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Legal news from Wednesday, February 5, 2014
by Daniel Mullen

German patent licensing firm IPCom accused Apple on Wednesday of infringing on a 3G technology patent. Last month, the European Patent Office upheld IPCom's patent on the technology following challenges from Apple, Bokia, HTC, Ericsson and Vodafone. According to a news release by the Manneheim Regional Court, …

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by Daniel Mullen

The Public Interest Advocacy Center (PIAC), an Australian nonprofit legal advocacy group, released a report on Tuesday detailing possible war crimes and crimes against humanity during the final months of the Sri Lankan civil war. The reports findings will be incorporated into an upcoming meeting of the UN Human Rights Council [official …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) will pay the US government $614 million and improve company mortgage lending practices under a settlement announced Tuesday for claims it approved thousands of unqualified home mortgage loans for government insurance since 2002 and cost the government millions of dollars when the loans defaulted. As part of the settlement, JPMorgan admitted [Reuters …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

The UN international expert on transitional justice Pablo de Greiff on Wednesday, urged Spanish authorities to trust their democracy and "not postpone measures for justice, truth and reparation for the victims of human rights violations" committed during the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War and the Franco era. Following his official visit to Spain, de Greiff praised …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday requested that the court indefinitely delay the proceedings in the trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, which was originally scheduled for February 5. Prosecutors reportedly claim that the Kenyan government has repeatedly interfered with the proceedings by threatening …

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by Peter Snyder

The European Commission reached a tentative settlement Wednesday with Google in connection to an ongoing EU antitrust investigation of the company. Google faces USD $5 billion in fines over accusations that the company's search engine is blocking competitors' content and promoting Google services. Under the settlement Google would guarantee that during …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on Wednesday urged the Russian government to repeal legislation banning the dissemination of homosexual "propaganda" to minors. Reports indicate that the CRC is specifically concerned that the law's broad definitions of "propaganda" will lead to persecution of the nation's gay community, which includes younger gay …

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by Peter Snyder

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) released a report Wednesday condemning the Holy See for its handling of allegations regarding sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests. The report calls on the Vatican to remove all priests who have, or are suspected of committed acts of child abuse, …

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by Theresa Donovan

The Scottish Parliament on Tuesday passed the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill, in a 105 to 18 vote. The final vote in favor of the bill came after a detailed consideration of the bill by parliamentary committees. Same-sex couples in Scotland currently have the right to enter into civil partnerships, but this law …

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by Samuel Franklin

European countries are violating the human rights of people trying to change their legal gender, forcing these individuals to undergo, among other things, invasive surgery and sterilization in order to change their legal status, Amnesty International (AI) alleged in a report released Tuesday. Entitled "The State Decides Who I Am," AI details the case law …

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by Theresa Donovan

The UN on Monday released a report to the Security Council, which highlights the severe suffering faced by children in Syria during the period between March 2011 and November 2013. The report states that the Syrian government and military allies have killed and tortured extensive numbers of children, while opposition forces have …

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by Samuel Franklin

Kuwaiti Guantanamo Bay detainee Fawzi Odah filed suit on Monday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that he should be freed from prison upon US withdrawal from Afghanistan, citing international law's mandate that prisoners of war be released once a conflict has ended. Odah has based his claim on US …

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