March, 2024

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Legal Tech Startup Ai.law Can Now Draft the Complaint for Your Lawsuit

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Ai.law , a legal technology startup that uses artificial intelligence to generate litigation documents, has added a new module that will draft the complaint to initiate a lawsuit. While Ai.law already had modules for litigation tasks such as answering a lawsuit, responding to discovery, and pulling summaries from medical records, this new module allows a user to input relevant information about a case and generate a complete complaint.

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South Carolina governor signs bill legalizing permitless concealed carry of firearms

JURIST

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed a bill Thursday permitting concealed and open carry for firearms throughout the state. The so-called “constitutional carry” bill allows individuals who are 18 and above and legally able to own a firearm to carry that firearm either openly or concealed. The bill does not require any registration or training for a permit to do so.

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Top Biglaw Firm Has Already Closed One Of Its China Offices, May Close Another Soon

Above The Law

If these firms have to remain in China, then consolidation is the name of the game. The post Top Biglaw Firm Has Already Closed One Of Its China Offices, May Close Another Soon appeared first on Above the Law.

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Public officials can be held liable for blocking critics on social media

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Share The Supreme Court on Friday ruled that public officials who post about topics relating to their work on their personal social media accounts are acting on behalf of the government, and therefore can be held liable for violating the First Amendment when they block their critics, only when they have the power to speak on behalf of the state and are actually exercising that power.

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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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5th Circuit rules for prisoner allowed to sleep no more than 3.5 hours per night

ABA Journal

A sleep-deprived prisoner can show that his treatment constituted cruel and unusual punishment without proving that his health issues stemmed from the restricted bedtime hours,…

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Federal Court Suspends Florida Attorney Over Filing Fabricated Cases Hallucinated by AI

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Just a few weeks ago, I wrote about two more cases of AI-hallucinated citations in court filings leading to sanctions , and now comes the case of a Florida lawyer suspended from practice after filing cases that were “completely fabricated.” On March 8, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida suspended attorney Thomas Grant Neusom from practicing in that court for one year, after which he will be eligible to apply for reinstatement.

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France agency reports it provided over 500 victims of sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic clergy with reparations

JURIST

Independent French reparations agency, Instance Nationale Indépendate de Reconnaissance et de Réparation (INIRR), reported that it has provided financial reparations to over 500 victims of sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy or leaders in the Catholic Church in 2023. INIRR’s 2023 report revealed that over 60 percent of victims are men, averaging an age of 61 years old.

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Ron DeSantis Claims Victory Over Disney And All He Had To Do Was Give Disney Everything They Wanted

Above The Law

This doesn't read like much of a win. The post Ron DeSantis Claims Victory Over Disney And All He Had To Do Was Give Disney Everything They Wanted appeared first on Above the Law.

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Abortion access again before Supreme Court

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Share Since the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to an abortion in 2022, 14 states have enforced total bans on abortion and seven have imposed previously unconstitutional restrictions. On Tuesday, the justices will hear arguments in a case seeking to roll back access to mifepristone, the drug used in medication abortions, which account for more than half of all abortions in the United States.

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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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Lawyers seek over $288K per hour in attorney fees, payable in Tesla stock, for suit toppling Elon Musk’s compensation

ABA Journal

The three law firms that successfully sued to overturn SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk's $55.

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The AGI Lawsuit: Elon Musk vs. OpenAI and the Quest for Artificial General Intelligence that Benefits Humanity

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By Dennis Crouch Elon Musk was instrumental in the initial creation of OpenAI as a nonprofit with the vision of responsibly developing artificial intelligence (AI) to benefit humanity and to prevent monopolistic control over the technology. After ChatGPT went viral in late 2022, the company began focusing more on revenue and profits. It added a major for-profit subsidiary and completed a $13+ billion deal with Microsoft — entitling the industry giant to a large share of OpenAI’s fut

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

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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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India blocks YouTube access to Canadian investigative documentary on killing of Sikh activist

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CBC reported Wednesday that India blocked access on YouTube and X to a Canadian investigative documentary focused on the alleged involvement of the Indian government in the murder of Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who was killed last June in British Columbia, Canada. The CBC Fifth Estate documentary, released last Friday, connects Nijjar ‘s death to a murder-for-hire plot by the Indian government and notes India’s current and past targeting of Sikh Canadians.

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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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Hermès Facing Class-Action Lawsuit Over How It Sells Birkins

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The luxury brand is being accused of unlawful 'tying' sales practices for its most revered bag. The post Hermès Facing Class-Action Lawsuit Over How It Sells Birkins appeared first on Above the Law.

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Supreme Court appears likely to allow abortion drug to remain available

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Share The Supreme Court on Tuesday signaled that it was likely to allow mifepristone, one of two drugs used in medication abortions, to remain widely available in the United States. During roughly 90 minutes of oral arguments, a majority of the justices appeared ready to throw out the dispute over the FDA’s expansion of access to the drug in 2016 and 2021 because the challengers in the case – several individual doctors and groups of doctors who are opposed to abortion on religious or moral groun

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Lawyer’s joint sex with boyfriend and his daughter was ‘tantamount to rape,’ despite plea deal, disbarment order says

ABA Journal

An Ohio lawyer has been permanently disbarred for repeatedly joining with her boyfriend to abuse his 13-year-old daughter.

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ECCHR assessment claims Russia attack on Mariupol Theater was a war crime

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The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) published Saturday a new legal assessment of the Russian attack on the Mariupol Theater in Ukraine, claiming that the attack was a “war crime” and deliberately done by the Russian Air Force to target Ukrainian civilians who sought refuge in the theater. The Center for Spatial Technologies collaborated with the ECCHR to analyze the attack on the Mariupol Drama Theater.

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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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US appeals court blocks enforcement of Texas illegal entry law hours after Supreme Court allowed it to go into effect

JURIST

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday blocked enforcement of Texas’s law criminalizing illegal entry into the state from other countries, hours after a divided US Supreme Court allowed the law to go into effect. The appeals court will hear oral arguments regarding whether a lower court’s injunction against the law should stay in place Wednesday at 10:00 am Central Time.

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Canada Supreme Court rules IP address privacy warrants constitutional protection

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The Supreme Court of Canada ruled 5-4 on Friday that Canada’s Constitution protects Canadians’ internet protocol (IP) addresses from unreasonable search. The police are required to obtain prior judicial authorization before obtaining an IP address for criminal investigations, provided by Section 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Brazil electoral authority warns against employing artificial intelligence in electoral campaigning

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Brazil’s Superior Electoral Court President Alexandre de Moraes warned Thursday that candidates of the 2024 municipal elections may face disqualification or have their mandates rescinded if they employ artificial intelligence to attack opponents. De Moraes said that the 12 resolutions that govern the elections will allow the court to combat distortion from artificial intelligence in electoral campaigning.

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Germany to decriminalize recreational cannabis

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The German Bundestrat approved the Cannabis Act Friday to decriminalize limited personal cannabis consumption and cultivation, allowing the act to go into effect on April 1. The act was previously approved by the Bundestag in February. The act seeks to better regulate cannabis consumption and combat organized crime. The act requires a cultivation association to apply for a permit to engage in cannabis cultivation.

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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Book ban attempts in US libraries and schools hit record high in 2023: national library group

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The American Library Association (ALA) announced on Thursday that censorship demands and book ban attempts in public libraries and schools hit a record high in 2023. The ALA documented 1,247 demands to ban 4,240 different books. This is a 65 percent increase from 2022 , when 2,571 books faced censorship demands. In 17 states , book ban attempts targeted more than 100 titles.

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Federal prosecutors seek seizure of assets linked to former Mongolia PM

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US federal prosecutors filed a complaint in a New York federal district court Wednesday seeking the forfeiture of two multimillion-dollar Manhattan apartments purchased by former Mongolian Prime Minister Sukhbaatar Batbold in connection to an alleged money laundering and corruption investigation. The investigation centers around contracts the Erdenet Mining Corporation, a state owned mining company, entered into with Catrison Limited, a middleman, which theoretically would sell Erdenet’s p

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UK High Court says Assange will not face extradition after inadequate assurance from US he will not face death penalty

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange “ lives to fight another day” according to his brother Gabriel , as the UK High Court halted his potential transfer to the US on Tuesday due to inadequate assurances on his treatment if extradited to the US. The pause came following the court’s directive that the US government furnish assurances that Assange would be spared from facing the death penalty in the event of extradition.

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Ireland High Court rules UK not safe for asylum applicants due to Rwanda plan

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The Irish High Court ruled Friday that a decision made by the country’s Minister for Justice in 2020 to declare the UK a “safe country” to send asylum seekers back to during processing was “unlawful as a matter of EU law.” The decision came after two individuals’ applications for international protection in Ireland were rejected because of their connections with the UK, which is attempting to adopt a plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda while their applicatio

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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.