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Legal news from Thursday, September 26, 2013
by Theresa Donovan

A same-sex couple on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to receive recognition by the state of their marriage license, which was issued by the state of Massachusetts in 2005. After Cara Palladino and Isabelle Barker were legally married in Massachusetts, they moved to Pennsylvania, which does …

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by Samuel Franklin

US Senators announced new legislation on Wednesday in a bipartisan effort to reform surveillance laws. In the wake of revealing disclosures from the National Security Agency (NSA) and Edward Snowden, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), along with co-sponsors Mark Udall (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rand Paul (R-KY), hopes to enact "real, and not just …

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by Samuel Franklin

The Tokyo District Court on Thursday ordered Apple to pay 330 million yen, (USD $3.35 million) for patent infringement involving the iPod music player's click wheel controller. The patent is disputed by Japanese inventor Norihiko Saito, whose company applied for the patent in 1998. Presiding Judge Teruhisa Takano stated that the …

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by Lauren Laing

The UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) on Thursday rejected an appeal by former Liberian president Charles Taylor of his convictions for war crimes committed during the decade-long civil war in Sierra Leone. According to press release from the court, Taylor's lawyers appealed his …

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by Lauren Laing

Twenty-one same-sex couples on Wednesday filed suit asking the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court to affirm the legality of their marriage licenses, which were issued by a county clerk who believed the state's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. The couples claim that the state's same-sex marriage ban violates both the state and federal constitutions, and the suit …

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by Sung Un Kim

The US government on Wednesday signed a UN Arms Trade Treaty that regulates global trade in conventional arms. US Secretary of State John Kerry, while signing the treaty on behalf of the US government, stated that the signature would affect US manufacturers and exports only minimally given the already strict export controls for …

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by Sung Un Kim

Sri Lanka must continue to work to improve its human rights record, according to an oral report by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay filed Wednesday with the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The report noted the large military presence in certain regions and lack of civil administration and economic activity, …

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by G. Redd

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday welcomed the establishment of a national human rights commission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) but said that rights abuses continue in the east. Pillay's report attributed the recent violence in the east to state security …

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