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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.



Mintz Levin cuts back on European patent prosecution after string of departures

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo is scaling back its UK presence by no longer conducting European patent prosecution from its London office.  The move follows the launch of Cooley’s patent practice in London and the hiring of Mintz Levin attorneys David Wraige, Jacqueline Ireland and Daniel Sellwood.  The firm also lost its UK […]


Summer special: three in one

You will not be surprised to learn that I go out to eat quite a lot. Sometimes I forget to concentrate and can’t remember enough about the food to write a sensible review. Sometimes the food isn’t that interesting and sometimes I’m having such a good time with my companions that it seems rude to […]


Top 10 stories: 7-13 August 2015

The debate over the future of the legal profession hotted up last week and dominated our most-read stories list. Overture strategy director Mark Brandon’s response to last week’s piece by Adam Smith, Esq’s Bruce MacEwen prompted a lot of comments as readers joined the debate over what tomorrow’s law firm will look like. While some […]

US: White & Case becomes latest international firm to launch in South Korea

White & Case has become the latest US firm to open an office in Seoul with the relocation of current Korea practice head James Lee from Los Angeles. White & Case has had a Korea practice for more than 20 years. The Seoul opening signals the firm’s move to strengthen and expand its existing Korea […]

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Prudential set to announce new legal panel

Financial services giant Prudential is currently in the process of reviewing its legal panel with the line-up set to be announced imminently. The panel was last reviewed in 2011 by Prudential’s general counsel Margaret Coltman, who is understood to be carrying out the current review. Coltman previously worked at Lloyds Banking Group and was a […]

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