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Legal news from Friday, January 27, 2012
by Jerry Votava

Judge Carl Barbier of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Thursday issued an order that British Petroleum (BP) will be held liable for a portion of the damages owed by Transocean stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. BP will be required …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

Guatemalan Judge Carol Flores ruled Thursday that ex-dictator Rios Montt must stand trial for charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. The judge heard the prosecutor's initial statements Wednesday and decided Thursday that the evidence was sufficient to go to trial. Montt is being charged for crimes committed throughout the country's 36-year civil war, which officially ended …

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by Matthew Pomy

US Representative Edward Markey (D-MA) and seven other lawmakers Thursday sent a letter to Google CEO Larry Page containing 11 questions regarding consumer privacy rights as affected by Google's new privacy policies. The letter states that the privacy policy and Google's consolidated data sharing system raise questions about whether …

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by Sung Un Kim

Amnesty International (AI) Thursday reported the recent deaths of several Libyan detainees who were apparently tortured while in custody. The deaths come amid allegations of widespread torture and ill-treatment of detainees accused of being pro-Gaddafi loyalists and fighters during the Libyan conflict last year. AI conducted extensive interviews with detainees in and around …

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by Michael Haggerson

Brazil prosecutors plan to file criminal charges, in addition to the $11 billion civil suit, against Chevron officials for the 2,400 barrel oil spill off the coast of Brazil in the Campos Basin in November. Brazilian officials state that Chevron acted irresponsibly and took substantial risks in the Frade oil field in …

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