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Legal news from Tuesday, April 29, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a pair of cases dealing with warrantless searches of suspects' cell phones. Riley v. California is a state court case that involves a challenge to searching an arrested individual without a warrant. After being arrested, police examined Riley's cell phone, which …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday signed into law a controversial bill allowing polygamy. The Marriage Act 2014 brings civil law in line with customary law, where some cultures allow a man to have multiple wives. The bill was approved by parliament last month after heated debate that caused female …

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by Taylor Gillan

Russia's upper house of parliament on Tuesday approved a set of bills that apply new restrictions on the Internet and blogging, a move widely criticized by both pro-democracy activists and Russia's technology sector alike. Critics of the draft laws affecting the Internet, which are expected to be signed by President Vladimir Putin soon and …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 6-2 Tuesday in Environmental Protection Agency v. EME Homer City Generation that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not overstep its authority when it issued a regulation limiting power plants' emissions that cross state lines. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit …

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by Taylor Gillan

Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) on Tuesday indicted 36 senators for alleged misconduct, including the misuse of authority in violation of Thailand's constitution. The indictment is a response to the senators' attempt to amend the constitution to make the senate fully elected, a move ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in November. Commission …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in two cases concerning attorney's fees in patent disputes. In Octane Fitness v. ICON Health and Fitness the court ruled that the framework used by the district court to award attorney's fees was too rigid. Section 285 of the Patent Act authorizes a district …

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