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Legal news from Friday, May 26, 2017
by Autumn Callan

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, on Friday urged warring parties in Syria to take any steps necessary in protecting the civilian population during armed conflict. Many innocent civilians have already been second-hand victims. Earlier in May airstrikes hit a rural farming area killing 23 farm workers. Airstrikes in residential areas …

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by Autumn Callan

The International Center for Transitional Justice released a 50-page report Thursday addressing the reluctance of politicians and security forces to bring justice to tens of thousands of families who were gravely affected by the country's decade-long civil war. During the conflict more than 17,000 people were killed and more than 1,300 went missing. Although …

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by Autumn Callan

A class action lawsuit was filed against General Motors Company (GM) on Thursday that alleges the company rigged hundreds of thousands of diesel trucks with devices to ensure the vehicles pass emissions tests. The complaint, filed by Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro law firm in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan …

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by Autumn Callan

The Supreme Court of Kosovo rejected an appeal on Thursday against the acquittal of 10 Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) members, including former commander and politician Fatmir Limaj, who were charged with war crimes in the so-called "Klecka case." The former KLA members were accused of abusing Albanian and Serbian civilians and prisoners at the Klecka …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

Two unions, Kentucky State AFL-CIO and Teamsters Local 89 filed a class action lawsuit on Thursday against the state of Kentucky and the governor, claiming that Kentucky's "right-to-work" bill violates the state constitution. The plaintiffs claim that the bill, which allows workers to receive union benefits without paying dues, amounts to "a clear …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein voiced concern on Wednesday over the treatment of hunger striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons. The health of hundreds of prisoners has been declining, according to the commissioner's statement, released on the thirty-eighth day of the strike. Israeli Prison Service has transported more than 60 …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The Maine Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the state's newly enacted legislation providing for a ranked-choice voting system conflicted with the state's constitution. The issue came before the court when the State Senate submitted a request for guidance from the court: "The crux of the Senate's inquiry is whether this statutorily enacted system of ranked-choice …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a civil complaint on Tuesday against Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles NV alleging that the company illegally used computer software to bypass emissions tests in nearly 104,000 of the company's diesel cars. The complaint alleges that vehicles contain defeat devices and that the devices were not disclosed to regulators during the certification …

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