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The ruling follows a request for advice from The Netherlands about three gay refugees seeking asylum from Uganda, Sierra Leone and Senegal

Leading article: An obscurantist and absurd judgment

No one should doubt the gravity of the ruling by one of the eight advocates general to the European Union's Court of Justice on the issue of stem cells. It looks set to kill off a fledgling bioscience discipline that could revolutionise medicine in the 21st century.

Ruling on stem-cell patents may spell end of research in Europe

A fledgling biosciences industry that promises to revolutionise medicine in the 21st century could be destroyed by a French judge who has declared it immoral to patent inventions based on cells derived from human embryos.

Champions League TV rights deal may be last of its kind

Sky Sports and ITV have reached a new £400m three-year deal for Champions League broadcasting rights, although senior Uefa official William Gaillard has warned future contracts may be less generous.

Sky wins set-top box ruling

Satellite broadcaster Sky today won a European legal battle over customs duties on imports of its Sky+ box.

Rank pockets tax jackpot of £154m

Rank, the parent company of Mecca Bingo, celebrated a £154m win from the taxman yesterday after receiving a VAT rebate. Rank was repaid £74.8m in tax dating back to between 1973 and 1996 by HM Revenue and Customs after a long legal dispute. It is due to receive a further £79.5m in interest later this month.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Where are the men to help women fight their battles?

We must keep fighting until our half of the human race gets its proper share of the world – of dignity, respect, and rights

European sex ruling on car insurance should not drive women over the edge

Costs may not soar after gender pricing ban.

Gender-based insurance banned

European Judges rewrote the rule book for insurance companies yesterday by banning risk assessment based on gender.

Leading article: The wheels come off discrimination

Few of us would single out the existence of cheap car insurance deals as the most serious manifestation of gender-based discrimination in our society. But yesterday's verdict of the European Court of Justice that these sort of deals constitute unfair discrimination is, nevertheless, justified. Discrimination by insurance companies based on gender might be relatively inoffensive, but it is still discrimination.

Higher insurance premiums and lower annuities for all if the European Court bans gender pricing

British consumers face hikes in the cost of car and life insurance as well as a reduced income in retirement if the European Court of Justice outlaws gender-based pricing of premiums on Tuesday.

The animals vs The people

Polar bears have their day in court, and other legal dramas

Simon Read: New gender ruling would force up insurance costs for everyone

The insurance industry is running scared ahead of an EU ruling due on 1 March. From then, the European Court of Justice could force insurers to stop using gender for risk differentiation. If your first thought is "about time", then you should consider what it means, for the potential ruling is a spectacular bit of Euro-nonsense. If the ruling is upheld, it is likely to increase the cost of cover for men and women, leaving both worse off.

European court ruling could threaten Premier League broadcasting revenue

The Premier League's long-term ability to attract huge sums in broadcast rights could be damaged by a ruling in the European Court of Justice. Yesterday an adviser to the court said that European Union law cannot prevent matches being shown in UK pubs via foreign broadcasters and if that is adopted by the Court this year it will radically alter the way in which sports rights are sold across the continent.

Landlady 1, Sky Sports 0 – the legal victory that has Murdoch worried

A determined landlady has won a significant breakthrough in a legal battle that could transform the British pub trade by allowing premises to show Premier League games that are being broadcast by foreign networks.

EU ruling could change Premier League viewing

An EU ruling allowing television viewers to by-pass UK broadcasters and watch cheaper foreign satellite coverage of Premier League football would threaten the nation's grass roots sport, it was warned today.

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