South America

105 ABA Journal South America articles.

Doc charged in 7 murders may have slain 300 to free up hospital beds, Brazilian investigator says

A doctor has been charged in what authorities are calling seven murders of terminally ill patients at a hospital in Brazil and could be responsible for as many as 300…

Nightclub fire kills more than 230 people; 4 individuals held for questioning

Authorities investigating a Sunday nightclub fire that killed more than 230 people in southern Brazil have detained four individuals for questioning—two owners, a member of the Gurizada Fandangueira band and…

Baker & McKenzie 1st BigLaw Firm to Open Peru Office, Acquires 100-Lawyer Lima-Based Partnership

Baker & McKenzie has announced that the megafirm has become the first global law practice to open an office in Peru; a Reuters article calls it the first…

Holland & Knight Plans to Open Bogota Office, Only the Second Colombian Outpost for a Major US Firm

In what a press release says is only the second such move by a major United States law firm, Florida-based Holland & Knight plans to open an…

Brazil Sues Twitter in Bid to Ban Speed Trap and Roadblock Warnings

The attorney general of Brazil has filed a lawsuit against Twitter in a bid to block accounts that warn drivers of police speed traps and roadblocks.

The government argues the…

Van der Sloot Pleads Guilty in Death of Peruvian Woman; Lawyer Blames Holloway Arrest Trauma

Joran van der Sloot pleaded guilty on Wednesday to the murder of a Peruvian woman, as his lawyer blamed the crime on his client’s prior unjustified arrest for the disappearance…

K&L Gates Plants Flag in South America, Is Opening Office in Sao Paulo, Brazil

K&L Gates has established its first office in South America, opening its doors yesterday in Sao Paulo, the financial capital of Brazil.

The office, which is the firm’s 39th worldwide,…

Despite Globalization, Lawyers Find New Barriers to Practicing Abroad

Lisa A. Alfaro joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in 1995 after receiving her JD from Stanford Law School. Now she is partner in charge of the firm’s São Paulo office…

Colombian Lawyer Gets Max, Up to 9 Years, in Unlicensed Las Vegas Plastic Surgery Death

A Colombian prosecutor and her husband apologized and pleaded for leniency from a Nevada judge today, saying they hadn’t intended to harm a woman who died from an allergic reaction…

$18B Enviro Case a ‘Donnybrook’ for Parties’ Law Firms; ‘Both Sides Hate Each Other,’ Law Prof Says

It’s not unusual to see opposing attorneys become friends again the moment a hard-fought case or courtroom argument is over.

But unlike many counsel for whom the war of words…

Brazilian Law Prof Drives to Police Station with Student’s Body and Turns Himself In

A Brazilian law professor shot and killed one of his students in the capital of Brasilia on Friday and then drove her body to a police station, a police officer…

Police Chief in City in Which Murdered Brazil Judge Worked Is Arrested, Along with 7 Officers

The head of the police department in Sao Goncalo, Brazil, has been arrested along with seven officers in connection with the murder last month of a judge, the

11th Circuit Nixes ‘Finders Keepers,’ Says Massive Treasure Trove from 1804 Shipwreck Goes to Spain

Some 17 tons of silver coins from the 1804 wartime shipwreck of a Spanish galleon must be returned to the government of Spain, which owns the Nuestra Senora de las…

Fearless About Jailing Rogue Police, Brazil Judge Was Slain in Hail of Police-Issue Bullets

When a rogue police officer needed to be dealt with, Judge Patricia Acioli was fearless about wielding a heavy hammer.

She jailed more than 60, most for murder, reports the…

2nd Circuit Is Dubious re Claim That a Federal Judge Can Strike a Foreign Country’s $18B Judgment

It appears that the plaintiffs may be on the path to victory in a hard-fought international legal battle with Chevron Inc. over environmental damage done to the Ecuador rainforest by…

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