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US calls for investigation into alleged Ethiopia massacre following violent clashes between soldiers and armed groups

JURIST

The US Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia called for an investigation into an alleged massacre of civilians taking place in Ethiopia’s Amhara region on Friday, where local rights group Ethiopia Human Rights Council (EHRC) has said over 80 people were killed following violent clashes between soldiers and a militia groupknown as the Fano. On January 29, the ENDF reportedly carried out a massacre in Merawi that resulted in at least 89 civilian deaths, though the National Movement of Amhara claims th

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Why One Google Cloud Exec Thinks HHS’ New Cybersecurity Guidelines Are A Step In The Right Direction

Above The Law

HHS recently published guidance outlining voluntary cybersecurity performance goals for the healthcare sector. Taylor Lehmann, a cybersecurity executive at Google Cloud, noted that “what is on HHS paper will most likely become what is in the actual final rulemaking or new regulatory requirements that become law.

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Australia High Court confirms families of church abuse victims may seek compensation

JURIST

The High Court of Australia dismissed the Catholic Church’s bid to avoid paying damages to the father of a choirboy allegedly sexually abused by Cardinal Goerge Pell. The landmark decision confirms the decision of the Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal that victims’ families may seek compensation as secondary victims of clergy sexual abuse.

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“Judicial Notice (02.10.24): No Country For Old Men (Or Women); Rob Hur clears the ‘elderly’ Joe Biden, Judge Newman suffers a setback, Biglaw plays the heavy for T-Swift, and other legal news from the week that was.”

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“Judicial Notice (02.10.24): No Country For Old Men (Or Women); Rob Hur clears the ‘elderly’ Joe Biden, Judge Newman suffers a setback, Biglaw plays the heavy for T-Swift, and other legal news from the week that was.” David Lat has this post at his “Original Jurisdiction” Substack site. The post “Judicial Notice (02.10.24): No Country For Old Men (Or Women); Rob Hur clears the ‘elderly’ Joe Biden, Judge Newman suffers a setback, Biglaw plays

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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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Myanmar dispatch: military junta’s activation of compulsory military service law is a blow to Myanmar’s youth, and to its future

JURIST

Myanmar law students are reporting for JURIST on challenges to the rule of law in their country under the military junta that deposed the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi in February 2021. On Saturday, 10 February 2024, the Myanmar military junta announced the enforcement of the People’s Military Law (State Peace and Development Council Law No. 27/ 2010).

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US appeals court says Georgia plaintiffs have standing to sue local judges over state’s gun-carry license ban on people under 21

JURIST

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled on Friday that three Georgia citizens under 21 years old have standing to sue county probate judges over the state law that disallows issuing carry licenses to people under 21. The case is an appeal from the US District Court for the Southern District of Georgia Dublin Division. Circuit Judge Andrew L.

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Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, February 11, 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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Anti-fascist protestors march in Budapest against right-wing ‘Day of Honour’ event amid diplomatic tension between Italy and Hungary

JURIST

Anti-facist protestors marched in Budapest, Hungary, on Saturday in response to a previously banned right wing gathering to commemorate the “Day of Honour.” Activists travelled from across Europe to take part amid diplomatic tensions between Budapest and Rome, as an Italian anti-fascist activists remains imprisoned in Hungary. Celebrations of the ‘Day of Honour’ take place annually in Budapest to remember a failed breakout attempt by 28,00 German and Hungarian troops in 1945, when th

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Marijuana: Top Ten Reasons for Descheduling, Rescheduling or Not

FDA Law Blog

By Larry K. Houck — With apologies to David Letterman, who introduced the first Top Ten List on Late Night with David Letterman on September 18, 1985, we present “Marijuana: Top Ten Reasons for Descheduling, Rescheduling or Not.”* The wide range of assertions supporting or opposing Health and Human Services’ (“HHS’”) recommendation that the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) reschedule cannabis federally from schedule I to schedule III would lead an outsider to conclude that commenters are

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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Colombia initiates peace talks with Second Marquetalia armed group

JURIST

Colombia’s Office of the High Commissioner for Peace issued a joint statement on Friday with the Second Marquetalia, formally initiating a dialogue aimed at achieving a peace agreement with the armed group. This initiative is in line with the peace policy established by the Total Peace Law promoted by Colombian President Gustavo Petro. The law allows the government to negotiate peace agreements with organized armed groups operating outside the law to achieve a stable and lasting peace in t

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Don’t Judge a Range by its Cover: Federal Circuit Sides with Patentee on Written Description Support

Patently O

by Dennis Crouch In a recent decision, the Federal Circuit held that a claimed range reciting narrower values than those described in the patent specification can still satisfy the written description requirement under 35 U.S.C. § 112(a). RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc. v. Philip Morris Prods. S.A. , No. 22-1862 (Fed. Cir. Feb 9, 2024). Reversing a PTAB post-grant review decision, the court ruled that claims reciting a heating element with having a length of 75-85% of the disposable aerosol-forming

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Malaysia federal court declares Kelantan state Shariah laws unconstitutional

JURIST

The Malaysian federal court declared several Kelantan state Sharia laws to be unconstitutional in a judgement on Friday. The decision followed a petition deposited by lawyer Nik Elin Zurina Nik Abdul Rashid and her daughter, Tengku Yasmin Natasha Tengku Abdul Rahman, to challenge the constitutionality of provisions of the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Code (I) Enactment 2019 related to offenses such as destroying places of worship, sodomy, sexual harassment, use of intoxicating substances, incest an

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March-In Rights

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I have a poll running LinkedIn about whether the Federal Government should more aggressively use its march-in rights to ensure public access to federally funded inventions.

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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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Ukraine army accuses Russia of using chemical weapons in attacks

JURIST

The Public Relations Service of the Support Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine accused Russia on Friday of using chemical weapons in the ongoing conflict, with a staggering total of 815 recorded attacks since the commencement of the large-scale war. The report highlights the use of ammunition equipped with poisonous chemical substances, particularly grenades such as K-51, RGR, and RG-Vo, which contain the dangerous chemical CS.

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What’s the Beef with “Cultivated Meat”? Florida Moves Toward Putting Cattle Before Capitalism

JonathanTurley

Florida this month may be forcing the question of whether the people prefer cattle or capitalism. A bill in the state would ban lab-grown meat, an effort supported by beef suppliers who want to slow the production and demand for the alternative product. The alleged “ethical and health concerns” remain speculative and unclear. As Adam Smith noted “this is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts.” China’s government is making huge investmen

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Slovakia parliament approves criminal law reform amid public protests and EU concerns

JURIST

The Slovak parliament approved reforms calling for the eradication of a special prosecution branch dealing with high-level crimes in the country, as well as the lowering of punishments for financial crimes. The approval of the package of laws took place in a fast-track procedure before parliament, despite nationwide protests and statements of concern by the European Commission.

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Could Trump Win By Simple Attrition Rather than Vindication?

JonathanTurley

Below is my Fox.com column on the shift of fortunes for former president Donald Trump in the last week. Trump does not appear to be necessarily moving ahead legally but he is still prevailing politically in a curious war of attrition. Here is the column: While Woody Allen once said that “80 percent of success is showing up,” former president Donald Trump proved this week that the same could be said about “just sticking around.” Trump had one of the best weeks as cases a

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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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Russia media regulator begins investigation into language learning service Duolingo for alleged ‘LGBT propaganda’

JURIST

Russia media regulator Roskomnadzor Friday began an investigation into the alleged spread of “LGBT propaganda” by the language learning application Duolingo, as reported by TASS, Russia’s state news agency. Duolingo, an American-based language learning application established in 2011, has come under scrutiny following allegations of promoting “LGBT propaganda.” The request for investigation reportedly stemmed from objections raised by the Novosibirsk-based human rig

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UN chief ‘especially alarmed’ by potential Israel ground invasion in Rafah

JURIST

UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed concern for the safety of Palestinian refugees in Rafah after Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office confirmed its plans for military action in the area, saying he was “especially alarmed” by a potential ground invasion. The plans for a full-scale ground invasion into the city in southern Gaza are drawing criticism and concern from human rights bodies and countries , including the United States.

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