Online currency: MtGox customers make out-of-court settlement

Online currency: MtGox customers make out-of-court settlement

North American customers of failed online currency MtGox appear to have settled out of court, avoiding the potential for a large class-action lawsuit against the Japanese currency operators, reports the BBC. MtGox was an online currency exchange allowing customers to exchange currency such as pounds, dollars and yen for BitCoins, that could be used globally and which saw big surges in value. However, MtGox suffered from a series of hacks, which resulted in the theft…

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Old style £50 note will cease to be legal tender from tomorrow

Old style £50 note will cease to be legal tender from tomorrow

The £50 note featuring the face of the first governor of the Bank of England Sir John Houblon will cease to be legal tender today, prompting the Bank of England to encourage those holding the note to exchange them for newer notes as soon as possible, reports the BBC’s Magazine Monitor. The Bank of England periodically removes notes from circulation in order to make currency harder to copy, and today sees the end of the…

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Prime Minister’s brother criticises legal aid and calls for trial to be halted

Prime Minister’s brother criticises legal aid and calls for trial to be halted

The QC brother of Prime Minister David Cameron has tried to have a £5m fraud case thrown out, criticising the Government’s legal aid reforms as none of the accused could afford to hire proper legal representatives, reports the Daily Mail. Alex Cameron QC told the court that a £5m fraud trial should be thrown out, saying that legal aid reforms meant that his four clients – who he has agreed to represent for free –…

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Woman with Buddha tattoo to sue Sri Lankan authorities

Woman with Buddha tattoo to sue Sri Lankan authorities

A woman who was deported from Sri Lanka because of a tattoo of the deity Buddha on her shoulder has revealed that she intends to sue the Sri Lankan authorities who deported her, reports the BBC. Naomi Coleman from Coventry had visited Sri Lanka for a holiday, but was shocked when the authorities in the country refused to permit her entry and instead sent her back to the UK because of the tattoo on her…

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Paedophilia: Government to make downloading ‘manuals’ illegal

Paedophilia: Government to make downloading ‘manuals’ illegal

The Government has announced new laws to tighten the net on paedophiles, making it illegal to download ‘manuals’ describing how to groom children in order to commit sexual offences, reports the BBC. The National Crime Agency has reported that its investigations had discovered online ‘manuals’ designed to assist those who wish to commit sexual offences against children by telling them how to go about it. It is understood the proposed changes to the law will…

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Major reform hits family courts in England and Wales

Major reform hits family courts in England and Wales

A major family justice reform has taken effect in England and Wales, which has extensively overhauled the way that the family courts system will operate. Changes are intended to result in a greater focus on the needs of children and a significant reduction in delays. The changes stem from the Children and Families Act, and have resulted in changes such as a new combined Family Court. They are heavily influenced by the findings of an…

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US judge dismisses Tarantino case against website over leaked script

US judge dismisses Tarantino case against website over leaked script

A judge in the Unites States has dismissed a claim by film director Quentin Tarantino against gossip website Gawker, after it released a script for a forthcoming film, bearing the preliminary title ‘The Hateful Eight’, reports the BBC. Mr Tarantino filed a law suit seeking around £1m in damages from the website Gawker, which specialises in the publication of gossip, under the banner ‘today’s gossip is tomorrow’s news’. The news of the leaked script broke…

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Cornwallians to be given protected minority status

Cornwallians to be given protected minority status

People from the county of Cornwall in the UK’s South West are to be afforded protected status as a national minority under European Union rules, reports the BBC. People in Cornwall are to be given the same protected status as those from Wales, Scotland and Ireland, after the Government announced that the Cornish will be afforded protection under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. The Framework Convention is a piece of European…

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Families take to representing themselves in child-related cases

Families take to representing themselves in child-related cases

New statistics suggest that more than 50% of cases brought before family courts involve parties with no formal legal representation, reports the Law Society Gazette. The news comes one year after the Coalition Government implemented sweeping cuts to legal aid, which included axing legal support in the vast majority of family law cases, save those involving domestic violence. The cuts were the first tranche of austerity measures to hit the legal aid budget, and were…

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Conservationists demand tougher laws for puffins

Conservationists demand tougher laws for puffins

Conservationists have demanded greater legal protection for puffins on the Channel Island of Alderney, saying that local dog walkers are threatening the species, reports the BBC. The Alderney Wildlife Trust would like tougher laws to be introduced to protect the 340 puffins that roost on the island each year. The colourful birds, famous for their triangular eyes and brightly coloured beaks, have suffered from huge losses in their numbers after a tough winter that saw…

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