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Legal news from Wednesday, February 17, 2016
by Bradley McAllister

US Magistrate Sheri Pym of the US District Court for the Central District of California on Tuesday ordered Apple to assist the US government in unlocking the iPhone of one of the shooters in the San Bernardino, California, terrorist attack on December 2. US authorities are in possession of an iPhone that formerly belonged to …

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by Bradley McAllister

Argentina and US bondholders on Tuesday settled a class action lawsuit over defaulted debt from 2001. According to the court appointed monitor, Daniel Pollack, creditors who participate would receive 100 percent of the principal owed and 50 percent of the interest owed on that principal. The exact number of bondholders that are covered under the …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

Russia filed suit against Ukraine on Wednesday over Ukraine's default on $3 billion in bonds. Filed in the London High Court, Russia seeks to regain the principal plus $75 million in accrued interest and legal fees. Russia bought Ukraine's debt, in the form of a Eurobond structured under English law, from then-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The Puerto Rico Legislature passed a bill Tuesday that would restructure the island's estimated $9 billion debt. After the Puerto Rico House of Representatives approved the bill on Monday, the Puerto Rico Senate approved the following day with the House amendments. The legislation will be presented to Governor Alejandro Garcia …

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by Alexis Wheeler

North Carolina voters in two racially formulated voting districts filed a response in the US Supreme Court Tuesday rejecting the merits of the state's request to a stay a district court order to redistrict prior to the 2016 primary on March 16. The US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina previously …

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by Miracle Jones

The French National Assembly voted Tuesday to extend the state of emergency for three months to ensure the country is able to respond to impending terrorist threats, despite concerns the bill infringes on civil liberties. Law No 1238 extends Law No. 55-385 of 3 April 1955, which …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday upheld a $450 million settlement between Apple and consumers who claimed that the company conspired with other e-book retailers to artificially raise the price of e-books. John Bradley was challenging the fairness, reasonableness and adequacy of the settlement, which would require Apple to …

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by Miracle Jones

The Australian government violated the rights of former Guantanamo detainee David Hicks when they continued to detain him after a transfer deal with the US, the UN Human Rights Committee said in a report released Tuesday. Hicks was captured in Afghanistan by northern alliance forces shortly after September 11, 2011, and …

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by Taylor Gillan

South Dakota's state senate on Tuesday passed a bill which, if approved by the governor, will make South Dakota the first state to enact bans on opposite-sex bathroom and shower use in public schools. The Student Physical Privacy Act, which was approved in a 20-7 vote, requires students to choose the bathroom they use based on …

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by Taylor Gillan

The city of Chicago on Tuesday agreed to settle a case alleging job discrimination against police department applicants. Under the settlement, Chicago will pay $2 million in back pay and other benefits to 47 job candidates rejected under a residency requirement during the 2006 hiring cycle. The requirement stated that an applicant must have lived in …

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