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Legal news from Monday, January 9, 2017

[JURIST] A UN Independent Expert has warned [press release] that increasing austerity measures to the American territory will threaten residents' human rights. Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky [official profile], the Independent Expert, stated that "ensuring financial stability, controlling public debt and reducing budget deficits are important goals, but should not be achieved … [read more]

[JURIST] The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] arrested Volkswagen [corporate website] executive Oliver Schmidt, a German citizen, on Saturday on a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States [NYT report]. Schmidt, who was arrested in Florida, is accused of participating in a conspiracy to keep American regulators … [read more]

[JURIST] Indian police are accused of raping at least 16 women in Chhattisgarh in Bijapur district in October 2015, stated [press release] National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) [advocacy website] Saturday. NHRC said that the "human rights of the victims have been grossly violated by the security personnel of the Government … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday vacated [opinion, PDF] a ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] that denied immunity to a New Mexico police officer who gave no warning before using deadly force. In October 2011 Officer Ray White joined … [read more]

[JURIST] A group of 10,000 British motorists have filed a class action lawsuit [press release] seeking compensation following Volkswagen's (VW) diesel emissions scandal. Damon Parker, the head litigator at Harcus Sinclair [firm website], the law firm handling the suit, claims that the affected vehicles release far more NOx emissions than … [read more]

[JURIST] 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 … [read more]

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in an appeal from Dow Chemical Company [corporate website], rejecting the Michigan-based corporation's request to consider its $1 billion tax deduction claim. The case stems [district court opinion] from Dow's partnership with two entities: Chemtech I, a … [read more]

A UN human rights expert expressed concern [press release] 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 [profile, PDF]. A ninth … [read more]

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