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Legal news from Monday, March 31, 2014
by Addison Morris

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc. to determine how the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is to interpret claims in a patent appeal. Federal appeals courts traditionally review a district court's conclusion only to determine if their decision was "clearly …

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by Daniel Mullen

Judge Myron Thompson of the US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama announced on Monday that he would hold a trial on Alabama's new law requiring abortion clinic to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals. The Women's Health and Safety Act, which was signed into law last April, requires abortion …

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by Cynthia Miley

A Bahraini court on Monday sentenced 13 Bahrain citizens to life in prison and one man to 10 years in prison. The defendants, who range in age from 16 to 34, were convicted of attempting to kill two police officers and participating in an illegal protest outside Bahrain's capital city in March 2012. Protests and other clashes …

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by Cynthia Miley

The US Supreme Court on Monday denied review of two cases brought by Roman Catholic non-profit groups seeking an exemption from part of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requiring employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception. Both cases, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington v. Sebelius and Priests for Life, …

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by Daniel Mullen

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, which raises the issue of whether certain types of computer software are patent eligible under the Patent Act. Appearing on behalf of the government, US Solicitor General Donald Verrilli argued that the software in question …

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by Addison Morris

Extremists and security forces are committing war crimes in northeastern Nigeria's Islamic uprising, resulting in at least 1,500 deaths this year alone, according to a report published Friday by Amnesty International (AI). This number equals the total death count recorded between 2010 and June 2013, and the report estimated that approximately half of …

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by Taylor Gillan

A court in Pakistan on Monday charged former president Pervez Musharraf with high treason. If convicted, the former leader could face the death penalty. Musharraf pleaded not guilty to each of the charges against him, including unlawfully suspending the constitution, firing Pakistan's chief justice and instituting emergency rule in 2007. Musharraf called the charges …

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by Taylor Gillan

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled Monday that Japan cannot continue its annual whale hunt, finding that it is not being carried out for the scientific purposes the Japanese government had claimed. This 12-4 decision was the result of a suit brought against Japan by Australia, which hoped to end the country's …

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by Benjamin Minegar

An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced 33 supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi to six years in prison for protesting without government permission in December. The court also fined each defendant 50,000 Egyptian pounds (approximately USD $7,100). The prison sentences are the latest in a series of crackdowns on Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood …

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by Benjamin Minegar

Israel's Tel Aviv District Court on Monday convicted former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert of accepting bribes relating to the construction of a luxury apartment complex called the Holyland towers. As Jerusalem's mayor from 1993 to 2003, Olmert, along with other city officials, allegedly accepted nearly 560,000 shekels (USD $150,000) in bribes …

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