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Legal news from Wednesday, November 20, 2013
by Sung Un Kim

Voters of Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Tuesday rejected a proposed ordinance that would have banned all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. In a 55 to 45 percent vote, the citizens voted against allowing the proposed ordinance to become law. This referendum marked the first time a city had ever been asked to …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Regional Court of Berlin on Tuesday held that 25 of Google's privacy policies and terms of service violate Bundesdatenschutzgesetz (BDSG), Germany's data protection law. The case against Google was filed by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV), which challenged 13 privacy policies and 12 terms of …

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by Bradley McAllister

The Kenyan human rights group Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) and the Open Society Justice Initiative issued a report on Tuesday, calling on the US and the UK to suspend financial support to Kenya's Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU). The document, entitled "We're Tired of Taking You to the Court," alleges that the ATPU …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday released a statement calling on Yemen's National Dialogue Conference (NDC) to endorse proposed legislation that would strike down a 2012 law providing blanket immunity to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The current law grants Saleh immunity from prosecution for any …

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by Max Slater

Thailand's Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that a proposal by the ruling Puea Thai party to amend the constitution to make the nation's senate fully elected is illegal. The court held that Thailand's parliament did not follow proper procedures for amending the constitution, saying that several lawmakers had engaged in fraud during the voting process and opposition …

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by Max Slater

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 5-4 to allow Texas's new abortion law to remain in effect while it is being reviewed by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The provision in question requires doctors who perform abortions at clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday announced that a $13 billion civil settlement with JPMorgan & Co. has been finalized, resolving federal and state claims arising from the bank's risky mortgage practices which helped lead to the 2008 financial crisis. It is the largest settlement paid by a …

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