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Legal news from Tuesday, December 3, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In Northwest, Inc. v. Ginsberg the court must decide on the scope of preemption under the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 (ADA) [49 USC § 41713(b)]. Section 41713(b) provides that states "may not enact or enforce a law, regulation …

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by Peter Snyder

The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a forum-selection clause may be enforced by a motion to transfer under 28 USC § 1404 but may not be enforced by a motion to dismiss under 28 USC § 1406(a) or Rule 12(b)(3) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The unanimous opinion in Atlantic Marine …

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by Peter Snyder

Prominent Egyptian blogger and activist Ahmed Douma was arrested Tuesday according to a posted tweet. According to Reuters, Douma has been detained in connection with violence at a protest over the weekend outside a courthouse where activist and leader of the April 6 youth movement Ahmad Maher turned himself in to …

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by Lauren Laing

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday upheld a federal law that prohibits corporate and campaign advertising on public radio and television. In a 9-2 ruling the court held that such advertisements threatened the educational missions of public media, and that the government has a substantial interest in preserving the …

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by Kimberly Bennett

A French court on Monday ordered a trial for German car maker Daimler AG and French industrial conglomerate Lagardere SCA, shareholders in Airbus' parent European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. (EADS), in an insider trading investigation dating back to 2006. EADS is a global pan-European aerospace and defense corporation and military contractor worldwide. Seven current or former …

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by Lauren Laing

The High Court of Australia on Tuesday decided to rule next week on the law allowing gay marriage in Canberra. The nation's first same sex weddings can take place this weekend. The law was passed by the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly in October and was challenged the following day by …

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by Taylor Gillan

UN Special Rapporteur on counterterrorism Ben Emmerson on Monday stated that he plans to launch an investigation [Guardian op-ed] into the surveillance activities of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). Emmerson posed questions regarding the political and legal issues springing from the revelations of Edward Snowden …

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by Kimberly Bennett

A lawyer representing human rights activist Nabeel Rajab said Sunday that a judge has rejected a request to approve a conditional early release, for which Rajab is now eligible under Bahraini law. US Department of State spokeswoman Jen Psaki commented on news of the early release denial, stating that the US continues …

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by Stephen Adelgren

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Connecticut on Monday dismissed a lawsuit challenging Connecticut's new gun-control law, enacted in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. The lawsuit was brought by the Connecticut-based firearms trade association National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in United States v. Woods, a case concerning an offsetting-option tax shelter, marketed to high-income taxpayers in the 1990s. The court was asked to determine whether the penalty for tax underpayments attributable to valuation misstatements under 26 USC § 6662 of the Internal Revenue Code …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday delivered a "mixed report" on human rights progress around the world, highlighting advances in some areas and alarm in others. "Alarm bells are ringing loud and clear," Pillay stated during a press conference in Geneva, discussing the deteriorating situation in the Central African …

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