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Legal news from Tuesday, January 11, 2011
17:01 EDT

[JURIST] The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill[official website] released its full final report [text] on Tuesday, tracing the deeper root causes of the spill and recommending steps to avoid future incidents. The report highlights mistakes made by British Petroleum (BP), as well as its partners Haliburton [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] China has failed to achieve the goals it set out in its first national human rights plan, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] declared in a report [text] released on Tuesday. In its assessment of the government's National Human Rights Action Plan of China (NHRAP) [text], HRW decried China's [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-0 in Mayo Foundation for Medical Research v. United States [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that medical residents are not classified as students for the purpose of federal tax exemption. The Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research [official website] had [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The New York Court of Appeals [official website] on Tuesday dismissed [opinion] a lawsuit against bond insurance company MBIA [corporate website] alleging breach of contract brought by several of the world's largest financial institutions. The lawsuit challenged the break-up of MBIA into two separate lines of bond insurance. MBIA, [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 in Ransom v. FIA Card Services, N.A. [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that debtors who apply for Chapter 13 bankruptcy cannot use a car payment as a deduction from their repayment plan if the debtor has paid off the automobile. [read more]

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[JURIST] The Log Cabin Republicans [advocacy website] on Monday urged the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] to resume proceedings in their lawsuit against the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy [10 USC § 654 text; JURIST news archive]. The advocacy group filed a response [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The trial [court materials] of anti-Castro Cuban militant Luis Posada Carriles [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] began Monday on charges of lying to federal immigration officials that could carry a sentence of up to 60 years in prison. He is charged [Miami Herald report] before the District Court for [read more]

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[JURIST] A judge for the 331st Criminal District Court [official website] of Texas sentenced former US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) [JURIST news archive] to three years in prison and ten years of probation Monday following DeLay's November conviction [JURIST report] on money laundering and conspiracy charges. Judge Pat [read more]

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[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday urged [press release] President Barack Obama make greater efforts to close Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] despite congressional opposition. In the press release, issued on the eve of the facility's ninth anniversary in operation [JURIST This Day at Law report], HRW [read more]

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