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Legal news from Thursday, December 8, 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The South Korean Parliament on Thursday introduced a motion to begin impeachment proceedings against President Park Geun-hye. The opposition-led parliament will need at least three-fourths of the parliament's votes for the motion to proceed. The motion is only valid for 48 hours and the motion must come to a vote by this Friday, or else it will become …

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by Emelina Perez

The European Commission on Thursday announced plans to take action against seven member states for failing to fulfill their obligations under EU law when they did not set up penalty systems to deter manufacturers from violating the legislation, particularly after Volkswagen (VW) was investigated for implementing software in its vehicles that could cheat emissions …

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by Meena Ansari

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel delivered a letter to US President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday signed by many US mayors warning of the potential economic losses Trump could cause if he repeals Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA allows undocumented young immigrants to remain in the US if they arrived before they turned 16 and are …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

The US Senate voted on Wednesday to pass the 21st Century Cures Act, which will allow the Food and Drug Administration to fund more medical research and speed up access to new drugs. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said the bill would provide more funding towards research for cancer, Alzheimer's Disease …

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by Erik Slobe

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB2814, also known as the Future Energy Jobs Bill, into law on Wednesday. The benefits of the bill had been touted as increasing energy efficiency, expanding renewable energy, providing zero-carbon incentives for nuclear power plants at-risk of closure, additional funding for low-income assistance, job training, and cap of electricity …

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by Akira Tomlinson

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Thursday expressed concern over proposed legislation in Israel that would retroactively legalize the Israeli outposts constructed on privately-owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank. Currently there are about 570,000 Israeli settlers living in 130 settlements and 100 outposts in the West Bank. The legislation, …

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by Autumn Callan

A federal judge dissolved the decision from earlier this week and halted the Michigan recount on Wednesday. Judge Mark Goldsmith of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan had entered a temporary restraining order "to cease any delay in the commencement of the recount of the presidential vote cast in Michigan" …

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by Emelina Perez

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday ordered France, which is investigating Equatorial Guinea's Second Vice President Teodoro Obiang, to respect the rights of a building deemed to be part of the Equatorial Guinea's diplomatic mission in Paris. The ICJ further ruled that it does not have jurisdiction to rule on Equatorial …

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by Taylor Isaac

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corporation, a case that will determine whether the "structured dismissal" settlement plan for Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings is permissible despite violating the statutory priority scheme. Under the code, there are three resolution options for Chapter 11 bankruptcy: a reorganization …

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by Miracle Jones

The High Court in Nairobi ruled Wednesday that an HIV data collection directive violates fundamental rights to privacy and is therefore unconstitutional. The data collection was ordered by President Uhuru Kenyatta last year in order to identify and treat children living with HIV/AIDS. However, the report collected sensitive information that many feared [KELIN …

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by Brittany Felder

A UN human rights report published Wednesday calls for action to be taken in order to reunite families who were separated along the Korean Peninsula following the Korean War. The report highlights the different forms of familial separation and seeks to "promote accountability conduct capacity-building activities for relevant stakeholders; and maintain public awareness of the situation through …

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by Justin Cosgrove

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday endorsed a partial ban on burqas and niqabs. Merkel said that "the full facial veil is inappropriate and should be banned wherever is legally possible." The chancellor's party, the Christian Democratic Union, is expected to pass a motion proposing a ban in some ares of public life such as courts, …

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