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Legal news from Tuesday, August 27, 2013

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [press release] on Tuesday challenging a Nebraska policy banning gay and lesbian people from becoming foster parents. The complaint [text, PDF] was filed at a state court in Lincoln on behalf of three same-sex couples who claim the policy … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Monday granted final approval [text] to a $20 million settlement agreement with Facebook [website; JURIST news archive] over its "Sponsored Stories." The "Sponsored Stories" program shared with a user's Facebook friends when a … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the Second Judicial District Court of New Mexico [official website] on Tuesday ordered district court clerks to begin granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Bernalillo County, the largest county in New Mexico, in accordance with a Monday ruling [order, PDF] that held that the refusal … [read more]

[JURIST] The head of the German prosecutors' office that specializes in investigating Nazi crimes reported on Monday that its investigation into 50 individuals suspected of serving as guards at Auschwitz [JURIST news archive] is almost complete. The individuals are being investigated under a new legal theory, which argues that a … [read more]

[JURIST] Iraq's Supreme Federal Court on Tuesday invalidated a law that effectively blocked Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [official website, in Arabic; JURIST news archive] from pursuing a third term in the nation's upcoming elections. Iraqi parliament members passed the measure [AP report] in January to limit the offices of premier, … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) [official website] failed to adequately investigate missing person reports in the aftermath of the 1998-99 Kosovo war with Serbia [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text] Tuesday. According to AI, a 1999 UN resolution charged the UNMIK with … [read more]

[JURIST] North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory [official website] on Sunday allowed a bill that prohibits North Carolina judges from considering Islamic law in their decisions to become law. House Bill 522 [text, PDF] prevents courts from applying foreign law in divorce, alimony and child custody actions, if doing so would … [read more]

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