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BAR COUNCIL OF INDIA v. A.K. BALAJI AND ORS.
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA

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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J&J defends itself in trial over baby powder asbestos claims

US
Healthcare
Lawyers for Johnson & Johnson reject claims widely-used baby powder contains asbestos
A trial for a lawsuit alleging that Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder was responsible for the death of a woman due to her exposure to cancer-causing asbestos began in South Carolina on Monday in the latest case against the healthcare conglomerate and a supplier over their talc-based products. J&J said that its widely-used baby powder never contained asbestos, a known carcinogen linked to mesothelioma. The case also names as a defendant a local unit of Rite Aid, one of the largest U.S. drugstore chains, which allegedly sold the baby powder used by the woman.

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SA media companies cough up over 61 million rand over cartel charges

SOUTH AFRICA
South African Competition Commission squeezes media companies to the tune of $4.86 million, but wants more
MTV Networks Africa has finally agreed to a pay a total of 17.3 million rand (US$1.14 million) for its involvement in a South African advertising cartel, becoming the sixth media company to pay cartel charges now totalling R61.5 million ($4.86 million). The Competition Commission of South Africa is now urging other media companies implicated in a 2011 media collusion investigation to pay their parts of the settlement as well. The Commission stated it "is hopeful that other media companies, implicated in the matter, will consider settling with the Commission while the process still allows them to do so."

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