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Legal news from Saturday, December 14, 2013
by Samuel Franklin

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in two cases on Friday. First, the court will hear Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer, a case in which the court will consider whether it is necessary to allege that Fifth Third, acting as a fiduciary of an employee stock ownership plan, abused its discretion in order …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovich offered amnesty on Friday to those detained while participating in the country's recent anti-government protests. The proposal was made during a roundtable discussion with opposition leaders. "My point of view is that we should turn over the page and announce amnesty," Yanukovich said. "We should take this issue …

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by Max Slater

Croatia's parliament proposed a bill on Thursday that would grant new rights to same-sex couples, such as the right to inherit property from each other and the right to represent each other as next of kin. The bill, known as the "life partnership" legislation, comes on the heels of a voter referendum that defined marriage …

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by Samuel Franklin

A lawyer representing Chinese activist Xu Zhiyong said Friday that his client has been formally indicted for his role in a wave of protests against corruption within the Chinese government. Xu, founder of the New Citizen's Movement, was detained five months ago after members of his organization strung banners throughout Beijing demanding government officials to …

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