Legal news from Saturday, December 29, 2012
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Philippine House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales III [House profile] announced [Philippine Daily Inquirer report] on Friday that Philippine President Benigno Aquino III [official website] had quietly signed into law on the 21st of December a bill which will make contraception, birth control, sexual education, and maternal care universally available [read more]

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[JURIST] China adopted new rules on Friday which impose new restrictions [Xinhua report] on the country's Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and individual users. The rules, called the Decision to Strengthen the Protection of Online Information, were adopted by China's highest legislative body, the National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) [official [read more]

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[JURIST] Lawyers representing the Mexican government asked the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] in an amicus brief to uphold a lower court ruling that blocked enforcement of a section of the 2010 Arizona immigration law SB 1070 [text, PDF] that prohibits the harboring of illegal aliens. In [read more]

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[JURIST] A Moscow court on Friday acquitted prison doctor Dmitry Kratov of all charges stemming from the death of whistleblowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009. A Russian judge found that there was no evidence [Al Jazeera report] showing a causal link between Kratov's negligence and Magnitsky's death. Dr. Kratov was [read more]

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[JURIST] Apple Inc disclosed on Friday an agreement to withdraw patent claims against Samsung [corporate websites] in the US District Court for Northern California [official website] for a new Samsung phone, Galaxy S III Mini, that the South Korea-based company said it was not offering for sale in the US [read more]

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[JURIST] A Beijing court ordered Apple, Inc., on Thursday to pay damages of 1.03 million yuan, or $165,908 USD, to eight Chinese writers and two companies for copyright infringement. The Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court [official website, in Chinese], a regional court directly below China's appellate level courts, held [read more]

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