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Legal news from Wednesday, March 19, 2014

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday announced [press release] a $1.2 billion settlement agreement [text, PDF] with Toyota [corporate website] for misleading customers and US regulators. The criminal complaint [text, PDF] against Toyota alleges that the company intentionally concealed information from the public regarding a … [read more]

[JURIST] Judge Lucy Koh [official website] of the US District Court for the Northern District of California decided on Tuesday not to combine several lawsuits against Google [corporate website] for violating the privacy rights of its Gmail users into a single class action suit. The plaintiffs allege [Reuters report] that … [read more]

[JURIST] Italy's Court of Cassation [official website, in Italian] on Tuesday confirmed a two-year ban from public office for the former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for his conviction for tax fraud. Prior to the high court's confirmation, Berlusconi had hoped to run for European Parliament … [read more]

[JURIST] France's highest appeals court on Wednesday sentenced former trader Jerome Kerviel [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to three years in prison for fraudulent covert trading while working for French bank Society Generale (SocGen) [corporate website, in French]. The Court of Cassation [official website, in French] upheld two lower court … [read more]

[JURIST] UN human rights experts on Tuesday called for [press release] a full investigation into the death of Chinese human rights activist Cao Shunli. Cao was an influential human rights lawyer and activist in China who "tirelessly campaigned since 2008 for transparency and greater participation of civil society" in the … [read more]

[JURIST] The UK Court of Appeal [official website] on Wednesday rejected a bid for an inquiry into the shooting of 24 Malaysian rubber plantation workers at Batang Kali [BBC backgrounder] on December 12, 1948. The petition brought by the families of the deceased allege [BBC report] that British troops "massacred" … [read more]

[JURIST] Bahrain's Fourth High Criminal Court on Wednesday convicted 11 defendants of possessing weapons, ammunition and explosives and of manufacturing bombs for terror purposes, meting out 15-year prison sentences and significant fines. The Interior Ministry arrested the men [BNA report] after searching their farmhouse pursuant to a warrant issued by … [read more]

[JURIST] Defense counsel for former Rwandan intelligence chief Pascal Simbikangwa on Wednesday filed a notice of appeal after a Paris court convicted him of genocide and crimes against humanity for his participation in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder]. After a six-week trial, in which Simbikangwa maintained his innocence, the … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Bangladesh prime minister Khaleda Zia [Forbes backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and other members of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) were indicted Wednesday on two corruption charges. Zia and three the other BNP officials have been accused of embezzling funds [BBC report] from a charitable trust named after … [read more]

[JURIST] The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany [official website, in German] on Tuesday upheld [judgment, in German; press release, in German] the constitutionality of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) [text, PDF]. This affirms the court's 2012 decision [JURIST report], which rejected a preliminary injunction to halt the implementation of the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Cyprus government's practice of detaining migrants seeking asylum in the island nation violates EU law, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [press release] Tuesday. Individuals who have regularly been detained include Syrian refugees and women who have forcibly been separated from their young children. Research gathered recently during … [read more]

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