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Major Differences Between the US and UK Legal Systems

Attorneys probably already know legal systems in both the U.K. and the U.S. share the same historical common law roots, and are for that reason quite similar. The purpose of this post, though, is to highlight a few of the key divergences in order to give attorneys a sense...

What is the Difference Between Common Law and Civil Law?

As lawyers know, legal systems in countries around the world generally fall into one of two main categories: common law systems and civil law systems. There are roughly 150 countries that have what can be described as primarily civil law systems, whereas...

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Case Study: A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc.

In A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc., 239 F.3d 1004 (2001), the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a peer-to-peer file sharing service could indeed be held liable for contributory and vicarious infringement of copyright....

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Case Study: Lucy v. Zehmer

Lucy v. Zehmer, 196 Va. 493; 84 S.E.2d 516 (1954), is a classic case in U.S. Contract Law, and is often taught to first year law students to illustrate a foundational principle...

Top Legal Books Every Lawyer Should Read

Books have the power to teach us new things about life and the world and the ability to transform the way we act. As lawyers, continuing to learn, improving your skills and staying engaged are a large part of developing a successful legal career.

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Legal English: “De Facto/De Jure”

Today’s phrases, “de facto” and “de jure,” are closely related concepts. De facto means a state of affairs that is true in fact, but that is not officially sanctioned. In contrast, de jure means a state of affairs that is in accordance with law (i.e. that is officially sanctioned)...