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Legal news from Monday, January 9, 2017
by Meena Ansari

A UN Independent Expert has warned that increasing austerity measures to the American territory will threaten residents' human rights. Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, the Independent Expert, stated that "ensuring financial stability, controlling public debt and reducing budget deficits are important goals, but should not be achieved at the expense of human rights." Puerto Rican austerity measures, …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt, a German citizen, on Saturday on a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Schmidt, who was arrested in Florida, is accused of participating in a conspiracy to keep American regulators from finding out that diesel cars were programmed to cheat …

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by Meena Ansari

Indian police are accused of raping at least 16 women in Chhattisgarh in Bijapur district in October 2015, stated National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Saturday. NHRC said that the "human rights of the victims have been grossly violated by the security personnel of the Government of Chhattisgarh for which the State Government is vicariously liable." …

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by Lawrenz Fares

The US Supreme Court on Monday vacated a ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit that denied immunity to a New Mexico police officer who gave no warning before using deadly force. In October 2011 Officer Ray White joined fellow officers at the residence of Samuel and Daniel Pauly, …

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by Lawrenz Fares

A group of 10,000 British motorists have filed a class action lawsuit seeking compensation following Volkswagen's (VW) diesel emissions scandal. Damon Parker, the head litigator at Harcus Sinclair, the law firm handling the suit, claims that the affected vehicles release far more NOx emissions than VW has admitted to. Parker's argument is centered on the …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

Thailand's National Reform Steering Committee, which is appointed by the military, proposed a new law on Monday stating that Thai officials convicted of corruption involving more than 1 billion baht (USD $28 million) would be eligible for the death penalty. Officials convicted of corruption charges of less than 1 billion baht could face up to five years in prison …

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by William Theisen

The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in an appeal from Dow Chemical Company, rejecting the Michigan-based corporation's request to consider its $1 billion tax deduction claim. The case stems from Dow's partnership with two entities: Chemtech I, a tax shelter product operating out of Switzerland created with Goldman …

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by William Theisen

A UN human rights expert expressed concern Monday for nine human rights activists imprisoned in Iran. Among those activists, eight are believed to be on life threatening hunger strikes, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Asma Jahangir. A ninth activist, Arash Saghedi, ended his hunger strike after his wife …

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