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In an apparent breakthrough Sunday for opponents of Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, a government court ordered opposition election victories to be restored in Serbia's second-largest city. It was the first victory by the opposition after 28 days of massive street demonstrations against Milosevic, and it appeared to be an attempt by the Serbian leader to neutralize the protest movement challenging his regime.
May 19, 2001 | Bloomberg News
A federal appeals court threw out claims against Philip Morris Cos. and other tobacco companies that they intentionally marketed less healthy menthol cigarettes to blacks. The decision by the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia affirmed a lower court's ruling that a group of black smokers didn't show there was a disparity between products sold to black smokers and those sold to white smokers. The suit cited R.J.
July 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A Chinese court ruled Friday that a Chinese science fiction writer did not have enough evidence to prove that 20th Century Fox stole his ideas when making the 2004 movie "The Day After Tomorrow." Li Jianmin, 43, had said there were at least 308 scenes in the film that were substantially similar to the concept and plots of two plays he completed in 2001 and 2002, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
January 27, 2002 | From Reuters
Zimbabwe's High Court, ruling in favor of the opposition, has ordered the government to allow people to vote in any constituency in the presidential election in March, an opposition party spokesman said Saturday. Learnmore Jongwe, information secretary of the Movement for Democratic Change, said the ruling handed down Friday would enable thousands of Zimbabweans who he said had been displaced by political violence to cast their vote in the March 9-10 poll.
March 28, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A Lebanese-born teacher who claimed that an Alaska school district discriminated against her because of her national origin was unlawfully denied a permanent teaching position, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court decision against Nada Raad. Raad filed a complaint in 1993 with the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights alleging discrimination.
November 13, 1992 | From Associated Press
A judge was wrong to make a man carry a sign in public stating, "Need Job To Support Children," an appeals court ruled Thursday, calling the punishment "a throwback to the days of stockades." The three-member Indiana Court of Appeals panel said the judge's ruling was inappropriate and excessive and held up Clarence William Epley III to public ridicule.
The California Supreme Court dealt Los Angeles County an irrevocable legal setback Wednesday when the justices unanimously refused to overturn a lower court ruling that directs the county to repay as much as $136 million in welfare payments it illegally withheld from its poorest residents.
December 9, 2006 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
A state appellate court, siding with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, struck down a regulation Friday that limited contributions to campaign funds set up to endorse or oppose ballot measures. State campaign authorities last year sought to cap the size of such donations if the accounts were controlled by officeholders. In Schwarzenegger's case, donors could not have given more than $23,300 to a committee he helped establish to raise money to promote his initiatives on the 2005 special election ballot.
December 20, 2000 | From Reuters
The Chilean Supreme Court on Tuesday finished hearing an appeal to overturn an order that blocked the arrest of Augusto Pinochet, but it did not reveal the verdict. The five judges voted on the appeal but chose not to disclose their decision until the full verdict was transcribed, a court official said. Human rights lawyers were bidding to quash a lower court's ruling Dec.
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