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Yannis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister, has announced his country will take legal action if there is an attempt to push Greece out of the Eurozone.

Greece is currently involved in an ongoing dispute with the rest of the Eurozone and the IMF over the repayment of loans. If the loans are not repaid, there is some likelihood Greece may be ejected from the Eurozone.

The Greek authorities have been attempting to alter the terms of its debt, claiming the austerity conditions wanted by the IMF and the other members of the Eurozone damage the Greek economy.

Human rights campaigners have brought a legal challenge to the commercial arm of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in connection with the Ministry's bid to provide services for Saudi Arabia's prisons.

The challenge, which will take place in the High Court, was initiated by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR). The GCHR is arguing the MoJ has no legal right to carry out these services through its commercial arm, Just Solutions International (JSI).

Their argument states the MoJ bid is purely profit-making in nature and has no governmental purpose, therefore it then has no public benefit and ministers cannot lawfully operate the services.

A group of influential peers have come out in force, criticising the Prime Minister's flagship Childcare Bill as being 'vague' and 'flawed,' The Independent reports.

An influential committee made up of cross-party peers has heavily criticised legislation introducing Prime Minister David Cameron's flagship Childcare Bill as being a "skeleton" Bill, which is "flawed," "vague" and lacks substance.

The report of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee critiques the Childcare Bill, which contains the Election pledge to extend free childcare to 30 hours a week.

The Department of Health has called for a cap to be introduced, limiting the legal fees that can be charged in relation to clinical negligence claims under £100,000, the BBC reports.

Ministers in the Department of Health (DoH) want to set a cap on the legal fees of lawyers who overcharge the National Health Service (NHS) in medical negligence cases.

By capping legal fees in cases where the claims fall below £100,000, the government plans to make the NHS savings of £80m annually.

Philip Baker QC, a leading barrister and expert on tax law, has said the UK government's policy on corporation tax is dictated by international companies.

Baker told his audience at the Centre for Business Taxation, based on Oxford's Said Business School, that: "I don't think for the last 20 years or so one can say that governments have driven corporation tax policy. It's the large companies that have driven the direction of corporate tax policy."

His views were echoed by other speakers at the conference, whom also stated globalisation and the need to stay competitive has essentially taken corporate tax policy out of the hands of governments.

The director of public prosecutions, Alison Saunders, is coming under increasing pressure after she her decision not to prosecute Lord Janner for sexual abuse offences was overturned today by an independent QC.

Janner, 86, had been accused of sexually abusing children while working as an MP in Leicestershire.

Saunders decided not to prosecute Janner, despite a two-year investigation by Leicestershire police and the recommendation of specialist QC, Eleanor Laws, a child abuse law expert. Saunders decided not to prosecute Janner as she thought it would not be in the public interest as he was 86-years-old and suffers from dementia; therefore he coud not defend himself.

A Crown Prosecution Service report reveals that the number of prosecutions and convictions for violence against women and girls has reached a record high, ITV News reports.

Prosecutions and convictions for violence against women and girls in England and Wales have achieved record levels, according to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

The CPS Violence Against Women and Girls Crime report revealed that there were more than 107,000 prosecutions for violence against women and girls in the year to April - an increase of 16,000 on the previous year.

A jury in New Jersey found a group offering 'gay conversion therapy' broke the State's consumer fraud protection law, The Guardian reports.

In what is being hailed as a landmark case, a non-profit organisation in New Jersey that claimed it could "cure" gay people by removing their same-sex attraction has been ordered to make a $72,400 damages payment to its former clients.

The jury found that the Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (Jonah) had broken New Jersey's Consumer Fraud Act by claiming that it could make gay people straight.

The US Supreme Court has concluded that same-sex marriages are legal across America.

The case was brought to the Supreme Court after 14 same-sex couples and two men whose partners are deceased considered their rights under the Fourteenth Amendment to be breeched by officials working for the states of Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.

Specifically, the petitioners argued by refusing to allow the couples to marry or have their marriage recognised if occurred elsewhere, the officials were violating the Fourteenth Amendment, which reads: "nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of the law."

International: US Supreme Court upholds Obamacare

A challenge to the Affordable Care Act, the new healthcare reforms initiated by current US president, Barak Obama, was thrown out of the Supreme Court yesterday.

The case was brought to court by four residents of the state of Virginia. The residents argued that they should not have had to buy insurance due to the way the Act is worded with regard to the issuing of tax credits.

Essentially, the residents were given tax credits as their income was low, which in turn brought their income to a threshold that meant they had to purchase health insurance or face a penalty. The petitioners, however, argued they should not have received these tax credits.

The European Parliament has proposed a new reform, which would make it unlawful for people to share photographs of copyrighted landmarks in the UK, the European Parliament reports.

A new European Union (EU) copyright law could mean that people may be forced to 'black out' famous UK landmarks if they wish to upload their photographs to a blog or social media platform, such as Facebook to avoid breaching the copyright held by architects and artists.

Members of the public would only be able to upload an uncensored photograph with the prior consent from the author.

A Conservative Party Member of Parliament has proposed the Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill to facilitate doctors' drugs trials on dying cancer patients without risk of prosecution, The Telegraph reports.

Under a new law to be introduced next year, dying cancer patients could be permitted to undergo medical trials using untested medicines.

Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP), Chris Heaton-Harris, proposed the Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill, which will make it easier for doctors to try out untested drugs on dying cancer patients without the fear of being prosecuted.

Dutch government ordered to cut its emission by its own courts

The Dutch government has lost a case in its own courts concerning emissions and is now expected to reduce the country's emissions by 25 per cent within five years.

Originally, the Dutch government was planning to cut emissions by 14 to 17 per cent, however, environmental campaigners argued this did not go far enough and launched a legal campaign to see target raised.

The case was brought before the court by Urgenda, a Dutch sustainable society organisation that campaigns on climate change and creating 'energy neutral' homes. Their case rested on the argument that a state could not pollute to the point where it had a damaging effect on other states. The judges in the trial found Urgenda's argument was a valid one and ordered the new emission targets.

Several music organisations have brought an action for judicial review of the government's decision to legalise privately copying music for personal use, the International Business Times reports.

A number of music groups have joined forces to bring judicial review proceedings of the government's decision to lift the ban on copying music intended for personal use.

The case is set to determine whether people who transfer music tracks from CDs to a personal multimedia storage device, such as an iPod, will face the risk of prosecution.