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

JURIST

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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“Bakery Drivers Head to High Court Searching for Arbitration Exit; Industry test would add fights on transportation firm meaning; With circuits split, high court to hear oral arguments Tuesday”

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“Bakery Drivers Head to High Court Searching for Arbitration Exit; Industry test would add fights on transportation firm meaning; With circuits split, high court to hear oral arguments Tuesday”: Jennifer Bennett of Bloomberg Law has this report. The post “Bakery Drivers Head to High Court Searching for Arbitration Exit; Industry test would add fights on transportation firm meaning; With circuits split, high court to hear oral arguments Tuesday” appeared first on How Appea

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Dozens killed in Papua New Guinea Highlands region

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Papua New Guinea’s National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported Monday that at least 49 people have been killed in a massacre in Papua New Guinea’s remote Highlands region. Reports have said that it is “very likely to be one of the deadliest massacres in the highlands in recent history.” The massacre happened in the remote village of Wapenamanda, Enga Province, located in the northern region of Papua New Guinea, and is

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“Truck Stop ‘Sleeper Case’ Could Open Old Rules to New Lawsuits; Six-year time limit for regulatory challenges at issue; Effects could be drastic if court tosses Chevron deference”

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“Truck Stop ‘Sleeper Case’ Could Open Old Rules to New Lawsuits; Six-year time limit for regulatory challenges at issue; Effects could be drastic if court tosses Chevron deference”: Lydia Wheeler of Bloomberg Law has this report. And in commentary, Tuesday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal will contain an editorial titled “ The Supreme Court and the Right to Sue: Regulators want to cut off lawsuits six years after a rule is issued; But that’s not what the Administrativ

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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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Massachusetts school officials ask for National Guard support to prevent ‘potential tragedy’

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Members of the Brockton School Committee urged the city’s mayor on Friday to ask Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey for National Guard support. Student violence and a high rate of teacher absences instigated the request. Four committee members—Joyce Asack, Tony Rodrigues, Claudio Gomes, and Ana Oliver—specifically requested that temporary National Guard support be deployed at Brockton High School but also voiced concern for the middle school and elementary levels.

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UN expresses concern over moves by UK government to facilitate Rwanda removal plan for migrants

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The UN expressed concern Monday over the UK government’s action to make the Rwanda deal operational. The Rwanda deal facilitates the prompt removal of asylum-seekers to Rwanda. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, stated, “You cannot legislate facts out of existence.” He warned of the negative human rights implications, stating: The combined effects of this bill, attempting to shield Government action from standard legal scrutiny, directly undercut basic huma

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“Race-Neutrality, Baselines, and Ideological Jujitsu After Students for Fair Admissions”

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“Race-Neutrality, Baselines, and Ideological Jujitsu After Students for Fair Admissions”: Law professor Michael C. Dorf has posted this article at SSRN. And at his “Dorf on Law” blog, Dorf has a related post titled “ SCOTUS Repeated Relisting of a Case on the Meaning of Race Neutrality — and a Plug for my new Article.” The post “Race-Neutrality, Baselines, and Ideological Jujitsu After Students for Fair Admissions” appeared first on How Appea

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UN calls for investigation into 10 shooting deaths in Libya

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The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Monday called for a thorough investigation into the deaths of at least 10 people from a shooting that occurred in Tripoli. The victims included two members of the Stabilization Support Apparatus (SSA): Mohamed Fathi Shanish and Musab Al-Mukhtar Al-Dabaa. The SSA is an armed faction in Tripoli. The UN mission strongly condemned the act of violence and is closely monitoring the situation.

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“A Reality Check on ‘Officer of the United States’ at the Founding”

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“A Reality Check on ‘Officer of the United States’ at the Founding”: John Mikhail has this post at the “Balkinization” blog. The post “A Reality Check on ‘Officer of the United States’ at the Founding” appeared first on How Appealing.

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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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European Commission launches formal proceedings against TikTok under Digital Services Act

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The European Commission opened formal proceedings against TikTok on Monday for potential breaches of the Digital Services Act (DSA), a European regulation created to protect online services users. The European Commission opened the proceedings after it conducted preliminary investigations based on a risk assessment report delivered by TikTok in September 2023 in addition to the latter’s reply to the Commission’s prior requests for information regarding the measures it has taken to co

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“John Oliver offers to pay Clarence Thomas $1m a year if he resigns from supreme court; Late-night host gives justice, under fire over undisclosed donations, 30 days to accept offer, which includes a tour bus”

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“John Oliver offers to pay Clarence Thomas $1m a year if he resigns from supreme court; Late-night host gives justice, under fire over undisclosed donations, 30 days to accept offer, which includes a tour bus”: Ramon Antonio Vargas of The Guardian has this report. The post “John Oliver offers to pay Clarence Thomas $1m a year if he resigns from supreme court; Late-night host gives justice, under fire over undisclosed donations, 30 days to accept offer, which includes a tour bus

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ECHR declines Estonia request to interpret human rights protocol prohibiting double jeopardy

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) declined a request made by the Supreme Court of Estonia to give an advisory opinion in relation to the prohibition of double jeopardy on Monday. The ECHR held that the question submitted by Estonia is the subject of well-established case law. Therefore, the ECHR concluded that it is the requesting court’s task to decide whether the article in question was engaged, with reference to the case law of the ECHR, relevant domestic law and the facts of th

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“The Zeitgeist of the Law: The Return of ‘Spirit’ in Legal Interpretation.”

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“The Zeitgeist of the Law: The Return of ‘Spirit’ in Legal Interpretation.” Adrian Vermeule has this post at “The New Digest” Substack site. The post “The Zeitgeist of the Law: The Return of ‘Spirit’ in Legal Interpretation.” appeared first on How Appealing.

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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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Supreme Court of Kentucky Finds Defendant's Testimony That He's "Kindhearted" Opened the Door For Evidence of His Violence

EvidenceProf Blog

Kentucky Rule of Evidence 404(a)(1) provides as follows: (a) Character evidence generally. Evidence of a person's character or a trait of character is not admissible for the purpose of proving action in conformity therewith on a particular occasion, except: (1).

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“Babylon Bee fights for free speech all the way to the Supreme Court; Supreme Court needs to stop Big Tech from abusing vague policies that silence free speech”

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“Babylon Bee fights for free speech all the way to the Supreme Court; Supreme Court needs to stop Big Tech from abusing vague policies that silence free speech”: Seth Dillon and Jeremy Dys have this essay online at Fox News. The post “Babylon Bee fights for free speech all the way to the Supreme Court; Supreme Court needs to stop Big Tech from abusing vague policies that silence free speech” appeared first on How Appealing.

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Telehealth Advocates: HHS Has Done Its Bit on Expanding OUD Treatment; DEA Needs to Step Up

Above The Law

HHS recently released a final rule that allows practitioners in Opioid Treatment Programs to start patients on methadone or buprenorphine via telehealth. However, the final rule does not apply to the broader range of providers, leading telehealth advocates to call for additional changes from the DEA.

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“This Under-the-Radar Supreme Court Case Could Wreak Havoc on Society”

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“This Under-the-Radar Supreme Court Case Could Wreak Havoc on Society”: James Goodwin has this Jurisprudence essay online at Slate. The post “This Under-the-Radar Supreme Court Case Could Wreak Havoc on Society” appeared first on How Appealing.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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The $4.85 Million Comma

Attorney at Work

Get to the Point! | Avoid costly litigation with better drafting. Put the modifier first! The post The $4.85 Million Comma appeared first on Articles, Tips and Tech for Law Firms & Lawyers.

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“Alabama Supreme Court Cites the Bible in Terrifying Embryo Ruling; The Alabama Supreme Court’s decision is all but guaranteed to gut IVF in the entire state”

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“Alabama Supreme Court Cites the Bible in Terrifying Embryo Ruling; The Alabama Supreme Court’s decision is all but guaranteed to gut IVF in the entire state”: Ellie Quinlan Houghtaling has this essay online at The New Republic. The post “Alabama Supreme Court Cites the Bible in Terrifying Embryo Ruling; The Alabama Supreme Court’s decision is all but guaranteed to gut IVF in the entire state” appeared first on How Appealing.

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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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“Justice Mary Moreau officially welcomed as the Supreme Court’s newest member; In historic first, women now the majority on highest court”

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“Justice Mary Moreau officially welcomed as the Supreme Court’s newest member; In historic first, women now the majority on highest court”: Christian Paas-Lang of CBC News has a report that begins, “Mary Moreau has officially been welcomed to her seat on the Supreme Court of Canada as its newest justice.” The post “Justice Mary Moreau officially welcomed as the Supreme Court’s newest member; In historic first, women now the majority on highest court̶

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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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European responses to global crises: Call for submissions for DynamInt Doctoral Conference 2024

Conflict of Laws

The annual DynamInt Doctoral Conference will be held in Amsterdam on 28th and 29th August 2024 and is co-organised by the Graduate School DynamInt (Humboldt University of Berlin) and the Amsterdam Law School (University of Amsterdam). It takes place in the context of the European Law School’s Summer Academy. We invite early career researchers (doctoral and postdoctoral) working in European Union law to come together and to discuss responses to the most pressing crises currently facing the Europe

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HP&M Welcomes Senior FDA Official, Ana Loloei, to the Firm

FDA Law Blog

Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C. (“HP&M”) is pleased to announce that Ana Loloei has joined the firm as Counsel. Ms. Loloei is a 14-year veteran of the FDA, where most recently she served as a Senior Regulatory Counsel in the Office of Policy at CDRH. While at FDA, Ms. Loloei also served as a Senior Policy Advisor in CDRH and as a Special Advisor in the Office of the Commissioner.

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Rivista di diritto internazionale privato e processuale (RDIPP) No 4/2023: Abstracts

Conflict of Laws

The fourth issue of 2023 of the Rivista di diritto internazionale privato e processuale (RDIPP, published by CEDAM) was just released. It features: Cristina Campiglio , Professor at the University of Pavia, Giurisdizione e legge applicabile in materia di responsabilità medica (ovvero a proposito di conflitti di qualificazioni) [Jurisdiction and Applicable Law in Matters of Medical Liability (Namely, on the Issue of Conflicts of Characterisation); in Italian] An attempt has been made to give an a

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The One Piece of Advice Every Law Firm Tech Consultant Should Be Giving

CARET Legal

There’s one piece of advice that every law firm technology consultant should be giving: Invest in a comprehensive, scalable legal practice management software. Welcome to the digital age, where technology isn’t just a fancy add-on for law firms, but a must-have. But it’s not about who has the most high-tech gadgets or the latest software.

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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.