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Legal news from Monday, October 7, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Monday. In Madigan v. Levin the court was asked to decide whether age discrimination claimants can circumvent the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and bring claims directly under the Equal Protection clause and 42 USC …

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by Addison Morris

Japan's Kyoto District Court on Monday ordered a group of activists to pay 12 million yen (USD $120,000) to a Korean elementary school for holding anti-Korean demonstrations that disrupted classes and frightened children. The rallies took place between December 2009 and March 2010 and were attended primarily by members of the ultranationalist Zaitokukai …

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by Cynthia Miley

Four Saudi Arabian women became the first female lawyers to receive legal licenses Sunday, permitting the women to practice law for five years. Women with law degrees had been able to work as legal consultants but were banned from practicing law in courtrooms or operating law firms. Female lawyers were not allowed to practice before the Saudi judiciary, which …

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by Peter Snyder

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood filed a lawsuit Monday appealing a court verdict ordering the interim government to seize the group's assets. The decision by the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters handed down September 23 declared that its ruling would apply to all organizations affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, including its political …

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by Peter Snyder

The investigation into allegations that former French president Nicolas Sarkozy exploited L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt into donating illicit election campaign funds has been dropped, according to Monday reports. Bettencourt's accountant had stated she had passed €150,000 to Sarkozy's UMP party in the run-up to …

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by Cynthia Miley

The Nigerian Socio-Economic and Rights Accountability Project announced Sunday that it has filed a petition with the International Criminal Court (ICC) urging it to investigate school attacks resulting in the deaths of teachers and students in northeast Nigeria as crimes against humanity. The petition came a week after Boko Haram allegedly attacked an …

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by Max Slater

A Greek court on Monday found former defense minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos guilty of money laundering. The court also rendered guilty verdicts against 16 of Tsochatzopoulos's co-defendants, including his wife, ex-wife and daughter. The charges against Tsochatzopoulos stem from his issuance of defense contracts in exchange for bribes during his tenure as defense minister …

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by Max Slater

Voters in Ireland on Saturday rejected a constitutional amendment that would have abolished the country's Senate, dealing a defeat to Prime Minister Enda Kenny. Kenny had personally campaigned for the amendment, saying that the Senate was toothless, undemocratic and unnecessary in light of recent budget woes. Irish voters defeated the referendum [Irish Times …

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