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Legal news from Friday, January 31, 2014
by Samuel Franklin

A New York state judge on Friday approved an $8.5 billion settlement between Bank of America (BOA) 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 that BNY Mellon, a party in the matter, did not …

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by Amy Mathieu

Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged 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 adequately protect indigenous women and girls from violent attacks, specifically …

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by Amy Mathieu

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights spokesperson Rupert Colville on Friday voiced extreme concern 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 of the Egyptian revolution. Some of these journalists …

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by Stephen Adelgren

A Pakistani court on Friday rejected a request by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to lift his travel ban and allow him to go abroad for medical treatment. Instead the court issued an arrest warrant for the former leader, although the warrant is "bailable," meaning that Musharraf can avoid jail by paying a bail sum …

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by Matthew Pomy

The Maine Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a school violated Maine's Human Rights Act 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 family of another student complained amid acts of bullying. At …

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by Addison Morris

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Connecticut on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of the state's new gun control law, while still acknowledging the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. The new law, enacted in response to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December …

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by Addison Morris

The High Court of Kenya on Friday refused to stop the arrest of journalist Walter Barasa, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for allegedly disrupting the prosecution in the crimes against humanity case of Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto. The ICC issued an arrest warrant …

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by Matthew Pomy

The UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday called for an investigation 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 for more than a week showing visible signs of mistreatment, …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The European Court of Justice on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit contesting an EU regulation 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 risks, ensure member states can intervene to reduce risks arising …

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by Kimberly Bennett

UN rights experts on Thursday welcomed the January 21 decision of the Supreme Court of India commuting the death sentences of 13 individuals following a finding that their petitions for mercy were unreasonably delayed. The court also commuted the death sentences of two other individuals on the ground of mental illness. …

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