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Why you might be accepting fake news without realising it

Do you believe everything you see? No matter how discerning or intelligent you are, we are all pre-programmed to be more accepting of information in certain contexts than others. While most of us are wise to the ‘Nigerian prince’ phishing scams of old, we are less likely to question an email from someone we know. We might question news on a website we’ve never seen before – but not in a publication we know well. And if we follow somebody high-profile on a social media platform we’re familiar with, like Instagram, chances are we take what they say at face value. It’s precisely because of this that mainstream media recently described influencer and celebrity accounts as ‘the gateway drug to fake news’.

Coronavirus: Impact of exceptional and temporary measures on enforcement proceedings [Portugal]

A number of exceptional measures have been introduced in the justice sector. These measures are set out in Law 1-A/2020 of 18 March and Decree‑Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March (as amended by Law 4-A/2020 of 6 April). The measures include exceptional rules on the extension of time limits and of the periods to take judicial steps. The rules will remain in place until the end of the exceptional situation to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat COVID-19.


DC powerhouse launches in New York

Washington DC-headquartered firm Crowell & Moring has expanded into New York, launching a Manhattan office following raids on Arent Fox and Dorsey & Whitney. Trial lawyer William McSherry, former head of Arent Fox’s New York office and co-chair of its litigation practice, joins as a partner in Crowell’s litigation group. Intellectual property partner Janet MacLeod, […]

Weil loses out on United Biscuits deal

Premier backed out of the bid for United Biscuits today, taking its legal advisers at Weil Gotshal & Manges with it. Although it had been reported that Premier could not raise sufficient funds for the bid, a source told The Lawyer that the company, whose brands include Branston and Ambrosia, was not prepared to pay […]

A&O and Addleshaws advise on UK’s biggest building society merger

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Addleshaw Goddard have scooped roles on the UK’s largest ever building society merger with total asset values of over £150bn and over 13m members. The merger of Nationwide Building Society and smaller rival Portman Building Society is subject to approval by the Office of Fair Trading, Portman members and the […]

Trowers, Lord Lester fight Azerbaijan govt

Lord Lester QC and Trowers & Hamlins are taking the government of Azerbaijan to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). An appeal against Azerbaijan’s government was lodged in the ECHR last week (4 September) on behalf of political prisoner Farhad Aliyev, Azerbaijan’s former minister of economic development. A pro-Western reformer, Aliyev was arrested on […]

Spain plans next Takeover Code overhaul

When the Spanish government instituted reforms to the Takeover Code in 2003, following an unprecedented M&A boom in the property sector, few thought it would be the end of the matter. The revised code was designed to protect small investors, and pundits saw it as just another step towards the Anglo-Saxon model. Three years on […]

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