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Legal news from Tuesday, May 30, 2017
by Meena Ansari

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 8-0 to strike down the "provocation rule" created by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit which allows law enforcement officers to be held liable for an otherwise defensive use of deadly force if the officer provoked the violent encounter. Justice Samuel …

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by Autumn Callan

The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that restrictions placed on a patented product could not be enforced through an infringement suit because an authorized sale exhausts all rights under the Patent Act. In Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., the court found that although the Patent Act allows patentees to stop others from …

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by Meena Ansari

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signed a controversial NGO law that was approved by the Parliament in November. The law was published in the Official Gazette on Monday went into effect Tuesday. The legislation will create a new government agency, the National Authority for the Regulation of Non-Governmental Foreign Organizations, which …

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by Jennifer Suder

The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell that the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) does not apply to out-of-state corporations. FELA holds railroads liable in money damages to their employees for injuries that occurred on the job. The case was filed in Montana state court, but the injuries did …

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by Jennifer Suder

The UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday appointed an Indian human rights lawyer and two fact-finding experts to investigate Myanmar security forces' alleged crimes against Rohingya Muslims. Indira Jaising, an advocate of the Supreme Court of India, will be the lead investigator. The other two members are Sri Lankan lawyer Radhika Coomaraswamy and Australian …

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by Autumn Callan

The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that in cases of statutory rape where sexual intercourse is criminalized based solely on the ages of the participants, the federal definition requires the age of the victim to be less than 16. In Esquivel-Quintana v. Sessions the court's definition of what age constitutes "sexual abuse of a minor" was …

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by Madison Chajson

The Nevada Senate on Monday approved a bill requiring Internet providers to disclose what types of personal information they collect from users. Senate Bill 538 is sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford and Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson. According to Ford, "It's important that Nevada's privacy laws reflect that we are …

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by Autumn Callan

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega died late Monday night at the age of 83. President Juan Carlos Varela announced his death saying, "The death of Manuel A. Noriega closes a chapter in our history; his daughters and his relatives deserve to bury him in peace." Noriega spent the last 27 years of his life …

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by Autumn Callan

An Australian official announced plans Tuesday to introduce new legislation that will prevent registered sex offenders from traveling overseas in an effort to prevent pedophiles from taking part in child sex trafficking. Registered sex offenders would not be able to obtain passports or leave the country, a step which will make the Australian government a "world leader in protecting …

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