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Legal news from Saturday, January 22, 2011
by Aman Kakar

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge William F. Highberger approved a settlement on Friday effectively limiting the use of seniority in layoffs in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The class action suit against the State of California and LAUSD was originally filed in February 2010 by the American Civil …

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by Aman Kakar

The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) on Friday filed suit against the US Department of Education (DOE) in federal court seeking to overturn three regulations promulgated by the department. The challenged rules are a part of the DOE's final regulations adopted in October. One rule challenged by the …

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by Drew Singer

Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo went to trial on Friday facing charges of embezzlement. Portillo denies accusations that he diverted approximately USD $15 million in funds from the Ministry of Defense while he was in power between 2000 and 2004. Former Defense Minister Eduardo Arevalo and former Finance Minister Manuel Maza are also …

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by Drew Singer

Amnesty International (AI) announced Friday that Haitian authorities will investigate crimes committed against humanity allegedly committed under the rule of Jean-Claude Duvalier during the 1970s and 80s. The announcement comes one day after an Amnesty International researcher met with Haitian prosecutor Harycidas Auguste, giving him documents pertaining to dozens of cases of detention …

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