Legal news from Thursday, May 3, 2012

[JURIST] A federal judge on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to a proposed settlement with British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] over the Gulf oil spill [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in 2010. BP and a group of plaintiffs' attorneys sought preliminary approval [JURIST report] of the settlement agreement last month. Judge … [read more]

[JURIST] Privacy regulators from EU member states expressed their concerns on Wednesday over potential privacy breaches by Google [corporate website] and are considering reopening their privacy investigations into the company. The concerns revolve around fines and a report [JURIST report] issued by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday granted qualified immunity [opinion, PDF] to former Bush administration official John Yoo [academic profile; JURIST news archive] over allegations of wrongdoing in relation to controversial memos asserting the legality of enhanced interrogation techniques [JURIST news archive]. … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Wednesday filed a motion [text, PDF] in the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] military court seeking access to hear what methods the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] used when interrogating the five alleged 9/11 [JURIST backgrounder] conspirators. The ACLU acknowledged … [read more]

[JURIST] 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 [press release] in Mogadishu and South Central Somalia. Bari visited the region for the eighth time recently on an 11-day mission. He found … [read more]

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