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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.


Illegality proves no defence

Faced with a claim involving payment for advertising telephone sex lines, Appeal Court judge Lord Justice Brown decided to append as the last page of his judgment a full-colour page of the advertisements at the centre of the case which depicted naked women and included highly suggestive copy. This aspect of Armhouse Lee Ltd v […]

Firm sues for libel over fax

West END solicitors The Grangewoods Partnership is suing another West End law firm for libel damages over an unsigned fax. The Grangewoods Partnership has issued a High Court writ claiming libel damages from the 31-partner Forsyte Saunders Kerman of New Cavendish Street. Grangewoods claims Forsyte sent it a libellous, typewritten, unsigned fax on 23 August. […]

Royal tussle

The High Court is set to become the stage for a battle between two wealthy Arab rulers. Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamed al-Thani and his father, Sheikh Hamed bin Khalifa al-Thani, are reported to be on course for a major courtroom confrontation in London over billions of dollars of state money which Sheik Hamed claims his […]

Simmons pair chosen to teach eco law to Russians

Simmons & Simmons environmental law partner Stephen Tromans and associate James Fitzgerald are to fly to Russia in October and November to train its government lawyers in international environmental law. The Russian Federation is reviewing its environmental legislation in order to try to make it compatible with EC and international environmental law. As part of […]


Ian Walker, vice-president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil), has been elected to the Board of Governors of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Apil’s US equivalent. Walker, of London firm Russell Jones & Walker, has been elected for a three-year term and will serve with Michael Napier, elected last year as […]

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