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South Korea’s Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee said in a press briefing on Wednesday that Seoul will file a complaint at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over Japan’s trade curbs on three key materials used to make smartphones and memory chips. Seoul accused Tokyo of violating WTO’s obligation not to discriminate, changing export procedures for three [...]

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A federal judge in Ohio on Monday denied drug manufacturers and distributors’ request to dismiss the public nuisance claims against them. A public-nuisance claim can be maintained where the facts establish that the “design, manufacturing, marketing or sale of product unreasonably interferes with a right common to the general public.” Factual evidence and statistics, such [...]

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California Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed into law a bill that requires free legal counsel to be appointed to low-income Californians for any level of legal or physical child custody matters, probate conservatorships and housing-related issues including eviction. The new law requires the California Judicial Council to develop and provide grants, which could be [...]

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The UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar said in a report Thursday that the country’s military must stop using sexual and gender-based violence to terrorise and punish ethnic minorities. The Mission concluded that “rape and other sexual violence have been a particularly egregious and recurrent feature of the targeting of the civilian population in [...]

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An investigation revealed Sunday that many records relevant to landmark civil cases in Japan since World War II no longer exist, having been disposed of by courts across the country. The almost 140 cases scrutinized focused on issues such as nationality, freedom of expression, separation of state and religion, expropriation of land for national defense, [...]

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A California judge on Thursday reduced a $2 billion jury verdict for a couple against Bayer AG for causing their cancer by the company’s glyphosate-based weed killer, Roundup, to $86.7 million. Alva and Alberta Pilliod allege Roundup causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and that Monsanto (now Bayer) for decades tried to influence scientists and regulators to bury [...]

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A former Nazi soldier was charged by German prosecutors for incitement and disparaging the memory of Nazi victims Wednesday after he made inflammatory statements in an interview broadcast on television. The accused was identified by media to be Karl Münter, who had previously been convicted in France over his role in the killing of 86 [...]

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