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So, You Missed Your MCLE Deadline. What’s Next?
September 03, 2019

It’s not unusual for attorneys to miss their Continuing Legal Education deadlines. Here we discuss how attorneys handle missed deadlines—and offer some pointers for staying out of the penalty box. What Are the Typical MCLE Grace Periods? Your bar association website shows you state’s late filing process. Within a certain period, your state might accept late submissions without imposing penalties. If you […]

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Intellectual Property Law
Heard It Before? Singer Ed Sheeran Faces Intellectual Property Disputes
September 03, 2019

Hit singer Ed Sheeran has enjoyed the highest-grossing music tour in history, with 9 million people buying concert tickets to the tune of $736.7 million. Which may come in handy as Sheeran faces a $100 million intellectual property lawsuit. Ironically, the singer dubbed this lucrative performance series the Divide Tour.  Allegedly, one of the 29-year-old singer’s works borrows too much from Marvin Gaye’s classic soul hit “Let’s Get […]

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Technology
Your Yelp Data Influencing Eating Recommendations
September 03, 2019

The ability to use people’s prior search data for new suggestions on their buying behavior as they make other searches is not a new concept. Google and Yahoo both have been leveraging this user-provided resource for years. However, Yelp, the consumer service recommendation app and website, has now jumped on the same bandwagon with its […]

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Cyber Security
Facebook: Latest Company to Listen to Your Conversations
August 22, 2019

Facebook is the latest in a parade of companies found assigning contract workers the role of eavesdropping on our conversations. Facebook Messenger users who opted to have their voice messages transcribed were affected, as hundreds of human workers were paid to transcribe the recordings, according to Bloomberg. Facebook said the human involvement was meant to improve machine learning. EU data protection authorities are investigating the […]

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Legal
Suing a Company Over Droves of Hacked “Fortnite” Accounts? Litigators Show Class Action Is Warranted
August 22, 2019

Fortnite is a wildly popular online video game released in 2017 by Epic Games. The company now faces a class-action lawsuit over a cybersecurity breach. The suit faults Epic Games for insufficient security measures and lack of notice to millions of users that their identifying details had been hacked. Personal injury lawyers filed the federal suit on behalf of more than 100 account holders. Obtaining Class Certification Addressing […]

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Legal
Everything You Need to Know About New York MCLE—But Were Afraid to Ask
August 22, 2019

If you are a New York attorney looking to complete your Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits, here are some juicy facts you need to know. New York put a diversity requirement in your two-year compliance cycle. Experienced attorneys admitted in New York must now complete 1+ credit hour in diversity, inclusion, and the elimination of bias. Course material may concern age; religion; ability; race, […]

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Legal
West Virginia Suspends 28 Lawyers for Missing CLE. Don’t Let This Happen to You!
August 05, 2019

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has suspended 28 attorneys for failing to comply with legal education requirements. The West Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission sought to suspend the 28 for failing to submit proof for the minimum 24 credit hours — including 3 or more each in ethics, office management, and substance abuse or eliminating of bias in the profession — […]

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Cyber Security
What’s in Their Wallets? Data Breach Impacts 106 Million Capital One Clients
August 05, 2019

Capital One acknowledged a massive data breach last month, risking the privacy of more than 100 million North American customers. More than a million Canadian Social Insurance Numbers and U.S. Social Security numbers were accessed. Names, contact information, income information, credit scores, and transaction histories were all exposed. Authorities arrested a suspect who bragged about the hack online. If this can happen to major […]

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Privacy Law
Google, Amazon, and Apple Digital Voice Assistants Under Scrutiny for Flouting Privacy Expectations
August 05, 2019

Did you know? Apple sends some people’s Siri recordings to its contractors around the world. The information goes back to the company to help improve its digital voice assistant. The rationale seems reasonable. After all, artificial intelligence can only be improved by collecting and examining data on what’s working and what’s not. Google’s done it too. Same with Alexa. The issue […]

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Legal
A Quick Pre-Deadline Primer on Illinois MCLE Compliance
July 22, 2019

Here’s what Illinois attorneys need to know, in a nutshell. The Illinois MCLE Requirement The total hours required in Illinois is 30, which includes 4 hours of Professional Responsibility, 1 hour of Diversity and Inclusion, and 1 hour of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. In Illinois, attorneys take the entire total online. Other CLE courses should address civility, professionalism or legal ethics. Newly admitted […]

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