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Breaking Up the Ninth Circuit Is Hard to Do

After another legal setback, President Trump said Tuesday he was 'absolutely' considering proposals to split the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals because of its 'ridiculous rulings' against him.Trump has repeatedly criticized judges since his first and second travel bans were overruled, and spewed more of the same after the latest decision knocking...

Virtual Law Firms Are Seeking BigLaw Partners

Virtual law practice is nothing new to solo practitioners; they have been doing it successfully for decades.With varied success, virtual practitioners cracked the ranks of mid-sized firms less than a decade ago. But now that some wrinkles have been ironed out, virtual law firms are luring BigLaw attorneys with the carrot of working from home.According...

Facebook and Google Hit in $100M Scam

If you thought email phishing scams only targeted consumers and athletes looking for things in all the wrong places, think again.Online scammers look for money wherever they can find unsuspecting victims. That includes mega companies, like Facebook and Google.According to a criminal indictment, a Lithuanian named Evaldas Rimasaukas swindled more than...

Shortcut to Persuasive Writing: Follow Hemingway

There is a shortcut to persuasive writing, and it's been around for 100 years.It's like we got lost along the way, retreading the same old path of legal writing. Heretofore's and therefore's later, many lawyers still don't get it. Perhaps we are too proud to admit that we need editing.We should take a page from Ernest Hemingway, one of the most influential...

No Tribal Immunity for Negligent Driver, Supreme Court Rules

An Indian casino driver cannot claim tribal immunity from suit after he crashed into a car on an interstate highway, the nation's highest court ruled.The U.S. Supreme Court said that William Clarke was sued in his personal capacity -- not an official capacity -- and so he could not escape responsibility as a driver for the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority....

Asia Pacific

'Failure to prevent' offences on course for September as legislation clears parliament

The Criminal Finances Act was one of the final pieces of legislation to receive royal assent during the 'wash up' period ahead of June's early general election. A truncated 2017 Finance Act has also received royal assent.The government has previously indicated that the offences would come into force this autumn, before the first automatic exchanges...

Australia cuts LNG exports to protect domestic supply

A shortage of domestic gas supplies has already resulted in "dramatically higher prices in Australia - higher than prices paid in the markets to which Australian gas is being exported", prime minster Malcolm Turnbull said."Australians are entitled to have access to the gas they need at prices they can afford," he said.Under the Australian Domestic Gas...

'Certainty' for providers as UK higher education reforms become law

The government has also agreed to consult on new guidance about what providers will have to demonstrate before they can be awarded use of the title 'university'.The Higher Education and Research Act was one of the final pieces of legislation to receive royal assent during the 'wash up' period ahead of June's early general election.Although various regulations...

Advocate general: flight attendants' employment contracts based in jurisdiction where most obligations carried out

Ryanair and Crewlink are both established as companies under Irish law and have their registered offices in Ireland. Crewlink recruits and trains cabin crews, and both Crewlink and Ryanair recruited Portuguese, Spanish, and Belgian employees as members of Ryanair cabin crews between 2009 and 2011.All of these contracts of employment gave Charleroi airport...

Advocate general: fight attendants' employment contracts based in jurisdiction where most obligations carried out

Ryanair and Crewlink are both established as companies under Irish law and have their registered offices in Ireland. Crewlink recruits and trains cabin crews, and both Crewlink and Ryanair recruited Portuguese, Spanish, and Belgian employees as members of Ryanair cabin crews between 2009 and 2011.All of these contracts of employment gave Charleroi airport...

Europe

​Lamont Pridmore warn high earners about HMRC raids

Higher rate taxpayers have been warned by leading Cumbrian accountants Lamont Pridmore to be vigilant over their tax affairs.The warning comes after new data from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) shows that its Affluent Unit took an additional £438 million pounds of high earners.Off the back of this success the Unit, which investigates the tax affairs of...

A Legal Perspective on the Government’s Brexit White Paper

Following pressure from sections of Parliament and the public, Theresa May’s government has published a 77-page white paper document to set out a strategy for leaving the EU. But what does it add to what we already know? Stephen Chater, a solicitor at Postlethwate Solicitors, member firm of the UK200Group, explains.The UK200Group is the UK’s leading...

​32% law firms see private equity as a principal source of external funding

With growing competition from niche firms, law practices are actively seeking targeted acquisitions to scale-up in chosen disciplines.  32% see private equity as a principal source of external funding. Niche law firms seen as greatest source of competition. 59% of firms report a rise in competitive pressure. There is a sharp increase...

​Shoosmiths continues South East expansion with partner hires

National law firm Shoosmiths has further strengthened its corporate team with the appointment of two new partners into the South East offices.Amit Nayyar joins Shoosmiths from Hogan Lovells where he was a leading corporate partner. Previous to this, Amit has held positions at White & Case and Pinsent Masons. Based out of Shoosmiths’ Milton Keynes...

Proskauer, Loeb & Loeb, Cooley Bring NHL to Las Vegas

Ice hockey in the desert might have somewhat of a checkered history in the National Hockey League, but three Am Law 200 firms are advising on a $500 million deal announced late Wednesday to bring a professional hockey franchise to Sin City. Read More

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Brazil: End of Age Limit for Assisted Fertilization

To link to this article, copy this persistent link:http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404623_text (Sep 24, 2015) On September 22, 2015, the Brazilian Federal Council of Medicine (Conselho Federal de Medicina, CFM), issued Resolution No. 2,121/2015 on, inter alia, eliminating the need by women over 50 years of age to obtain the consent...

European Union: Adoption of Decision to Relocate Asylum Seekers

To link to this article, copy this persistent link:http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404624_text (Sep 25, 2015) On September 22, 2015, the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council adopted a proposal, introduced by the European Commission on September 9, 2015, in response to the unprecedented influx of migrants who have sought refuge in...

Cambodia: Protest Supports Villagers Challenging Foreign Forest Concession

To link to this article, copy this persistent link:http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404625_text (Sep 25, 2015) On September 22, 2015, a group of approximately 100 Cambodians from the Phnong ethnic group rallied to support five members of the group who were questioned in court and then released. The issues involved were claims of...

China: Death Penalty Crimes to Be Further Reduced

To link to this article, copy this persistent link:http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404620_text (Sep 22, 2015) On August 29, 2015, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) adopted the Ninth Amendment to the PRC Criminal Law. The 52-article Ninth Amendment will take effect...

International

Key Insurance Coverage Trends and Decisions in the United States

Key Insurance Coverage Trends and Decisions in the United StatesBy Scott M Seaman, Hinshaw & CulbertsonScott Seaman explores the most significant trends and developments that the US insurance market has experienced over the past year, including landmark decisions and the growing prevalence of cyber claims and data privacy matters. At least anecdotally,...

Two Who’s Who Legal-Listed Partners Join Gibson Dunn in Houston

Two Who’s Who Legal-Listed Partners Join Gibson Dunn in HoustonFriday, 28 April 2017Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher recently announced the arrival of six partners to their newly opened Houston office from Baker Botts.The new partners include Who’s Who Legal-recognised Doug Rayburn and Hillary Holmes, who was commended in Who’s Who Legal: Energy 2016...

AIA Estoppel in US District Court

AIA Estoppel in US District CourtBy Kenneth R Adamo and Eugene Goryunov, Kirkland & Ellis LLPThe America Invents Act (AIA) created three post-grant patent challenges: IPR, CBMR and PGR. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the US Patent Office conducts these challenges and the conclusion of each challenge is accompanied by estoppel, at...

The Importance of Proper Claim Construction to the Patentable Subject Matter Determination in the United States

The Importance of Proper Claim Construction to the Patentable Subject Matter Determination in the United StatesBy Patricia A Martone, Law Office of Patricia  A Martone PC"No matter what the technology, the best practice for patent owners faced with a section 101 challenge is to emphasise the use of classic claim construction procedures in resolving...

Brexit: An Overview

Brexit: An OverviewBy Laura Devine, Laura Devine SolicitorsLaura Devine navigates the current uncertainties surrounding Brexit and discusses its implications on the UK immigration market. On 23 June 2016 the British electorate voted 51.9 per cent to 48.1 per cent to leave the European Union. The next day, as was widely reported, “What does it mean...