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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.



Berwin Leighton advised Close Brothers Corporate Finance on its appointment to approve the contents of an offer document issued by Liberian Ore

US giant eyes UK

Chicago firm McDermott Will & Emery, one of the largest firms in the US, is planning to open an office in London following the official severing of its association with City firm Paisner & Co last month. McDermotts’ chairman, Lawrence Gerber, said it no longer needed the formal link with Paisner & co to serve […]

Law Soc hits back at Which? wills report

THE LAW Society and the Consumers’ Association have renewed hostilities – this time over the drafting of wills – following a long-running battle over the accuracy of Which? magazine surveys. The latest Which? report covering the legal profession claims solicitors’ will drafting skills are no better than those of banks, life insurers and specialist will […]

Court limbers up for action

Sheffield man George Piper has launched a damages claim against US-based artificial limb makers Howmedica, and Howmedica International, of Sandwich, Kent, over a replacement hip he received and which he claims was defective. He is suing under the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act.

A helping hand for the disabled

The problems and frustrations that arise when the law is called in to help those who cannot help themselves have seldom been better illustrated than in a recent High Court action. And one message comes from the winning legal team – lawyers who fight for the needs of the ill and disabled must be tough […]

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