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Jackson Reforms


28 July 2014 - Controversy still rages over whether the Jackson reforms are a coherent set of proposals that will rebalance a system where claims and costs are out of control, or if they represent an assault on access to justice for people whom ‘no win, no fee’ represents the only hope of redress for a wrong inflicted on them. The reforms are packed: new cost and case management rules, a bundle of measures that include qualified

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NSA the only part of the government that actually listens 


Thomas Mullaney, Law Offices of Thomas Mullaney


Elad Yoran, Vaultive Inc.

8 July 2014Since the advent of codes and legal ethics, attorneys have been required to take steps to protect against disclosures of sensitive client information. In an age of pervasive government data mining and surveillance of the “cloud” through programs such as the National Security Agency’s PRISM PRISM and the Drug Enforcement

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Data deletion 1



(from Law360.com)

18 July 2014 –  Europe’s privacy regulators on Thursday invited Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to discuss a recent high court ruling requiring search engines to honor users’ requests to scrub objectionable results, a day after Microsoft joined Google in unveiling a system to field these deletion demands.

After mulling over the best approach to take to enforce the European Court of Justice’s surprising May ruling backing Internet users’ “right to be forgotten”

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BigLaw bill rates 

15 July 2014 - According to The Billing Rate Reference 2014, a new report jointly created by Law360 and BTI Consulting Group Inc., the average senior partner rate at large firms, with 400 or more lawyers, was $724 per hour; at midsize firms, with 150 to 399 attorneys, was $541 an hour; and at small firms, with fewer than 150 lawyers, was $445 an hour.

At a recent conference in New York on law firm bill…

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It’s the ZyLAB/Recommind slug fest over predictive coding!!

Posted on July 9th, 2014 by projectcounsel



9 July 2014 - Beyond Search is reporting on Mary Mack of ZyLAB who has offered some insight into the trend of viewing predictive coding as some form of “magic”. Says Beyond Search: “this idea is quickly brushed aside and predictive coding is allocated back to the realm of statistics and technology”. The article appears in Chris Dale’s excellent blog The eDisclosure Information Project and Beyond Search quotes Mack:

“Machine learning and artificial intelligence for legal applications is our future.

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Irish court throws a spanner into US/EU safe harbor negotiations

Posted on June 19th, 2014 by projectcounsel





 BY: Gregory P. Bufithis, Esq.

19 June 2014 - Yesterday the European Court of Justice (ECJ) was asked to rule on a landmark case which seeks to force watchdogs to audit the personal data Facebook allegedly releases to U.S. spy chiefs. Judge Desmond Hogan of the high court in Dublin referred the challenge of an Austrian privacy campaigner on the…

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IJF 2014

Sunrise in Perugia


Sunrise in Perugia, Italy

By: Ryan Costello, Esq.

(with contributions from Gregory Bufithis)



18 June 2014 – I tell you one thing: the International Journalism Festival in Perugia forces you to be selective. At any given time, you miss more sessions than you can attend. That said, I did manage to cover a wide breadth of the festivities. Consider this a very…

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7 dirty words


16 June 2014 - I could not help but think of American comedian George Carlin when the GM “forbidden words” story broke (see below). Many of us are old enough to remember Carlin’s “seven dirty words” that are seven English-language words that Carlin first listed in 1972 in his monologue “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television”. I won’t list them. But if you want to hear the original Carlin routine (a radio broadcast) click here.

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tax inversion

By: Gregory P. Bufithis, Esq.

[compiled from numerous media reports]

15 June 2014 - As Business Insider, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times have reported over the weekend, medical-device maker Medtronic Inc. is in advanced talks to combine with rival Covidien PLC in a deal valued at more than $40 billion. The deal, which could be announced tomorrow, would be structured as a so-called tax inversion. In such deals, acquirers buy companies domiciled in countries…

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Keep calm and your hands off my data


12 June 2014 – It must be one of my favorite case names: Matter of a Warrant to Search a Certain Email Account Controlled and Maintained By Microsoft Corp. The case has received a lot of blog/press coverage because a U.S. district court confirmed what has been known for the last decade, that US companies have to supply data to the U.S. government from any server they have control over even if that server is outside…

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