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Legal news from Saturday, May 10, 2014
by G. Redd

A judge for Arkansas' Pulaski County Circuit Court ruled Friday that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, striking down both the Arkansas General Assembly Act 144 of 1997 and the 2004 Amendment 83 of the Arkansas State Constitution. Reviewing not only state and federal constitutional arguments, but also interstate analysis on …

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by G. Redd

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to new Environmental Protection Agency [(EPA) official website] standards for manufacturing plant air pollutant output. The petitioners had requested review of a final rule by the EPA regarding minimum National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). NAAQS are …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Friday that programming interfaces in Oracle's Java technology can be protected under US copyright law, allowing Oracle to pursue its legal case against Google. The litigation arose four year ago when Oracle sued Google, alleging its Android operating system infringes on patents and …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled Friday that the Pledge of Allegiance's words "under God" do not discriminate against non-religious people since the language is patriotic and not religious. The case arose when the plaintiffs, Jane Doe and John Doe, commenced the suit in the Massachusetts Superior Court, challenging the practice by which …

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by G. Redd

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced Thursday that the Office of General Counsel will not pursue an appeal in defense of the Commonwealth's voter identification law. The law, passed in March 2012, required all voters to submit a government issued photo ID in order to vote in all elections. The law was immediately challenged …

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by G. Redd

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin on Thursday signed a bill, requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This is the first legislation in the US to require food producers to disclose GMO material. Food labels must reveal GMO ingredients, such as genetically engineered corn or soy, by July …

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