Legal news from Sunday, October 23, 2011

[JURIST] A Bahrain court on Sunday began hearing the appeals of 20 medical staff members convicted last month of participating in the country's pro-democracy protests against the ruling regime. The 13 doctors, one dentist, nurses and paramedics who were jailed for providing treatment to injured protesters all worked at the … [read more]

[JURIST] A Nigerian village on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in US federal court against Royal Dutch Shell PLC [corporate website] alleging the oil company polluted a drinking water well with benzene at levels 900 times the limits set by the World Health Organization (WHO) [official website]. The lawsuit is based … [read more]

[JURIST] Libyan transitional Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril [official profile] on Sunday declared the country's official liberation from the regime of former leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and set a schedule for establishing a new government. Jibril made the announcement in front of thousands of supporters celebrating in … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Friday dismissed a counterclaim [order, PDF] filed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) [official website] and state Attorney General Tom Horne [official profile] against the US government in the lawsuit challenging the controversial … [read more]

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