August, 2023

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The Essential Guide To All 50 State Supreme Courts (And DC And Puerto Rico)

Above The Law

Useful primer for increasingly important state courts. The post The Essential Guide To All 50 State Supreme Courts (And DC And Puerto Rico) appeared first on Above the Law.

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Getting Automatic Paragraph Numbering Back on Track

Attorney at Work

Video | Deborah Savadra demonstrates a few quick tricks for making your automatic paragraph numbering behave. The post Getting Automatic Paragraph Numbering Back on Track appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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The Straightforward Case For Adnan Syed's Innocence

EvidenceProf Blog

Oral arguments in the Adnan Syed/Hae Min Lee case are right around the corner (October 5th) in the Supreme Court of Maryland. The case has been dissected and analyzed all across the media, so much so that it gets difficult.

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Amy Coney Barrett Longs For The Days The Supreme Court Could Ruin Your Life In Obscurity

Above The Law

It's actually good that people see what's going on. The post Amy Coney Barrett Longs For The Days The Supreme Court Could Ruin Your Life In Obscurity appeared first on Above the Law.

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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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UN renewal of sanctions on Mali fails after Russia veto

JURIST

The UN sanctions on Mali are set to end Thursday after the Security Council failed to renew them. In August 2022, the UN renewed its travel ban and asset freeze on some individuals in the West African nation resulting from political unrest in 2015. The 2023 sanctions would have extended to “those who obstruct or threaten the 2015 peace agreement.” The Russian Federation vetoed the extension of the sanctions, which would have extended to August 2024, because “the text did not ta

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Belgium suspends acceptance of single male asylum seekers

JURIST

Belgium on Wednesday announced a temporary suspension on the acceptance of single male asylum seekers in the country. The decision, announced by Nicole de Moor, the State Secretary for Asylum and Migration, aims to prioritize families and children due to the increasing influx of such vulnerable groups. Nicole de Moor explained the decision, stating, “I do not want to lag behind the facts, and I am therefore making the decision now to reserve all available places for families with children.

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The Return of Law Firm Retreats: Destination Choices and Trends

Attorney at Work

Ryan Spear | Retreats are back! Here's a travel pro's views on what's changed and what to consider while planning. The post The Return of Law Firm Retreats: Destination Choices and Trends appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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Thomas and Alito file 2022 financial disclosures

SCOTUSBlog

Share Justice Clarence Thomas took three trips in 2022 hosted in part or in full by Dallas billionaire Harlan Crow, according to a financial disclosure form made public on Thursday morning. The form also revealed that on at least two of those trips, Thomas traveled by private jet – according to Thomas, at the recommendation of his security detail in the wake of the leaked draft opinion overturning the constitutional right to an abortion.

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PTO Allows Another Bite at the Apple

The IP Law Blog

On July 24, 2023, the United States Patent and Trademark Office changed its procedures for the PTO Director’s review of certain decisions by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The decisions in question are those decisions of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to deny or grant petitions to institute proceedings under the America Invents Act. Those proceedings include inter partes review and post grant review.

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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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When Shopping Malpractice Insurance: Pay Attention to Your Retroactive Coverage Date

ALPS

When considering a change in lawyer's malpractice liability carriers, understanding the effect of a retroactive coverage date in a claims-made policy will help you avoid being exposed to a gap in coverage.

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Clarence Thomas Clerks Defend Boss With Worst Letter This Side Of Your Middle School Poetry

Above The Law

Put aside the substance, this letter is just hilariously bad. The post Clarence Thomas Clerks Defend Boss With Worst Letter This Side Of Your Middle School Poetry appeared first on Above the Law.

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Switzerland indicts former Algeria defense minister for war crimes and crimes against humanity

JURIST

Switzerland’s Office of the Attorney General (OAG) announced Tuesday that it has formally charged former Algerian defense minister Khaled Nezzar in relation to war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the Algerian Civil War. In the indictment submitted to Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court (FCC), prosecutors said “Nezzar is accused of violating the laws of armed conflicts in accordance with the Geneva Conventions between 1992 and 1994 in connection wi

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Navigating the New Era of eFiling in Nevada with One Legal 

OneLegal

Legal professionals are now able to eFiling in Nevada. Learn what this means and how a competitive eFiling environment can benefit your law firm. The post Navigating the New Era of eFiling in Nevada with One Legal appeared first on One Legal.

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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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Publicly Traded International Patent Firm IPH Continue Growth through Acquisition

Patently O

by Dennis Crouch The publicly traded Australian company IPH Limited continues expanding its global intellectual property services empire. IPH’s latest acquisition is the Canadian IP firm Ridout & Maybee for $65 million Canadian dollars. This comes just 10 months after IPH purchased Canada’s largest IP firm, Smart & Biggar. Ridout & Maybee will merge into Smart & Biggar, further consolidating IPH’s presence in Canada.

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Microsoft, Activision Ruling 'Riddled With Errors,' FTC Says

Law 360

The Federal Trade Commission told the Ninth Circuit that a lower court's ruling refusing to pause Microsoft's $68.7 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard was "riddled with errors," saying questions presented over the merger's likelihood to stifle competition warrant giving the commission a chance to determine the antitrust merits.

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Fourteen HP&M Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers® in 2024 in America

FDA Law Blog

Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C. (“HP&M”) is is proud to announce that 14 of the Firm’s attorneys have been selected to the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Newly recognized this year are attorneys Josephine M. Torrente (FDA Law), Michelle L. Butler (FDA Law), Sara W. Koblitz (FDA Law), Allyson B. Mullen (FDA Law), and Anne K. Walsh (FDA Law), as well as McKenzie E.

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Judge Beryl Howell Welcomes Rudy To The ‘Find Out’ Phase With Defamation Default Judgment

Above The Law

That one's gonna leave a mark. The post Judge Beryl Howell Welcomes Rudy To The ‘Find Out’ Phase With Defamation Default Judgment appeared first on Above the Law.

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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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German court affirms crimes against humanity conviction for abuse of Yazidi girl and mother

JURIST

A German court affirmed the conviction of ISIS member “Jennifer W.” for aiding and abetting in committing crimes against humanity when she abused a five-year-old girl from the Yazidi religious minority, according to a press release from human rights organization Yazda. In addition to affirming her conviction, the Higher Regional Court of Munich also increased her prison sentence from 10 to 14 years.

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Could New Compassionate Release Enhance Opportunities for Federal Inmates?

The Crime Report

Under federal law, 18 U.S.C. 3582(c)(1)(A), a federal prisoner may file a motion for reduction of sentence seeking a “compassionate release” from penal custody. Prior to filing such a motion, the prisoner must exhaust available administrative remedies—a process that involves four stages: Stage 1: A written request to the warden of incarcerating facility outlining the “extraordinary or compelling” reasons for release with specific information about prisoner’s place of panned residence, prisoner’

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Guest Post: Diversity Pledge: Boosting Innovation and Competitiveness

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By: Suzanne Harrison , Chair of the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) at the USPTO. This post is part of a series by the Diversity Pilots Initiative , which advances inclusive innovation through rigorous research. The first blog in the series is here and resources from the first conference of the initiative are available here. In July 2021, the USIPA hosted a DEI in innovation conference and launched The Diversity Pledge, alongside 30 founding Pledgee companies who agreed to increase the

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Yahoo, AIG Unit Settle Spam Text Coverage Row

Law 360

Yahoo and an AIG unit reached an agreement in a long-running coverage dispute over underlying lawsuits accusing the web services provider of sending unsolicited text messages, asking a California federal court to suspend all pending deadlines while they finalize the settlement.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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Social Media Giants and Copyright: Instagram’s Ninth Circuit Win Sets Precedent Against Photographers

The IP Law Blog

By: Weintraub Tobin Summer Associate Josh Concepcion The Ninth Circuit recently revisited the issue of “embedding” content by a website and its implication for copyright infringement claims. On July 17, 2023, the Ninth Circuit issued its opinion in Hunley v. Instagram, LLC , and affirmed the trial court’s ruling that Instagram, a social media platform, could not face liability for secondary infringement under the “Server Test” because plaintiffs could not prove infringement of their copyrighted

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Despite Active Shooter On Campus, Some Law School Professors Soldiered On With Classes

Above The Law

Probably not the response they wanted. The post Despite Active Shooter On Campus, Some Law School Professors Soldiered On With Classes appeared first on Above the Law.

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China begins deliberation on law to expand access preschool education

JURIST

On Monday, legislators of the People’s Republic of China commenced the deliberation of a preschool education law aimed at ensuring accessible preschool education for all children. The draft legislation was presented to the legislators for discussion during the current session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. The Minister of Education of China highlighted issues such as the difficulty of enrolling children into kindergartens due to exorbitant fees, which ar

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Stamp honoring Justice Ginsburg will be available in October

ABA Journal

The U.S. Postal Service will soon unveil its new stamp honoring the late U.S.

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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.