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14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Hawaii [official website] on Friday rejected a challenge to one of the state's campaign finance laws. In the case of Yamada et. al v. Kuramoto et. al., Judge Michael Seabright rejected challenges to two Hawaiian states laws [Honolulu Star Advertiser report] [read more]

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[JURIST] A spokesperson for the European Commission [official website] on Friday said that the Vatican [offical website] will implement the European Commission's laws against money laundering and financial fraud [EU materials] by the end of the year. According to Amadeu Altafaj, spokesman for EU Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn [European [read more]

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[JURIST] The Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Friday filed an amicus curiae brief [text, PDF] in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] revising the government's stance on patenting isolated genetic material, including human genes. The position represents a significant departure from established policy, [read more]

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[JURIST] The tenth Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) [official website] on Saturday concluded its proceedings with delegates agreeing [press release, PDF] to the Nagoya Protocol. The protocol identifies 20 goals within five categories designed to protect biodiversity, including a 50 percent reduction in [read more]

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