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Legal news from Thursday, April 4, 2013

[JURIST] British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] filed an appeal Wednesday contesting the March 5 order of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] which approved the methods being used to calculate losses by the administrator of the $8.5 billion settlement fund which was created following … [read more]

[JURIST] A Michigan state court judge on Wednesday denied a request [video] by Attorney General Bill Schuette [official website] to dismiss a lawsuit filed by organized labor supporters and alleging that the state's new right-to-work laws [SB 0116 materials; HB 4003 materials] were passed in violation of the Michigan Open … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] called upon the European Union (EU) [official website] on Thursday to end discrimination against Roma [AI backgrounder; JURIST news archive] communities throughout Europe. There are roughly six million Roma throughout the EU, many of whom face abject poverty, substandard education, violent attacks and other … [read more]

[JURIST] Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy [official website] signed [press release] a comprehensive gun control bill into law Thursday, placing new limits on the sale of firearms. One of the most far-reaching gun control laws in the country, the Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety Act [text, PDF] adds 100 firearms … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ivory Coast government continues impartial justice for 2010-2011 post-election crimes committed by supporters of President Alassane Ouattara [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, PDF] released Thursday. The report details the five-month long post-election crisis, which resulted in at … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada (ACLU-NV) [advocacy website] on Thursday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] challenging a state law [NRS 201.195 text] criminalizing consensual sex between same-sex teenagers. The state law characterizes same-sex intercourse as a "crime against nature," and violation of the law carries … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Wednesday rejected the extradition of Ahmed Qaddaf al-Dam, cousin and former close aide of ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], to Libya. The country's administrative court held that Qaddaf al-Dam should be tried in Egypt. It reasoned that because Qaddaf al-Dam was … [read more]

[JURIST] A Ukrainian court on Wednesday dismissed an appeal by opposition leader Yuriy Lutsenko, who is currently serving a four-year sentence. Lutsenko, the former interior minister and ally of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive], was appealing [Kyiv Post report] his conviction on embezzlement and abuse … [read more]

[JURIST] Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber [official website] signed a bill [text, PDF] Tuesday allowing undocumented immigrants to attend public universities at the same tuition rate as in-state residents. The law requires that in order to qualify for these lowered rates, students must have attended high school in Oregon for at … [read more]

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