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Legal news from Friday, January 31, 2014

[JURIST] A New York state judge on Friday approved an $8.5 billion settlement between Bank of America (BOA) [corporate website] and almost two dozen mortgage securities investors, holding that the 2011 agreement was reached in good faith. In a 54-page ruling, New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kapnick found … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged [press release] the Canadian government on Friday to institute an independent national inquiry into violence against women in the country. HRW also urged the government to establish greater accountability for cases of police misconduct. HRW found that the police have failed to … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] spokesperson Rupert Colville on Friday voiced extreme concern [press release] about the increasing amount of violent attacks on members of the media in Egypt. Many attacks came on Saturday when journalists were attempting to report stories on the third anniversary … [read more]

[JURIST] A Pakistani court on Friday rejected a request by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile] to lift his travel ban and allow him to go abroad for medical treatment. Instead the court issued [AP report] an arrest warrant for the former leader, although the warrant is "bailable," meaning … [read more]

[JURIST] The Maine Supreme Court [official website] ruled [text, PDF] on Thursday that a school violated Maine's Human Rights Act [text; GLAAD backgrounder] when it refused to allow a transgender fifth-grader, Nicole Maines, to use the girls' bathroom. Maines had been using the girls' bathroom throughout elementary school until the … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Connecticut [official website] on Thursday upheld [ruling, PDF] the constitutionality of the state's new gun control law [text, PDF], while still acknowledging the Second Amendment [Cornell LII backgrounder] rights of gun owners. The new law, enacted in response … [read more]

[JURIST] The High Court [official website] of Kenya on Friday refused to stop the arrest [docket] of journalist Walter Barasa, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] for allegedly disrupting the prosecution in the crimes against humanity case of Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto [ICC materials; … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday called for an investigation [press release] into torture allegations against Ukraine following widespread arrests of protesters, which have since been offered amnesty. Dmytro Bulatov, a leader of the opposition groups, was released after being detained … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice [official website] on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit contesting an EU regulation [text, PDF] that bans some short selling practices to increase financial market stability. The regulations were enacted to increase the transparency of short positions held by investors in certain EU securities, reduce settlement … [read more]

[JURIST] UN rights experts on Thursday welcomed [press release] the January 21 decision of the Supreme Court of India [official website] commuting [order, PDF] the death sentences of 13 individuals following a finding that their petitions for mercy were unreasonably delayed. The court also commuted the death sentences [JURIST report] … [read more]

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