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Visa, Mastercard Swipe Fee Deal Fails to Stem More Litigation

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Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc.’s $30 billion swipe fee settlement with merchants provides only temporary relief for US businesses and won’t stop additional litigation against the payment networks, critics say. The companies this week announced an agreement to cap credit-card swipe fees and allow merchants to steer consumers to cheaper payment options in order to end multidistrict litigation dating back to 2005. Merchants are expected to save $30 billion in swipe fees, also known as interchange fees, over five years. But others aren’t convinced the settlement does enough. Target Corp., Starbucks Corp., Foot Locker Inc. and Crate & Barrel are […]

Lord chancellor pledges legislation to prevent abuse of non-disclosure agreements

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The government has announced a crackdown on the misuse of non-disclosure agreements.  Legislation will be introduced ‘as soon as parliamentary time allows’ to ensure victims are no longer prevented from accessing legal advice and other support, lord chancellor Alex Chalk MP said yesterday. The law will clarify that NDAs cannot be legally enforced if they prevent victims from reporting a crime. It will be stipulated that information related to alleged criminal conduct can be disclosed, without fear of legal action, to the police, regulated lawyers and other support services such as doctors. Other parts of NDAs, including provisions relating to […]

5 years of litigation stays have allowed Big Tobacco to maintain business as usual including recruit…

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Classified in: HealthSubject: MAT EDMONTON, AB and MONTREAL and OTTAWA, ON, March 25, 2024 /CNW/ – ASH Canada, Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada and the Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control are condemning the insolvency process that has allowed the tobacco industry to continue “to operate its business in the normal course” for five years while it avoids compensating its Quebec victims. “Nine years after their victory in a Quebec court and five years since the industry filed for bankruptcy, Quebec tobacco victims still haven’t seen a single penny,” laments Flory Doucas, Co-Director and Spokesperson for the Coalition. On Monday, March 25, […]

The Blended Family: Advantages and Disadvantages

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The blended family. It sounds so perfect. After all, the Brady Bunch seemed pretty happy, didn’t they? What the iconic seventies sitcom never showed us was that Mrs. Brady almost assuredly got on the boys’ nerves, at times, and the girls probably wished they could spend some time alone with just their mom—without the rest of the clan. And, we would be willing to bet there were times when one of the girls said to their mother, “He can’t tell me what to do, he’s not even my real dad!” Get the picture? The blended family advantages and disadvantages are […]

10 Steps to Reducing Divorce Stress

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Those of us who have been through divorce and those of us going through a divorce know all about divorce stress. Every moment seems filled with thoughts of what happened, what now, and what’s next? You worry about everything, from where will I live to who is going to get the kid’s photo albums. I haven’t even mentioned the sadness, grief, anger, loss, frustration, disappointment and broken-heartedness that may be an overlay to all of your divorce stress. It all builds on itself to form the perfect storm, thrusting you into an inescapable downward spiral of worry and overwhelm – […]

How third-party funding allowed a tiny newspaper to wage legal warfare against Google and Meta

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Open this photo in gallery: Omni Bridgeway’s Paul Rand, centre, Chief Investment Officer-Canada, Naomi Loewith, right, Investment Manager, Legal Counsel, and Geoff Moysa, left, Investment Manager, Legal Counsel.Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail In the downtown Toronto office of Omni Bridgeway’s Canadian operation there are two meeting rooms: Maintenance and Champerty. For a company that funds commercial litigation in exchange for a percentage of the payout, the room names are a cheeky reference to centuries-old common law doctrines that made it illegal to interfere in someone else’s lawsuit – and do so for a profit. Maintenance and champerty were criminal offences […]

Embracing the future: Navigating AI in litigation

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Guest post by Fiona Campbell, director of City law firm Fieldfisher, and Jon Fowler and Lee Reason, managing director and director respectively at disputes consultancy Secretariat Fiona Campbell The English legal system, steeped in traditional values, stands as one of the most distinguished common law judicial establishments, with roots tracing back to historic times. Whilst the UK courts have shown resistance to change over time, in the past decade they have embraced the use of some technologies that naturally improve efficiency. These technologies include CE-filing, online hearings, robo-courts, and digital trial bundles, to name but a few. Now we are […]

A New Chapter Begins: Embracing Your Post-Divorce Life

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 Diving into the world of divorce is like stepping onto a rollercoaster you never intended to ride—no one gets married thinking it will end in divorce. It’s complex, filled with unexpected turns, and, sometimes, it can get really scary. The reasons people find themselves on this ride are as varied as the individuals themselves. Some reach the decision after countless nights of soul-searching, realizing the only path to happiness is apart. Others are thrown into the chaos, blindsided by a partner’s decision to leave. And then there are those who, hand in hand, decide that their journeys, while no longer […]