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You Have a First Amendment Right to Film Police, 5th Cir. Rules

The First Amendment includes the right to videotape police officers, subject only to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions, the Fifth Circuit ruled last Thursday.The ruling comes after Fort Worth, Texas police officers detained a man for filming their police station from the sidewalk. And it's not terribly shocking. Every circuit court to...

5 Lessons From Failed Law Firms

They say if we don't learn from the mistakes of the past, we are doomed to repeat them.So let's look at some of the biggest law firm fails to see what we can learn. Why did they fail? The simple answer would be: they weren't making enough money. But that's like saying the car stopped because it ran out of gas. Let's get into the specifics of why these...

U.S. Agent's Cross-Border Shooting of Child Comes Before Supreme Court

Sergio Hernandez died in Mexico, but the bullet that killed him was fired from the United States. The 15-year-old child was shot in the head by Jesus Mesa, a Border Patrol agent, in 2010. Mesa contends that the teen was throwing rocks to distract agents from smugglers. His family says he was simply playing with friends.Officials declined to prosecute...

Young Lawyer Wants to Be the ACLU for Campus Rape Survivors

When you've got an environmental lawsuit, you call Earthjustice. Civil rights? The ACLU. And if you've experienced sexual assault in high school or college, you go to SurvJustice.At least that's how 31-year-old attorney Laura Dunn wants it to be. An activist, lawyer, and survivor of campus sexual assault herself, Dunn founded SurvJustice to represent...

iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Enable Lawyer to Go Completely Paperless

"A chorus of angels started singing in my head!" attorney Eric Cooperstein said. "Scales fell from my eyes! "It was not the second coming of the Messiah, but it was a close second for the paperless attorney. Cooperstein, like many lawyers, went paperless in his law practice a decade ago. Drafting and saving pleadings on his computer; scanning letters...

Asia Pacific

EU invests €444 million in energy infrastructure

The electricity, smart grid and gas projects will connect energy networks, increase the security of energy supply, and contribute to sustainable development, the Commission said."The Energy Union strategy has at its centre the transition to a low-carbon, and secure and competitive economy. Properly interconnected electricity lines and gas pipelines...

Singapore plans improved cybersecurity, digital campaign for SMEs

Singapore will also introduce a 'go digital' campaign to help the growth of small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), Heng said in his annual budget speech.The Info- communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) will work with other agencies to give advice to SMEs on the technologies to use at each stage of their growth, he said.The campaign will...

China to begin construction of 35 railway projects

Construction is due to begin on 2,100km of new rail lines, 2,500km of double-track lines and 4,000km of electrified railway, Xinhua said, citing government officials who spoke to Economic Information Daily.Much of the work will take place in China's less-developed central and western regions to support poverty relief and improve connectivity, the news...

Search engines and rights holders finalise new code to address online copyright infringement

Under the code, Google and Microsoft's 'Bing' will take steps to demote links to copyright-infringing content within their search results. Music and film industry bodies, the BPI and Motion Picture Association, are the other signatories of the code.The code has also been endorsed by the Alliance for Intellectual Property, whose members include the Premier...

Commercial landlords may have to police illicit tobacco sales under HMRC proposals

The proposal, which is included among potential new sanctions to tackle tobacco duty evasion and other excise duty evasion, is "another example of HMRC pushing the burden of policing tax compliance onto businesses themselves", according to tax disputes expert Stuart Walsh of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com."Tobacco duty evasion is a...

Europe

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

​Law firm AKD to open office in Luxembourg

Leading Benelux law firm AKD has announced its intention to open an office in Luxembourg to meet growing demand for integrated, international legal services in stable jurisdictions. AKD’s new office in Luxembourg will expand its corporate, tax, banking and finance, and investment funds practices. This step is part of AKD’s international growth strategy...

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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

The UK's Place in the World

The UK's Place in the World By Global Restructuring Review London has been a leader in international rescue culture since the Insolvency Act came into effect in 1986. But with Brexit on the horizon and other jurisdictions catching up (particularly in the EU and Asia) what lies in store for the UK’s future as a cross-border restructuring hub? In November...

Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders - Arbitration 2017

Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders - Arbitration 2017 Friday, 27 January 2017 Who’s Who Legal and Global Arbitration Review are currently in the process of putting together a new edition in our Thought Leaders series, which aims to bring together for the first time the insight, expertise and wisdom of some of the world’s foremost arbitration practitioners...

Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders - Competition 2018

Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders - Competition 2018 Friday, 27 January 2017 Who’s Who Legal and Global Competition Review are currently in the process of putting together a new edition in our Thought Leaders series, which aims to bring together for the first time the insight, expertise and wisdom of some of the world’s foremost competition practitioners...

Details of the Rolls-Royce DPA emerge

Last week, we published the details of the expected Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) which was yet to be approved by the UK’s High Court on 17 January 2017. The Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) has now confirmed, that the DPA was approved by Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen’s Bench Division, and the DPA, Statement … Continue ReadingRead...

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