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Legal news from Monday, May 2, 2016
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in two cases Monday. In Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc. [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will rule on the appropriate test to determine when a feature of a useful article is protectable under section 101 of the Copyright Act. The case deals with designs on …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

India's Ministry of External Affairs said Monday that India will allow detained Italian marine Salvatore Girone to return home. The statement came after Italy's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague had ordered Girone's return. Girone, one of two Italian marines held in India for their …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-3 Monday in Ocasio v. United States that a defendant may be convicted of conspiring to violate the Hobbs Act based on proof that he reached an agreement with the owner of the property in question to obtain that property under color of official right. The case raised …

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by Mark Casper

The US Army Court of Criminal Appeals has ruled that the lawyers for US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl should be allowed access to classified materials. In an opinion made public Saturday, the three-judge court upheld the military judge's issuance of a protective order and access order against claims by the prosecution that the lower court erred in …

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