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HRW: Afghanistan Hazara community at risk due to inadequate protections by authorities

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Inadequate protections by the de-facto Taliban authorities in Afghanistan continue to leave the Shia- Hazara community at risk and contribute to their plight, according a report released Friday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report highlighted that endless conflict in the country continues to affect the lives of many marginalized communities in the country, particularly Hazaras and emphasized that the Islamic State Khorosan Province (ISKP) has notoriety for persistent attacks targeting Shia Ha

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Tesla Admits To Bullying Outside Counsel But Prefers We Not Call It ‘Bullying’

Above The Law

Walking like ducks, quacking like ducks. The post Tesla Admits To Bullying Outside Counsel But Prefers We Not Call It ‘Bullying’ appeared first on Above the Law.

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Supreme Court lets CFPB funding stand

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Share The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of the structure used to fund the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the federal agency tasked with enforcing consumer finance laws. By a vote of 7-2, the justices reversed a decision by a federal appeals court in Louisiana, which had ruled that the agency’s funding violates the Constitution because it comes from the Federal Reserve rather than through the congressional appropriations process.

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Not Again! Two More Cases, Just this Week, of Hallucinated Citations in Court Filings Leading to Sanctions

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For all the discussion of how generative AI will impact the legal profession, maybe one answer is that it will weed out the lazy and incompetent lawyers. By now, in the wake of several cases in which lawyers have found themselves in hot water by citing hallucinated cases generated by ChatGPT, most notoriously Mata v. Avianca , and in the wake of all the publicity those cases have received, you would think most lawyers would have gotten the message not to rely on ChatGPT for legal research, at le

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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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The Transformation of European Climate Change Litigation: Introduction to the Blog Symposium

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In a transformative moment for European and global climate litigation, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled today that the state has a positive duty to adopt, and effectively implement in practice, regulations and measures capable of mitigating the existing and potentially irreversible future effects of climate change. In Verein KlimaSeniorinnen Schweiz and Others v.

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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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The New York Times Denounces Cancel Culture. After Fueling Cancel Culture for Years

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For those of us who have criticized the cancel culture in higher education for years, the attacks and shunning have unrelenting. The media has played a role in that culture and none more prominently than the New York Times. Recently, however, the mob came for liberal professors and media who have remained silent for years as conservatives and others were targeted on campus.

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Federal judges end ‘oral-argument affirmative action,’ leading Stephen Miller group to declare victory

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A legal group founded by Stephen Miller, a former senior policy adviser in the Trump White House, has declared victory after two federal judges in…

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UN Secretary-General calls on Haiti Transitional Presidential Council to quickly appoint new prime minister and cabinet

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The spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General made a call to Haitian authorities to “expedite the full implementation of the transitional governance arrangements” following the official installation of a Transitional Presidential Council (TPC) and the official resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry on Thursday. The establishment of the TPC comes as a response to rampant gang violence in the Caribbean island and a worsening humanitarian crisis, which is classed as an emergency by t

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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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Lawsuit alleges New York prisons flout state law by isolating inmates with disabilities

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A class action complaint filed this week accuses New York prison officials of holding disabled inmates in solitary confinement in violation of state law. Solitary confinement has been a core feature of the US penal system since the 18 th century — dating back to the earliest state prisons, where the inmates seen as most depraved were isolated to prevent the spread of their moral influence.

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Amnesty International urges immediate investigation into war crimes in Merawi, Ethiopia

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Amnesty International asserted Friday that African and global human rights bodies must urgently investigate alleged war crimes committed by the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) in the town of Merawi, Amhara region, on January 29, 2024. This incident, purportedly involving the killings of civilians through murder and extrajudicial executions, stands as one of the deadliest for civilians during the conflict between the ENDF and Fano militia since the outbreak of hostilities in Amhara in Au

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

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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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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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UN experts warn that violations of women and girls’ rights in Haiti continue with impunity

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UN independent human rights experts warned Monday that violations of women and girls’ rights in Haiti are “continuing with impunity.” They said in a statement that increasing levels of violence, along with corruption and poor governance, are undermining the rule of law in Haiti, resulting in a weakening of the justice system. According to the experts women and girls disproportionately suffer from the crisis in the country, with pre-existing inequalities and gender-based discrim

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Ethiopia secret committee violating human rights in suppressing Oromo insurgency group: Reuters investigation

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An investigation published by Reuters on Friday revealed that a secretive committee of high-ranking officials in Ethiopia has been committing human rights violations in order to eliminate the Oromo Liberation Army- Oromo Liberation Front (OLF-OLA) insurgency group. Reuters interviewed over 30 sources, revealing the committee’s existence for the first time on record.

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Germany announces new measures to target extremist groups

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German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser announced Tuesday that a package of new measures will be considered to tackle the rise of far-right extremism. These new measures are part of a 13-point plan and are both preventive and repressive. They include the financial tracking of right-wing extremist groups in addition to the creation of a special unit called the ”early recognition unit” designed to detect far-right disinformation campaigns.

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Ethiopian Human Rights Commission says 45 civilians killed by government forces in Amhara region

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The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) claimed on Tuesday that federal security forces have killed at least 45 civilians in Ethiopia’s Amhara region. The independent state body also alleged that the civilians had been killed for being supposedly affiliated with the ethnic Amhara armed group known as Fano. The commission stressed that the damage done to civilian lives “outside the law” by government officials could be greater than the numbers stated.

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

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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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Amnesty International asks Alabama to stop upcoming execution by nitrogen hypoxia

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Amnesty International reiterated its calls to stop the execution of Kenneth Eugene Smith in Alabama by nitrogen hypoxia. The date for execution has been set for January 25, 2024. In urging Alabama to cancel the execution, Justin Mazzola, a researcher at Amnesty International, stated: The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment, and we urge Alabama Governor Kay Ivey to use her clemency power to stop the execution of Kenneth Smith before it’s too late.

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US removes Cuba from list of countries not fully cooperating against terrorism

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The US removed Cuba the list of countries not fully cooperating against terrorism, also known as the Not Fully Cooperating Countries (NFCC) list, State Department Principal Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel confirmed on Wednesday. Patel said that the circumstances leading to Cuba’s designation as an NFCC have changed since 2022. The NFCC list is part of the State Department’s annual assessment of international cooperation in counterterrorism efforts, and countries on this list may fac

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Pakistan writes to The Economist over article by former PM Imran Khan

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The Pakistani Government raised concerns in a letter to The Economist on Friday regarding an article purportedly written by former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is currently in jail after a conviction in a corruption case. Khan questions the fairness of the upcoming general election in the piece. Murtaza Solangi, Pakistan’s Federal Caretaker Minister for Information, Broadcasting, and Parliamentary Affairs, said while announcing the letter, “It is puzzling and disconcertin

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California Civil Discovery Act Undergoes Significant Overhaul

Short article looking at the new CCP 2016.

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Brazil Supreme Court orders X to block certain undisclosed popular accounts

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The Brazilian Supreme Court ordered X Corp. (formerly Twitter) to remove certain users from its platform, the social media company announced on Saturday. X’s Global Government Affairs account said that the company was “forced by court decisions to block certain popular accounts in Brazil,” adding that no reason was provided as to why or any details given regarding the posts that allegedly violate the law.

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CPJ urges Uganda authorities to protect journalists following assault

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The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called on Ugandan authorities Tuesday to investigate the Sunday assault of journalist Juliet Kyarisiima, hold the culprits accountable and ensure that journalists covering public events do not become victims of violence. Kyarisiima was assaulted whilst covering a public meeting on a land dispute. According to the CPJ, when the meeting of the land dispute ended, a group of armed men came in and started assaulting the participants.

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Philippines deploys ships to disputed South China Sea amid reports China building ‘artificial island’

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The Philippines on Saturday deployed ships to a disputed area in the South China Sea, where it accused the People’s Republic of China (PRC) of building an “artificial island” amid the two Asian countries’s ongoing conflict over the territory, the office of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said in a statement. “The Philippine Coast Guard (PGC) has deployed its BRP Teresa Magbanua to monitor the supposed illegal activities of China, creating an ‘artificial island’ on Escoda S

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Somalia state of Puntland rejects constitutional amendments and withdraws from federal government

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Puntland refused to recognize the authority of the federal government of Somalia on Sunday, rejecting the latest constitutional reforms approved by the Somali Parliament. The Council of Ministers declared in a statement that Puntland withdrew its recognition and trust in the federal government of Somalia and called for a “mutually agreed constitutional process” and a public referendum in which Puntland participates to pass the new constitution.

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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.