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A higher court Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that determined a legal provision that allows only men to file lawsuits denying legal paternity was constitutional, dismissing a damages suit filed by a family against the state.

The plaintiffs in the ¥2.2 million ($19,700) lawsuit — a woman in her 60s living in Kobe, her daughter in her 30s and her 4- and 8-year-old grandchildren — argued that the Civil Code provision that allows only men to deny legal paternity is discriminatory and unconstitutional.

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