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Legal news from Thursday, May 3, 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty

A federal judge on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to a proposed settlement with British Petroleum (BP) over the Gulf oil spill in 2010. BP and a group of plaintiffs' attorneys sought preliminary approval of the settlement agreement last month. Judge Carl Barbier's approval allows the settlement to proceed. …

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by Jerry Votava

Privacy regulators from EU member states expressed their concerns on Wednesday over potential privacy breaches by Google and are considering reopening their privacy investigations into the company. The concerns revolve around fines and a report issued by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the company's failure to cooperate with their federal investigation. …

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by Jerry Votava

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday granted qualified immunity to former Bush administration official John Yoo over allegations of wrongdoing in relation to controversial memos asserting the legality of enhanced interrogation techniques. The lawsuit, brought by convicted terrorist Jose Padilla [JURIST news …

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by Katherine Getty

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday filed a motion in the Guantanamo Bay military court seeking access to hear what methods the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) used when interrogating the five alleged 9/11 conspirators. The ACLU acknowledged that the US government will likely ask, if they have …

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by Katherine Getty

The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Shamsul Bari, called on Somalian authorities Wednesday to recreate and establish legitimate judicial systems in Mogadishu and South Central Somalia. Bari visited the region for the eighth time recently on an 11-day mission. He found that one of the biggest challenges facing the country's judiciary …

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