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Law Legislation

  • SANTIAGO, Feb 22- BHP Billiton's decision this week to give up its legal right to replace striking workers at the Escondida copper mine in Chile is a move aimed at sacrificing some output to undermine the union's position, analysts said Wednesday. The strike began on Feb 9, after workers voted overwhelmingly to reject a wage contract offer by BHP Billiton.

  • BERLIN, Feb 22- Germany's Social Democrats have drafted a law to discourage corporations from granting high pay packages to top managers by capping the tax deductions they can get through writing them off as business expenses. The SPD, which has veered to the left under its new leader Martin Schulz, presented a draft law on Wednesday to limit the tax deduction at...

  • SEOUL, Feb 22- Collusion, price-fixing and disseminating false news in the foreign exchange market will be punishable by criminal law in South Korea for the first time starting later this year as the government toughens up regulation. In enforcement regulations set out in an amendment on foreign exchange trading laws issued on Wednesday, the finance ministry...

  • SEOUL, Feb 22- Collusion, price-fixing and disseminating false news in the foreign exchange market will be punishable by criminal law in South Korea for the first time starting later this year as the government toughens up regulation. In enforcement regulations set out in an amendment on foreign exchange trading laws issued on Wednesday, the finance ministry...

  • It would take 27 of 40 votes in the state Senate to override a veto. Last week, supporters of the bill were five votes short of that margin in the Senate, but the House's override vote could sway some senators to change their minds. The Senate plans to vote by Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 21- Andrew Olmem, an attorney and former Republican congressional aide, has joined the White House National Economic Council as a deputy to Gary Cohn, said two sources familiar with the move. Olmem, an attorney to the Senate Banking Committee during the financial crisis, left his job at Venable LLP last week, said the law firm. The National Economic...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 21- Andrew Olmem, an attorney and former Republican Congressional aide, has joined the White House National Economic Council as a deputy to Gary Cohn, said two sources familiar with the move. Olmem, an attorney to the Senate Banking Committee during the financial crisis, left his job at Venable LLC last week, said the law firm. Olmem was a leading staff...

  • Feb 21- Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright announced on Tuesday it would merge with New York- based Chadbourne& Parke to form a firm of some 4,000 lawyers with offices in 32 countries. It is the latest merger for London- based Norton Rose Fulbright, already one of the worlds largest law firms with about 3,700 lawyers. Chadbourne and Norton Rose have complementary...

  • RICHMOND, Va.— A bill undoing a 2015 law that froze electric rate reviews died swiftly this legislative session, but opponents of the law, including former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, said Tuesday it's not too late to see it repealed. Terry McAuliffe to reverse the law he signed two years ago. The measure prohibits the state from lowering or raising Dominion...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Iowa's top attorney wants an outside lawyer to defend a new law that eliminates most collective bargaining rights for public sector workers, saying in a letter released Tuesday that he wants to avoid a potential conflict of interest. Attorney General Tom Miller said he will seek outside legal counsel to represent the state in a lawsuit filed...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a nonprofit group that wanted to sue individual IRS officials for targeting tea party groups that applied for tax-exempt status. The justices on Tuesday left in place an appeals court ruling that said the group could not sue former IRS official Lois Lerner and others for their roles in singling out...

  • Feb 21- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away an appeal by Boston Scientific Corp of a Maryland state court jury verdict ordering the medical device company to pay $308 million to a patent licensor for breach of contract concerning implantable cardiac devices.

  • SUPREME COURT REJECTS BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORP APPEAL OF $308 MILLION JURY VERDICT IN PATENT LICENSING DISPUTE.

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Dubai's government says an arbitration tribunal has cleared port operator DP World of allegations of wrongdoing over its operation of an East African port. The government of Djibouti brought a legal challenge against Dubai's state-backed DP World in 2014 over its 50- year deal to operate the Doraleh Container Terminal, accusing...

  • ROME— Thousands of Italian taxi drivers protesting legislation they say will favor Uber clashed with riot police Tuesday, intensifying a weeklong cab strike that has crippled transportation in Rome, Milan and Turin. The cabbies marched through Rome and protested in front of parliament, at the headquarters of the ruling Democratic Party and finally at the...

  • Beneath the capital's radar looms a vexing problem— a catchall spending package that's likely to top $1 trillion and could get embroiled in the politics of building Trump's wall at the U.S.- Mexico border and a budget-busting Pentagon request. Despite the big power shift in Washington, the path to success— and averting a shuttering of the government— goes...

  • Feb 20- Uber Technologies Inc has hired former U.S. Holder and Tammy Albarran, who are partners at the law firm Covington& Burling, will look into the complaints about a manager at Uber, as well as general questions about diversity and inclusion, Chief Executive Travis Kalanick told his employees in a memo on Monday that was seen by Reuters. Arianna Huffington, who...

  • Feb 20- Uber Technologies Inc has hired former U.S. Holder and Tammy Albarran, who are partners at the law firm Covington& Burling, will look into the complaints about a manager at Uber, as well as general questions about diversity and inclusion, Chief Executive Travis Kalanick told his employees in a memo on Monday that was seen by Reuters. Arianna Huffington, who...

  • LONDON— Britain's House of Lords launched a bid Monday to gain a greater say for Parliament over the terms of the U.K.' s European Union exit, as Prime Minister Theresa May warned lawmakers not to hold up "what the British people want" by trying to delay the process. The Lords can't overrule the elected House of Commons, which has already passed the bill.

  • In Ecuador, men and women wait in separate lines to cast their ballots, which for years created uncomfortable moments for transgender voters who had to queue up according to their biological sex. After years of lobbying by the LGBT community and despite opposition by Catholic and increasingly powerful evangelical groups, Ecuador passed a law last year...