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Planned: NLU aspirants to sit CLAT 2015 online via computer

CLAT 2015 online?The next Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT) in 2015 is likely to be sat by candidates online, according to a number of reports.

Legalise prostitution, NCW to ask SC

Law student arrested under IT Act for making 'anti-people' Facebook comment about cyclone

An Andhra Pradesh law student was arrested under the IT Act, presumably section 66A, and the IPC, for allegedly posting a comment on Facebook in English and Telugu that stated “I love u hudhoodh”, referring to the destructive cyclone and noting that it was taking revenge against “betrayers”, reported The Hindu, with NDTV translating it as: "I love you hudhud for nature having selectively punished those who cheated - feeling God is there".

A CID press release said that he “posted irresponsible anti-people comments in the Facebook after the natural disaster Hududh”. The student is reportedly a member of the YSR Congress Party, which is in opposition in AP

Law firms' vanilla debenture rates only half of early 2014 fees: ET

Fixed fee bids submitted by law firms to win work to document clients’ non-convertible debentures (NCDs) are now only Rs 2-3 lakh per NCD, instead Rs 4-5 lakh that law firms would have charged at the beginning of this year, reported the Economic Times citing a “mid-sized law firm” promoter, as in-house departments were increasingly able to handle part of such deals in-house and competition amongst law firms increased.

Another law firm partner told the ET that it billed around Rs 3 crore on NCDs annually.

Cops arrest gay man under section 377 for cheating on arranged wife

A Bangalore employee of Infosys has been arrested under section 377 of the Indian Penal Code for allegedly having sex with another man, which was recorded by his arranged-marriage-wife of six months on a hidden camera, reported the Bangalore Mirror.

The Supreme Court reinstated the colonial-era section 377 provision earlier this year after the Delhi high court had struck down the law, which bans “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” and has been used by police to harass the gay community.

IndusLaw, Kochhar, MoFo + 8 law firms bag Softbank $627m injection into Snapdeal [UPDATE-1]

SnapdeaIndusLaw advised Snapdeal again on its largest round of investment to date with 12 other law firm teams.

Saionton Basu moves to Duane Morris from Penningtons

Penningtons Manches partner and India co-head Saionton Basu has joined US firm Duane Morris’ London corporate practice, according to a press release from the firm.

The NLSIU Bangalore graduate had joined Penningtons, as it was then called, in 2011 from Platinum Partners in Delhi, where he had returned after two years with White & Case in London.

Basu was not reachable for comment.

Penningtons’ India co-head Teja Picton-Howell did not comment at the time of going to press.

RamJet rep's Nithari convict pro bono, SC rejects review petition

Dear Court Witness ji: My senior’s still paying me peanuts while my litigation career continues moving sideways

“At Supreme Court for three years under a kind senior but he's still paying me peanuts and not giving me any great work. At a loss…”

In 2016, Amarchand to mull offices in Singapore, HK, London, Dubai or NY: Shardul Shroff

In an interview to UK legal magazine Legal Week, headlined as “Amarchand sizes up options for first international base as India's unlevel playing field continues to frustrate”, Amarchand Mangaldas Delhi managing partner Shardul Shroff said that the firm was thinking about opening an office abroad.

He told Legal Week:

“Singapore [is the strongest contender] because its links with India are quite strong… Singapore enables clients to service the whole of the ASEAN market… But it could be Hong Kong, London, Dubai or New York – it depends on what 2016 looks like. It also depends where clients need us…

“It would have to be an office of significance, not just a representative office where you receive the mail… We want to do it properly. We also don't want to disturb our international relationships with global law firms – we want to preserve these. But equally we want to provide Indian expertise that is relevant to the international market. We want to be present in markets where the local Indian situation becomes relevant; approaching the clients on their doorstep rather than expecting them to come to India…

“There are firms that have gone to China or Singapore but their offices are small and not significant enough to make a statement on behalf of Indian lawyers.”

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SC tells off gov for leaving Delhi hanging under president's rule

'Sorry, not interested': CJI to Rajiv Gandhi killer in 435(1) plea

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