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Legal news from Wednesday, December 4, 2013
by Samuel Franklin

A group of UN human rights experts on Tuesday urged the Kenyan government to reject legislation that would impose severe regulations and limitations upon non-governmental organizations (NGOs). As an amendment to Kenya's Public Benefit Organization Act of 2012, the law would allow the government to deny registration of such organizations, cap foreign funding at 15 percdent of …

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by Sung Un Kim

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday ruled that employers can require their employees to sign an arbitration agreement prohibiting them to pursue claims in courts or in a class action. The ruling overturned a prior decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) which held that requiring employees …

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by Bradley McAllister

A judge for the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled Tuesday that the city of Detroit is eligible to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 9 of the US Bankruptcy Code, marking the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation's history. In an oral ruling, Judge Steven Rhodes authorized the bankruptcy filing, …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the district court's denial of a writ of habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainee Abdul Razak Ali. Ali, who was captured in 2002 during an 18-day stay at a Pakistan guesthouse with al Qaeda-associated terrorist leader Abu Zubaydah and other terrorist trainers, …

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by Samuel Franklin

Lawyers for two Guantanamo detainees, arguing before the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday, accused Poland of serving as a secret torture site for the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) extraordinary rendition program. The case involves 48-year-old Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi national facing terror charges in connection with …

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by Sung Un Kim

The European Commission (EC) on Wednesday fined eight international financial institutions €1.7 billion for having engaged in illegal cartels. They were all involved in cartels relating to interest rate derivatives. Some participated in a cartel that was denominated in euro currency while some participated in a cartel that was denominated in Japanese yen. Still others, …

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