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Legal news from Monday, August 23, 2010
by Matt Glenn

Engineering firm URS Corporation agreed Monday to a $54.2 million settlement stemming from the 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse that killed 13 people. Victims sued URS for negligence, claiming that the company, which has a contract to inspect Minnesota's bridges, should have foreseen that the bridge could collapse due to …

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by Ann Riley

The administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) announced Monday that the GCCF is in service and will begin processing claims from the $20 billion fund established by British Petroleum (BP) to aid victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The GCCF, …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

A proposed amendment to China's criminal law that would reduce the number of crimes punishable by death was presented Monday to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC). The current criminal code in China outlines 68 criminal offenses that carry the death penalty. If adopted, the proposed legislation would eliminate death …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

A military court in Iran has ordered the suspension of three top judiciary officials in connection with last year's torture deaths of three detained protesters, the Mehr News Agency reported Monday. The three victims, Mohammad Kamrani, Amir Javadi-far and Mohsen Ruholamini, were tortured and beaten to death at the Kahrizak detention center after being arrested …

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