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Legal news from Tuesday, December 6, 2016
by William Theisen

The US Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of Samsung over Apple on Tuesday in an infringement suit between the two smartphone giants. At trial, a jury awarded Apple $399 million, an amount based on the total profits Samsung made selling smartphones that Apple claimed infringed on their iPhone design. The US Court of …

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by Aaron Christenson

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is engaging in torture in its efforts to root out political corruption, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released Tuesday. The report claims that President Xi Jinping's "war on corruption" has resulted in the punishment of thousands of low-level corrupt officials, as well as hundreds of so-called …

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by Rachel Gerber

Dominic Ongwen, an alleged former top official in the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity brought against him by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The charges stem from LRA attacks committed in late 2003 and 2004 in Ugandan IDP camps and include …

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by Ruben Sindahl

The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany ruled Tuesday that nuclear plants that were closed or scheduled to be closed as a result of a statute passed in 2011 can recover damages. The statute accelerating the closing of German nuclear plants was passed in response to the nuclear accident …

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by Jonathan Niznansky

The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) on Monday sentenced fugitive Idris Ali Sardar to death for war crimes during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. The ICTB held the trial in absentia, listing Sardar as "absconded" in the court documents. Sardar worked as a leader of the Islami Chhatra Sangha during the war, allying himself with the …

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by Taylor Isaac

The US Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in racial gerrymandering cases from Virginia and North Carolina. The first case, Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections is analyzing a redistricting plan in Virginia that was completed after the 2010 census. The approved plan was to require 55 percent of …

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by Taylor Isaac

A court in Greece on Monday ruled against extradition of three Turkish soldiers, determining that the soldiers should be released from protective custody pending a final ruling on their asylum applications. The soldiers, along with five others, fled to Greece after being suspected of involvement in an attempted coup against President Tayyip Erdogan that took place …

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