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Legal news from Thursday, February 8, 2018
by Erin McCarthy Holliday

India's antitrust watchdog, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) on Thursday imposed a USD $21.17 million fine (1.36 billion rupees) on Google for "search bias" and abuse of its dominant position. The order was passed in response to filings by Matrimony.com Limited and Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS) in 2012. In a press release [text, …

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by Mary Nicholas

Google is being sued in a class action lawsuit filed Tuesday over alleged defects in the new Pixel smartphone. Plaintiffs claim that Google knowingly sold Pixel phones with defective microphones preventing phone call usage and other voice recognition functions. Google support agents conducted an investigation into the matter and acknowledged the defect with microphones. However, agents claim that …

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by Ram Eachambadi

International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Thursday announced her decision to open a preliminary examination into allegations of human rights violations committed in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte and his political party since July 1, 2016. Bensouda also expressed her intention to conduct a preliminary examination of the situation …

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by Akira Tomlinson

A Kenyan lawyer was reportedly deported on Tuesday after being charged with treason for attending the symbolic presidential inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga. The lawyer, Miguna Miguna, was to appear in court under orders from the High Court, but was instead deported overnight after an invalid law, applied by another court, caused him to lose his …

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by Kylee Clark

The Ohio House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a Senate bill that would reform current redistricting policies. The proposed constitutional amendment provides the legislature the opportunity to draw the state's congressional districts and approve them with a three-fifths vote, including at least one-third of the minority party. Should the map fail to garner sufficient support in …

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by Lindsay Offutt

Australian officials are abusing prisoners with disabilities, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disabilities are at especially high risk, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The report, titled, "I Needed Help, Instead I Was Punished": Abuse and Neglect of Prisoners with Disabilities in Australia, set forth findings from research conducted from June 2016 to January …

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by Lindsay Offutt

UN expert Paulo Pinheiro on Tuesday reported civilian violence in Syria is dramatically increasing, causing internal displacement and an estimated quarter of a million civilians to flee the country. Pinheiro, Chairperson of the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, condemned the violence saying the parties responsible are failing to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law. …

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