Article: Online safety bill ‘will fail to protect millions from cloned websites and ad scams’

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Online safety bill ‘will fail to protect millions from cloned websites and ad scams’

Hilary Osborne, 15 May 2021

The UK government’s online safety bill will “fail to protect millions” by leaving people at risk of falling victim to cloned websites and adverts paid for by fraudsters, experts warned this week.

The bill, included in Tuesday’s Queen’s speech, will “lead the way in ensuring internet safety for all”, according to the government.However, finance experts said its focus on user-generated content, such as social media posts involving romance scams or fake investment opportunities, left a loophole for criminals.

Debbie Barton, a financial crime prevention expert at the investment firm Quilter, said the bill would have a big impact on protecting investors, particularly young people, from financial harm but there was much further to go. Continue reading “Article: Online safety bill ‘will fail to protect millions from cloned websites and ad scams’”

Article: ‘A harm-production factory’: Crown casino faces scrutiny over problem gambling

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‘A harm-production factory’: Crown casino faces scrutiny over problem gambling

Ben Butler,  26 March 2021

Triads, shopping bags full of cash, money laundering – if you’ve been following the inquiry into Crown Resorts run by New South Wales authorities, you might think there aren’t many allegations left to be hurled at the casino operator.

But a royal commission into the operation of the James Packer-controlled group’s flagship casino in Melbourne could expose it to fresh attack over a problem its critics have long claimed is rife at the complex: problem gambling.

Opening the inquiry on Wednesday, royal commissioner Ray Finkelstein said there was “no practical utility” in going over the same territory dealt with by the NSW inquiry, which reported to state parliament in February. Continue reading “Article: ‘A harm-production factory’: Crown casino faces scrutiny over problem gambling”

Subject: R. Joseph Barton

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R. Joseph Barton is a partner of Block & Leviton LLP, and is the Chair of the Firm’s Employee Benefits Group and the Firm’s Veterans/Servicemember Rights Group. He graduated from the College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law (J.D. 2000), Order of the Coif. He is a member of the Editorial board of the William & Mary Law Review. His practice areas include a diverse array of complex and class litigation. His bar admissions are: California, District of Columbia, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Eastern District of Michigan, District of Columbia, Southern District of California, Central District of California, Northern District of California, Eastern District of California, District of Maryland, Northern District of Texas, Western District of Texas, Eastern District of Wisconsin, Western District of Wisconsin, District of North Dakota, Northern District of Illinois, District of Nebraska, and District of Colorado. 

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