December, 2023

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15 Best General-Interest Nonfiction Books You Dare Not Overlook For Your 2024 Reading List

Above The Law

From prison breaks to a hero banker, the list will help distract you from all that 2024 promises to be. The post 15 Best General-Interest Nonfiction Books You Dare Not Overlook For Your 2024 Reading List appeared first on Above the Law.

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Free Law Project Seeks to Develop Open Access System to Disrupt Court E-Filing; Seeks Court Partners

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Federal, state and local court e-filing systems are a Tower of Babel-like mishmash of proprietary technologies and paywalls that inhibit public access to court documents. Now, the Free Law Project , a nonprofit devoted to making legal information publicly and freely available, has received a grant to design and prototype an open access and open source court e-filing system, aiming to disrupt the existing system by which e-filing and court management systems make money by selling access to court

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Justices to hear major tax case

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Share The Supreme Court will hear oral argument on Tuesday in a challenge to the constitutionality of a provision of a 2017 corporate tax reform law. A Washington State couple went to court to challenge the law after it increased their tax bill by a one-time payment of roughly $15,000. The federal government says that if the tax is struck down, it could cost the government hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue over the next decade.

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Artificial Intelligence and Copyright in China: Lessons from a Recent Court Case

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by Dennis Crouch Thus far US copyright and patent tribunals have refused to award rights for AI generated works. China has begun its move in the opposite direction with the recent decision granting rights to an artist who created an image using the popular generative AI system Stable Diffusion. The case of Li v. Liu was decided by the recently Beijing Internet Court.

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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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Mumbai protestors march to Adani Group offices over city slum redevelopment plan

JURIST

Thousands of protestors headed by opposition parties marched to billionaire Gautam Adani’s offices in Mumbai on Saturday to express their objection to his conglomerate’s $614 million reconstruction plans for one of the city’s largest slums. The demands of the protestors include both eligible and non-eligible residents of the slum to be housed inside the redeveloped area, be given bigger homes of 500 square feet instead of the promised 300-350 sq ft. and for the government to ta

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Clarence Thomas Thinks He Was Practically Forced To Take All That Under The Table Money

Above The Law

If you only made more than the vast majority of Americans, you'd stoop to begging too! - Clarence Thomas, probably. The post Clarence Thomas Thinks He Was Practically Forced To Take All That Under The Table Money appeared first on Above the Law.

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Court conflicted over Purdue Pharma bankruptcy plan that shields Sacklers from liability

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Share It has been 27 years since the prescription opioid OxyContin first came on the market. The manufacturer of the drug, Purdue Pharma, promoted the drug as less susceptible to abuse, but OxyContin proved instead to be highly addictive. The result was a public health crisis and, eventually, thousands of lawsuits seeking trillions of dollars against Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family, which principally owns the company and controlled it until recently, accusing them of having deceptively mark

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Four Months After Launching Its ‘Homegrown’ GenAI Tool, Law Firm Gunderson Dettmer Reports On Results So Far, New Features, And A Surprise on Cost

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In August, the Silicon Valley-based international law firm Gunderson Dettmer became one of the first U.S.-based firms — if not the first — to develop and launch a “homegrown” internal generative AI tool, which it calls ChatGD. As Joe Green , the firm’s chief innovation officer, told me at the time , “Given our position as a firm that focuses exclusively on working with the most innovative companies and investors in the world, we thought it would be really worthwhile for us to

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Skinny Label Avoids Infringement

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by Dennis Crouch H. Lundbeck A/S v. Lupin Ltd. , Nos. 2022-1194, 2022-1208, 2022-1246 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 7, 2023) (Opinion by Judge Dyk, joined by Judges Prost and Hughes). The Federal Circuit recently affirmed a district court judgment finding that Abbreviated New Drug Applications (“ANDAs”) submitted by generic drug manufacturers did not infringe patents rights held by H.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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Russia Supreme Court labels LGBTQ+ movement ‘extremist,’ drawing international condemnation

JURIST

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk condemned on Thursday the Russian Supreme Court’s decision to outlaw the LGBTQ+ movement in the country and label proponents of the movement “extremists” under new legislation. The court’s decision is the most recent development in Russia’s ongoing crackdown against LGBTQ+ people within the country.

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Sabin Center Publishes Report on Climate Litigation in 2023

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Today, the Sabin Center published an end-of-year report on the state of climate change litigation in 2023. The report, titled Climate Change in the Courts: A 2023 Thematic Retrospective, examines key cases and rulings that have shaped the legal discourse on climate change in 2023 or that are poised to have an impact in the coming months and years. Drawing from the Sabin Center’s United States (U.S.) and Global Climate Litigation databases, the report provides examples that offer insights into em

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2023’s Wins and Losses in the Reproductive Health Space, Per 2 Advocates

Above The Law

Representatives from the Guttmacher Institute and NFPRHA shared their wins and losses for reproductive health in 2023. Their wins include states moving to protect contraception and the approval of Opill, while their losses include state enactments of abortion bans and the lack of funding for Title X.

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Oral argument suggests narrow ruling to uphold disputed tax

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Share The Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared likely to reject a challenge to the constitutionality of a provision of a 2017 corporate tax reform law that taxes the undistributed profits from U.S. shares of foreign corporations that are majority American owned. The Washington state couple at the center of the case is seeking a refund of the one-time $15,000 increase in their tax bill as a result of the law, but the federal government’s top lawyer told the justices that a ruling in the couple’s fav

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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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Startup Alley Voting Ends Friday, Dec. 29! Here Are the Standings As Of Now

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Voting ends Friday, Dec. 29, to pick the 15 startups that will go to Startup Alley at ABA TECHSHOW in February. Here are the standings as of this morning. As a reminder, you get to pick the 15 startups out of 25 semifinalists. The 15 startups selected will face off in a live pitch competition that is the opening night event of TECHSHOW, which is Feb. 14-17, 2024, in Chicago.

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Top 10 Your Voice columns of 2023

ABA Journal

One of the ABA Journal's most precious assets is our access to engaged legal professionals with a knack for writing and a point of view to share. With that in mind, we launched our Your Voice section in 2018, inviting guest columnists to spark conversations about issues relevant to the profession. Your Voice is chock-full of five years of evergreen advice and thought-provoking pieces of writing, but these 10 were the most read from 2023.

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Georgia Republican leadership announces new redistricting map amid ongoing litigation

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The Georgia Republican Legislature Leadership announced the newest version of the proposed Georgia Congressional Redistricting Map Friday, a month after a federal judge ruled the previous version of the map violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and discriminated against Black Georgia voters. The new map would completely change the geographical and racial makeup of the current Seventh Congressional District, represented by Democrat Lucy McBath.

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Are School Shooting Drills Safe for Today’s Youth?

The Crime Report

A federal report released in September found that there were 188 school shootings during the 2021-22 academic year, the highest in more than two decades. National Center for Education Statistics report authors noted that there were half that number of school shootings (93) during the previous year and that, after retail and other business settings, educational settings were the second most common location of active shooter incidents.

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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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Alina Habba, You Got Some ‘Splainin’ To Do!

Above The Law

Is it wrong to approach a party represented by counsel and urge them to sign away their rights? Who can say! The post Alina Habba, You Got Some ‘Splainin’ To Do! appeared first on Above the Law.

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Sabin Center’s Network of Peer Reviewers Responds to African Commission’s Call for Comments on Climate Change and Human Rights

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Last week, the Sabin Center’s Peer Reviewer Network provided a detailed comment in response to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights’ Call for Comments on the draft study concerning the impact of climate change on human rights in Africa. The comment offers recommendations to strengthen the draft study’s approach to the human rights implications of climate change and addresses key areas of climate change law.

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Federal Circuit Appellate court Grants Emergency Stay of Apple Watch Ban

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by Dennis Crouch The patent battle between Masimo and Apple over pulse oximetry technology in the Apple Watch took a new turn on December 27th. Despite the recent import ban imposed by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), Apple was granted a temporary stay by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. For now, this emergency ruling blocks the government from enforcing the exclusion order on certain Apple Watch models through at least mid-January.

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Murder conviction overturned because eyewitness was legally blind

ABA Journal

A judge in Chicago overturned a murder conviction Tuesday after defense lawyers produced evidence that an eyewitness who testified during the 2014 trial was legally…

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Visibility Into the Strategy & Supporting Documents of Major US Law Firms

Law Firm Intelligence by Trellis aggregates state trial court data across the Trellis platform enabling users to: look up a particular metric related to a specific law firm (such as, how many cases a law firm had or has against another law firm), and see the actual dockets and documents supporting the metric. Trellis data is maximized in a revolutionary and unique way to provide users an exclusive look into a law firm litigating in state trial courts.

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US appeals court allows California law banning concealed carry of handguns in most public places to take effect

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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit temporarily stayed a district court’s preliminary injunction on Saturday that blocked a California law that prohibits concealed carry permit holders from carrying firearms in most public places. In a two-page order, the court paused the district court injunction pending the resolution of the appeal.

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Justices will review lower-court ruling on access to abortion pill

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Share The Supreme Court on Wednesday morning agreed to review a ruling by a federal appeals court that would significantly restrict (but not eliminate altogether) access to a drug used in medication abortions, which account for over half of all abortions performed in the United States. Wednesday’s announcement means that the justices will weigh in on the issue of abortion for the first time since overruling the constitutional right to an abortion last year in Dobbs v.

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A Step Too Far: Congress Must Act on Insurance Company Tactics that Delay Critical Care for Patients

Above The Law

This bipartisan legislation will help create a more transparent process that allows patients and physicians to seek exceptions to step therapy protocol. Although it only applies to employer-sponsored health plans, the bill represents an important step towards reining in this troubling practice.

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Your Reasons to Not Go Solo Are Wrong: The Top 10 Fears of Going Solo

Attorney at Work

Roy Ginsburg | Don't let your career rot at a dysfunctional firm. The post Your Reasons to Not Go Solo Are Wrong: The Top 10 Fears of Going Solo appeared first on Attorney at Work.

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Generative AI for Contracts Is Here: New Tools to Accelerate Drafting and Editing

The emergence of generative AI is reshaping the landscape of contract management, enabling businesses to generate and negotiate legal agreements with greater ease and speed. In this on-demand webinar, Hal Marcus, VP of Product Marketing at Evisort discusses how Evisort's generative AI transforms contract creation and negotiation, empowering legal teams to streamline processes while reducing risk.