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Half of magistrates courts in England and Wales closed since 2010 – The Guardian

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More than half of all magistrates courts in England and Wales have closed since 2010, forcing defendants, witnesses, police, lawyers and justices of the peace to travel sometimes more than 50 miles to access local justice. The full scale of the closures is revealed in data published by the Guardian and the House of Commons library. Since the coalition government came to power in 2010, 162 of the 323 magistrates courts in England and Wales have shut – a loss of 50.2% of the estate. The latest was Maidenhead magistrates court in the prime minister’s constituency. Most have been sold. [...]

Untying the knot: Why more women are seeking divorce in West Africa

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He didn’t hit her. He didn’t yell. He didn’t cheat, as far as she knows. It was just that, less than two years into their marriage, Zalika Amadou’s husband had changed. He’d become far too neglectful and indifferent for a young woman who expected, well, more. Her mother, who at 14 had married a stranger twice her age, couldn’t understand the fuss. She’d stuck with her husband for five decades until he died. But for Amadou, who married at 16, simply having a husband was not enough. So, on a busy morning in Maradi, Niger, she sits in front of a judge [...]

Why Is CRE Litigation Growing?

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Commercial real estate litigation is on the rise. Law firm Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson has added to its litigation team, welcoming Sean Gaffney as senior counsel. According to Gregory Markow, head of the firm’s litigation practice group, Gaffney’s presence will be especially invaluable as the firm has seen a significant rise in commercial real estate related litigation cases. While there are many events contributing to this trend, Markow says that market uncertainty is among the causes. “There is no single factor; however, we believe that market uncertainty is causing market participants to start to ensure that every last [...]

Man stabs parents-in-law, wounds daughter after wife asks for divorce – Yahoo News

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A husband has confessed to police that he stabbed his in-laws to death and wounded his two-year-old daughter in a drunken rage after his wife asked for a divorce. Aleksey Dogadov, 39, reportedly confessed to killing his wife’s parents injuring his two-year-old daughter after wife Svetlana Serova asked for a divorce. Aleksey Dogadov, 39, went into a drunken rage when his wife Svetlana Serova asked for a divorce, police allege. Source: CEN More According to reports, Dogadov, a regular drinker, started drinking in the middle of the day and Ms Serova, who is in her mid-twenties, was so fed up by [...]

Make it easier for leaseholders to manage their properties, propose Law Commission

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The Law Commission is proposing changes that would make it quicker and easier for leaseholders to take control of the day-to-day management of their building. Currently, homeowners with long leases over flats can acquire the “right to manage” (RTM), which gives the homeowners, rather than their landlord, responsibility for management functions relating to services, repairs, maintenance and insurance. It is a “no-fault” right, so leaseholders can exercise it without having to prove mismanagement by their landlord. However, the current system is seen by many as too technical, slow, restrictive, uncertain and expensive. What are the current problems with RTM? Leaseholders [...]

Why Is CRE Litigation Growing? – GlobeSt.com

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Commercial real estate litigation is on the rise. Law firm Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson has added to its litigation team, welcoming Sean Gaffney as senior counsel. According to Gregory Markow, head of the firm’s litigation practice group, Gaffney’s presence will be especially invaluable as the firm has seen a significant rise in commercial real estate related litigation cases. While there are many events contributing to this trend, Markow says that market uncertainty is among the causes. “There is no single factor; however, we believe that market uncertainty is causing market participants to start to ensure that every last [...]

Managing Warranty, Recall, And Litigation Risk For Automotive Suppliers – Consumer Protection – Unit…

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While total vehicle recall campaigns are likely to be less in 2019 compared to prior years, it is likely that the recent trend of elevated numbers of lower volume recall campaigns will continue, including those increasingly involving electrical system components. The increased pace of the introduction of new technologies and software integrated into new vehicles also will create new areas of risk for automotive suppliers in the coming years. As a focus of liability shifts away from human drivers and toward electrical system components and their software, managing warranty and recall risk will be key for suppliers of these components. [...]

Litigation privilege under the spotlight in the Court of Appeal – Lexology

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The scope of litigation privilege was recently addressed by the Court of Appeal in WH Holding Limited -v- E20 Stadium LLP [2018] EWHC 2784 (Ch), in a decision which will be of interest to all those involved in the litigation process in this country. The key question before the Court was “whether litigation privilege extends to documents which are concerned with the settlement or avoidance of litigation where the documents neither seek advice or information for the purpose of conducting litigation nor reveal the nature of such advice or information”. This question arose in the context of an underlying dispute [...]

Avoiding real estate litigation

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Regina lawyer Rodger Linka became increasingly disillusioned about the litigation process. In a transition period after practising law for 40 years, he took a serious look at the alternative dispute resolution process, recently becoming a mediator. Saskatchewan, like some other Canadian jurisdictions, adopted mandatory mediation for civil actions. There, it takes place after pleadings are filed and before any other steps in the litigation are taken. For Linka, who practises at Linka Howe Law Offices, it’s not a perfect system and there is plenty of headway to make, but “it is a recognition that the courts are trying to find [...]

Fiat Chrysler said to be poised to settle US criminal, civil litigation over diesel emissions – Auto…

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WASHINGTON -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is nearing a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department that would end a two-year criminal investigation into whether it knowingly sold diesel vehicles that violated clean-air rules, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.  The resolution would include a financial penalty in line with Fiat Chrysler’s guidance to investors, one of the people said. The company is also getting closer to settling related civil litigation over diesel-rigging allegations, a third person said. Fiat Chrysler set aside $810 million in October for expenses related to all diesel probes. A settlement of the civil litigation could [...]