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Legal news from Wednesday, March 13, 2013

[JURIST] Google [corporate website] agreed Wednesday to a $7 million settlement for its collection of improper data during the course of its Street View campaign. The settlement [ABC News report] arose from a suit brought by the attorneys general of 38 states against Google for its collection of "payload data," … [read more]

[JURIST] An Argentine court in Buenos Aires sentenced former military general Reynaldo Bignone [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday to life in prison for crimes against humanity committed during the nation's 1976-1983 "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. In addition, the 85-year-old general is serving other jail sentences [BBC report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The New Zealand Parliament on Wednesday approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder], bringing the bill one vote closer to becoming law. The bill was approved [AP report] by a vote of 77-44, in the second of three votes needed to become law. The second vote is … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] has upheld the constitutionality of an Arizona law [HB 2281, PDF] prohibiting public schools from offering courses that teach ethnic solidarity, a law which targeted the Mexican-American studies program in Tucson public schools. In the … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed [official website], on Tuesday expressed concern [press release] over current human rights situations in Iran [OHCHR backgrounder]. In his report [text PDF], Shaheed found continued widespread systemic violations of human rights in Iran, with reports … [read more]

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