The Global Legal Post | Big Stories Global Legal PostMon, 20 Aug 2018en-gb(C) 2018 Global City Media LtdMuslim who refused to shake the boss's hand wins court damagesSwedish court awards damages to Muslim who refused to shake the boss's hand., 20 Aug 2018Second US lawyer murder within a weekAttorney on brink of retiring shot and killed by a suspected 'longtime friend and client' a matter of days after a Chicago lawyer slain., 20 Aug 2018Tesla employee blows whistle on alleged spying, drugs and non-disclosureEmployee alleges Elon Musk had surveillance equipment installed, and says Tesla also did not disclose drugs and theft cases to investors., 20 Aug 2018Fieldfisher latest to join NI's growing legal marketNorthern Ireland continues expansion as firm becomes latest to add jobs, and establishes strategic partnership., 17 Aug 2018New SA bill about tackling child pornography, not censorshipA SA government minister defends new Films and Publications Bill as a way of removing online child pornography, not a form of censorship., 17 Aug 2018Lawyer sparks new 'gay wedding cake' baker lawsuitA lawyer asks baker for 'gender transition cake' as free speech, religion and anti-discrimination go head-to-head once more., 17 Aug 2018UK Judicial ombudsman asked to investigate 'barrister bias'Barrister bias one of six cases brought to the UK judicial appointments commission that the judicial appointments & conduct ombudsman., 16 Aug 2018RBS bottom of the league as US gives a $4.9bn red card for misconductUS justice department metes out largest penalty yet for financial crisis-era misconduct, as customers rate bank worst bankers., 16 Aug 2018Convicted women to be caned in Malaysia for 'attempting lesbian sex'Sharia law applied as two Malaysian women convicted of attempting to have lesbian sex in a car to be fined and caned., 17 Aug 2018South Africa's highest court rules top prosecutor's appointment invalidConstitutional court points to abuse of power by former SA president in refusing appeal over top appointment., 15 Aug 2018Tinder founders have a date in court claiming $2 billion damagesFounders, executives and early employees of Tinder sue parent company for denying them stock options and throw in sexual allegations as well., 15 Aug 2018Prominent Chicago attorney killed in 'domestic-related' incidentDescribed as one of America's most accomplished appellate lawyers, Mayer Brown's Stephen Shapiro shot, killed. UPDATE: Murder charges filed against his brother-in-law, John Gately III., 16 Aug 2018Legal action and regulatory questions follow controversial Musk tweetsSEC asks for explanation from Elon Musk, while investors suing him for damaging interests of short-sellers., 15 Aug 2018Royal intrigue as aristocrat sues France on Monaco successionAnd yes, it does involve legal intrigue, a cabaret singer and accusations of a power-grab in one of the world's luxury capitals., 14 Aug 2018Chinese authorities tax crack-down on celebritiesChina's highest-paid celebrities targeted by Chinese authorities in coordinated crackdown on 'yin-yang' contracts and tax havens., 14 Aug 2018Law Society of Scotland selects lawtech strategic partnerLawtech company LEAP tailors Scottish needs as solicitor's body supports innovative practices., 13 Aug 2018Ontario premier announces C$7.6 million to fund 'legal SWAT teams'Increasing gun violence leads to political action to create 'legal SWAT teams' led by a crown attorney, but lawyers casts doubts., 13 Aug 2018Landmark cancer ruling as Monsanto hit with $289m in damagesMonsanto iconic Roundup product ruled to cause cancer in fast-tracked case, but Monsanto to appeal as science still undecided., 15 Aug 2018Oz gets tough on bankers, set to embed 'corporate cops'Australia's big four banks and biggest financial services firm are to find a regulator working on the inside in new enforcement measure., 10 Aug 2018German government mulls draft law on foreign takeoversWorried about China and national security, Germany may see a new law on foreign takeovers before the year is out., 10 Aug 2018US judge sends 'hopelessly ambiguous' contract to London arbitrationAn international shipping contract cries out for clarity as US judge tosses dispute over to London court., 10 Aug 2018ECJ delivers landmark copyright rulingWatch out next time your kids illustrate their school projects! ECJ rules that freely available content not necessarily free., 09 Aug 2018India amends anti-corruption legislation to cover bribe-giversIndia introduces changes to its anti-corruption legislation to hold political bribe-givers accountable., 09 Aug 2018German pharma company takes on death rowNebraska's first-ever lethal injection could be delayed or stopped for good by a suit claiming state illegally acquired drugs., 09 Aug 2018UK sets up independent review of modern slavery legislationUK's Modern Slavery Act 2015 is to be reviewed to ensure legislation keeps in step with this evolving crime, lawyer highlights farming sector., 08 Aug 2018Another big four accounting firm expands in the legal spaceEY expands global legal managed services offering with acquisition of Riverview Law., 08 Aug 2018Keeping law out of the bedroom highlighted by lawyer's bigamy chargeWell-known Canadian lawyer is arrested and reported to law society, but a professor says allegations touch on larger ethical debates., 08 Aug 2018Italian lawyers helping San Marino on the road to Blockchain havenSan Marino appoints lawyers as republic joins other smaller jurisdictions looking to position themselves as a global blockchain haven., 09 Aug 2018More experienced the woman lawyer, greater the dissatisfactionMany experienced women lawyers are saying 'forget it' according to forthcoming ABA survey., 07 Aug 2018Australian lawyers hitting bonus highs up to 20 percentBonuses for Australian lawyers in larger firms go as high as 20 per cent of the base remuneration package for senior associates, report says., 07 Aug 2018Philippines regulator asks for feedback after issuing draft ICO rulesRegulator offers a range of rules for public comment by various stakeholders, government ambition for an Asian 'silicon valley.', 06 Aug 2018Baker McKenzie boosts industry with record $2.9 billion revenuesThe future of the law business looks bright, as Baker McKenzie announces record revenues and a major programme for clients., 06 Aug 2018Two law firms called into CBS internal harassment investigationCovington and Debevoise brought in by CBS to lead investigation into allegations against ceo for sexual harassment., 06 Aug 2018Big four accountancy firms shaking up Singapore's legal spaceDeloitte launches foreign practice, considers local practice, follows PwC, while EY takes another step to make it in the city-state., 03 Aug 2018Apple fights with Canada's WiLan, but finally settles with SamsungApple ordered to pay $145M in damages for patent infringement, but agrees to settle long-running battle with Samsung., 03 Aug 2018Kenya receives thousands of legal books from UK governmentLegal volumes shipped to Kenya, as UK government legal department takes up online subscriptions., 03 Aug 2018Law and tech firms join forces to create contracts blockchain platformA first cohort signs up for new blockchain-based platform for smart contracts due to launch in October., 02 Aug 2018Speculation mounts over reports US/UK merger in 'due diligence' phaseTop management at O'Melveny & Myers and Allen & Overy in London talks as reports surface of 'due diligence' phase., 02 Aug 2018Misconduct major review launched by SRAThe regulatory body for solicitors in England and Wales invites input on when firms should report potential wrongdoing., 02 Aug 2018Serbia bar association in strike action over killing of Milosevic lawyerThe Serbian Bar Association and the Bar Association of Belgrade begin week-long strike after the killing of prominent criminal defence lawyer., 01 Aug 2018California bar urged to allow non-lawyer ownership of law firmsThe State Bar of California to set up task force to study allowing non-lawyers to invest in and own law firms, proposals expected in 2019., 01 Aug 2018Payment in court! Judge orders cyberscammer to pay fine in cryptoCanadian case puts cyberscammer on the spot, ordering a Montreal businessman to pay a fine in cryptocurrency or go straight to jail., 01 Aug 2018A whole lot of love as UK's Conservative Party (allegedly) makes a passGive-away 'knock-off' merchandise based on popular Love Island TV show leads expert to raise questions of infringement and passing off., 31 Jul 2018World's 'first' Blockchain court planned for DubaiDubai consortium launches plans for the world's first 'Court of the Blockchain.', 31 Jul 2018Russia passes tax haven laws to bypass sanctionsInternational firms can use new laws to establish an offshore domicile and thereby bypass sanctions., 31 Jul 2018Oz IP costs concerns leads to Hague opt-out recommendationIP Australia is concerned consumer costs outweigh benefits after public consultation, saying balance difficult to achieve., 30 Jul 2018German regulators expected to use 2017 M&A veto law for first timeThe German government is worried about China's acquisition of its robotics and tech expertise and plans to use a 2017 law for first time to veto a bid., 30 Jul 2018Last of the sour grapes for Dentons associate turned extortionistA convicted ex-Dentons associate who brought two bottles of wine to partner meeting for extortion purposes now faces disciplinary charges., 30 Jul 2018Law Society claims lack of legal advice clogging the legal systemThe president of the Law Society of England and Wales has called for restoration of state funding as part of government LAPSO review., 27 Jul 2018Tech provider aims to start a revolution over handling of client moneyA new global fintech offering is aiming to transform the legal sector's handling of client money., 27 Jul 2018Oz bar says don't criminalise 'honest belief' in sexual consentThe NSW bar association warns against criminalising 'honest consent' and makes allowances for stupidity and negiligence., 29 Jul 2018Facebook's top lawyer used social page to announce planned departureWhen Facebook is to lose its top lawyer, it seems natural to post the announcement on his social page, even if he only has 601 followers., 26 Jul 2018Plaintiff wins USD 273 million Ghana force majeure caseThe High Court tells defendant to bear the consequences of market risk as lawyers question interpretation of 'reasonable endeavours.', 26 Jul 2018CJEU takes the biscuit!Following a CJEU order, the EU intellectual property office (EUIPO) needs to revisit a 16-year-old decision on the shape of KitKat bars., 26 Jul 2018Jones Day warns court of impending 'protracted' fee fightsFollowing a federal appeals court decision erasing a fee award, Jones Day lawyers warn of 'protracted' fee fights if ruling is upheld., 25 Jul 2018Law school calls for business fluency as it launches new instituteNew York Law School is to open its new Business of Law Institute in the fall as research reveals need for greater business understanding., 25 Jul 2018Sound of one hand clapping as G20 fails to deliver on cryptoRegulators failed to produce guidance at a G20 meeting which ended up becoming a meeting about a meeting., 25 Jul 2018Media giant settles subscription data class action suit for $50 millionNew York media giant Hearst Communications has agreed to pay $50 million to settle a subscription data lawsuit., 24 Jul 2018ICJ finds UAE violated racial discrimination conventionActions taken by UAE against Qatar in 2017 were discriminatory, according to the ICJ which ordered it to comply with CERD convention., 24 Jul 2018Consumers choose cheaper, faster 'lawbots' over expensive, slow lawyersDivorce by lawbot? New survey says 70 per cent of consumers would be happy to consult a 'lawbot', while law firms worry about digital impacts., 25 Jul 2018UK legal profession sets date for a national legal debateA new initiative to promote and educate the UK public on legal issues announced as 'Justice Week' invites proposals for events and campaigns., 23 Jul 2018Trade Secret Litigation Report reveals 30 per cent riseTrade secrets case filings jumped by more than 30 per cent in 2017 after passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act., 23 Jul 2018Seventeen EU countries scolded by Commission over cybersecurityThe European Commission has sent warnings to 17 EU countries for failing to implement cybersecurity law, after missing a May 9 deadline., 23 Jul 2018ILO highlights 'daily reality' of gender violence in Walmart supply chainA 'groundbreaking factory level research report' by the ILO details gender-based violence in Walmart's Asian garment supply chain., 20 Jul 2018Patent application to use blockchain in a digital justice case journeyDigital evidence management provider Caselines files a patent using blockchain to managae the case journey., 20 Jul 2018Cancer sufferers cheer $4.69 billion verdict in baby talcum powder caseJohnson & Johnson's ordered to pay $4.69 billion in damages to 22 womenas US jury accepts famous baby talc caused cancer., 20 Jul 2018Google to appeal record $5.1 billion antitrust fine, but may face US probeTech giant's CEO says EU ignored the competitive landscape and facts, but EU also has ear of the US regulator., 19 Jul 2018Shareholders in US litigating fewer M&A dealsFewer M&A deals are being litigated by shareholders, while merger objection cases have shifted from state to federal courts., 19 Jul 2018Shipping industry puts environmental preparedness before blockchainTechnology to address environmental issues and emissions ranks above blockchain as driver of change in shipping, law firm survey says., 19 Jul 2018Law firms increase hours dedicated to Pro BonoPro bono hours have increased, especially in large law firms, according to new report., 18 Jul 2018UK legal executives to get ABS licencesAlternative business structure licences to be granted to legal executives, opening up regulatory competition, more diverse opportunities., 18 Jul 2018Maritime lawyer's agility leads to 14 per cent jobs cutIn a swift move initiated last month, Ince & Co has cut 32 staff and is to sublet office space as it implements 'agile working.', 18 Jul 2018Lawyers behaving badlyThree instances of 'gross Incompetence,' sexual misconduct and assault tarnish reputation of the legal profession from courts to the law school., 17 Jul 2018French Law dispute forces closure of Business France office in RussiaAs the World Cup comes home from Russia, France closes office in Moscow following 'illegal arrest' of funds and blocking of French law., 17 Jul 2018Saudi Arabia to launch new bankruptcy law next monthThe new system is part of a drive to modernise the Saudi legal system, aimed at enhancing the confidence of domestic and foreign investors., 17 Jul 2018Activist investor asks South Korean government to stump up $770mFollowing failed Samsung proxy fight leading to huge corruption probe, activist investor Elliott wants $770m in damages., 16 Jul 2018AT&T to acquire AlienVault in cybersecurity dealAT&T announces acquisition of AlienVault, a developer of commercial and open source solutions to manage cyberattacks., 16 Jul 2018Law Society seeks solution to use of algorithms in UK justice systemThe Law Society has set up the first of three evidence sessions to explore the use of algorithms in UK., 16 Jul 2018Seal of approval as AI legal solutions enhanced by Apogee acquisitionSeal Software bolsters its content analytics AI solutions by acquiring Apogee Legal, 13 Jul 2018Yale Law's millennials and gen-X lead attack on one of their ownIll-tempered letter attacks law school's SCOTUS 'endorsement,' a litany of views suggest 'people will die' if Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed., 13 Jul 2018Goldman Sachs, Prysmian and others to take cartel appeal to ECJLosing appeal against cartel to go to ECJ, cases highlights need to minimise unnecessary competition law risks says expert., 13 Jul 2018The CAP doesn't fit as UK launches interim report on farming regulationFarming set for biggest legal shake-up in decades as common agricultural policy (CAP) requirements to end., 12 Jul 2018Australia brings first ever merger 'gun jumping' caseThe first ever 'gun jumping' case has been brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)., 12 Jul 2018Underreporting highlighted as law firms struggle with harassment claimsAt least two major law firms face sexual harassment suits, but fear of reprisal leading to underreporting, 12 Jul 2018Trade mark number UK00003323129 is coming home!Gift business Fatcuckoo has filed a trademark application for 'it's coming home', the words on the lips of a feverish English World Cup public., 11 Jul 2018Sullivan & Cromwell on top with 84 deals totalling $259.7 billionSullivan & Cromwell tops the latest deals list amongst law firms despite working on 108 fewer deals than its nearest competitor., 11 Jul 2018Law firms dominate social mobility ranking, but lose out on the top spotLaw firms make up a third of UK social mobility employer index, but MoJ tops legal list and KPMG gets the top spot., 11 Jul 2018Legal talent targeted as law and psychology meet in a £3m dealAs the legal landscape continues to evolve, a legal services group and business psychologists have teamed up to target the legal talent market., 10 Jul 2018Should've done a Neymar? Canadian soccer player loses appealOntario court rules a soccer team and coach not negligent for assault during a game., 10 Jul 2018Status of pets a constitutional matter in KoreaThe top Korean court is reviewing pets' legal status and may grant greater legal protection for animals., 10 Jul 2018Clifford Chance launches innovation unitsTwo new ventures have been launched by Clifford Chance in an effort to forge ahead in its digital offerings., 09 Jul 2018India to monitor foreign operators as it broadens e-commerce regulationAmazon, Flipkart and Myntra are on the radar as the Indian government tackles violations and advances ambition of developing e-commerce law., 09 Jul 2018Two cases highlights how Nazi looting still haunts the art worldPaul Cézanne's La Montagne Sainte-Victoire, dated 1897, is on show for first time since before WWII, while a Polish case remains unresolved., 09 Jul 2018Baker McKenzie plans expansion with 150 new Belfast jobsThe firm has bought additional office space in Belfast as it builds its strategy as an innovation hub., 06 Jul 2018Credit Suisse fined $77 million over Asia-Pacific corrupt hiresThe Swiss bank had hired 'princelings' to win regional business and got caught up in US investigation leading to a $77 million settlement., 06 Jul 2018Digital age copyright reform stalls as MEPs vote down changesDespite celebrity endorsement, reform of EU copyright reform voted down giving campaigning internet companies a big win., 06 Jul 2018Lawyers for rocker Ozzy Osbourne and AEG trade blows in legal battleCalling AEG's anti-trust claims 'baseless,' lawyers for Ozzy Osbourne fight back in what is known as the LA and London 'venue wars.', 05 Jul 2018Global food companies and US farmers at loggerheads over GMO labellingUS farmers and global food companies are lobbying US Congress on new legislation for GMO labelling., 05 Jul 2018UK to build £300m cybercrime court and invest in LawTechThe UK government green lights £300m court to fight cybercrime and joins forces to boost the UK's LawTech industry., 05 Jul 2018Facebook tackles fake news by buying Allen & Overy incubator startupA product of Allen & Overy's incubator Fuse Bloomsbury AI is being bought by Facebook to tackle fake news, 04 Jul 2018