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Legal news from Thursday, June 12, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Pakistan's Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday lifted a travel ban that had prevented former president Pervez Musharraf from leaving the country. Opponents will have 15 days to challenge the ruling, and Musharraf will not be allowed to leave the country during that time. Musharraf has expressed a desire to …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that police must obtain a warrant to get a person's cell phone location history from the cell phone provider. Police conducting a robbery investigation had obtained four people's cell phone location histories after getting a "D-order" from a federal magistrate judge. The standard for …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Unaccompanied immigrant children are facing abuse and mistreatment at the hands of US customs officials, according to a complaint filed Wednesday by a group of human rights organizations. The National Immigrant Justice Center, Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, Americans for Immigrant Justice, Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Border Litigation Project …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday in POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co. that POM Wonderful can go ahead with a federal false advertising lawsuit under the Lanham Act. Pom Wonderful sued Coca-Cola Co. for allegedly deceiving consumers about the amount of pomegranate juice in one of its beverages, labeled …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday in Clark v. Rameker that funds held in inherited individual retirement accounts (IRAs) are not "retirement funds" for bankruptcy purposes. Section 522 of the Bankruptcy Code exempts tax-exempt retirement funds from the bankruptcy estate. In October 2010 the Clarks filed voluntary joint bankruptcy and claimed …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

The lower house of the Cortes Generales, Spain's national legislative body, overwhelmingly approved a law Wednesday recognizing the abdication of King Juan Carlos and allowing for his son Prince Felipe to take his place. Following Juan Carlos's abdication on June 2 after four decades on the throne, the law …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

A judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday ruled that the state's system for tenure and seniority for public school teachers is unconstitutional. The plaintiffs, nine California public school students, challenged five provisions of the California Education Code that provide teachers employed for more than 18 months with strong job security …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Wednesday refused to grant an injunction that would have exempted Catholic non-profit groups from the contraception coverage requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The court noted in its decision that the groups that brought the suit, including the …

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by Dominic Yobbi

An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced a prominent activist from the 2011 revolution to 15 years in prison for organizing an unsanctioned protest and assaulting a police officer last year. Activist and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah was forced to wait outside of a courtroom at Cairo's Torah Prison while he was tried in absentia inside. …

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