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4 days ago
by Devin Montgomery

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) [official website] announced [press release] Monday that it has imposed a record $105 million penalty against Fiat Chrysler [corporate website] for its failure to provide a remedy and notices for 23 recalls related to malfunctions of their automobiles. Defective suspension systems could … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Judge Dolly Gee of the District Court for the Central District of California [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the current Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] method of detaining children with their mothers violates a 1997 court settlement. The settlement bars children from being detained in unlicensed … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] on Thursday opened [statement of objections, PDF] formal proceedings looking into whether the Walt Disney Company [corporate website] and other prominent US film studios committed antitrust violations. The EC is extending the Disney proceedings that were already opened on January 13, 2014 to … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jul 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] US regulators on Tuesday ordered [text, PDF] Citigroup [corporate website] to refund $700 million to nine million credit card customers, along with a $70 million fine for illegal and deceptive practices.The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) [agency website] ordered the bank and its subsidiaries to refund its customers [CFPB … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] and county officials in Phoenix on Wednesday agreed to settle [press release] parts of a discrimination lawsuit [complaint, PDF] filed against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office [official website] in 2012. The DOJ filed charges against the Sheriff's Office for discriminatory practices in … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday said that the SAFE Justice Act, a US criminal justice reform bill introduced in June, could better protect prisoners' rights and increase fairness in federal prison sentencing. The bill proposes reforms [HRW report] to federal sentencing statutes, which include the modification … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] BP [official website] on Thursday reached a settlement that will require the company to pay $18.7 billion in penalties and damages to settle all claims regarding the 2010 Gulf oil spill [JURIST news archive]. The agreement, the largest corporate settlement in US history, will add to the $43.8 billion … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) [official website] on Thursday determined [press release] that Fiat Chrysler [official website] failed to provide a remedy and notices for 23 recalls related to malfunctions of their automobiles. It is reported [AP report] that the Chief of the … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jun 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website] on Thursday warned [UN Report] of the record high number of refugees around the world as a result of increasing global conflicts. According to data collected by the UNHCR in 2014 the number of refugees grew from roughly 51 … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

A French court acquitted 14 companies accused of bribery on Thursday for negotiating contracts as part of the UN oil-for-food program [official website; JURIST news archive] with the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive]. The oil-for-food program allowed the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein, which was under UN … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a group of former top US officials may be held liable for the abuse of hundreds of detainees held for minor immigration violations after the events of September 11 [JURIST backgrounder]. In … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The US Court of Federal Claims [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the Federal Reserve [official website] bailout of AIG [corporate website] in 2008 exceeded its authority but did not award any damages. The suit was brought by former AIG CEO Maurice Greenberg and claimed that the Federal … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The world is facing its worst refugee crisis since World War II [press release], Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said Monday, calling on world leaders to reform domestic and international policies. AI released a new briefing [text, PDF] Monday ahead of World Refugee Day on June 20. The report cites … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A US District Court judge on Friday approved an agreement between the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] and the city of Cleveland that is intended to reform the city's police department. The agreement [JURIST report], a consent decree reached after five months of negotiation between attorneys for … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

The European Commission [official website] said Thursday that they have opened a formal antitrust investigation [press release] into Amazon's e-books business. The investigation will focus on particular clauses in Amazon's contracts requiring publishers to inform Amazon about more favorable or alternative terms offered to Amazon's competitors. Amazon has also added … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The government of California on Wednesday agreed to a settlement [text] that may lead to the state reinstating the use of its death chamber. Under the terms of the settlement the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) [official website] will provide new regulatory standards for lethal injections after … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Privacy software company Disconnect [corporate website] announced Tuesday that it has filed an antitrust complaint against Google with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition [official website]. Disconnect is the maker of an anti-tracking app that runs on Google's Android operating system and was blocked from the Google Play [corporate … [read more]


Legal News
27 May 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday announced a settlement [text, PDF; press release] with the Cleveland police department, which has agreed to adopt stringent standards over how and when its officers can use force. The results of a DOJ investigation [JURIST report] announced in December … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Five of the world's largest banks agreed Wednesday to plead guilty [press release] to rigging currency markets and to pay over USD $5 billion in penalties to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website], along with several domestic and international agencies. Traders from Citicorp, Barclays, the Royal Bank … [read more]


Legal News
13 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Mentally disabled prisoners experience "unnecessary, excessive, and even malicious force" at the hands of prison staff across the US, said a report [text] released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. The report found excessive force used in many instances when prisoners exhibit behaviors that are characteristic of … [read more]

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