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Finance
Facebook Crypto Is Raising Lawmakers’ Eyebrows
      0 Comments     2019-06-24

The just-announced Facebook cryptocurrency, Libra, has triggered a new privacy outcry. Can Facebook be trusted not to mishandle users’ financial data? But there are questions even more momentous. Facebook’s partnerships with leading credit companies to launch the currency could let a group of powerful corporations run a borderless currency big enough to potentially disrupt world monetary systems. The currency will be overseen by the Libra […]

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Sports/Entertainment Law
EA Games: “Loot Boxes” Aren’t Gambling – Despite Some Calls To Contrary
      0 Comments     2019-06-24

Videogame company EA Games is defending the “loot boxes” in its videogames, insisting that they have no ill effects on children. Loot boxes are apps that offer the player a way to get virtual goods for real money. The contents of these mechanisms are typically surprises—”loot” that can boost a player’s chances of winning the game. FIFA18 and Star Wars Battlefront, produced […]

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Legal
CA Attorneys: 2019 MCLE “Late Deadline” Is June 30
      0 Comments     2019-06-24

Attorneys licensed to practice in California completed their minimum continuing legal education requirement this January and reported by 1 February 2019, if their last names start with A-G. California groups attorneys by last name into three reporting groups, to stagger the three-year reporting cycle. Those who missed the 2019 deadline can still keep their good standing with the Bar, but […]

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Legal
Utah Attorneys Take Note: MCLE Deadline Is June 30
      0 Comments     2019-06-10

Utah requires its attorneys to complete 24 or more hours of continuing legal education every two years. The June 30 deadline for course completion is fast approaching. (The reporting deadline is July 31.) Of the 24 minimum credit hours, at least 3 must be ethics or professional responsibility, including one hour of professionalism and civility. The first reporting period for new Utah attorneys also ends […]

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Criminal Law
Will Illinois Be the Eleventh State to Legalize Cannabis?
      0 Comments     2019-06-10

The Land of Lincoln is ready to legalize cannabis—and it’s adding some justice to the law, by forgiving people for past marijuana violations. It will be the first state to legalize sales through its legislature, not a ballot measure. Vermont’s legislature did legalize cannabis, but it barred commercial sales. California, Colorado, DC, Oregon, Alaska, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, and […]

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Privacy Law
“No Invasion of Privacy Because There is No Privacy” – Facebook Lawyer
      0 Comments     2019-06-10

A Facebook lawyer apparently thinks there is no privacy to lose if you use the social media platform—so Facebook can’t violate it.  The lawyer told US District Judge Vince Chhabria that users “have no expectation of privacy” as a class-action lawsuit played out over the 2018 Cambridge Analytica scandal, during which personal information on up to 87 million Facebook […]

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