Lagarde to Appear in French Court
Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the I.M.F., was due to appear in French court Thursday over the role she played in an arbitration settlement involving a businessman with ties to the former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy.
Lawsuit against ex-Jesuit priest McGuire settled for $19.6M
Lawyers for six plaintiffs today announced a $19.6 million settlement of a lawsuit against the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus involving allegations of sex abuse by now-defrocked Jesuit priest Donald McGuire.
Judges Debate Patents and If New Software Makes a Computer a "New Machine"
First time accepted submitter ectoman writes "A third party steps into a financial transaction to make sure all parties exchange funds at the same time and as expected. Can you patent this process? What if the third party is a computer? Rob Tiller, vice president and general counsel for Red Hat, details a recent court ruling on this very matter—one that has critical implications for the future of software patents, and one that divided the judges involved. Tiller writes that: 'The judges mostly agreed that the idea of managing settlement risk with a third party was abstract such that by itself it could not be patented. They differed, though, on whether using a general purpose computer for managing settlement risk meant that the patents avoided invalidity based on abstraction.' Interestingly, some judges suggested that a computer becomes a 'new machine' every time it loads different software."
Jordan eyes role in Israeli-Palestinian talks
Prime minister says involvement in final settlement discussions will aim at guaranteeing rights of Palestinian refugees.
After crushing Mali Islamists, France pushes deal with Tuaregs
BAMAKO - After winning adulation across Mali for a five month military offensive that crushed al Qaeda fighters, France is now frustrating some of its allies by pushing for a political settlement with a separate group of Tuareg rebels.
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