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New membership model will mean lower dues, free CLE and customized content for ABA members

A new dues structure that starts in September 2019 was overwhelmingly approved by the ABA House of Delegates on Monday during the ABA Annual Meeting…
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Philippa Ryan: Developing trust through blockchain

Philippa Ryan thinks a lot about trust. A barrister in Australia, she lectures on the subject, and her PhD thesis focused on the breach of…
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Ethics case is tossed against judge who protested death penalty while ruling in execution drug dispute

The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission has tossed an ethics case against a judge who participated in death-penalty protests on the same day…
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Lawyer engaged in ‘sustained campaign of unfounded litigation,’ disbarment recommendation says

An Illinois lawyer should be disbarred for trying to gain control of a long-running case by filing several unfounded suits alleging malpractice, fraud and a…
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Gorsuch earned $225K advance for book, Ginsburg leads in reimbursed travel, disclosures show

Three U.S. Supreme Court justices earned money for writing books last year, including a $225,000 advance earned by Justice Neil M. Gorsuch for a book…
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All charges dropped in Flint water case with promise of continuing investigation

Prosecutors in Michigan have dropped all pending criminal charges against officials accused in connection with the leaching of lead into the water supply in Flint. …
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This state is expected to become the first to collect prosecutor data, with breakdowns by race

Connecticut is expected to become the first state to collect statewide criminal case data from prosecutors broken down by the defendants’ race, sex, ethnicity, age…
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Civil rights commission calls to end ‘invisible’ punishments for those with criminal convictions


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In states where inmates can vote, few exercise their right to cast ballots

When Sen. Bernie Sanders championed voting rights for prisoners during a CNN town hall, he spotlighted an intensifying national debate about why going to prison…
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United States: No Surprise - Cyberinsurance Impacted By Cyberattacks! - Foley & Lardner

Darkreading.com reported that "As cybercrime continues to rise, cyber insurance has businesses reconsidering their coverage. Organizations faced with a decision to take out coverage
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United States: Senate 101 Hearings Stacked In Favor Of Reform - Ropes & Gray LLP

The Senate Judiciary Committee will conduct back-to-back hearings next Tuesday and Wednesday entitled "The State of Patent Eligibility in America
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United States: SEC Exempts Company From Requirement To Furnish Information To Security Holders - Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

The SEC Division of Corporation Finance granted exemptive relief to MiMedx Group, Inc.
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United States: Agencies Adopt Final Rule Allowing Banks To Treat Certain Munis As High-Quality Liquid Assets - Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

The Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the FDIC (collectively, the "agencies") jointly adopted, without change, an interim final rule.
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United States: SEC Approves Amendments Extending Response Times For Non-Parties In FINRA Arbitrations - Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

The SEC approved amendments to FINRA's customer and industry arbitration rules to extend response times for non-parties to arbitration subpoenas, orders of appearance of witnesses and orders for the..
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United States: FASB Proposes Harmonizing Disclosure Requirements With SEC Regulations - Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

The Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") proposed updates to the FASB Accounting Standards Codification ("Codification") to harmonize certain disclosure requirements to be consistent with SEC..
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United States: Mortgage Servicer Settles CFPB Charges For Violating TILA, CFPA And RESPA - Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

BSI Financial Services ("BSI"), a mortgage servicer, agreed to settle CFPB charges for violating the Truth in Lending Act.
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United States: CFTC Commissioner Dan Berkovitz Considers Current State Of Energy Sector Regulation - Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

In the latest issue of the The Risk Desk, CFTC Commissioner Dan Berkovitz shared his perspective on Dodd-Frank's impact on the energy sector, futures commission merchant ("FCM") consolidation and..
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European Union: Changes To The FCA's Rules Implementing The Revised Shareholder Rights Directive – What Asset Managers Need To Know - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

As part of the EU Sustainability Action Plan and the Sustainable Finance initiative the revised Directive 2007/36/EC (the "Shareholder Rights Directive" or "SRD II") introduces new requirements
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United States: Mandatory Backpay In ADEA Claims: What Will SCOTUS Decide? - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

Baltimore County has petitioned the Supreme Court to decide whether backpay for violations of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA") is mandatory.
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United States: USDA Issues Legal Opinion Supporting Current Legality Of Hemp In Interstate Commerce - Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

On May 28, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of General Counsel issued a legal opinion that clarifies its position on several important hemp-related provisions
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United States: Significant TCPA Verdict Returned In Wakefield v. Visalus, Inc. - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

An Oregon federal jury reached a verdict in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA") class action in April that exposes the defendant to a potential judgment in excess of $2.7 billion.
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United States: Bipartisan Bill Would Create Artificial Intelligence Strategy For U.S. Workforce - Littler Mendelson

A bipartisan bill introduced on May 21, 2019 in the U.S. Senate seeks to prepare America's employers and workers for the 21st century economy by establishing a national Artificial Intelligence (AI)..
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United States: Patent Reform: Section 101 Draft Bill Released - Holland & Knight

Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), along with Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) released a bipartisan, bicameral draft bill that "would..
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United States: EPA Issues Draft Interim PFAS Guidelines For Public Comment - Holland & Knight

On April 25, 2019, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced issuance of Draft Interim Recommendations to Address Groundwater Contaminated with Perfluorooctanoic Acid and Perfluorooctane..
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United States: CT Legislature Charges Energy Storage Market With Unlimited Electric Utility Investments - Holland & Knight

The Connecticut General Assembly energized the rapidly-growing energy storage market this week by enacting legislation that authorizes the electric distribution utilities to own and rate-base wholesale..
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United States: Nevada Codifies What Constitutes "Health Benefits" For Purposes Of Nevada's Minimum Wage Laws - Littler Mendelson

On May 21, 2019, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed a bill that seeks to clarify what type of health benefits an employer must provide in order to pay its employees the lower-tier minimum wage
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United States: 6 Factors To Consider When Deciding Relocation In Child Custody Cases - Dickinson Wright PLLC

While having two parents who live not only in the same state, but within a reasonable driving distance from each other is ideal, this may not always be possible.
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United States: Live Action Role Playing — A Day In The Life Of HR - Ward and Smith, P.A.

The moderators — attorneys Ken Gray and Hayley Wells — focused on labor and employment law.
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United States: Through The Regulator's Eyes - Duff and Phelps

Just like compliance officers, regulators work within a range of forces, priorities, and constraints. Understanding those factors is essential for managing regulatory relationships.
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United States: Delaware Department Of State's Latest Round Of Unclaimed Property VDA Invitations - Duff and Phelps

The Delaware Secretary of State will send approximately 200 unclaimed property voluntary disclosure agreement invitations to Delaware incorporated companies throughout the United States within the next..
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United States: How Technology Is Changing The Landscape Of Taxation In America - Duff and Phelps

Technological advances, particularly in the areas of online commerce and cloud solutions, have forever changed how business is conducted in the U.S. and abroad.
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United States: The Weekly Hill Update - June 10, 2019 - BakerHostetler

Below is the Federal Policy team's weekly preview, published when Congress is in session.
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United States: Privilege Review Presents Unique Challenges In Intellectual Property Cases - Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Intellectual property (IP) litigation typically requires review and production of large volumes of documents and electronically stored information (ESI).
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United States: OFCCP Issues Opinion Letter On Whether Pell Grants Trigger Federal Contractor Status For Colleges - Littler Mendelson

In an effort to provide additional compliance assistance resources to contractors, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued Directive 2019-03 in late 2018
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United States: CCPA's Final Requirements In Flux, With Six Months To Go To Comply - Part 1 Of 3: Where Does The Law Stand Now? - Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

On June 28, 2018, the state of California enacted and then-Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) into law.
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United States: Update: Patent And Trademark Fees In Venezuela - BakerHostetler

As previously reported on this blog, the issue of payment of fees related to trademark applications/registrations in Venezuela is currently in a state of flux.
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United States: Beginning In 2020, Willful Failure To Pay Wages Will Be A Criminal Offense In Colorado - Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

On May 16, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed into law bipartisan House Bill 19-1267, which creates criminal liability for employers that intentionally refuse to pay, or that underpay, their employees.
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United States: New California Employment Law May Impact Acquired Employees' Compensation In The M&A Context - Orrick

Effective January 1, 2018, California Labor Code Section 432.3 was amended to, among other things, prohibit any employer – public or private – from "seek[ing]" salary and compensation history from..
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United States: California Sets The Standard With A New IoT Law - Orrick

This past September Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 327, which is the first state law designed to regulate the security features of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
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United States: Dragged To The U.S. Courts (Part 2): Avoiding Personal Jurisdiction As A Non-U.S. Blockchain Company - Orrick

Without personal jurisdiction over a defendant, a court cannot exercise its powers.
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United States: Ninth Circuit Holds Protecting A Claim To Its Fullest Extent Is Not Evidence Of Bad Faith - Orrick

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a secured creditor's purchase of general unsecured claims to block confirmation of a Chapter 11 plan did not in itself constitute bad faith.
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United States: Plaintiffs Cannot Claim Creditor Status Retroactively - Orrick

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reminded the plaintiff that standing is "determined as of the commencement of the suit" and post filing claims purchases will not suffice to establish standing.
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United States: Proposed Regulations Favorably Affect Foreign Currency Hedging Transactions - Orrick

United States shareholders of controlled foreign corporations ("CFCs") are required to include certain forms of passive income in their taxable income.
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United States: ISDA Publishes IBOR Consultation Paper - Orrick

On July 12, the ISDA initiated a market-wide consultation on technical issues related to new benchmark fallbacks for derivatives referencing certain interbank offered rates, or IBORs, in response to..
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United States: EMIR Refit Enters Into Force On June 17, 2019 – Impacts And Action Items For End-Users - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

On May 28, 2019, final text was published in the Official Journal of the European Union ("OJEU") for substantive amendments to the European Market Infrastructure Regulation ("EMIR")
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United States: Texas Moves Forward With Updates To Breach Notification Law And Institutes Privacy Council To Study Data Privacy Legislation - BakerHostetler

Texas is one of the many states that looked to be following in the footsteps of California's enactment of a broad consumer privacy law, which has far-ranging implications for businesses and consumers.
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United States: Electronic Discovery & Information Governance - Tip Of The Month: Contemplating Confidentiality - Considering Privacy Issues In Civil Confidentiality Orders - Mayer Brown

A human resources executive of a manufacturing company has recently filed a discrimination suit against the company in federal court.
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United States: US Proposes New Rule To Address "Currency Undervaluation" As Potential Subsidy - Mayer Brown

On May 23, 2019, the US Department of Commerce ("Commerce") announced a proposal to investigate "currency undervaluation" as an actionable government subsidy.
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United States: In Texas Lawyer Article, Akin Gump Litigators Recount Experience Working At Dallas DA's Office - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Texas Lawyer has published the article "6 Litigation Lessons Learned From Our Time as Temporary Prosecutors
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United States: A Year Of GDPR: Five Recommendations To Help Limit Regulatory Scrutiny - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

A year ago, on May 25, 2018, the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force.
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