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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.


New chief takes the reins at MoFo

Morrison & Foerster has named Larren Nashelsky, who chairs the firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring practice, as the firm’s new managing partner for the US. Nashelsky, who works in Morrison & Foerster’s New York office, succeeds Laurie Hane, who returns to her technology transaction practice in San Francisco full-time. Nashelsky will share management responsibilities with the […]

DLA Piper takes tax ace from Hammonds

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has delivered a blow to Hammonds’ London tax group by hiring partner Tracy Fisher. Fisher joined Hammonds in May 2002 from Lovells and practises in corporation tax, capital gains and VAT, with a particular expertise in private equity, structured finance and property taxation. She joins DLA Piper on 24 January. […]

Simmons in settlement deal with refusenik partner

Simmons & Simmons has settled an anti-Semitism claim with rebel partner Robert Schon. The City firm has stated that Tribunal proceedings are no longer continuing. It is understood that Schon will remain a partner with the firm. As revealed by The Lawyer last year, Schon, a tax partner, filed his claim against Simmons on Monday […]

Cobbetts boosts German team

Cobbetts has added to its commercial group with the hire of a partner from German firm Busse & Miessen. Jan Becher will bolster Cobbetts’ German team, which operates across the firm’s three offices in Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds. He becomes Cobbetts’ eleventh commercial partner and will be based in Birmingham. First revealed on 18 […]

Sidley accused of age discrimination

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is suing Sidley Austin Brown & Wood for discriminating against 31 of its partners when it expelled them from its partnership in 1999. Under the US Age Discrimination and Employment Act, employers cannot discriminate against employees aged 40 or above; all the demoted partners were over 40. John […]

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