California Jury to Decide if Facebook’s Deep Learning Facial Recognition Creates Regulated Biometric Information

Following a recent decision issued by Judge James Donato of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, a jury to be convened in San Francisco in July will decide whether a Facebook artificial intelligence technology creates regulated “biometric information” under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).  In some respects, the jury’s decision could reflect general sentiment toward AI during a time when vocal opponents of AI have been widely covered in the media.  The outcome could also affect how US companies, already impacted by Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), view their use of AI technologies to collect and process user-supplied data. For lawyers, the case could highlight effective litigation tactics in highly complex AI cases where black box algorithms are often unexplainable and lack transparency, even to their own developers. What’s At Stake? What Does BIPA Cover? Uniquely….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Zotero bibliographies in Bluebook format

New! ZoteroBib is a new free, tool from the makers of Zotero. It’s like EasyBib but quicker, more powerful, and sans the obnoxious ads. As you’re researching, just enter in your url, isbn, doi, etc., and click cite. It automatically grabs the citation and adds it to your list in just one click. Like Zotero, it supports Bluebook and many other citation styles. And ZoteroBib works on any device. hat tip: Karen Shephard and Bonnie Shucha.. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Deceased fisherman found aboard sunken Kelli J

Divers found the missing skipper inside the sunken vessel, the Kelli J, prior to it being refloated by contractors in Willapa Bay, Friday. The vessel is being taken to the Nachotta marina with the owner’s insurance company coordinating the remaining salvage efforts. The Kelli J was originally reported missing on Saturday, May 19, which sparked search and rescue efforts that extended into Monday when the search was suspended. Multiple efforts were conducted to attempt to locate the missing vessel that resulted in the vessel being found submerged within Willapa Bay on Wednesday. Continue reading.. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Takeshi Ogawa v Kynong Sun Kang, 2018 WL 2376338 (D. Utah, 2018) [Japan] [Rights of Custody] [Petition denied]

In Takeshi Ogawa v Kynong Sun Kang, 2018 WL 2376338 (D. Utah, 2018)  Petitioner Takeshi Ogawa’ sought the ruturn of the parties twins to Japan. Ogawa and Kang were married and lived together in  Japan. Ogawa was a Japanese national, and Kang was a South Korean national. Ogawa and Kang were the parents of twelve-year-old twins, N.O and N.O. The family lived together, mostly in Japan, until 2012. In April 2012, Kang and the twins relocated to the United States while Ogawa remained in Japan. The parties were intending to divorce at that time. In March 2013, Ogawa and Kang finalized their divorce by mutual agreement. Pursuant to the agreement, Kang returned the children to Japan and Ogawa’s custody. Although the agreement stated that Ogawa was to hand over the children to Kang on March 31, 2017, Ogawa kept the children living with him in Japan. Kang stated that she made efforts with authorities in Japan to have the “hand-over” provision of the….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Admitting evidence of prior disciplinary action taken against the charged party

Admitting evidence of prior disciplinary action taken against the charged partyOATH Index No. 2310/17Although the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings Administrative Law Judge Joycelyn McGeachy-Kuls ruled that evidence of prior discipline is not admissible to prove an employee engaged in the charged misconduct, she said that prior disciplinary events may be used to rebut employee’s testimony that he was unaware of work rules. Judge McGeachy-Kuls then admitted evidence of prior discipline for failure to complete forms in accordance with procedure to rebut employee’s testimony that he lacked notice of the procedure. This evidence was admitted solely for that purpose and not to prove that the employee had committed the charged misconduct.In contrast, if an employee's personnel history will be considered by the hearing officer to determine the penalty to be imposed if the individual is found guilty of some, or all, of the disciplinary charges….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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