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Legal news from Friday, December 1, 2017
by Patrick Sherry

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday in favor of the Yukon First Nations in their action to fight the Yukon government's proposed plan to allow further economic development of the Peel Watershed. The court declared that the government's plan did not act in accordance with guidelines authorized in the Umbrella Final Agreement, which established a …

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by Erik Slobe

Former national security advisor to Donald Trump, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty Friday to charges of making false statements to the FBI. The charges, brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, are related to two specific statements that Flynn made to the FBI. In the first statement Flynn made on December 29, 2016, Flynn denied …

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by Raven Moore

A Missouri judge on Wednesday upheld the $110 million jury award in a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and talc supplier Imerys Talc. The suit alleged that four decades of using Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder products resulted in 62 year-old Lois Slemp's ovarian cancer diagnosis. In May, the St. Louis Circuit Court jury deliberated for …

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by Brittney Zeller

The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Georgia on Thursday decriminalized marijuana usage. The suit was brought in opposition to article 273 of the Georgia criminal code, which punished marijuana usage without a doctor's prescription. The suit referenced article 16 of the Constitution of Georgia, which grants the right to …

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by Christopher Hsu

UK consumer activist group Google You Owe Us initiated representative legal action Thursday against tech giant Google, alleging that Google illegally mined private information from consumers. According to Google You Owe Us, the tech giant unlawfully harvested personal information from nearly 5.4 million Apple iPhone users in England and Wales between June 2011 and February 2012 …

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by David Zwier

African and European leaders, gathered in Abidjan for the 5th AU/EU Summit, condemned in a joint statement the inhuman treatment of African migrants and refugees by criminal groups. The statement is seen as an response to the recent documentation of human traffickers in Libya selling migrants as slaves in open air markets. The leaders …

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by Kylee Clark

Qualcomm filed three lawsuits against Apple Thursday, seeking compensation for alleged patent infringement. According to Qualcomm, Apple uses technologies that Qualcomm first marketed in the 1990s. Qualcomm claims that they have offered to license their patents to Apple, but it has been refused every time. Ultimately, Qualcomm's suits seek compensation …

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by Erik Slobe

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced that it has initiated an independent expert review on internal operations after the death of Slobodan Praljak, who consumed poison in the courtroom on Wednesday after the court reaffirmed his 20 year prison sentence. The review will be completed along with a Dutch investigation …

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by Tate Brown

People and municipalities in Lebanon have resorted to burning garbage as a result of government mismanagement, causing detrimental health effects, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Friday. Lebanon's waste crisis erupted in 2015 when authorities closed the main landfill site near Beirut without arranging an alternative. Garbage began piling up in the streets, and people began burning the garbage. …

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by Miracle Jones

The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that would allow mining in the Superior National Forest in Minnesota. The Minnesota's Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act (MINER act) is a response to legislation passed under the Obama administration to protect the environment and promote …

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by Christopher Anderson

The Danish parliament on Thursday approved a bill giving new powers to the Energy, Supply and Climate ministry related to the Nord Stream-2 pipeline. The pipeline, built by Russian petroleum giant Gazprom, will carry natural gas from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea. The proposed route passes through Danish territorial waters. Previously, Danish law …

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