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Jun 17, 2011

Companies that operate in countries other than their own have to adhere to the laws of the respective nation. When a violation occurs, certain businesses may be prohibited from making sales abroad.

Nokia - the world's largest maker of cell phones in terms of volume - recently lost a court bid in the UK. The legal body ruled that the business could not invalidate a European patent that Germany's IPCom GmbH & Co.

Jun 6, 2011

Group lawsuits can often bring people of different backgrounds together in a suit against a single person or organization. One such case is being brought against a British artist due to claims of plagiarism.

Sarah Morris, an artist who splits her time between London and New York, is being sued by a group of origami artists from Italy, Spain, Japan and the U.S., according to The Guardian.

The group claims that Morris took their origami crease patterns and changed the color scheme before selling the works.

May 27, 2011

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces charges that threaten to remove the Frenchman as the head of the organization.

Strauss-Kahn is charged with sexually assaulting a maid during his stay at a New York City hotel. The maid claimed that he pursued her down a hallway, while naked, multiple times, before dragging her into the bedroom of his $3,000-a-night suite, reported The Wall Street Journal.

Although his innocence is presumed, as is every defendant in this country, he allegedly did not help his case by immediately fleeing the scene.

May 18, 2011

Britain's copyright laws, which are reportedly 300 years old, could be changed in the near future after the government recently said it would welcome proposals for new regulations, reports Reuters.

According to the news provider, some of the major recommendations of the Digital Opportunity review include allowing the copying of CDs and DVDs to computers or digital music players.

May 6, 2011

A lawsuit filed recently in London, England, against Royal Dutch Shell claims that the company has not sufficiently responded to oil spills that have occurred in Nigeria, UPI reports.

According to the news provider, the lawsuit was filed by Nigeria's Bodo community over an oil spill that occurred in the Niger Delta.