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Human rights organizations criticize China guidelines targeting Taiwan independence advocates

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Amnesty International and four other human rights organizations on Thursday criticized China’s new judicial guidelines targeting individuals advocating for Taiwan’s independence, calling the guidelines “a blow for human rights protections.” Amnesty International, the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network, The Rights Practice, the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty and the Capital Punishment Justice Project jointly condemned the guidelines, stating that the directives enc

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No Big Deal… Just Clarence Thomas Using GOP Donor Money To Visit Russians

Above The Law

The latest details of the Supreme Court justice's luxury trips keep getting more surreal. The post No Big Deal… Just Clarence Thomas Using GOP Donor Money To Visit Russians appeared first on Above the Law.

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Iran security forces employ lethal force against Kurdish border couriers: Human Rights Watch

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Human Rights Watch reported on Monday that Iranian security forces employed lethal force against predominantly Kurdish border couriers that passed rugged terrain to transport goods between Iraq and Iran. Kurdish border couriers interviewed by Human Rights Watch said that Iranian security forces shot them and killed their relatives, and beat them in detention.

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Guest Post by Profs. Lemley & Ouellette: Fixing Double Patenting

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Guest post by Professors Mark A. Lemley and Lisa Larrimore Ouellette of Stanford Law School. Two of the most controversial patent law changes of the past year have involved obviousness-type double patenting, which allows applicants to patent obvious variants of their earlier patents by disclaiming the extra term of the later-expiring patent. First, the Federal Circuit held in In re Cellect that patents tied by double patenting must expire on the same day even if one of the patents has received a

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Empower Your Firm: The Modern Guide To Litigation Financing

Litigation is expensive. Expert witnesses, depositions, staffing, and a long list of other expenses can limit your firm’s options. They strain cash flow, limit taking on new clients, and can even impact case strategy. This guide simplifies the complex world of litigation financing and compares different models and how they can impact the access to justice your firm provides to clients.

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In A First for Law Practice Management Platforms, Clio Rolls Out An Integrated E-Filing Service in Texas

LawSites

Last October, during its annual Clio Cloud Conference, the law practice management company Clio announced its plan to roll out an e-filing service, called Clio File, during 2024, starting with Texas, which would make it the first law practice management platform with built-in e-filing. Today, it delivered on that promise, launching Clio File for e-filing in Texas courts.

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Indonesia corruption court sentences former agriculture minister to 10 years over graft charges

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Indonesia’s Jakarta Corruption Court sentenced former agriculture minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo to 10 years in prison over graft charges on Thursday, according to local media The Jakarta Post. Judge Rianto Adam Pontoh said Limpo was fined and ordered to compensate 300 million rupiah and about 14.6 billion rupiah, respectively. The court found Limpo guilty of misappropriating public funds, with Judge Rianto Adam Pontoh asserting that Limpo did not serve as a positive example of an official,

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Free Speech Galaxy Brain Elon Musk Promises Lawsuit Against Advertisers For Not Giving Him Their Money

Above The Law

First Amendments. how do they work?!? The post Free Speech Galaxy Brain Elon Musk Promises Lawsuit Against Advertisers For Not Giving Him Their Money appeared first on Above the Law.

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Cellect: Unveiling the Potential Impact on Patent Term Adjustment

Patently O

by Dennis Crouch Many have been thinking of the potentially large impact of Cellect v. Vidal , which is now pending before the Supreme Court. This week I uncovered striking data that a very large number of patents have been impacted. Some background : Many patentees divide their patents into multiple filings all based on the same original priority application.

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UX 101 for Legal: A New Online Course from Theory and Principle Teaches the Basics of UX/UI

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Whether you are a purchaser, designer or user of legal tech in your firm or organization, it is important to understand the basics of user experience and user interface design. Now there is an online course to help you do just that.

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Transforming eDiscovery: Document Summarization, Sentiment Analysis, And Chatbots Take Center Stage

A Synergistic Approach to eDiscovery In the space of eDiscovery, the convergence of document summarization, sentiment analysis, and chatbots represents a significant change in how legal professionals navigate and manage electronic information. These technologies not only expedite the review process but also empower legal teams with deeper insights into the emotional context and key information within electronic documents.

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No Injury In Suit Targeting J&J Asset Shuffles, Talc Unit Says

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Johnson & Johnson wants a New Jersey federal judge to toss a proposed class action alleging that the company has tried to intentionally prevent talc claimants from getting their day in court through a scheme of fraudulent corporate transactions, arguing that the cancer patients failed to show how any of the challenged transactions left it unable to pay its talc claims.

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Albania election authority removes ethnic greek mayor for corruption conviction

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The Central Election Commission of Albania (CEC) removed Mayor of Himara Alfred Beleri from his position on Friday following his imprisonment on charges of vote-buying during the 2023 local elections. The Central Election Commission of Albania made the move during its latest session by invoking Law 138/2015, which stipulates that the verification of candidate eligibility conditions by the Central Election Commission is based solely on the self-declaration data provided at the time of candidacy s

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Senators Beg Merrick Garland To Do His Job And Investigate Clarence Thomas

Above The Law

He hasn't done anything so far, why would he start now? The post Senators Beg Merrick Garland To Do His Job And Investigate Clarence Thomas appeared first on Above the Law.

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Fixing Double Patenting: The Procrustean Solution?

Patently O

by Dennis Crouch I recently provided a set of interesting data on the large number of patents that are “at risk” of being invalidated based on the Federal Circuit’s Cellect decision. This post follows up with a discussion of a recent article titled “ Fixing Double Patenting ” released in draft form by Stanford Professors Mark Lemley and Lisa Larrimore Ouellette.

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Recipe for a Failed CLM Implementation

Selecting and implementing CLM technology can be daunting, leading to underutilization or abandonment. Factors like provider differentiation, inadequate planning, and lack of user training contribute to these failures. Recognizing these pitfalls is crucial for successful adoption, ensuring organizations harness the full potential of CLM for streamlined contract management.

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The Specificity Funnel: From Ambition to Action

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Jay Harrington | When it comes to building your practice, specificity is your roadmap, and action is your vehicle. The Specificity Funnel gives you both. The post The Specificity Funnel: From Ambition to Action appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms and Lawyers.

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Real Estate Recap: Mall Makeovers, Military Land, Fundraising

Law 360

Catch up on this week's key developments by state from Law360 Real Estate Authority, including one Big Four retail leader's take on mall potential, the U.S. Treasury's increasing scrutiny of land deals with national security concerns, and a midyear look at private real estate fundraising trends.

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Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger announce establishment of Alliance of Sahel States at inaugural joint summit

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The military leaders of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger announced on Saturday the establishment of the confederation of the Alliance of Sahel States (AES) at the first joint summit of the three Sahel states. The leader of Burkina Faso, Captain Ibrahim Traore declared that the summit and signing of the treaty leading to the establishment of the confederation were critical steps for the advancement of the three Sahel states’ common space, claiming commitment to independence, a peace and growt

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Clarence Thomas Learned Nothing From The Mess He Helped Create Regarding Section 230, Blogs Ignorantly About 230 Yet Again

Above The Law

Get a blog, Clarence. The post Clarence Thomas Learned Nothing From The Mess He Helped Create Regarding Section 230, Blogs Ignorantly About 230 Yet Again appeared first on Above the Law.

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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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Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, July 13, 2024

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Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, finance, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and online security, often without our situational awareness.

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Attorney Financial Planning Made Simple: 4 Vital Signs You Need to Track

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David Hunter | The biggest factor driving your financial health is your behavior — understand where your money is going and focus on these four metrics. The post Attorney Financial Planning Made Simple: 4 Vital Signs You Need to Track appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms and Lawyers.

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FTC Eyes $23B ConocoPhillips Deal Amid Mass Consolidation

Law 360

ConocoPhillips said in a Friday securities filing that the Federal Trade Commission has issued a second request regarding the top independent oil producer's late May agreement to acquire Marathon Oil for $22.5 billion, the latest sign that the rapid consolidation rippling through the oil and gas industry features prominently on the regulator's radar.

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Health Leaders Applaud HHS’ Action Giving Some Incarcerated Individuals Medicaid Coverage Before Release

Above The Law

Illinois, Kentucky, Oregon, Utah and Vermont have been authorized by HHS to provide Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage to those transitioning out of incarceration up to 90 days before they’re released. Several healthcare leaders called the action a necessary step. The post Health Leaders Applaud HHS’ Action Giving Some Incarcerated Individuals Medicaid Coverage Before Release appeared first on MedCity News.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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Automate the Triage Process with Matter Management

CARET Legal

Matter management systems leverage automation and analytics to streamline the triage process, allowing law firms to operate more efficiently and effectively. Efficiently managing a growing caseload is a significant challenge for many law firms, starting with inefficiencies in the triage process. Firms face high case volumes, stringent quality control, and complex prioritization.

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Just-Launched Quench Uses Gen AI to Bring Greater Speed and Accuracy to Medico-Legal Records Review

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A cardiologist with a background in medical technology, computer science and artificial intelligence has launched a product for legal professionals and physician expert witnesses that targets the tedious task of reviewing and analyzing thousands of pages of medical records.

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States Should Loosen Law Firm Ownership Restrictions

Law 360

Despite growing buzz, normalized nonlawyer ownership of law firms is a distant prospect, so the legal community should focus first on liberalizing state restrictions on attorney and firm purchases of practices, which would bolster succession planning and improve access to justice, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

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New Finland law allows border officers blocks asylum seekers from Russia

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Finland’s parliament passed a law Friday allowing border guards to stop asylum seekers from Russia. Parliament declared the bill “urgent” and quickly passed by a vote of 167-31. The law is temporary and will only be effective for one year after its enactment. In that timeframe, it allows the government to review and restrict the reception of applications for asylum.

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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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Trying To Carjack The US Marshals Guarding Sonia Sotomayor Was A Bad Choice

Above The Law

If you're going to get into carjacking, maybe don't start with US Marshal vehicles. The post Trying To Carjack The US Marshals Guarding Sonia Sotomayor Was A Bad Choice appeared first on Above the Law.

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Who Qualifies as a “Worker” Under the FTC Non-Compete Clause Ban 

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When the Federal Trade Commission released its final ruling for the ban on non-compete clauses, it defined what a “worker ” for an employer was and whether the specific types.

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Ruling on anti-death-penalty writ petition likely tomorrow

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The Supreme Court’s list of matters scheduled to be considered at tomorrow’s conference includes Office of the State Public Defender v. Bonta. (See: Supreme Court is now making public the cases that will be discussed at its weekly conference.) That’s the original writ petition filed in the Supreme Court three months ago claiming the State’s death penalty system, because it is “administered in a racially discriminatory manner,” violates the State Constitution’s equal protection

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