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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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Careers: people

Sokolow Carreras & Associés in Paris has recruited Michel Caillard and Wahib Geagea as partner and of counsel respectively. Corporate partner Caillard joins after five years at Landwell, where he was a member of the worldwide executive committee and head of global M&A. International business law specialist Geagea, who began his career at Dewey Ballantine […]

Corporate deals round-up

Lovells (Simon MacDonagh, Richard Stones, Rachel Kent) advised ING Group on an agreement to sell the portfolio business of Baring Asset Management. US-based MassMutual Financial Group is buying Baring’s investment management business, including €26bn (£13.51bn) of assets under management, while Chicago’s Northern Trust Corp will buy its financial services group. MassMutal advised by Slaughter and […]

B&M, Linklaters sued as F1 teams cry negligence

Pinsents instructed after Williams and McLaren miss out on sell-off of F1 commercial and media rights Linklaters and Baker & McKenzie (B&M) are facing negligence claims that could run into millions of pounds over advice they gave to two Formula 1 (F1) motor racing teams. According to court documents served earlier this year, Williams Grand […]

Careers: in brief

The Chartered Institute of Patent Agents (CIPA) is lobbying for two changes to the Scottish legal system. In a recent submission to the working group for research into the legal services market in Scotland, CIPA called for interested parties to be allowed to make an application for rights of audience and rights to conduct litigation […]

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