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Legal news from Friday, September 18, 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Federal Supreme Court of Brazil on Thursday banned corporate entities from providing funding to political candidates in the future. The court found that the large role corporations played in campaign funding was unconstitutional and compromised the legitimacy of the elections. The Superior Electoral Court conducted a study …

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by Ashley Hogan

Moroccan born Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri, who spent 13 years in the Guantanamo Bay prison, was released Thursday as part of the Obama Administration's effort to wind down and eventually close the detention center. The US never formally charged Chekkouri with a crime, but according to military documents he was believed to have been …

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by Alexandra Farone

Mexican authorities captured high-ranking drug cartel member Gildardo Lopez Astudillo Wednesday, alleging that he is connected to last year's disappearance of 43 college students in Guerrero. National Security Commissioner Renato Sales Heredia confirmed the arrest of the suspect, who was found on the streets carrying a gun and …

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by William Helbling

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Thursday that Apple should have received an injunction barring Samsung from selling any devices that infringe on Apple's patents. The Federal Circuit panel ruled 2-1 that an injunction should have been given to Apple by the lower district court and added that Samsung …

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by Alexandra Farone

Nebraskans for Public Safety initiated a lawsuit Thursday challenging the legality of a voter referendum that has been planned to potentially overturn the legislative repeal of the death penalty in the state. In May the Nebraska Legislature passed LB 268, which repealed the death penalty, but Governor Pete Ricketts vetoed the bill. …

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by William Helbling

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Thursday that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) violates the religious rights of employers by forcing them to help provide contraceptive coverage despite not being required to pay for it. The ACA requires all employers to provide insurance coverage for their employees, which includes access to …

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by Emelina Perez

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Thursday that General Motors (GM) has reached a deal to accept charges of wire fraud and a $900 million fine for allegedly concealing information about ignition-switch defects for more than a decade. Under a deferred-prosecution agreement, the criminal charges will likely be placed on hold [WSJ …

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