Category Archives: Technology & Cyberlaw

TWiL 435: Goliath vs. Ant-Man

Denise Howell, Stefan Szpajda and Matt Curtis talk with Nate Cardozo of the EFF about getting rid of DRM, the new Music Modernization Act, is the Amazon Fire TV Recast another Aereo waiting to happen? Congress will hold Consumer Privacy Hearings without consumer privacy advocates, how Cohen and Manafort messed up when using Encryption apps, California's net neutrality rules are illegal according to Ajit Pai, and more! Hosts: Denise Howell, Stefan Szpajda, and Matt Curtis Guest: Nate Cardozo Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-law.Public list of discussion pointsTWiL on FacebookAttorneys may submit a self-study form to their local CLE board seeking MCLE credit approval. Please check the rules and requirements for your specific jurisdiction before submitting any forms. Special thanks to Nigel Clutterbuck for the TWiL theme music... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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The European Commission’s draft regulation on ‘terrorist content’ requires significant revision

On 12 September, the European Commission published a proposal for a Regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online. The Regulation is the latest and most far-reaching of a long series of European Union initiatives to regulate and restrict various types of online content, both legal and illegal. It follows a public consultation in June 2018 on the Commission’s strategy to tackle illegal content. In our consultation response we cautioned against new legislative measures in the absence of compelling evidence to justify them. We also laid out some core principles that any policy measure should respect. The Commission has disregarded this advice, and proceeded to legislate at speed, most likely under pressure from influential Member State governments. Politics aside, the evidence brought forward to justify the Regulation is less than compelling, and does not demonstrate convincingly that the potentially far-reaching restrictions and obligations it….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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ABA Approves Changes to Lawyer Advertising and Other Rules

At its annual House of Delegates meeting last month in Chicago, the American Bar Association (ABA) approved a handful of revisions to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct (“Model Rules”) governing attorney advertising as well as other topics. The changes were the result of approximately two years of work by the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Ethics and Responsibility, which included open hearings and opportunities for public comment. While the rule changes related to legal marketing did not necessarily represent a large-scale substantive rewrite, they did serve to clarify, consolidate, and modernize some of the guidelines in this area. The Model Rules are not binding on attorneys, but most states have adopted them to some extent in implementing regulations governing lawyer conduct. However, there tends to be a greater degree of variation among states with regard to advertising as opposed to other ethics rules, which is one of the….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Justice Kennedy Really Screwed Up

First, he waited until the last day of the Term to announce his retirement. This shortened the timeframe for deliberating on a Supreme Court nomination and for vetting a nominee. Second, he retired effective July 31, 2018. Thus, we now again face the prospect of a shorthanded Supreme Court, maybe for two years or more. Alas... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Breaking: Legal Services Provider UnitedLex Receives Major Majority Investment

Fast on the heels of the Sept. 10 announcement that Atrium — the combination law firm and legal technology company — had raised $65 million, today comes news that enterprise legal services provider UnitedLex has received a majority investment from CVC Capital Partners. Although the amount of the investment was not disclosed, the company said in an announcement that the investment “represents one of the largest transactions to date with any legal services provider.” The UnitedLex senior leadership team has fully reinvested in the transaction, the announcement said. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals. The announcement said that UnitedLex, founded in 2006, had closed It comes on the heels of UnitedLex closing deals worth $1.5 billion in total contract value over the last 18 months. UnitedLex provides enterprise legal services to corporations, law firms and universities. Its services focus on contracts and commercial….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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