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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.

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Ex-Brobeck partners hit with $275m legal action

Ronald Greenspan, the trustee of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison’s bankruptcy estate, has issued a barrage of law suits against former partners, including ex-chairman Tower Snow, in a bid to recover some $275m (£146.3m) in distributions and bonuses. Greenspan, through his law firm Hennigan Bennett & Dorman, has filed suits against more than 220 partners, seeking […]

Hammonds prepares for profit crash

Hammonds is reducing partner drawings by an average of 12 per cent in anticipation of a “significant” drop in UK profitability. The firm is also carrying out a programme of redundancies among fee-earners and support staff. Hammonds’ management made the announcement to partners earlier this week as part of a wide-ranging review designed to cut […]

DLA gains German insurance capability with CC hire

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has secured German insurance capability for the first time with the hire of Clifford Chance insurance expert Dr Herbert Palmberger. Palmberger was counsel at Clifford Chance in Dusseldorf and will be based in DLA’s Cologne office. Prior to joining CC, Palmberger worked inhouse at a range of insurance and reinsurance […]

Four firms land work on Palmer real estate funds

Property venture capital company Palmer Capital Partners (PCP) has appointed a raft of real estate finance lawyers from four firms to advise on investments under its new real estate investment funds. Real estate finance specialists from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Forsters, South East firm IBB and Wragge & Co have been added to PCP’s panel […]

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