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UN report calls for UK to take ‘urgent action’ to combat violence against women and girls

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The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls, Reem Alsalem, published a statement on Wednesday calling for the UK government to take “urgent action” to end all forms of violence against women and girls. The UK government invited Alsalem to visit the country after labeling violence against women and girls a “national threat” in June 2023.

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Video Interviewing – Fail It or Nail It

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Many employers have candidates present their qualifications in a video call before inviting them for an onsite interview. This was precipitated in large part by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, remote interviews during early rounds have become standard practice in the recruiting and hiring process. They are a strategic tool used by employers to screen a wider pool of candidates with more scheduling flexibility and fewer delays and cancellations.

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Amnesty International: Ethiopia using state emergency to silence government dissenters and journalists

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Amnesty International (AI) issued a statement Monday urging Ethiopian authorities to stop using the country’s state of emergency as a medium to “silence peaceful dissent” by arbitrarily detaining politicians and journalists critical of the government. The state of emergency, originally imposed for six months in August 2023 under Article 93 of the Ethiopian Constitution , granted the government authority to impose curfews, restrict movement, make arrests, conduct warrantless sea

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8 Benefits Of Availing Paralegal Eviction Services From Lda Pro Legal

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Evicting a tenant is a very overwhelming and challenging process for every landlord. This type of situation arises when the tenant fails to pay the rent, causes damage to the property, and violates the lease. Evicting a tenant from the property encompasses a series of legal steps that are daunting and impossible for any landlord to navigate flawlessly.

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Contract Lifecycle Management: A Business Enabler Exploring On-Ground Challenges

CLM tools have always strived to push contract management into the digital age for almost 30 years. But the complexities of digitising a legal document are numerous. The current scenarios in business development have shown that having a fully automated CLM has become a mandate for every law firm and in-house legal department. To determine if you need a CLM system, it's essential to clearly identify the on-ground business challenges you aim to solve.

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Why The Space Force Needs Its Own JAG Corps

Above The Law

In this op-ed, Maj. Aaron Brynildson argues the need for a judge advocate unit for the Space Force. The post Why The Space Force Needs Its Own JAG Corps appeared first on Above the Law.

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Australia MPs pass motion calling for return of Julian Assange

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Australian Federal MPs voted Wednesday in favour of a motion supporting the return of Wikileaks’ founder Jullian Assange to Australia, ahead of a US extradition hearing next week in London’s High Court of Justice. In an unprecedented show of political support for Assange, the Australian Parliament called upon the US and UK to bring the matter to a close.

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Court to hear argument in appeals to halt “Good Neighbor” ozone regulation

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Share The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Wednesday in a group of challenges to ozone regulation that came to the justices on their so-called “shadow docket” – that is, as emergency appeals. Three states, along with several companies and trade associations, have asked the court to temporarily block a rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce air pollution from power plants and other industrial facilities in 23 states.

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Beyond the Limit: The Battle Over Copyright Back-Damages in Warner Chappell Music v. Nealy

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By Dennis Crouch and Timothy Knight* The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on February 21 in an important copyright case – Warner Chappell Music v. Nealy. The central issue is whether copyright plaintiffs can recover damages for infringing acts that occurred more than three years before filing suit, under the “discovery accrual rule.” Copyright’s statute of limitations bars claims not “commenced within three years after the claim accrued.” 17 U.S.C.

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Alabama Declares Frozen Embryos Are Children, Creating Nightmare Rule Against Perpetuities Hypo

Above The Law

The Alabama bar exam is about to get lit. The post Alabama Declares Frozen Embryos Are Children, Creating Nightmare Rule Against Perpetuities Hypo appeared first on Above the Law.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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As Thomson Reuters Expands Casetext CoCounsel, the AI Legal Assistant, to Canada and Australia, It Provides Details on U.S. Growth

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Still less than a year since it launched, CoCounsel, the generative AI legal assistant originally developed by Casetext, has had quite a year. Now, as it expands into new markets, we get details on its adoption to date. It was March 1, 2023, that Casetext launched CoCounsel , a product developed in partnership with OpenAI that uses the GPT-4 large language model to assist lawyers with a variety of tasks.

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny dead in Arctic prison

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Alexei Navalny, a leading opposition figure in Russia, died in an Arctic prison colony, federal authorities said Friday. Navalny “felt unwell after taking a walk, and began to lose consciousness almost immediately. All necessary resuscitation efforts were made, and did not yield results. Doctors immediately pronounced the convict dead,” said a statement issued by Russia’s federal prison service, and shared by local media.

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Justices debate arbitration exemption for transportation workers

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Share As I explain in my preview , the question in Bissonnette v. LePage Bakeries Park St. is whether the workers here – truck drivers for the company that makes Wonder Bread – count as transportation workers exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act. The key language protects employees, by excluding from the FAA’s arbitration requirement, all “contracts of employment of seamen, railroad employees, or any other class of workers engaged in foreign or interstate commerce.

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Liberal Justices Hint Chevron Deference Hanging By A Thread

Law 360

In the U.S. Supreme Court's latest battle royal over administrative powers, left-leaning justices at oral arguments Tuesday openly suggested that the landmark legal doctrine underpinning modern rulemaking might soon shrivel up, clearing the way for industry-led challenges to regulations on the books for decades.

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Dangers of Digital "Reporting": Legal Risks and Unreliable Transcripts

In the world of legal proceedings, the choice between a certified stenographer and digital "reporting" holds significant implications. Certified stenographers go through rigorous training and testing and stand as the gold standard for accuracy in capturing every word. Their expertise ensures a reliable record, a crucial foundation for legal cases.

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Judge Orders Pillow Pumper To Pay Up In Election Fraud Contest

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No, you can't overturn and arbitration ruling based on vibes. That is not a thing. The post Judge Orders Pillow Pumper To Pay Up In Election Fraud Contest appeared first on Above the Law.

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Here Are the Winners of ABA Techshow’s 8th Annual Startup Alley Pitch Competition

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This week brought the eighth annual Startup Alley pitch competition, the opening night event of ABA Techshow at which 15 startups competed for top honors by delivering their pitches live to an audience of Techshow attendees. Now on my way home from Techshow, I finally have a chance to post the winners. Here were the companies that won the top three spots: AltFee , a product that helps law firms replace the billable hour with fixed-fee pricing.

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US Supreme Court leaves admissions plan in place at Virginia high school

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The US Supreme Court left in place an admissions policy at an elite public high school in Virginia on Tuesday after the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the admissions practice. The plaintiffs in the case argued that the school’s policy discriminates against Asian Americans. Justice Samuel Alito dissented from the majority decision, along with Justice Clarence Thomas.

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Announcement of opinions for Wednesday, Feb. 21

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Share On Wednesday, Feb. 21, we will be live blogging as the court releases opinions in one or more argued cases from the current term. Click here for a list of FAQs about opinion announcements. The post Announcement of opinions for Wednesday, Feb. 21 appeared first on SCOTUSblog.

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Optimizing Contract Management and Enhancing Team Collaboration: Insights from a Legal Operations Perspective

Speaker: Adina Marta Newman

Learn about a world of effective contract management and seamless teamwork across departments in this upcoming webinar from Cobblestone Software. You'll discover practical strategies and tips that legal professionals can use to streamline contract processes and enhance collaboration, making significant impact across legal and corporate departments. Join us as we show how you can supercharge contract processes, improve team communication, and take your contributions to the next level.

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Fox Rothschild AI Chief Talks 'Terrifying' Deepfakes, Biased AI

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Mark McCreary, the chief artificial intelligence and information security officer at Fox Rothschild, leads his firm's internal AI strategy and provides counsel to other law firms trying to bushwhack their path through the often murky AI legal landscape, rife with hallucinated case law citations and disturbingly real deepfakes.

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More Lawyers Working In Public Service Are Starting To See Their Student Loans Vanish Thanks To The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Above The Law

Prospects for loan forgiveness have been improving. The post More Lawyers Working In Public Service Are Starting To See Their Student Loans Vanish Thanks To The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program appeared first on Above the Law.

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Obviousness: Is a Reasonable Expectation of Success Sufficient

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by Dennis Crouch In Vanda v. Teva , the Federal Circuit confirmed the obviousness of Vanda’s claims covering use of tasimelteon (Hetlioz) to treat circadian rhythm disorders (Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder). Teva and Apotex, filed Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs) with the FDA seeking to market generic versions of the $100m+ drug. Vanda sued, but lost on obviousness grounds — with the court holding that the claimed combination was obvious because it was directed to a set o

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Ukraine opens war crimes investigation into alleged Russian executions of unarmed soldiers

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Ukraine’s Security Services, with the assistance of prosecutors in the Donetsk region, opened a war crimes investigation on Sunday following reports that Russian troops executed six unarmed Ukrainian soldiers during fierce fighting in the city of Avdiivka over recent days. Footage of the executions was posted to various social media channels, prosecutors also confirmed, including images of two unarmed Ukrainian soldiers being assassinated with automatic weapons while in Russian captivity.

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Visibility Into the Strategy & Supporting Documents of Major US Law Firms

Law Firm Intelligence by Trellis aggregates state trial court data across the Trellis platform enabling users to: look up a particular metric related to a specific law firm (such as, how many cases a law firm had or has against another law firm), and see the actual dockets and documents supporting the metric. Trellis data is maximized in a revolutionary and unique way to provide users an exclusive look into a law firm litigating in state trial courts.

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Wonder Bread truck drivers seek exemption from mandatory arbitration

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Share Bissonnette v. LePage Bakeries Park St. brings the justices yet another case under a statute with which they are all too familiar – the Federal Arbitration Act. As regular readers will know, the court in the last few decades has heard numerous cases under the FAA. The great majority of those cases have involved arguments, by workers or customers, that for one reason or another courts should not enforce a pre-dispute arbitration agreement against them.

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Preparing For DOJ's Data Analytics Push In FCPA Cases

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After the U.S. Department of Justice’s recent announcement that it will leverage data analytics in Foreign Corrupt Practice Act investigations and prosecutions, companies will need to develop a compliance strategy that likewise implements data analytics to get ahead of enforcement risks, say attorneys at Cozen O'Connor.

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Guess, WHP Global Acquire Rag & Bone

Above The Law

The move marks Guess’ first acquisition in its 43-year history. The post Guess, WHP Global Acquire Rag & Bone appeared first on Above the Law.

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Pour Me Another: The Supreme Court Revisits the ‘Bad Wine’ of the Copyright Discovery Rule

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by Dennis Crouch and Timothy Knight On February 21, 2024, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Warner Chappell Music v. Nealy , which deals with a circuit split over the availability of back-damages in copyright infringement cases. Specifically, the Court is examining whether copyright plaintiffs are barred from recovering damages for acts of infringement that occurred more than three years before filing suit, even if the claims are timely under the “discovery rule.

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Generative AI for Contracts Is Here: New Tools to Accelerate Drafting and Editing

The emergence of generative AI is reshaping the landscape of contract management, enabling businesses to generate and negotiate legal agreements with greater ease and speed. In this on-demand webinar, Hal Marcus, VP of Product Marketing at Evisort discusses how Evisort's generative AI transforms contract creation and negotiation, empowering legal teams to streamline processes while reducing risk.