officials for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to block the proposed $11 billion merger between US Airways and American Airlines' parent company, AMR Corporation. The lawsuit challenges a merger that would have created the world's …

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by Endia Vereen

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday insisted that US drone strikes must operate within international law. The secretary-general hailed the country's lead role in UN peacekeeping operations and addressed the controversial weapons in a speech at the National University of Science and Technology in Islamabad, stating, "s I have often and consistently said, the …

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by Daniel Mullen

The Supreme Court of New Mexico ruled Monday that non-English speaking citizens can serve on juries. The ruling arose from a criminal case involving a defendant convicted of murder who appealed his conviction in part because the district court dismissed a prospective juror who was Spanish-speaking and had difficulty understanding English. While the Supreme Court …

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by Daniel Mullen

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law on Monday intended to protect transgender public school students throughout the state. AB 1266 amends the state's education code to specifically prohibit public schools from discriminating on the basis of gender identity and gender expression and allow students to participate in sex-segregated activities consistent with their own …

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