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U.S. government continues action against drugs firm Norvatis

The U.S. government is seeking documents from the pharmaceutical company Novartis. This is for an investigation into the allegation the Swiss company provided so-called ‘kickback’ payments to doctors.

Medical marijuana is officially legal in Australia

Earlier this week, the Australian government passed new national laws that now allow medical cannabis to be used by people with painful and chronic illnesses.

Ecuador says Assange can leave if no Swedish charges

Quito - Ecuador said Friday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can leave his hideout in its London embassy and go into exile in the South American country if Swedish prosecutors do not charge him after questioning him.

Ecuador says will cooperate with Sweden on Assange

Quito - Ecuador said Wednesday it will cooperate with Swedish prosecutors after they formally requested permission to interrogate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at his hideout in the Ecuadoran embassy in London.

Sweden requests permission from Ecuador to quiz Assange

Stockholm - The Swedish state prosecutor's office said Wednesday it had formally asked Ecuador for permission to interrogate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a rape allegation.

Hawaii becomes 1st state to raise smoking age to 21

Honolulu - Effective Friday, January 1, 2016, Hawaii became the first state in the United States to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21.

Sweden reaches preliminary deal to question Assange

Stockholm - Sweden has reached a preliminary legal agreement with Ecuador that would pave the way for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be questioned over a rape allegation, the Swedish government said Sunday.

Oregon medical pot dispensaries prepare to open to public

Portland - Medical marijuana advocates have long promoted the drug's medicinal properties and have carried the day in 23 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized its use.

Island of 48 legalizes same-sex marriage

Pitcairn Island, considered by many to be the smallest inhabited island in the world, as well as being home to 48 people, just made same-sex marriage legal.

Facebook wins privacy case in Canada

After losing an earlier case which ruled Facebook had violated user's privacy, the tech giant wins appeal at Canadian Supreme Court.

Federal Aviation Administration allows for Amazon’s drones

Last Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to Amazon that will let the company test-drive Prime Air on the American grounds.

The Pirate Bay returns a month after forced closure

Notorious torrent site The Pirate Bay has returned to life just a month after being taken offline by Swedish police last December. The site is blamed for copyright fraud amounting to billions of dollars by the music, film and software industries.

The legal woes of Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Paris - Here is a breakdown of the legal woes which led to the downfall of former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

EU court strikes Hamas from terror blacklist

Luxembourg - The Palestinian Islamic militant group Hamas must be removed from the EU's terrorism blacklist, but its assets will stay frozen for the time being, a European court ruled on Wednesday.

Lower court gay marriage ruling may force issue to Supreme Court

A federal appeals court decision to uphold same-sex marriage bans in four U.S. states has opened the door for the issue of gay marriage to be decided by the Supreme Court.

Activision enlists Rudy Giuliani against Manuel Noriega lawsuit

Activsion has enlisted former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to lead its legal defense against Manuel Noriega's lawsuit over his appearance in 'Call of Duty: Black Ops II.'

Ombudsman: When will action be taken over No Win, No Fee deals?

The Legal Ombudsman in the UK has asked regulators when action will be taken over consumer complaints regarding 'No Win, No Fee' conditional agreements with lawyers.

Lawyers can now use the web to weed out jurors

Lawyers will now be allowed to scour social media sites, Internet blogs and LinkedIn pages of potential jurors before they are selected.

Are Americans obsessed with lawsuits?

Salt Lake City - From a squabble between neighbors in Smalltown, USA, to the nation's largest tech companies battling over intellectual property, Americans -- and American companies -- are filing more lawsuits today than at any other time in history.

Review: Shout! Factory issues the final season of 'The Practice' on DVD

In its final season, David E. Kelley's legal drama lost half its cast but gained James Spader and William Shatner. A fair trade? Watch and decide.

Op-Ed: Would it be beneficial for BlackBerry to move on from phones?

The troubled smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry is considering moving away from smartphones according to its CEO, John Chen, but would this actually be beneficial to the company?

Afghan citizen granted asylum in the UK for being an atheist

London - An Afghan citizen has been granted asylum in the UK because on the grounds of being an atheist. His legal team argued that he would face persecution and even the death sentence if he was returned to Afghanistan.

Stores selling recreational marijuana in U.S. will open January 1

Central City - Tourists in Amsterdam may recount the beautiful streets, the shops, the museums, the red light district, and of course the smart shops. In a response to last year's legislation, Colorado is set to open some smart shops of its own.

Woman with Down syndrome wins over parents on guardianship case

A 29-year-old woman with Down syndrome will be allowed to live with friends, as is her wish, instead of living in a group home, after prevailing over her parents on a guardianship case.

Op-Ed: The death of justice — A postmortem of the Zimmerman trial

“Acquitted.” Reminiscent of the front page headlines on every paper when the Rodney King verdicts were read on April 30, 1992, those words were handed down in the George Zimmerman trial yesterday.

Seattle Space Needle crowd celebrates reefer madness

Seattle - On Tuesday, hundreds of Washington State residents descended upon the Seattle Space Needle in a gathering that resembled a New Year's Eve celebration, complete with cheering and a countdown to midnight.

Jimmy Savile: another inquiry

London - British Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced yet another inquiry into the Jimmy Savile scandal during Prime Minister's Questions today.

Jimmy Savile: Victims to bring civil case

The alleged victims of Jimmy Savile are considering bringing a civil case against the BBC and the hospitals involved. The organisations could be held vicariously liable for failing in their duty of care.

Craigslist now the exclusive owner of your ads

In an effort to hang onto its market share in the online classifieds game, Craigslist is now demanding to be the "exclusive licensee" of any content posted to its site. But some say Craigslist is on shaky legal ground.

California Dream Act Bill now legal for illegal immigrants

Sacramento - Governor Jerry Brown has signed the California Dream Act into Law to allow illegal immigrants to qualify for state funding for college financial aid. This follows the defeat of last year's federal Dream Act bill by Congress.
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