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April 27, 2012

Do Not Dismiss: ACLU files opposition memorandum to keep U.S. government in civil rights lawsuit of Chinese national

The Rhode Island Affiliate of The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), represented by Motley Rice members Fidelma Fitzpatrick and Bob McConnell, filed a federal court brief in opposition to the United States' motion for summary judgment in a wrongful death lawsuit involving Chinese detainee Hiu Lui "Jason" Ng. The United States has asked the court to relieve the government from liability in the case.

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April 26, 2012

BP Settlement Hearing: Judge Barbier says he is "leaning" towards preliminary approval

The Honorable Carl Barbier, the U.S. District Court Judge overseeing the BP Deepwater Horizon litigation, said in a hearing yesterday that he will likely grant preliminary approval of the multibillion dollar settlement submitted to the court on April 18, 2012. The settlement was reached between the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) for the BP multidistrict litigation and BP. When approved, it will resolve thousands of claims involving economic and property damage losses, as well as spill exposure and cleanup-related physical injury claims.

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April 25, 2012

Carbon Monoxide Leak: Five lose their lives in suspected CO leak

According to an article by The Associated Press, fire officials suspect that carbon monoxide poisoning led to the deaths of five this week at a private home in Oxon Hill, Md. According to the report, officials believe that a broken exhaust pipe caused the tragedy, leaking large amounts of carbon monoxide into the house. Although a typical carbon monoxide reading is zero to five parts per million, the reading taken by firefighters in the home was approximately 550 parts per million.

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