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Legal news from Thursday, March 31, 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

Environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The lawsuit challenged the FDA's authority to approve genetically modified animals for use as food. In November the FDA approved the production and commercial sale of genetically modified salmon. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the …

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by Justin Cosgrove

Five members of the US women's soccer team said Thursday that have filed an equal pay complaint against the US Soccer Federation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The players, Carli Lloyd, Beck Sauerbrunn, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo, are alleging wage discrimination and citing figures from last year showing that …

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by Brittany Felder

A court in Bangladesh issued an arrest warrant for former prime minister Khaleda Zia in connection with the firebombing of a bus orchestrated against the government last year. In addition to Zia, the court issued warrants for 27 others who are involved with the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) suspected …

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by Brittany Felder

Argentinian lawmakers on Thursday voted to approve a USD $4.65 billion deal with creditors in the US, ending a 14-year debt default. Although the deal was agreed to "in principle" in February, Congress' approval was necessary, and, after 13 hours of debate, it was approved. The deal will greatly improve the financial reputation …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The South Africa Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered President Jacob Zuma to personally repay the amounts determined by the National Treasury, as they relate to the "non-security" upgrades to his private residence. The issue came to light when several South Africans, including a Member of Parliament, complained to the Public Protector "concerning aspects of …

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by Miracle Jones

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Wednesday filed a notice of appeal of a judge' s decision upholding a Fayetteville ordinance that protects members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from discrimination. At issue is whether such ordinances violate the Arkansas Interstate Commerce Improvement Act, which prevents the creation …

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by Miracle Jones

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday halted the execution of a Texas man who was convicted of killing his children while their mother listened on the phone. John Battaglia was scheduled for execution on March 30, but the court held that the lack of access to counsel during his habeas relief …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Thursday acquitted Vojislav Šešelj, president of the Serbian Radical Party and former Assembly member of Serbia, of all crimes against humanity and war crimes in connection with the Balkan war. Šešelj faced three counts of crimes against humanity including persecution, deportation and inhumane …

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by Taylor Gillan

A US government official on Wednesday announced that the Department of Defense has told Congress that it plans to transfer as many as 12 prisoners from the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. The plan would help the US move towards closing the military prison, a goal that US President Barack Obama has held since the start …

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by Kasey Tuttle

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday commuted the sentences of 61 federal drug offenders in an effort to reform the sentencing of non-violent criminals. Obama believes the large number of low-level drug offenders facing longer sentences than would be granted under today's laws are clogging up jails and burning through tax dollars. More than one-third of these individuals …

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by Taylor Gillan

The Constitutional Court of South Korea on Thursday upheld a law that punishes individual sex workers. The ruling came in response to a petition to overturn the anti-prostitution law, which was brought by a prostitute convicted under the law. The court found against the petitioner in a 6-3 ruling, calling prostitution "violent and exploitative in nature," and that …

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by Kasey Tuttle

The Mississippi Senate approved a highly debated religious freedom bill by a 31-17 vote on Wednesday. The Senate made slight revisions to the bill after it was passed by the House, requiring the House to give final approval before it is sent to Governor Phil Bryant. The bill prohibits the government from taking action against religious …

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by Dominic Yobbi

A federal jury in Manhattan on Wednesday found that a defective ignition switch in a General Motors (GM) vehicle was not to blame for a 2014 accident. The jurors deliberated for less than a day to determine that although the faulty ignition switch made the 2007 Saturn Sky unreasonably dangerous and GM failed to properly …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. In Welch v. US the court heard arguments on whether a robbery under Florida state law constitutes a violent felony for sentencing purposes under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA). As a second issue, the court considered …

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