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The issue involved in this batch of matters is whether foreign law firms/lawyers are permitted to practice in India. Reference needs to be made to two leading matters. Civil Appeal Nos.7875-79 of 2015 have been filed by the Bar Council of India against the Judgment of Madras High Court dated 21st February, 2012 in A.K. Balaji versus The Government of India. Civil Appeal No.8028 of 2015 has been filed by Global Indian Lawyers against the judgment of Bombay High Court dated 16th December, 2009 in Lawyers Collective versus Bar Council of India....

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Foreign law firms not permitted to set up in India

Foreign law firms are still not allowed to set up in India but can give advice on a 'fly-in, fly-out' basis, according to a long-awaited ruling.
Foreign law firm are prohibited from setting up permanent offices in India but can give foreign law advice to clients on a 'fly-in, fly-out' principle, according to a long-awaited ruling from India's Supreme Court. The case of Bar Council of India v AK Balaji & Ors revolved around the liberalisation of the Indian legal market with the Bar Council of India refusing to make decisions about the rights of foreign law firms to operate in India until the case was resolved. The court gave the Bar Council of India (BCI) regulatory control over such assignments. However, it also said it was not opposed to liberalisation of legal services and that the government could enact legislation to open the sector up to offshore lawyers and firms as it saw fit.

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Data breach victims can sue Yahoo in the United States: judge

Yahoo can be sued by victims of data breach that compromised accounts of three billion users
Yahoo has been ordered by a federal judge to face much of a lawsuit in the United States claiming that the personal information of all 3 billion users was compromised in a series of data breaches. In a decision on Friday night, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California rejected a bid by Verizon Communications Inc, which bought Yahoo’s Internet business last June, to dismiss many claims, including for negligence and breach of contract. Koh dismissed some other claims. She had previously denied Yahoo’s bid to dismiss some unfair competition claims.

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