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Privacy, Security Risks When Telecommuting

If you telecommute from home, chances are you don't have a receptionist there.Nobody screens phone calls or checks for identification, either. If you have a home office, it probably doesn't have a lock on the door.The main office, on the other hand, typically has all of these features. They are part of the business, and they provide some security.For...

Government Can't Take Citizenship From Refugee for Lying to Immigration

A Serbian refugee who lied to immigration officials cannot be stripped of her American citizenship because her lie was immaterial, the U.S. Supreme Court said."We have never read a statute to strip citizenship from someone who met the legal criteria for acquiring it," Justice Elena Kagan wrote in Maslenjak v. United States. "We will not start now."The...

Should You Sue 'Judgment Proof' Defendants?

As with so many legal questions, the answer to whether to sue a judgment proof defendant is this: it depends.That's because, in part, there are lawyers on both sides of the issue. So if you are an attorney, you can blame your profession for being part of the problem.In any case, the question is serious enough to answer before waiting for a judge or...

Law Grad Sues Her Law School and Twitter

If at first you don't succeed, file an amended complaint.It may sound like first-year civil procedure, but that's what law school graduate Tiffany Dehen knows so far. She sued her law school in February for defamation after someone there created a fake Twitter account to mock her. Bloggers mocked her more for a "rambling lawsuit," so, well, she did...

California's 30-Day Impound Law Violates 4th Amendment

If police impound your client's car for driving on a suspended license, chances are the police won't give it back until the client pays a hefty fine and penalties.In California, it also means the client won't get the car for 30 days. Or so it used to be, until one feisty driver sued the police for violating her Fourth Amendment rights.The U.S. Ninth...

Asia Pacific

'Evolutionary' NEC4 construction contracts now available for use

NEC4 incorporates updated versions of the contracts that made up the previous suite, NEC3. It also introduces two new contracts in response to industry feedback: an NEC4 Alliance Contract (ALC), which will be published for consultation shortly; and an NEC4 Design, Build and Operate contract (DBO), which is now available for use, as well as two new subcontract...

MSPs condemn government approach to freedom of information

The motion was put forward by Conservative MSP Edward Mountain."I started campaigning to become an MSP in 2010, and one of my reasons for doing so was that, like many others in the chamber and across Scotland, I felt that politicians seemed remote, unapproachable and secretive. Countering those traits remains one of my key drivers, and that is what...

FCA puts forward new rules for advising on transfers of 'safeguarded' pension benefits

[unable to retrieve full-text content]New financial advice requirements where a consumer is seeking to transfer 'safeguarded' pension benefits have been published for consultation by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).Read More

Wind turbine planning permission ignored likely effect on nearby church, Court of Appeal rules

Under section 66 of the 1990 Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act, local planning authorities (LPAs) must have "special regard to the desirability" of preserving the setting of a listed building. While Powys County Council could still have granted planning permission after considering the turbine's impact on the church, the fact that...

Government to deliver on housing pledges, Queen's Speech confirms

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Reforms to deliver more affordable housing will be taken forward in the current parliamentary session, the government has confirmed.Read More

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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Law Library of Congress: Global Legal Monitor

Law Library of Congress: Global Legal Monitorhttp://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?home</link> The Global Legal Monitor is an online publication from the Law Library of Congress covering legal news and developments worldwide. It is updated frequently and draws on information from the Global Legal Information Network, official national...

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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...

International

Damage to the Thing Itself: The Complex Nature of the Complex Structure Theory

Damage to the Thing Itself: The Complex Nature of the Complex Structure TheoryBy Bill Perry and Samantha Wilson, Carter Perry Bailey LLPBill Perry and Samantha Wilson at Carter Perry Bailey explore the complexity surrounding the general principle of damage “to the thing itself” when it comes to liability claims. It is well established in English...

Expert Testimony and the Black Box in Autonomous Cars: Will It Pass Daubert and Frye Scrutiny?

Expert Testimony and the Black Box in Autonomous Cars: Will It Pass Daubert and Frye Scrutiny?By Sheila S Boston, David Kerschner and Diana Sterk, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLPSheila Boston, David Kerschner and Diana Sterk at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP discuss the significant role that event data recorders (EDRs) will have when it...

Canadian Product Liability Defence - Common Class Action Defence Strategies

Canadian Product Liability Defence - Common Class Action Defence StrategiesBy Gordon McKee, Blake Cassels & GraydonBlake Cassels & Graydon’s Gordon McKee analyses the recent shift in focus of defence strategies in Canada’s most prominent form of product liability litigation – class action cases. Many global companies with operations...

Brazilian Project Finance and Infrastructure Outlook: 2017 and Beyond

Brazilian Project Finance and Infrastructure Outlook: 2017 and BeyondBy José Virgílio Lopes Enei, Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e OpiceIn this article José Virgilio Lopes Enei at Machado Meyer, Sendacz e Opice evaluates the current state and future outlook of the Brazilian project finance and infrastructure markets. Highlights of the infrastructure and...

Project Finance 2017: Q&A with Phillip Cornwell

Project Finance 2017: Q&A with Phillip CornwellPhillip Cornwell, Allens In an exclusive interview with Who’s Who Legal, Phillip Cornwell at Allens discusses recent trends in the field including the effects of continuing low commodity prices on the project finance market, the development of infrastructure finance and alternative sources of financing. Which...