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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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Stuart Cobbett is moving from Canadian barristers and solicitors Stikeman Elliott’s Montreal headquarters to head the firm’s City-based operation from 1 September. Cobbett takes over from Calin Rovinescu who returns to Canada to become the firm’s managing partner. Cobbett said there would be no dramatic changes at the London office.

Defamation. Caution is the name of the libel game

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Eversheds entangled in PI row

A CONTROVERSIAL network of personal injury firms has reacted furiously to a claim by national law firm Eversheds that a campaign to target potential workplace asthma claimants was “blatant ambulance chasing and utterly irresponsible”. The Allied Lawyers Response Team (Alert) has accused Eversheds, which made the claims in a press release to the insurance media, […]

Norton Rose opts for paralegals to liberate solicitors

PETER REES, the new head of Norton Rose’s commercial litigation departments, wants to increase the proportion of paralegals in the department to allow qualified lawyers to focus on the most demanding work. Peter Rees took charge last week of the 70 lawyers in the department which has only eight paralegals, plus a pool of freelancers. […]

Litigation Writs 13/08/96

On-Site Cleaning Services, of Wandsworth, London SW18, has issued a writ against Sutton man David Brown seeking damages for libel, slander and injurious falsehood. The writ comes after telephone conversations Brown is said to have made to the company’s customers and in letters the company says he threatened to send to customers. The company seeks […]

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