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Legal news from Wednesday, September 25, 2013
by G. Redd

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Wednesday expanded a lawsuit seeking the recognition of same-sex spouses on death certificates. Judge Timothy Black ruled in July and September that the surviving same-sex spouses of two decedents should be listed as spouses on death certificates because their marriages were …

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by Sung Un Kim

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) on Monday filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) accusing the US government of committing human rights violations in Vieques island, part of Puerto Rico. The petition was filed on behalf of 10 Vieques residents who have cancer or have relatives suffering from cancer. Vieques …

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by Matthew Pomy

A three-judge panel for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled Tuesday that the Obama administration would be allowed to join the ongoing challenge to Texas' voter redistricting maps. The ruling will allow the administration to argue for bringing oversight of Texas' voting law back under the court. This …

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by Sung Un Kim

A new report by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) on Tuesday revealed that most countries still have legal disparities that prevent women from engaging in economic activity. The report determined that in 90 percent of all surveyed 143 economies, there was at least one legal difference adversely affecting women. Among …

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by Matthew Pomy

Guantanamo detainee Shaker Aamer filed a complaint on Wednesday against UK security forces MI5 and MI6 with the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. The complaint was filed on behalf of Aamer by the British human rights group, Reprieve. The complaint notes that Aamer has been cleared for …

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by Max Slater

A superior court judge in California ruled Tuesday that a class of plaintiffs cannot recover any money against the tobacco company Philip Morris USA. The plaintiffs in the case argued that Philip Morris violated California's false advertising laws by using the terms "Lights" and "Lower Tar and Nicotine" on cigarette packages. In …

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by Max Slater

An appellate court in Sweden reduced the prison sentence of Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, the founder of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (TPB), for hacking into a company that manages data for the Swedish government. Warg was originally sentenced to two years in prison in June for hacking and fraud. …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDP) Chaloka Beyani urged the transitional government of the Central African Republic (CAR) on Tuesday to do "its utmost to ensure the protection of IDPs and to facilitate the humanitarian response." The current crisis in the CAR has …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

A French appeals court ruled Tuesday that an investigation may proceed into allegations that former president Nicolas Sarkozy exploited aging L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt into donating election campaign funds. A panel of judges for the Court of Appeals of Bordeaux denied a motion brought by Sarkozy's lawyers to dismiss key …

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