Sat.Oct 23, 2021

Arizona AG files amended lawsuit to block federal vaccine requirements

JURIST

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed an amended lawsuit Friday seeking a temporary restraining order and nationwide preliminary injunction to block the Biden administration from implementing the new COVID-19 vaccine requirements. .

An Educational Tonkin Gulf? The NSBA Apologies for the Letter that Triggered the Controversial Federal Operation

JonathanTurley

Engagement in the Gulf of Tonkin. We recently discussed the controversy following the letter of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) asking the Justice Department to investigate parents causing disruptions or making threats at school board meetings.

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Privacy rights group urges caution over increasing state surveillance in Africa

JURIST

The African Digital Rights Network (ADRN) think-tank released a study Thursday on privacy protections in six African countries. They found that governments in Africa are abusing new technology and surveillance laws to violate citizens’ privacy rights.

“Corners Were Being Cut”: Baldwin Shooting Already Has The Makings of a Blockbuster Tort Action

JonathanTurley

The fatal shooting at Bonanza Creek Ranch already has the makings of a blockbuster tort action.

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A Master's Guide to B2B: How Listening to Your Customers Can Grow Your Business

Speaker: Adam Dorfman, Head of Product Growth at Reputation & Michele Bettinazzi, Customer Experience Manager at PeakMade Real Estate

Improved marketing conversion, happy customers, and faster growth - that’s only three things that can be accomplished by just listening to your customers. Customer feedback is an extremely invaluable tool to keeping retention high, attracting new business, and improving the general operations of your business. The question is - how do you capture all this? Join Adam Dorfman, Head of Product Growth at Reputation & Michele Bettinazzi, Customer Experience Manager at PeakMade Real Estate, for this essential discussion on the ins and outs of brokering the optimal customer interaction.

US trade commission details invasive data collection practices by major ISPs

JURIST

A staff report from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) found Thursday that many internet service providers (ISPs) are collecting and sharing large amounts of data from their customers without offering them meaningful choices regarding the use of such data.

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Hong Kong passes law allowing overseas doctors to practice locally

JURIST

The Hong Kong Legislative Council has voted to pass the Medical Registration (Amendment) Bill in an effort to curb the country’s medical workforce shortage. The bill passed with 39 ayes and one no, and the scheme aims to start by the third quarter of 2022.

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“The Texas abortion law is a disturbing echo of ancient Rome; By deputizing anyone with the power to sue, the law sows the same seeds of civic division that brought about the fall of the Republic”

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“The Texas abortion law is a disturbing echo of ancient Rome; By deputizing anyone with the power to sue, the law sows the same seeds of civic division that brought about the fall of the Republic”: Jessica Blum-Sorensen has this essay online at The Boston Globe

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UK, France, Italy, Austria and Spain announce repeal of digital services tax

JURIST

A joint statement from the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Austria, and Spain was released Thursday announcing that there would be a repeal of their ‘Digital Services Taxes’ (DSTs).

“Supreme Court will rule Oct. 29 on jokes by Quebec comedian Mike Ward; Ward is appealing a Quebec Human Rights Tribunal decision that determined his act included discriminatory comments against singer Jérémy Gabriel”

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“Supreme Court will rule Oct. 29 on jokes by Quebec comedian Mike Ward; Ward is appealing a Quebec Human Rights Tribunal decision that determined his act included discriminatory comments against singer Jérémy Gabriel”: The Montreal Gazette has this report

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Negative Reviews & Online Feedback Happens - But Where Do You Go From Here?

Speaker: Adam Dorfman, Head of Product Growth at Reputation and Jeremy Shubitz, Director of Marketing at Bosley

Responding to online negative feedback can be challenging. What should you say? What should you not say? Should you even respond? In today's, your customers will be not only your biggest advocates but also your biggest critics. However, negative feedback can offer actionable insights to build a stronger product and customer experience.

US Justice Department announces initiative to combat discriminatory redlining practices

JURIST

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Friday a new nationwide initiative to combat the practice of redlining. Redlining is a type of lending discrimination in which banks refuse to lend money to people seeking home loans because of their race or national origin.

“Washington Supreme Court weighing fate of racist covenants in Spokane home deeds”

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“Washington Supreme Court weighing fate of racist covenants in Spokane home deeds”: Laurel Demkovich of The Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Washington has an article that begins, “A Spokane homeowner wanted a historic racist covenant removed from his home’s title and deed. Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton said it was not in her authority to do so. Now, the state Supreme Court will decide ”

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UK Police oversight office announces five police officers will face misconduct hearings

JURIST

The UK’s Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) announced in a statement Friday that five police offices will face misconduct proceedings following investigations into social media messaging. The investigations come in response to the Sarah Everand case.

“Pa. Bar Association condemns TV ad by GOP candidate for state Supreme Court; The Pennsylvania Supreme Court race between Republican Kevin Brobson and Democrat Maria McLaughlin has taken a negative turn in the late stages of the campaign”

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“Pa. Bar Association condemns TV ad by GOP candidate for state Supreme Court; The Pennsylvania Supreme Court race between Republican Kevin Brobson and Democrat Maria McLaughlin has taken a negative turn in the late stages of the campaign”: Andrew Seidman of The Philadelphia Inquirer has this report

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Dominate Your Local Market With These 4 Reputation Management Strategies

Speaker: Adam Dorfman, Lindsay Harrison, and Erin O'Brien

Did you know that 4 out of 5 consumers use local search and 88% use smartphones for those searches? With that in mind, I think it's safe to say your online presence is the silver bullet of your business. Think about the revenue you could be missing by not prioritizing local search optimization. Fortunately, there are a handful of steps you can take right now that will immediately impact your business's pace in local search, and we're happy to share them.

India high court orders state to develop exigency plan for school food distribution

JURIST

The Madras High Court ordered Friday the Tamil Nadu government to develop an exigency plan to guarantee that the midday meal scheme at schools is not suspended in the case of future emergencies, such as the Covid-19 outbreak.

“The Firearms Policy Coalition Targets Texas S.B. 8; The gun rights group has filed a brief supporting the petition for certiorari in one of the cases challenging the controversial Texas abortion law”

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“The Firearms Policy Coalition Targets Texas S.B. 8; The gun rights group has filed a brief supporting the petition for certiorari in one of the cases challenging the controversial Texas abortion law”: Jonathan H. Adler has this post at “The Volokh Conspiracy.” ” You can access the amicus brief, written by Erik S. Jaffe , at this link

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Supreme Court agrees to hear oral arguments in two Texas abortion ban cases

JURIST

The Supreme Court again refused Friday to block enforcement of a Texas law that effectively bans all abortions after six weeks but agreed to fast-track oral arguments in two cases about the law. The two cases are Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson and United States v. Texas.

“To Get Ahead at Work, Lawyers Find It Helps to Actually Be at Work; The generational divide on returning to the office is not neatly drawn; For some young professionals, even in a pandemic, showing up is more than half the battle”

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“To Get Ahead at Work, Lawyers Find It Helps to Actually Be at Work; The generational divide on returning to the office is not neatly drawn; For some young professionals, even in a pandemic, showing up is more than half the battle”: Noam Scheiber of The New York Times has this report

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A CHRO’s Perspective on Substance Use in the Workplace: Supportive Strategies to Help Your Workforce Thrive

Speaker: Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH, Medical Director, Psychiatry and Naj Wright, MBA, C-Suite HR Executive

Through advances in technology and access to care, managers can be empowered to serve as the front line of defense to help identify employee AUD and SUD concerns before they escalate. Understanding AUD and SUD, and providing tools for your workforce to overcome the challenges that they pose, is key to fostering strong mental health at work. Join us for this important how-to discussion.

Afghanistan dispatches: ‘Kabul and some other provinces will have no electricity in the coming weeks’

JURIST

JURIST EXCLUSIVE – Law students and lawyers in Afghanistan are filing reports with JURIST on the situation there after the fall of Kabul to the Taliban. Here, a lawyer in Kabul offers his personal observations and perspective on an extended power interruption in Kabul due to an apparent attack on a key electricity station. For privacy and security reasons we are withholding our correspondent’s name and institutional affiliation. The text has been only lightly edited to respect the author’s voice.

“The future of vaccine mandates will likely come down to Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett; Thus far, the justices have not given much comfort to anti-vaxxers; That could change soon”

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“The future of vaccine mandates will likely come down to Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett; Thus far, the justices have not given much comfort to anti-vaxxers; That could change soon”: Ian Millhiser has this essay online at Vox

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Afghanistan dispatches: ‘Former Afghan government officials have come together to establish a High Council of National Resistance’

JURIST

JURIST EXCLUSIVE – Law students and lawyers in Afghanistan are filing reports with JURIST on the situation there after the fall of Kabul to the Taliban. Here, a lawyer in Kabul offers his personal observations and perspective on a new Afghan resistance movement that has been launched to counter the Taliban. For privacy and security reasons we are withholding our correspondent’s name and institutional affiliation. The text has been only lightly edited to respect the author’s voice.

Australia: Left unprotected: An interview with People With Disability Australia spokesperson Giancarlo de Vera - Sydney Criminal Lawyers

Mondaq

Elderly people and people living with disability are the two key demographics most at risk of contracting COVID-19

Building a 5-Star Online Reputation for Your Business

Speaker: Brent Werbeck, GetMoreReviews Co-Founder

Trying to figure out how to turn your happy customer’s comments into 5 star reviews may seem like a daunting task. From internal feedback to Google reviews, what is "really" the way to go? Join Brent Werbeck, Co-Founder of Get More Reviews, in this discussion of how to foster and grow your business's 5-star online reputation.

J&J Talc Suits Can Proceed For Now Despite Ch. 11 Filing

Law 360

A North Carolina bankruptcy judge declined to block talc suits against Johnson & Johnson on Friday, saying that he would consider extending the Chapter 11 stay of litigation to the healthcare giant at a hearing set for early November

Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Patently-O

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Matthew Rosen: Fintel Announces Issuance of Second U.S. Patent, Strengthening the Company’s Intellectual Property Position in USA PATRIOT Act Section 314(b) Information Sharing Technologies (Source: Business Wire).

Australia: The unveiling of the Australian Ransomware Action Plan - Gilchrist Connell

Mondaq

The government's Ransomware Action Plan outlines a range of proposals intended to combat the threat of ransomware

NO GIRLS IN THE DOJO?

NewmanFerraraLLP

Here’s a short preview of a new film by the London-based writer and director, (and all-around nice guy), ALPS LIFEE. ??

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Process Serving Made Easy: Serve in All 50 States Using One Platform

Speaker: PROOF

PROOF has revolutionized service of process. Using our online platform, create serve requests nationwide and receive live updates with mapped verification of each attempt. PROOF’s technology provides users with complete transparency from start to finish.

Australia: NSW Government proposes to divert certain drug offenders away from the criminal justice system - Sydney Criminal Lawyers

Mondaq

The NSW Government proposes to implement a new program, which would give some drug offenders a second chance