Legal News Shots- Today's Best Picks From Around The World
Legal News Shots- Today's Best Picks From Around The World

INDIA – State Ordered By Gujarat High Court To Provide Details Of Missing Children Cases

Advocate Girish Das, AS Dave and Justice Biren Vaishnav, while acting on the interests of PIL sought details involving the missing children and the investigation procedure. The court also dismissed the details provided by the state claiming it is outdated. According to the petitioner, around 22,000 children went missing from Gujarat between May 2015 and May 2016 and only 11,066 were found. Also, he accused the police of failing register FIRs.

 

INDIA –Petition Seeking Ban on Sushant and Sara’s Film Filled By Right-Wing Group

Kedarnath Controversy while representing the group seeks the ban at Gujarat High Court, claiming that the film contains unacceptable content against the religion. The Priests from Kedarnath shrine had objected and wanted to be banned as it promoted the jihad. However, the film Produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP and Abhishek Kapoor’s Guy In the Sky Pictures was slated to release on 7th December 2018.

 

USA- Although Final Ratification Remains Big Hurdle, Mexico, U.S And Canada Signed Trade Agreement

On Friday during the G-20 summit meeting, Donald Trump signed a revised trade pact with Canada and Mexico leaders. This will see the trade improvement as commercial goods will flow freely in North America. However, the NAFTA agreement still must be ratified by the legislative bodies of all three countries before it is affected. Despite some resistance from dairy farmers in Canada, The three president’s applause the move saying lawmakers had heavily reviewed the agreement.

 

INDIA – The Milk Adulteration Rises Alarm at Madras High Court

On Thursday, A bench of Justices Vineet Kothari and Anita Sumant noted the concerns raised and directed the Director of Public Health to avail a filed comprehensive report on December 12. The petition submitted June 2017 shows that all the samples taken and tested from 32 districts were not safe. However, the petitioner noted that the statement was contradictory to each other. Government Pleader Jayaprakash Narayanan said he would collect details and file it before the court.

 

CANADA- Former Canada Privacy Chief Claims That New Security Regulation Is Challenge For Many

Jennifer Stoddart, a Former Canadian Privacy Commissioner who recently joined law firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin as a strategic adviser, discusses how she shepherded Canada through a national data privacy law. With new Canadian data breach regulations going into effect, the mounting reports of massive data breaches and the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, a law firm can use an experienced data privacy attorney.

 

CANADA- New Trademark Law Will Come Into Force On 17 June 2019, After Years Of Doubt.

On 14 November 2018, the new law appeared on the print media, and it will undergo significant changes as well as recommendations to be considered. Some of the crucial changes include but not limited to, simplified trade application and eliminations of registration fees. Before the new law’s implementation, one should consider filing a multi-class application and avoid falling victim to trolls.

 

UNITED KINGDOM-Former Reed Smith Partner Under Investigation With Allegations Of Sexual Harassment

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is investigating claims made against a partner who was dismissed by the firm last year. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the regulatory body that oversees solicitors in England and Wales, is investigating reports of sexual harassment made against a former Reed Smith partner who was dismissed by the firm last year.

 

AUSTRALIA – Defamation Law Is Having A Chilling Effect On The Media As Judges Don’t Get What Journalists Do

Dr. Matt Collins lamented despite the matters being at court that defamation laws exist to compensate plaintiffs whose reputations are unjustifiably impugned, not to punish the media for its shortcomings. Media lawyers say that protections for good-faith journalism have been gradually whittled away, to leave truth as the only defense a publisher can offer, and what the court will allow into evidence to prove truth is becoming increasingly circumscribed. Also, plaintiffs can extract imputations from stories far more grievous than those media companies say they intended. Notably, the state’s defamation laws are now widely considered to be among the most un-media friendly in the Western world.

 

SAUDI ARABIA – The Saudi Women Detained For Demanding Basic Human Rights

The state continues to hold some women rights activists in jail, for seeking to end the Kingdoms’ male guardianship system. Also, they are facing up to 20 years in prisons having been branded as threats to national security as well as being foreign agents. Human rights watch and Amnesty International raised their concerns against the move saying women faced sexual harassment and torture during interrogation hence to silence them and prevent. Further, the ordeal encountered by Loujain al-Hathloul and others shows the extent of the oppression. Also, Baladi campaign had planned to organize training sessions to educate participants on campaigning techniques and help them create agendas.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – State To Introduce New Oil And Gas Law After Elections Next Year

On Thursday at Cape Town, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said that the parliament would process Oil and Gas Laws after the polls. He further added that the process of approval of exploration applications would be completed regarding the current mineral and petroleum law. Hence, the oil and gas sector must advance black economic empowerment, especially at the operational level. The delay currently in place for the oil and gas sector will be amended to allow for the applications processing presently in the department’s system.

 

INDIA – Justice Joseph Kurian Retires Leaving An History All Over The World

There was a striking even in India judicial history by the press conference led by four of its seniormost judges. Justice Joseph said that he did the right thing, his truth has enabled him to stand for disadvantaged and the poor. Joseph also told the court that every death penalty before the court should not be rushed into decision since it’s about human life.

 

INDIA – Court Passes Judgement Without Evidence

Delhi high court recently allowed a suit for permanent injunction against the defendant to restrain the use of plaintiff’s registered a trademark. The court used high court Act 2015 which empowers the court to pass a summary judgment without recording evidence.

 

UNITED KINGDOM – Indian Bank Secure Uk Court Order For Vijay Mallya Sale

The banks are seeking to secure that surplus in the Maltese courts rather than it being paid to the legal owner. London, a consortium of Indian banks led by the state bank of India, has secured a UK high court order as part of an effort to help them pursue some of the funds owed to them in unpaid debts by embattled India liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya. The UK High Court order dated November 28 will assist the Indian banks to pursue any surplus money from that sale in Malta courts after all the creditors have been paid off.

 

INDIA: Indian Woman Who Married Teenage Boy Arrested On Sexual Assault Charges

A 22-year-old Mumbai woman has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy, despite claiming she and the minor were married. She is accused of breaking laws relating to the protection of children from sexual offenses and child marriage According to the Child Marriage Act that was passed in 2006, gives Indian courts the power to imprison anyone found breaking the law for up to two years.

 

INDIA – Baba Ramdev Served Notice By Supreme Court On Book Publisher’s Plea

The Supreme Court Friday issued a notice to Yoga guru Ramdev on a plea by a publisher challenging the Delhi High Court’s verdict restraining sale and publication of a book purportedly on his life. The top court listed the matter for further hearing in the first week of February next year.”We will issue a notice to Respondent 1 (Ramdev),” a bench of justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said.

 

USAThe Prison Inmates Sue The State For Banning Pornography

Led by Allen Curtis Miles, the 58 inmates are seeking a lawsuit amounting to $25,000 each for damages alleging the ban violates their constitutional rights. Additionally, the suit claimed such was unlawfully inflicted by Dominatrix sect and represents a form of extortion by withholding federal funds from prisons. But, Judge Robert Pratt of the US District Court in Des Moines refused the suit for lacking the proper paperwork and fees but permitted the inmates to refile this week with the appropriate procedural formalities.

 

INDIA – India’s Debt-Laden Rcom Boosted By Supreme Court Order

Reliance communication must now furnish bank guarantees of 14 billion rupees within two days to the department of telecom. The supreme court asked the government to clear the spectrum sale within seven days after the guarantee is submitted and said that a corporate guarantee, backed by properties as assurance, will be sufficient. Reliance Rio had earlier agreed to buy from spectrum towers and other assets to help it repay debt.RCom currently owes bank creditors around 460 billion rupees.

 

 INDIA- Money Can’t Be Drawn From Another Place For Old Age Pension Government Centre The Supreme Court

The Centre Friday told the Supreme Court that monetary considerations come in the way of increasing monthly pension to old age persons as the government “just cannot draw” money from other places. During the arguments, Kumar told the court that a number of senior citizens in the country was around 10.38 crore as per 2011 census and the Centre has only raised the issue of lack of financial resources in increasing the pension amount.

 

UNITED KINGDOMCity Lawyers Sell Services In Developing Countries To Raise Earnings For State Post Brexit

David Gauke in a speech at London lamented that the legal industry was leading earner worldwide and therefore, urged lawyers to extend services to emerging economic powers such as Nigeria and Kazakhstan. Also, through the campaign, they can publicize the benefits of English law to maximize their potential. He added further that the legal industry needed to innovate through the increased use of artificial intelligence to be supported at universities of Oxford and Sheffield.

 

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