Fri.Jul 05, 2024

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Afghanistan dispatch: salaries of women professors and government employees reduced to discourage them from working

JURIST

This dispatch was filed by a JURIST legal correspondent in Afghanistan. For privacy and security reasons we cannot disclose her name. Reflecting the systematic misogyny now going on in Afghanistan, a government decree was recently published aimed at reducing the salaries of women professors and other government employees to 5000 AFG, or ~70$, without considering their expert knowledge and abilities.

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“Wisconsin Supreme Court reinstates absentee ballot drop boxes”

HowAppealing

“Wisconsin Supreme Court reinstates absentee ballot drop boxes”: Lawrence Andrea and Molly Beck of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel have this report on a 4-to-3 ruling that the Supreme Court of Wisconsin issued today.

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Prominent Russian opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza transferred to prison hospital

JURIST

Pulitzer Prize-winning Russian journalist and opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza has been transferred to a prison hospital while serving out a 25-year sentence for criticizing his country’s invasion of Ukraine, his wife announced via social media on Friday. His wife, Evgenia Kara-Murza, shared via X that her husband had been transferred from his maximum security prison in Siberia to a prison-run hospital.

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High Court Flexes Muscle To Limit Administrative State

Law 360

The U.S. Supreme Court's dismantling of a 40-year-old judicial deference doctrine, coupled with rulings stripping federal agencies of certain enforcement powers and exposing them to additional litigation, has established the October 2023 term as likely the most consequential in administrative law history.

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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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Amnesty International: Malaysia violations of international law persist despite repeal of death penalty

JURIST

It has been one year since Malaysia repealed the mandatory death penalty, however, Amnesty International has highlighted ongoing violations of international human rights standards. The abolition of the mandatory death penalty, under the Abolition of Mandatory Death Penalty Act 2023 , has led to a significant reduction in death sentences and a decrease of over one-third in the death row population.

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Peru congress approves bill introducing statute of limitations for crimes against humanity and war crimes

JURIST

The Peruvian Congress approved a bill on Thursday that introduces a statute of limitations for crimes against humanity in the second vote, despite opposition from human rights organizations for its potential interruption of ongoing investigations into serious abuses. Bill 6951 proposes to specify the application and scope of the crime against humanity and war crimes in Peruvian legislation, establishing that no one can be prosecuted, sentenced, or punished for crimes against humanity or war crim

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5 Moments That Shaped The Supreme Court's Jan. 6 Decision

Law 360

When the high court limited the scope of a federal obstruction statute used to charge hundreds of rioters who stormed the Capitol, the justices did not vote along ideological lines. In a year marked by 6-3 splits, what accounts for the departure? Here are some moments from oral arguments that may have swayed the justices.

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reports civilian casualty rise in Ukraine

JURIST

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued a report Wednesday on the human rights situation in Ukraine, showing that intensified military operations by Russian armed led to a rise in civilian casualties and extensive damage to civilian property and infrastructure, particularly in areas near the frontline. The report covers the period from March 1 to May 31.

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How Reshaped Circuit Courts Are Faring At The High Court

Law 360

Seminal rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court's latest term will reshape many facets of American society in the coming years. Already, however, the rulings offer glimpses of how the justices view specific circuit courts, which have themselves been reshaped by an abundance of new judges.

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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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Belarus releases several political prisoners in accordance with new amnesty law

JURIST

17 political prisoners have been amnestied and pardoned in Belarus, following the signing of the Law On Amnesty in Connection with the 80th Anniversary of the Liberation of Belarus from Nazi Invaders, the Viasna Human Rights Center (‘Viasna’) said on Friday. The Belarussian president, Aliaksandr Lukashenko, signed the new law on Tuesday.

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How To Clean Up Your Generative AI-Produced Legal Drafts

Law 360

As law firms increasingly rely on generative artificial intelligence tools to produce legal text, attorneys should be on guard for the overuse of cohesive devices in initial drafts, and consider a few editing pointers to clean up AI’s repetitive and choppy outputs, says Ivy Grey at WordRake.

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Flat-rate attorney fees: The guide for California lawyers

OneLegal

Learn how flat-rate attorney fees can improve client relationships and navigate ethical guidelines with tips for effective implementation. The post Flat-rate attorney fees: The guide for California lawyers appeared first on One Legal.

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Top Federal Tax Cases To Watch In The 2nd Half Of 2024

Law 360

In the coming months, the U.S. Treasury and the IRS will defend rules designed to go after what they consider as abusive tax practices, including the economic substance doctrine, the Corporate Transparency Act and the moratorium on employee retention tax credits. Here, Law360 looks at key federal tax cases to watch in the rest of 2024.

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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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Types of Medical Specialists to See after Auto Accidents

Dwyer,Williams&Cherkoss

Types of Medical Specialists to See after Auto AccidentsFollowing a motor vehicle accident, the most important thing to do is to take care of your health. No matter the extent of your injuries, it's essential to have a professional assess an accident's impact on your physical and mental well-being. Depending on those injuries, many kinds.

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Walmart Again Gets FTC's Money Transfer Suit Trimmed

Law 360

An Illinois federal judge has again pared down the Federal Trade Commission's allegations that Walmart violated consumer protection laws by knowingly processing more than $200 million in fraudulent money transfers, dismissing the FTC's Telemarketing Sales Rule allegations but keeping intact other claims under the FTC Act.

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Why Interviewers Ask Ethical Questions in Healthcare and How to Answer Them | iHire

iHire

Why do interviewers ask ethical questions in healthcare? Find out how to best answer ethical interview questions in your next medical job interview.

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The Funniest Moments Of The Supreme Court's Term

Law 360

In a U.S. Supreme Court term teeming with serious showdowns, the august air at oral arguments filled with laughter after an attorney mentioned her plastic surgeon and a justice seemed to diss his colleagues, to cite just two of the term's mirthful moments. Here, we look at the funniest moments of the term.

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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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Water rates opinion filing Monday

At the Lectern

On Monday morning, the Supreme Court will file its opinion in Golden State Water Company v. Public Utilities Commission. (Briefs here ; oral argument video here.) The Golden State Water Company case (consolidated with California-American Water Company v. Public Utilities Commission ) are writs of review invoking the Supreme Court’s exclusive jurisdiction of “decisions pertaining solely to water corporations.” (Public Utilities Code section 1756 , subdivision (f); see also r

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The Sharpest Dissents From The Supreme Court Term

Law 360

The U.S. Supreme Court's session ended with a series of blockbuster cases that granted the president broad immunity, changed federal gun policy and kneecapped administrative agencies. And many of the biggest decisions fell along partisan lines.

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When and How to Begin Scaling Your Law Firm

CARET Legal

By leveraging the data and features provided by a robust management platform, you can make informed decisions about when and how to scale your law firm for sustainable growth. If you’re entering a scaling phase, your law firm has likely achieved growth and success and now you’re ready to expand operations, increase the client base, and potentially diversify services.

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First-Of-Its-Kind Chancery Ruling Will Aid SPAC Defendants

Law 360

The Delaware Chancery Court's first full dismissal of claims challenging a special purpose acquisition company transaction under the entire fairness doctrine in the recent Hennessy Capital Acquisition Stockholder Litigation establishes useful precedent to abate the flood of SPAC litigation, says Lisa Bugni and Benjamin Lee at King & Spalding.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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Amnesty International calls on Yemen Houthis to immediately release arbitrarily detained UN staff

JURIST

Amnesty International called Thursday for Houthi authorities in Yemen to immediately release detained staff from the UN and civil society organizations. Amnesty’s call comes one month after the workers’ arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearances following raids on homes and offices. According to Amnesty, Houthi authorities have detained 13 UN staff and at least 14 staff from Yemeni and international civil society organizations.

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Breaking Down The Vote: The High Court Term In Review

Law 360

The U.S. Supreme Court's lethargic pace of decision-making this term left the justices to issue a slew of highly anticipated and controversial rulings during the term's final week — rulings that put the court's ideological divisions on vivid display. Here, Law360 takes a data dive into the numbers behind this court term.

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The morning read for Friday, July 5

SCOTUSBlog

Share Each weekday, we select a short list of news articles, commentary, and other noteworthy links related to the Supreme Court. Here’s the Friday morning read: Supreme Court declines to hear a series of challenges to laws barring felons and drug users from having guns (Devan Cole & John Fritze, CNN) In a Volatile Term, a Fractured Supreme Court Remade America (Adam Liptak, The New York Times) Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Takes Back Control (Jess Bravin, The Wall Street Journal)

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Record PE Dry Powder Shows Slowed Exit Activity, Attys Say

Law 360

Optimism that private equity deal making will take off in 2024 is fading, and while activity has increased, the record amount of dry powder floating around the private equity space signals that fund managers may still be hesitant to transact.

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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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“Barrett sought middle ground in Trump immunity case. This time Roberts said no.”

HowAppealing

“Barrett sought middle ground in Trump immunity case. This time Roberts said no.” David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times has this report. Alex Swoyer of The Washington Times reports that “ Justice Amy Coney Barrett stakes out ‘more moderate’ role on high court.” Andrew Chung of Reuters reports that “ US Supreme Court’s Barrett asserts conservative power, but favors narrower approach.” Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson of Bloomberg Law reports that “

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H&R Block Users Must Arbitrate Meta Privacy Claims

Law 360

Two H&R Block customers must arbitrate their claims that the company shared their private data with Meta Platforms Inc. and Google, a Pennsylvania federal court ruled, saying they agreed to arbitrate any disputes under the tax services provider's terms of agreement.

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“A Principled Supreme Court, Unnerved by Trump”

HowAppealing

“A Principled Supreme Court, Unnerved by Trump”: Law professor William Baude has this guest essay online at The New York Times.

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