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Legal news from Wednesday, December 4, 2013

[JURIST] A group of UN human rights experts on Tuesday urged [press release] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] ruled Tuesday that the city of Detroit is eligible to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 9 of the US Bankruptcy Code [US Courts backgrounder], marking the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation's history. In … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday affirmed [opinion, PDF] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers for two Guantanamo detainees, arguing before the European Court of Human Rights [official website] on Tuesday, accused Poland of serving as a secret torture site for the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) [official website] extraordinary rendition program [JURIST news archive]. The case [Al Jazeera report] involves 48-year-old Abd al-Rahim … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] on Wednesday fined [press release] 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 … [read more]

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