Canada appeals court orders tobacco firms to pay billions in damages

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Canadian cigarette packs must carry warnings A Canadian court has upheld the bulk of a decision that ordered three tobacco companies to pay billions in damages. The judgment involves class action suits that were consolidated against Imperial Tobacco Canada, Rothmans Benson & Hedges and JTI-MacDonald. The companies had appealed a 2015 ruling in favour that ordered them to pay over C$15bn (£8.5bn; $11bn).The

Government faces High Court action over children’s rights

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The guidance also covers support for runaways A children's charity is taking High Court action against the government over its claims that some protections of children in care are "myths".The Article 39 charity is seeking a judicial review of Department for Education guidance to local councils responsible for vulnerable children.The "myth-busting guide" suggests some duties around social worker visits, protections for missing children
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Venezuela top court curbs opposition leader Juan Guaidó

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMr Guaidó urged Venezuelans to "choose freedom, democracy and prosperity"Venezuela's Supreme Court has banned opposition leader Juan Guaidó from leaving the country and frozen his bank accounts.The move comes amid an escalating power struggle, after Mr Guaidó declared himself interim president last week.He has been backed by the US and other countries. President Nicolás Maduro has major allies too, including Russia.The

Universal credit: Single mums win High Court battle

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The women say the "rigid" system has left them unable to make ends meet (illustrated by models) Four working single mothers have won a High Court challenge over the government's universal credit scheme.They argued a "fundamental problem" with the system meant their monthly payments varied "enormously", leaving them out of pocket and struggling financially.Lawyers for the women said the problem was likely to

Kevin Spacey in court to face charges of groping teenage bus boy

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The courthouse was packed as Spacey arrived from his private plane Actor Kevin Spacey has appeared in court to face a charge of indecent assault and battery stemming from an allegation of groping in 2016.The two-time Oscar winner was expected to plead not guilty during the court hearing on the Massachusetts resort island community of Nantucket.Assault claims against him have also been investigated
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Thames Estuary cargo ship: Four in court after military operation

[ad_1] Image copyright Farid Mernissi/Wikipedia Image caption The Grande Tema was sailing from Lagos in Nigeria to Tilbury Four men detained when the military boarded a cargo ship in the Thames Estuary have appeared in court.The Special Boat Service descended on to the Grande Tema on Friday, its owner said, after concerns were raised for the crew's safety.The 71,000-tonne vessel was carrying a cargo including chemicals from Lagos in Nigeria

Ofsted wins Court of Appeal case against Durand Academy

[ad_1] Image copyright Durand Academy Image caption Durand Academy had infant and junior schools in south London and a boarding school in Midhurst, West Sussex (pictured) Ofsted has won an appeal against a ruling that a damning inspection report was unfair.The Durand Academy, which ran a school in south London and one in West Sussex, was found to be "inadequate" in 2017.It claimed it was unable to effectively challenge the

Obamacare: Texas court rules key health law is unconstitutional

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A federal judge in the US state of Texas has ruled that a key part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional. Twenty states argued the whole law was invalidated by a change in tax rules last year which eliminated a penalty for not having health insurance. President Donald Trump said the ruling was great news for America. The law's
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Huawei: Meng Wanzhou faces Iran fraud charges, court hears

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption A court sketch shows Meng Wanzhou during her bail hearing at the Supreme Court of British Columbia The chief financial officer of the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei faces fraud charges in the United States, a Canadian court hearing has revealed. Meng Wanzhou, daughter of Huawei's founder, is accused of breaking American sanctions on Iran.She was arrested in Vancouver on Saturday and faces extradition to

Deliveroo wins latest court battle over rider rights

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Riders hired by food courier Deliveroo are not entitled to collective bargaining, the High Court has ruled.The ruling confirmed a previous judgement by labour law body the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC).The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain was attempting to overturn the verdict, reached in November last year, that the riders are self-employed, However, the court rejected claims that this categorisation breached their human rights.Decisions