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Legal news from Sunday, May 1, 2011
by Matt Glenn

China's government released human rights lawyer Teng Biao Friday after more than 70 days of detention, but this was quickly followed by reports that fellow human rights lawyer Li Fangping disappeared later in the afternoon under suspicious circumstances. Teng's release came after discussions between Chinese officials and US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy Human Rights, and …

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by Matt Glenn

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged Uganda's government Sunday to stop using what she called excessive force against protesters, including opposition leader Kizza Beisgye. Pillay criticized the government's treatment of Bezigye during his arrest last Thursday, during which video shows government forces breaking into his SUV, shooting …

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by Drew Singer

A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California on Friday denied a motion by Toyota to dismiss a class action lawsuit filed over the alleged sudden-acceleration defects. A final ruling is expected within the next two weeks. Last month, Judge James Selna agreed to …

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