The massive criminal indictment by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) concerning college admissions fraud holds many crucial lessons for higher education leaders. From my perspective as a former prosecutor, I found some of the most important takeaways to be hidden within the hundreds of pages of materials released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Basic Facts About the Case

On Monday, March 11, 2019, more than 30 people were indicted in connection with a widespread college admissions scandal. A stunning 200+ page affidavit of probable cause supported the indictment, describing in detail an overarching conspiracy to: (1) bribe college entrance exam administrators; (2) bribe coaches and officials at elite universities to designate student candidates as recruited athletes; and (3) funnel payoff money through nonprofit corporations.

Read more: Operation Varsity Blues: Insights on the College Admissions Scandal from a Former Prosecutor

Cross-border inheritances are increasingly common. They occur when a citizen dies in a country of the European Union, different from their nationality, with goods in different member states of the European Union.

The basic rule is that inheritances are governed by the law of habitual residence and not by the nationality of the deceased. These situations raise various legal problems as determining which law should be applied to the inheritance, when several national legislations converge, the goods are in different countries, with different legislations.

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As the 29 March 2019 deadline looms, Burness Paull LLP publishes a Brexit guidence document.

As the political drama continues to unfold, we head towards the 29 March 2019 with an increased likelihood of a “no deal” Brexit. Although the Government continues to try to agree a deal with the EU that would be acceptable to Parliament, businesses can no longer delay making preparations for a no deal scenario. To supplement the Government’s series of technical measures, we have identified the key business issues for our clients.  Whatever the political outcome, we are here to help you prepare your business for the future.

Read more: Burness Paull Publishes Brexit Guidance Document

ZUL RAFIQUE & partners has published the second edition of The Brief Case 2018.

Click here to view the full update.

Authors: Jonathan Turner and Susan Kohn Ross


Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) mandates that public accommodation must be provided to disabled persons to allow for the “full and equal enjoyment” of the related privileges, goods, services, advantages and accommodations as those provided to able bodied persons. The owner of any business is responsible for making sure those accommodations are made with “reasonable modification.” The ADA makes it very clear that a business that does not provide for that accommodation is engaging in unlawful discrimination 42 U.S.C. section 12182(b)(2)(A)(iii).

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