South America

105 ABA Journal South America articles.

Brazilian Court Orders McDonald’s to Compensate Overeating Manager

A Brazilian court has ordered McDonald’s to pay $17,500 to a former restaurant manager who gained 65 pounds during his 12 years on the job.

The 32-year-old manager had alleged…

Littler Mendelson Opens Office in Venezuela

Employer-side labor law firm Littler Mendelson opened its 50th office and first international office yesterday in Caracas, Venezuela.

The office will be led by Juan Carlos Varela, who left his…

Peru Court Revokes Parole of Lori Berenson, American Jailed for Claimed Marxist Ties

An American woman who recently won parole after being jailed for nearly 15 years in Peru for her alleged cooperation with Marxist revolutionaries has been ordered to return to prison.

Morgue Photos Prompt Court-Ordered Ban, Civil Suit

Prompted by a morgue photo, a Venezuelan court has banned newspapers in the South American country from publishing violent images.

But an editor for the El Nacional newspaper that published…

Meet Eduardo Leite: Brazil-Based Energy Lawyer Set to Lead Baker & McKenzie

In an unusual move for a United States-based law firm, Baker & McKenzie has appointed a Brazilian energy lawyer as its global chairman.

Eduardo Leite will take…

American Lori Berenson Paroled in Peru

In a controversial decision, a judge in Peru has granted parole to American Lori Berenson.

Originally sentenced to life by a military court as an accomplice to revolutionary activities there,…

Milbank Is the Latest BigLaw Firm to Open a New Office in Brazil

Milbank Tweed Hadley McCloy has become the latest well-known American law firm to open an office in Brazil, luring the former head of Shearman & Sterling’s practice to oversee its…

Law International Style: Steptoe to Ramp Up in Beijing, DLA in Brazil, K&L Gates in Warsaw

Announcing a new step forward in its strategic plan for Latin America, DLA Piper says it has formed an alliance with Campos Mello Advogados in Brazil. The firm currently has…

Brazil Chief Judge Rules Boy Should Be Returned to US Dad

The chief judge of Brazil’s Supreme Court has ruled a 9-year-old boy in an international custody battle should be returned to his father in the United States.

The ruling by…

Man Who Gave Judge Video to Chevron in $27B Ecuador Case a Convicted Felon

One of two men who made a secret videotape seemingly showing an Ecuador judge in a $27 billion environmental case discussing his upcoming ruling is a convicted drug felon, the…

After Chevron Posts YouTube Video, Ecuador Judge Steps Down in $27B Case

Saying that he did nothing wrong but doesn’t want to impede an ongoing investigation, a judge in Ecuador has recused himself in a $27 billion environmental case following a claim…

Chevron Video Posted on YouTube Was Doctored, Accused Judge Says

Videotape of an Ecuador judge posted on YouTube and a company website by Chevron Corp. was doctored, the judge, who is accused of discussing an upcoming ruling in an ongoing…

Chevron Takes Pollution Case Bias Issue to Feds, Ecuador Officials—and YouTube

Accused by an indigenous group of contaminating the environment in the Amazon region decades ago, Chevron Corp. is fighting back with videotape allegedly showing the judge in the ongoing Ecuador…

Gibson Dunn Opens an Office in Brazil

Lisa Alfaro, a corporate partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, says the Brazilian market holds a lot of potential for her law firm.

Clients in the United States as well…

As Traffic Movie Predicted, Cocaine is Now a Popular Molding Material

Remember the scene in Traffic in which Catherine Zeta-Jones, playing the wife of an imprisoned dealer, negotiates an exclusive deal to provide a Mexican druglord with seeming toys manufactured from…

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