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Women take on Canada’s mining giants over ‘horrific human rights abuses’

“The United Nations has also singled out Canadian mining companies and called on authorities to better regulate the sector” writes Ashifa Kassam for theguardian.com. The case centres on allegationsdating back to 2007, when the women say hundreds of police, military and and private security personnel linked to a Canadian mining company descended on the secluded village of Lote Ocho in eastern Guatemala.In 2008, Skye was acquired by Toronto’s Hudbay Minerals, who sold the mine to a Russian company in 2011. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Toshiba, Western Digital reach settlement to end legal battle over chip unit’s sale

“Western Digital has agreed to drop its legal action aimed at blocking the sale of Toshiba Memory” reports japantimes.co.jp. But even though legal issues with Western Digital have been resolved, antitrust screening in major global markets could still be a major hurdle.Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday it has reached a settlement with U.S. joint venture partner Western Digital Corp. over the sale of its chip unit, ending a months-long legal battle and removing one of the major hurdles to completing the deal. Source: japantimes.co.jp Share This:

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Uncertainty reigns when it comes to what the…

“Officials also worry about what the marijuana market will look like in California when marijuana remains an illegal schedule 1 drug at the federal level” writes Peninsula Press Staff for sfgate.com. Proposition 64, or the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, makes cultivation, manufacture, testing, storage, retail sales, deliveries and use of marijuana legal unless otherwise stated by cities.Armstrong is one of the pioneers of aquaponics farming and he plans to be a pioneer in the legal cannabis industry.Companies entering the legal market in California could still be subject to federal…

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Bitcoin goes mainstream with futures trading on Wall Street

“Just like bitcoin itself, bitcoin futures trading is still rather unstable, going up and down quickly in the span of a day” reports slashgear.com. Bitcoin goes mainstream with futures trading on Wall Street There must have been a great deal of confusion, apprehension, and even ridicule in ancient times when people moved from directly trading goods to the abstraction of wealth we call “money”.If anything, it finally gives investors and traders a better legal basis for using and trading bitcoin.Futures trading is the movement’s attempt at establishing some legitimacy.Although already…

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Seattle should drop its dead-end income-tax case | Editorial

“Seattle should drop this dead-end case and find better ways to advance the worthy conversation about inequality and inequity” writes Editorial Board Members for seattletimes.com. The city of Seattle should end its lawsuit pursuing an illegal income tax, which was decisively rejected by a judge.Seattle should abandon its costly and wrongheaded pursuit of an illegal income tax.Remember, it wasn’t Seattle officials’ idea to pick a legal fight over the income tax. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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William Hill ends legal fight with US rival Scientific Games

“Bookmaker William Hill has ended its legal spat with Scientific Games after agreeing a share sale and commercial deal with its US rival” writes Bradley Gerrard for telegraph.co.uk. The UK gambling company had moved to block Scientific’s CAD$775m (£453m) attempted takeover of fellow American company NYX by beefing up its stake in the latter.This prompted Scientific, which had gained a 36pc stake in NYX, to launch legal proceedings against William Hill in the American state of New Jersey.Scientific claimed its UK rival had “repeatedly threatened to block the acquisition by…

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Marriage equality has finally become law in Australia, at last

“It was left to the last minute, but marriage equality is finally legal in Australia” writes Johnny Lieu for mashable.com. Marriage equality supporters gathered in front of Parliament House in Australia’s capital, Canberra, to be there for the historic decision.Although Australians voted overwhelmingly for marriage equality in mid-November, there had been a push by conservative politicians for amendments to the bill that claim to protect religious freedoms. Then, 28 days after royal assent, same-sex marriage will officially be legal in Australia.These have been labelled as “superfluous” by conservative politician Christopher…

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No legal disagreement should remain about Caspian sea

“However, until all legal agreements between Caspian coastal states are resolved and the Convention on the Caspian Sea Legal regime is officially codified, we can’t speak of the finalization of this legal and strategic case” reports tehrantimes.com. During this meeting, legal, economic, strategic and security cooperation between the Caspian Sea countries was discussed. Source: tehrantimes.com Share This:

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Turkey links U.S. judge in sanctions case to wanted cleric

“Turkish newspapers have said Judge Richard Berman attended a legal symposium in Istanbul in 2014 organized by Gulen supporters” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “It is known that the judge has participated in events upon Gulen’s invitation,” Kalin told a news conference, without giving details.”The issue has gone beyond a legal case, it has become a political case,” spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in reference to the New York trial of a deputy general manager at the bank, who is charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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