Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have unanimously chosen Senator Arlen Specter to be chairman next year. Specter's chairmanship had been in doubt after the GOP moderate warned Bush against nominations based solely on a judge's conservatism or opposition to abortion rights, suggesting that confirmation of such nominees would be difficult. Specter has now promised [...]

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The first divorce in Chilean history took place Thursday as the country's new marital code went into effect, replacing the code that had been in force since 1884. Until the passage of law No. 19947, Chile was one of only two democracies in the world not to allow divorce; it is now permitted in the [...]

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The World Trade Organization has entered an interim verdict against an EU effort to prevent food manufacturers from using European regional names – such as Champagne and Parma – to market copycat versions of more than 600 wines, cheeses, meats, and other food products that originated in Europe. Unlike trademarks, EU designations indefinitely protect food [...]

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Young v. Bryco Arms et al., Illinois Supreme Court, November 18, 2004 . Excerpt: In sum, we hold that plaintiffs' public nuisance claims against both the manufacturer and the dealer defendants must be dismissed. Even granting, arguendo, that plaintiffs can establish that a public right has been infringed upon by defendants' conduct, their allegations of [...]

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Russian authorities Thursday arrested a manager at a key subsidiary of Yukos on charges of embezzling $766,000 which was disguised as charitable contributions. Also today, the Prosecutor General's office announced the issuance of an international arrest warrant for Yukos lawyer Nikolai Gololobov on charges of misappropriating billions of rubles worth of shares in 1998. These [...]

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