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Thailand court acquits 2008 protestors of terrorism charges

JURIST

A Thai court acquitted 67 individuals on Friday of terrorism charges for protests that caused two airports to shut down in 2008. The protests were orchestrated by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) in opposition to the then government, which was headed by allies of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The Bangkok Criminal Court issued the 51-page ruling at around 10:00AM local time.

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AliveCor Isn’t Backing Down from Apple, Its ‘Bully’

Above The Law

AliveCor CEO Priya Abani argues that Apple has made a habit of taking intellectual property from smaller medical device firms in order to improve the functionalities its Apple Watch. She also believes that Apple has been able to avoid taking accountability for this by “bombarding” smaller companies with litigation it knows they won’t be able to afford — a claim that medical IP lawyers have backed up.

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Somalia parliament approves proposal to amend indirect electoral system and reintroduce universal suffrage

JURIST

The Somali parliament approved a proposal on Saturday to amend its constitution, which will overhaul its electoral system and reintroduce universal suffrage. The vote, which was unanimous, will amend the first four chapters of the country’s transitional constitution , to introduce a presidential electoral vote. This will give the Somali people the power to directly chose the president.

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2024 Link Guide to Generative AI Resources

LLRX

Marcus P. Zillman's guide is a selective listing of open Generative AI resources that includes current awareness reports, guides, research tools, resources and applications from the open metaverse and Chat GPT. These references include AI best practices to facilitate implementing AI technology in specific sectors and within critical areas that involve engaging subject matter. expertise to deliver internal and external client and customer services.

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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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Iran International journalist stabbed in London following ‘heavy’ death threats

JURIST

Pouria Zeraati, an Iranian journalist and TV presenter at Iran International, was stabbed on Friday in front of his home in London. The channel’s spokesman, Adam Baillie, reported the journalist was the victim of “heavy death threats” and that Zeraati was “obviously shaken up but making a good recovery.” Iran International is a UK-based channel providing “a fair and balanced view of what happens inside Iran.” The UK Metropolitan police launched an invest

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Latvia foreign minister resigns in wake of criminal probe and corruption allegations

JURIST

Latvian Foreign Minister Krisjanis Karinš announced his resignation this week, following the initiation of a criminal investigation into his excessive use of private jets and alleged misconduct by his office during his tenure as the Baltic country’s prime minister from 2019-2023, according to local media. Latvian public broadcaster LSM reported Karinš’s resignation following a meeting that took place between Karinš and incumbent Prime Minister (PM) Evika Silina on Thursday.

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Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 31, 2024

LLRX

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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Congressional Hearing on LDTs: Split on FDA Regulation but Support for VALID

FDA Law Blog

By Ana Loloei & Jeffrey N. Gibbs — On March 21, 2024, the House Energy and Commerce held a subcommittee hearing titled “Evaluating Approaches to Diagnostic Test Regulation and the Impact of the FDA’s Proposed Rule.” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Subcommittee Chair Brett Guthrie (R-KY), in announcing the hearing, made their views clear: “FDA has proposed a rule that relies upon dubious and misguided legal, economic, and public health arguments and

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AI in Banking and Finance, March 31, 2024

LLRX

This semi-monthly column by Sabrina I. Pacifici highlights news, government documents, NGO/IGO papers, industry white papers, academic papers and speeches on the subject of AI’s fast paced impact on the banking and finance sectors. The chronological links provided are to the primary sources, and as available, indicate links to alternate free versions.

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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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Jury Instructions and Objective Indicia of Nonobviousness: Federal Circuit Grants New Trial in Inline Plastics v. Lacerta

Patently O

In a recent decision, the Federal Circuit vacated a judgment of invalidity and remanded for a new trial, holding that the district court’s jury instruction on objective indicia of nonobviousness constituted prejudicial legal error. The case, Inline Plastics Corp. v. Lacerta Group, LLC , No. 2022-1954 (Fed. Cir. Mar. 27, 2024), involved patents relating to tamper-resistant and tamper-evident food containers.

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Oral arguments Wednesday; no conference this week

At the Lectern

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear the six oral arguments on its April calendar. The arguments will be live streamed. Opinions in the cases should file by July 1. Because of the oral arguments, the court will not be conferencing (also here ) this four-day week and there will be a double conference next week.

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HAPPY EASTER!!!

JonathanTurley

Happy Easter to everyone celebrating the holiday today. Despite my kids being older, the bunny still came to the Turley house and left baskets overflowing with their favorite chocolates and candies, including a doggie basket for Luna. At our house, the Easter Bunny also leaves corny bunny riddles as a prerequisite for enjoying the baskets. We are “double dippers” who celebrate Passover and Easter.

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CPJ calls on Liberia authorities to investigate assault and arrest of journalist

JURIST

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Friday called on Liberian authorities to investigate the physical assault and violent arrest of Liberia journalist Kesselee Sumo on March 11 and to drop the charges against him. Sumo hosts a daily radio talk show from the Bong Mine Community in Liberia. A few days before his arrest, on March 7, he had reported on an alleged illegal detention of local community leaders by a magistrate, Sulonteh.

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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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Hopping Mad: Easter Becomes the Latest Flash Point in American Politics

JonathanTurley

It often seems like there is nothing left today that is not a battleground over our political and social differences. We can now add Easter. The Biden White House triggered a firestorm by picking Good Friday to announce that Easter Sunday will now be the “Transgender Day of Visibility.” At the same time, families objected to regulations on Easter egg designs, barring children from including any religious imagery or references on this religious holiday.

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Minnesota Law School Drops Exclusion of Whites and Males from Diversity Scholarship

JonathanTurley

There is a curious resolution of a civil right complaint against University of Minnesota Law School over a diversity fellowship sponsored by the law firm of Jones Day. Despite being created by a law firm and administered by a law school, the fellowship violated federal law in excluding white and male applicants. The law school finally threw in the towel, but there remains an uncertainty over whether the school is engaging in a subterfuge by opening up the scholarship while retaining its original