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FTC Settles 'Supercookies' Case

In the sci-fi movie Minority Report, Tom Cruise has his eyes removed in a gross scene that you cannot unsee. So don't watch it just because of this movie reference.But there is another part of the movie that you can't ignore. In the future, the movie shows how companies will be able to track us and push custom-tailored ads at us wherever we go. There...

Is It Time to Grow Your Marijuana Practice?

Is it too cheesy to say that the pot practice is growing like a weed?Hey, it is what it is. Marijuana actually does grow like a weed and some lawyers are riding high on its popularity.According to a CBS poll, support for legalized marijuana is growing. More than 60 percent of Americans think it should be legal for recreational use and 88 percent favor...

Appellate Judge John Noonan Remembered

Like other accomplished jurists who have passed on, Judge John T. Noonan, Jr. left a legacy of decisions that will live on in American jurisprudence.Some may recall his opinion in a landmark decision to uphold physician-assisted suicide, ultimately adopted by the U.S. Supreme Court. Others may remember his decision to stay the execution of Robert Alton...

Discovery Communications Names New General Counsel

Savalle Sims has been named the new general counsel for Discovery Communications.Sims, formerly deputy general counsel, will lead the company's global legal teams and manage legal issues worldwide. In the new position, she reports to Bruce Campbell, chief development and legal officer."Savalle is a strong leader, with an incredible legal mind and strategic...

Berkeley Settles Sex Harassment Case Against Former Law School Dean

Ending a story that may never be told in court, UC Berkeley School of Law has settled a controversial sexual harassment case against the school and its former dean.Sujit Choudhry, who resigned as dean last year after a former assistant sued him for sexual harassment, has settled the case. So has the university, which will pay $1.7 million to Tyann Sorrell...

Asia Pacific

Huawei legal challenge against validity of Unwired Planet patent dismissed by London court

The Court of Appeal in London dismissed Huawei's appeal against an earlier judgment by the High Court in a case that concerned a patent relating to 3G wireless communications technology incorporated into many smartphones. Unwired Planet acquired the patent from Ericsson.Huawei challenged whether some of the claims of the patent lacked the inventive...

BREXIT: UK confirms continuing financial support for EU students in 2018/19

The commitment applies to students on undergraduate, master’s, postgraduate and advanced learner courses that attract student support, and includes access to student loans and grants. EU students will also continue to benefit from ‘home fee’ status, capping their tuition fees at the same level as UK students, according to the announcement. International...

UK insurance linked securities framework delayed until after election

A “source close to the process” confirmed the delay to reinsurance news service Artemis. A government consultation on draft regulations closed in January, and a final version was due to be published around Easter, according to Artemis.A general election will take place on 8 June, meaning that a new government will not be able to consider the regulations...

Australia and China agree cybersecurity cooperation plan

The agreement follows a cybersecurity discussion between Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and Chinese premier Ki Keqiang, Turnbull's office said in a statement.Neither country will conduct or support cyber-enabled theft of IP, trade secrets or confidential business information with the intent of gaining a competitive advantage. This follows...

Hong Kong to improve data protection regulations after hacks

Ideas, techniques and know-how can lie at the heart of a business. Pinsent Masons' international intellectual property team is dedicated to helping you to protect those intangible valuables that help you to stand out from your competitors. More about Confidential InformationLet's block ads! (Why?)Read More

Europe

​Lamont Pridmore warn high earners about HMRC raids

Higher rate taxpayers have been warned by leading Cumbrian accountants Lamont Pridmore to be vigilant over their tax affairs.The warning comes after new data from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) shows that its Affluent Unit took an additional £438 million pounds of high earners.Off the back of this success the Unit, which investigates the tax affairs of...

A Legal Perspective on the Government’s Brexit White Paper

Following pressure from sections of Parliament and the public, Theresa May’s government has published a 77-page white paper document to set out a strategy for leaving the EU. But what does it add to what we already know? Stephen Chater, a solicitor at Postlethwate Solicitors, member firm of the UK200Group, explains.The UK200Group is the UK’s leading...

​32% law firms see private equity as a principal source of external funding

With growing competition from niche firms, law practices are actively seeking targeted acquisitions to scale-up in chosen disciplines.  32% see private equity as a principal source of external funding. Niche law firms seen as greatest source of competition. 59% of firms report a rise in competitive pressure. There is a sharp increase...

​Shoosmiths continues South East expansion with partner hires

National law firm Shoosmiths has further strengthened its corporate team with the appointment of two new partners into the South East offices.Amit Nayyar joins Shoosmiths from Hogan Lovells where he was a leading corporate partner. Previous to this, Amit has held positions at White & Case and Pinsent Masons. Based out of Shoosmiths’ Milton Keynes...

Proskauer, Loeb & Loeb, Cooley Bring NHL to Las Vegas

Ice hockey in the desert might have somewhat of a checkered history in the National Hockey League, but three Am Law 200 firms are advising on a $500 million deal announced late Wednesday to bring a professional hockey franchise to Sin City. Read More

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Brazil: End of Age Limit for Assisted Fertilization

To link to this article, copy this persistent link:http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404623_text (Sep 24, 2015) On September 22, 2015, the Brazilian Federal Council of Medicine (Conselho Federal de Medicina, CFM), issued Resolution No. 2,121/2015 on, inter alia, eliminating the need by women over 50 years of age to obtain the consent...

European Union: Adoption of Decision to Relocate Asylum Seekers

To link to this article, copy this persistent link:http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404624_text (Sep 25, 2015) On September 22, 2015, the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council adopted a proposal, introduced by the European Commission on September 9, 2015, in response to the unprecedented influx of migrants who have sought refuge in...

Cambodia: Protest Supports Villagers Challenging Foreign Forest Concession

To link to this article, copy this persistent link:http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404625_text (Sep 25, 2015) On September 22, 2015, a group of approximately 100 Cambodians from the Phnong ethnic group rallied to support five members of the group who were questioned in court and then released. The issues involved were claims of...

China: Death Penalty Crimes to Be Further Reduced

To link to this article, copy this persistent link:http://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?disp3_l205404620_text (Sep 22, 2015) On August 29, 2015, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) adopted the Ninth Amendment to the PRC Criminal Law. The 52-article Ninth Amendment will take effect...

International

AIA Estoppel in US District Court

AIA Estoppel in US District CourtBy Kenneth R Adamo and Eugene Goryunov, Kirkland & Ellis LLPThe America Invents Act (AIA) created three post-grant patent challenges: IPR, CBMR and PGR. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the US Patent Office conducts these challenges and the conclusion of each challenge is accompanied by estoppel, at...

The Importance of Proper Claim Construction to the Patentable Subject Matter Determination in the United States

The Importance of Proper Claim Construction to the Patentable Subject Matter Determination in the United StatesBy Patricia A Martone, Law Office of Patricia  A Martone PC"No matter what the technology, the best practice for patent owners faced with a section 101 challenge is to emphasise the use of classic claim construction procedures in resolving...

Brexit: An Overview

Brexit: An OverviewBy Laura Devine, Laura Devine SolicitorsLaura Devine navigates the current uncertainties surrounding Brexit and discusses its implications on the UK immigration market. On 23 June 2016 the British electorate voted 51.9 per cent to 48.1 per cent to leave the European Union. The next day, as was widely reported, “What does it mean...

Australia's Migration Programme: An Increasingly Restrictive and Dynamic Landscape

Australia's Migration Programme: An Increasingly Restrictive and Dynamic LandscapeBy Maria Jockel, BDO Migration ServicesIn this article, Maria Jockel at BDO Migration Services explores the ever-changing and increasingly stringent nature of Australian immigration regulation and enforcement. Since the merger of the Department of Immigration and Border...

The Value of the Immigration Lawyer in the Age of Anti-Immigration Populism

The Value of the Immigration Lawyer in the Age of Anti-Immigration PopulismBy Jacqueline R Bart, BartLAW Canadian ImmigrationJacqueline Bart discusses the role of the immigration lawyer in a world of ever-increasing anti-immigration populism.  A Delicate BalanceThe world cannot function without the movement of peoples for business, employment, family...