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March 1, 2006 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
A Texaco Inc. and Shell Oil Co. joint venture didn't break antitrust law when it set pump prices in the Western United States, the Supreme Court said Tuesday, ending a years-long battle over allegations that the companies inflated prices and forced dealers out of business. The 8-0 ruling was applauded by the oil companies and by major corporations outside the industry that saw the case as a threat to joint ventures of all kinds.
April 15, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A provincial appeals court has issued what it says is China's first ruling that confessions or evidence obtained by torture, trickery and coercion can't be used in court, a government website reported. Defense lawyers welcomed the Sichuan Provincial High Court ruling as a sign that courts might be trying to end police torture. But they said it would be merely symbolic without legal changes allowing defendants to remain silent and requiring that they be told they are entitled to lawyers.
September 20, 1996 | From Reuters
Italian women Thursday condemned a court ruling that said a man can occasionally hit his wife, but the victim whose case sparked the controversy said she was glad her "model husband" had been cleared. The ruling Wednesday by Italy's highest appeals court provoked protests from prominent women politicians, academics and lawyers who said it was "diabolical," "scandalous" and "wrong."
January 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal appeals court says slaughtering horses for meat is illegal in Texas, where the animals symbolize the Old West and where two of the nation's three processing plants are located. The decision, issued Friday by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, overturns a lower court's ruling last year on a 1949 Texas law that banned horse slaughter for the purpose of selling the meat for food.
BACKGROUND: Last March, an American missionary couple, Bill and Roberta Rees, filed suit in Tokyo asking the Japanese government to recognize the citizenship rights of their adoptive son, Andrew. (View, March 31, 1992) Andrew was abandoned by his mother, who is believed to be Filipino, shortly after his birth. Japan's Justice Ministry has refused to recognize Andrew as Japanese and registered him as a stateless foreigner. The Philippine government also refused to give Andrew citizenship.
November 10, 2004 | From Reuters
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Tuesday handed a victory to pioneering punk-rap group the Beastie Boys in a dispute over the growing musical practice of sampling, in which recording artists incorporate snippets of other people's songs into their work. The court declined to reconsider its decision last year allowing the group to use a six-second segment of music from jazz flutist James Newton's 1978 composition "Choir."
August 9, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A lawsuit filed by Tim Burton's ex-girlfriend over his assets should be dismissed, an appeals court has ruled. The California Court of Appeals issued a ruling this week ordering a lower court judge to grant a motion by Burton's attorneys for a summary judgment. The move halts a trial scheduled for next week that would have focused on the couple's nearly decade-long relationship, which ended in 2001. Burton's longtime girlfriend, Lisa Marie, sued the director in 2006. She claimed that she was cheated out of money that Burton had promised her during their relationship.
September 7, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The Iowa Supreme Court unanimously struck down a law that gave grandparents the right to spend time with their grandchildren, ruling it interfered with parental rights. The court said the law substituted "sentimentality for constitutionality." Short of a decision that parents were unfit and incapable of deciding who should visit their child, neither courts nor the Legislature can interfere, the court said.
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