Legal news from Thursday, April 11, 2013

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday approved the $115 million settlement between American International Group Inc. (AIG) [corporate website] shareholders and the company's former CEO and other executives in order to resolve allegations that the insurer misled … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International on Thursday called on the Ukrainian government to investigate police abuses [report; press release] and strengthen mechanisms to hold police accountable for brutality and torture. In a report, AI alleged that reports of police abuse and torture have been widely ignored. The rights group encouraged the Ukrainian … [read more]

[JURIST] Uruguay's House of Representatives [official website, in Spanish] gave final approval on Thursday of the Marriage Equality Law, which allows same-sex couples to marry. Uruguay's Senate approved the bill [JURIST report] last week. The bill passed the lower house of congress with 71 of 92 lawmakers voting in favor … [read more]

[JURIST] The Syrian Air Force is deliberately targeting civilians in air strikes, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] report [text] on Wednesday. According to the report, which is based on visits to 50 sites of government air strikes in opposition-controlled areas, there have been 152 aerial attacks … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly held its first debate [UN News Centre report] Wednesday on the "role of the international criminal justice system in reconciliation." The debate was orchestrated [organic letter, PDF] by General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic [official website] who claimed during the opening of the debate the "the … [read more]

[JURIST] Google [corporate website] on Thursday formally offered concessions to the EU's competition authority [official website] for a possible settlement in the antitrust investigation against the company. The recent proposal [Reuters report] has revised the initial proposal that was submitted in January [NYT report]. The January proposal came after the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Shura Council, Egypt's upper house of parliament [official website], on Thursday approved a revised election law that sets new rules for lower house elections to be held later this year. The law provides that the People's Assembly, Egypt's lower house of parliament, will consist of 546 seats, and … [read more]

[JURIST] At a preliminary hearing on Wednesday Military Judge Denise Lind ruled the state must prove Pfc. Bradley Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] knowingly helped al Qaeda. Manning has pleaded guilty to several other charges, but is contesting [Guardian report] the most serious charge of aiding the enemy. Lind … [read more]

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian] on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a bill [142303-9 materials, in Russian] that criminalizes negative actions towards religious groups and imposes stiff prison terms and fines on offenders. The legislation criminalizes blasphemy, including the public insulting and humiliating of religious rites … [read more]

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