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Perk For NY Attorneys: Complete MCLE at Your Desk
July 08, 2019

Some states require their attorneys to take some live classroom CLE hours. Not New York. Experienced attorneys—those licensed in New York for more than two years—may complete the required 24 New York CLE hours through downloadable and online courses. Four of these hours must be legal ethics courses. Essential CLE courses also cover skills, law practice management, and professional […]

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Antitrust
Captains of Industry Rally Against Amazon & Google in Antitrust Case
July 08, 2019

The Retail Industry Leaders Association, whose members include Best Buy, Walmart, and Target, are confronting the sales hegemony of Amazon and Google. The retail groups wrote a letter to the Federal Trade Commission in furtherance of the U.S. antitrust investigation of the tech giants. The Justice Department is investigating Google and, potentially, Apple. The Federal Trade Commission is running antitrust investigations of Amazon and Facebook. […]

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E-commerce
Lawmakers Crack Down on Cryptocurrency
July 08, 2019

If you’ve been watching this space, you know U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are taking a hard look at Facebook’s venture into cryptocurrency and how it could disrupt national currencies. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and other House Finance subcommittee leaders have officially asked Facebook to put its Libra digital currency project on hold, and Senate banking chair Mike Crapo […]

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Finance
Facebook Crypto Is Raising Lawmakers’ Eyebrows
June 24, 2019

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
June 24, 2019

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
June 24, 2019

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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Utah Attorneys Take Note: MCLE Deadline Is June 30
June 10, 2019

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?
June 10, 2019

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
June 10, 2019

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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Just Added to South Carolina MCLE: Substance Abuse and Mental Health
May 28, 2019

South Carolina lawyers, take note! The new Continuing Legal Education requirements came into effect on May 1. South Carolina’s CLE requirements for experienced attorneys include 14 credit hours—at least two in legal ethics and professional responsibility. Now, SC lawyers must earn one hour of SA/MH—substance abuse, mental health issues, or stress management and the legal profession. Lawyers and judges must […]

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