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Supreme Court Won't Hear Handgun Case

Continuing a guarded approach to the Second Amendment, the U.S. Supreme Court turned away a case that said people need "good cause" for a permit to carry a concealed weapon in public.The Court left intact Peruta v. County of San Diego, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that said "there is no Second Amendment right for members of the general...

Summer School Tips for Pre-Law Students

If you've been thinking about going to law school and stumbled onto this website, you've come to the right place.We're all lawyers here, been there and done that -- stumbled, that is. We can tell you where the potholes are on this road to becoming a lawyer.Just follow the rules and you'll be fine. Here are some summer school directions:Summer of Pre-LawGuess...

Court Deals With Hidden Biases in Jurors

It's one thing to release a juror who has an admitted bias, but what to do about a juror with a subconscious bias?We're not talking about the jurors who are actually biased. Let's face it, most prospective jurors will let you know when they cannot be fair.We're talking about jurors who don't realize they harbor a prejudice. It is a troubling problem...

The shifting role of private placements

In the aftermath of the 2016 amendments to the Canadian takeover bid rules, legal practitioners and regulators alike predicted that the new 105-day minimum bid period heralded the end of the defensive tactic of choice in recent decades—the shareholder rights plan. Specifically, it was thought that the pro-target board increase in the minimum bid period...…...

Law Firm Shares Best Practices for Startup Early-Stage Investment

If you have the next big thing but not the big thing budget, a BigLaw firm has just what you've been waiting for: a startup package of financing documents.Cooley, exclusively through its microsite "Go," has released a free repository of documents for investors and business owners. The documents are for companies in the United States and designed for...

Asia Pacific

New transparency requirements for Scottish limited partnerships now in force

The Scottish Partnerships (Register of People with Significant Control) Regulations came into force on Monday 26 June and bring the approximately 30,000 Scottish limited partnerships into line with new EU-wide anti-money laundering rules. Partnerships which fail to disclose the identities of their beneficial owners within 28 days could face fines of...

HMRC strengthens investigation staff ahead of new corporate criminal offence

The increase suggests that HMRC could already be carrying out initial investigations into firms, ahead of the new laws coming into force in September, according to Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com.Investment by HMRC into its 'Fraud Investigation Service' increased to £204 million over the 2016/17 tax year, up from £186m in 2015/16,...

Commission approves French support for Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle rail line

France plans to grant state aid to a joint venture between SNCF Réseau and Aéroports de Paris, which will build and operate a direct express railway line between the airport and the Gare de l'Est train station in Paris. The total estimated cost of the project is €1.32 billion, and the 32 kilometre line is expected to start operation in 2023, the...

European Commission fines Google over online shopping search results

The Commission said the company gave "prominent placement to its own comparison shopping service" in the search results it indexed and also demoted links to similar services run by rivals. It said Google was responsible for a breach of EU competition law as a result. Its findings concern search results in 13 European countries, including the UK and...

HMRC extends deadline for employee share plan returns

In a recent ERS bulletin, HMRC said due to “recent problems” encountered by companies using the service it had extended the deadline for the 2016/17 tax year from 6 July to 24 August.The deadline was also extended in 2015 after the introduction of the scheme when the online filing system failed.Share plans expert Suzannah Crookes of Pinsent Masons,...

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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Law Library of Congress: Global Legal Monitor

Law Library of Congress: Global Legal Monitorhttp://www.loc.gov/lawweb/servlet/lloc_news?home</link> The Global Legal Monitor is an online publication from the Law Library of Congress covering legal news and developments worldwide. It is updated frequently and draws on information from the Global Legal Information Network, official national...

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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...

International

Damage to the Thing Itself: The Complex Nature of the Complex Structure Theory

Damage to the Thing Itself: The Complex Nature of the Complex Structure TheoryBy Bill Perry and Samantha Wilson, Carter Perry Bailey LLPBill Perry and Samantha Wilson at Carter Perry Bailey explore the complexity surrounding the general principle of damage “to the thing itself” when it comes to liability claims. It is well established in English...

Expert Testimony and the Black Box in Autonomous Cars: Will It Pass Daubert and Frye Scrutiny?

Expert Testimony and the Black Box in Autonomous Cars: Will It Pass Daubert and Frye Scrutiny?By Sheila S Boston, David Kerschner and Diana Sterk, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLPSheila Boston, David Kerschner and Diana Sterk at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP discuss the significant role that event data recorders (EDRs) will have when it...

Canadian Product Liability Defence - Common Class Action Defence Strategies

Canadian Product Liability Defence - Common Class Action Defence StrategiesBy Gordon McKee, Blake Cassels & GraydonBlake Cassels & Graydon’s Gordon McKee analyses the recent shift in focus of defence strategies in Canada’s most prominent form of product liability litigation – class action cases. Many global companies with operations...

Brazilian Project Finance and Infrastructure Outlook: 2017 and Beyond

Brazilian Project Finance and Infrastructure Outlook: 2017 and BeyondBy José Virgílio Lopes Enei, Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e OpiceIn this article José Virgilio Lopes Enei at Machado Meyer, Sendacz e Opice evaluates the current state and future outlook of the Brazilian project finance and infrastructure markets. Highlights of the infrastructure and...

Project Finance 2017: Q&A with Phillip Cornwell

Project Finance 2017: Q&A with Phillip CornwellPhillip Cornwell, Allens In an exclusive interview with Who’s Who Legal, Phillip Cornwell at Allens discusses recent trends in the field including the effects of continuing low commodity prices on the project finance market, the development of infrastructure finance and alternative sources of financing. Which...