Legal news from Sunday, May 1, 2011

[JURIST] China's government released human rights lawyer Teng Biao Friday after more than 70 days of detention, but this was quickly followed by reports that fellow human rights lawyer Li Fangping disappeared later in the afternoon under suspicious circumstances. Teng's release [CNN report] came after discussions between Chinese officials and … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] urged Uganda's government Sunday to stop using what she called excessive force against protesters, including opposition leader Kizza Beisgye [JURIST news archive]. Pillay criticized [Reuters report] the government's treatment of Bezigye during his arrest last Thursday, during which video … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website] on Friday denied a motion by Toyota [corporate website; JURIST news archive] to dismiss a class action lawsuit [materials] filed over the alleged sudden-acceleration defects. A final ruling is expected within the next two … [read more]

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