Announcing An eDiscovery Challenge: Can It Be Done Within Microsoft Office 365?

[Editor’s note: This is a guest post by veteran e-discovery consultants Tom O’Connor, director of the Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center, and Don Swanson, president of Five Star Legal.] Nine years is a long time for technology. In 2009, eDiscovery expert Craig D. Ball issued his EDna Challenge, asking eDiscovery lawyers and forensic technologists how they would handle a hypothetical small eDiscovery project on a limited budget. Two years later, Tom O’Connor followed that with his Ernie Challenge...
Tags: Microsoft, Law, Uncategorized, Ernie, Don Swanson, Tom O Connor, Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center, Craig D Ball

The Kel-Tec CMR-30 And PMR-30 Combo

Outdoor Hub: I am a big fan of compact carbines and a companion pistol that can share the same caliber of ammo and magazine. What a great approach for a survival/hunting package. Some folks may not realize that Kel-Tec offers what I consider to be a great duo of guns in the 22 WMR (Winchester Magnum Rimfire); the CMR-30 and its companion the Kel-Tec PMR-30 pistol also in 22 Magnum. Aside from survival and hunting applications either of these two guns have practicality in defensive and target sho...
Tags: Guns, Military, Firearms, Kel Tec, FN

Ammunition In The News

Sierra Match King 5.56X45 77 grain rounds being pushed by Midway. Sierra MatchKing bullets have very thin jackets and are held to exacting tolerances in diameter and weight. These Hollow Point Boat Tail bullets have a small meplat to produce a higher ballistic coefficient. Federal Syntech Ammunition. Syntech is Federal’s proprietary Total Synthetic Jacket polymer bullet jacket, intended to reduce metal-on-metal contact, reduce fouling, and extend barrel life. Well, it sure looks different enoug...
Tags: Military, Federal, PRC, Ammunition, Sierra Match King, Precision Rifle Cartridge, Midway Sierra, Federal Syntech Ammunition Syntech

Ohio's new cybersecurity safe harbor for businesses means the time for cybersecurity compliance is NOW

Do you know that the average total cost of a data breach to a business is $3.86 million? This is a 6.4% increase over the past year. For companies doing business in Ohio, some relief is on the way. Earlier this month, Governor Kasich signed Senate Bill 220 into law. It provides a legal "safe harbor" for businesses in exchange for compliance with one of eight recognized cybersecurity standards (including the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Cybersecurity Framework, the Security ...
Tags: Law, Senate, Ohio, Kasich, HIPAA, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Jon Hyman, Henrik Hedegaard

Are "digital addiction" claims about to invade your workplace?

There is no doubt that addiction is a protected disability under the ADA (and Ohio's parallel law). Typically, we think of addiction as relating to drugs or alcohol. But, there's a new wave of addictions on the horizon—digital addictions. What are digital addictions? Internet addiction disorder: excessive, habit-forming internet use that interferes with daily life.  Gaming disorder: uncontrollable and persistent playing of video and digital games, that is harmful to an individual's well-bein...
Tags: Law, Ohio, Ada, DSM, Jon Hyman, Jacob Ufkes

New Zealand bans most offshore residential real-estate ownership

With today's passage of the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill, the Parliament of New Zealand has banned nonresidents from buying most residential property in the country, in an effort to end the skyrocketing housing expenses (Auckland is one of the world's least-affordable cities) by freezing out overseas speculators, though these account for less than 3% of total real-estate transactions, with the majority coming from China. (more…)
Tags: Post, News, Law, China, New Zealand, Peter Thiel, Parliament, Auckland, Speculation, Oceania, Weaponized Shelter, Bubblenomics, Overseas Investment Amendment Bill

Excellent advice for new law students

Ken "Popehat" White (previously), a former Federal prosecutor turned criminal defense attorney, has some excellent advice for all you newbie law-students who are just starting your law school career. (more…)
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, News, Education, Law, Ken Popehat White, The Law Is An Ass But Don't You Be One

Community colleges try new ‘pathway’ to student success

California’s community colleges are embarking on the most far-reaching reform they have ever adopted, in a bid to tackle their biggest challenge: to improve on historically low rates of student graduation and transfers to 4-year colleges and universities. Lawmakers allocated $150 million over the last year to put in place the approach, known as “Guided Pathways.” It is a centerpiece of the “Vision for Success,” California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley’s blueprint to dramaticall...
Tags: News, Education, Law, California, Uncategorized, California News, Sport, Soccer, Rocklin, Ohio, Silicon Valley, Columbia University, Bill, Bell, Walnut, Oceanside

Fukuoka 20 Years Later, post-China

I studied abroad in Japan for the 1997-98 academic year. During spring break, a friend and I hitchhiked from Osaka to Fukuoka. We visited from friends of mine, and explored the northern half of the island of Kyushu. Now, just over 20 years later, I’ve just visited Fukuoka again. This time the differences I noticed felt meaningful, and it’s not because of Japan. It’s because of me, and the 18 years I’ve spent in China in the meantime. Obviously, this is a personal take. So-called “evidence” I cit...
Tags: Transportation, Japan, Technology, China, Disney, US, Tech, Society, Personal, Culture, Shanghai, Linguistics, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyushu, Fukuoka

Wednesday round-up

At CNN, Lauren Fox reports that “[t]wo red state Democrats are scheduled to meet [today] with President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, highly anticipated meetings that could set the tone for where some of the Senate’s most vulnerable Democrats land on appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination.” According to Seung Min Kim for The Washington Post, “the White House is warning that time is running short for Democratic leaders to schedule sit-downs with the judge before his confirmation...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Senate, White House, Politico, Bloomberg, Cnn, United States, New York Times, Kickstarter, Fox News, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Wall Street Journal, Round-up

This Self Referencing Database is Not Patent Eligible

BSG Tech v. BuySeasons, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2018) On appeal here, the Federal Circuit affirms a lower court ruling that the claims of BSG’s three asserted patents are invalid as ineligible under 35 U..S.C.  § 101. U.S. Patent Nos. 6,035,294, 6,243,699, and 6,195,652. The claims relate to indexing a database according to “relative historical usage information.”  Thus, in an automobile database with a “model” parameter, the system could display index by the popularity of the various models.  In the cl...
Tags: Law, Patent, Alice, Fed, Schroeder, Federal Circuit, BSG, Holdings LLC, Enfish, BSG Tech, BuySeasons Inc Fed

Section of U.S. Warship from WWII Discovered off Alaskan Coast

In August 1943, the USS Abner Read struck a Japanese naval mine while conducting patrols in the Bering Sea. The explosion sheared the ship’s entire stern section, sending it and 71 U.S. sailors to the bottom of the Bering Sea. Lost for 75 years, the World War II destroyer’s severed stern has finally been found off a…Read more...
Tags: Science, History, Military, Second world war, US military, World War Ii, Ships, Bering Sea, Marine Archaeology, Sunken Ships, Uss Abner Read, Alaskan Coast, Bering Sea Lost

Thursday round-up

For USA Today, Richard Wolf reports that “[f]or three eventful years of George W. Bush’s presidency – involving wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Hurricane Katrina, battles over abortion and immigration, and two Supreme Court vacancies – Brett Kavanaugh held one of the most important jobs in the White House,” but “as the Senate considers Kavanaugh’s qualifications for the Supreme Court, his work as staff secretary – described by others who have held the job as the president’s inbox and outbox – rema...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Colorado, Washington Post, Senate, White House, Iraq, Cnn, Afghanistan, Commission, Epa, Npr, Usa Today, Donald Trump, National Archives, George W Bush

Link rot in the law. Causes and remedies

Link rot in the law is a real problem. Lawyers, law firms, law schools and other legal publishers don’t plan for link rot, nor do they appreciate the link rot they are causing – mostly by their naivety or the naiviety of the party handling their blog land web publishing. Sourcing Wikipedia liberally, link rot happens when links on individual websites, blogs or publications point to web pages, servers or other resources that have become permanently unavailable. Such links are typically referred ...
Tags: Law, Congress, Wikipedia, Legal Marketing, LexisNexis, Harvard Law School, U S Supreme Court, Lawrence Lessig, Jonathan Zittrain Kendra Albert

Your Low Credit Score Means Higher Car Insurance Payments in These States

Car insurance should be simple. If you are a safe driver you should pay less than someone who is more accident prone. But we all know that isn’t how it works. A multitude of other factors also determine your rates, including your credit score. A recent study shows that depending on where you live and who your…Read more...
Tags: Car Insurance, Insurance, Lifehacks, Credit Score, Fico

Judge Kavanaugh on work law

Charlotte Garden is an associate professor at Seattle University School of Law. This post analyzes Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s most significant work-law opinions. Although several are already receiving attention and analysis – especially his dissent in a case that arose after a killer whale killed a trainer – Kavanaugh has drafted dozens of other opinions in labor and employment-discrimination cases. Overall, these opinions reflect that Kavanaugh tends to interpret narrowly the limits that work law ...
Tags: Verizon, Florida, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Navy, Office, NFL, Fbi, United States, Paris, Social Security, Seaworld, Island, State Department

"While I had deep insight into Russian activities during the 2016 election, I now am aware — thanks to the reporting of an open and free press..."

"... of many more of the highly suspicious dalliances of some American citizens with people affiliated with the Russian intelligence services. Mr. Trump’s claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash. The only questions that remain are whether the collusion that took place constituted criminally liable conspiracy, whether obstruction of justice occurred to cover up any collusion or conspiracy, and how many members of 'Trump Incorporated' attempted to defraud the government by laundering and co...
Tags: Law, Obama, California, Russia, Language, Nice, Cia, Mark Twain, Central Intelligence Agency, Christ, John Brennan, Trump, Twain, Brennan, Eliot, Meade

Wednesday: What’s Hot on CanLII

Each Wednesday we tell you which three English-language cases and which French-language case have been the most viewed* on CanLII and we give you a small sense of what the cases are about. For this last week: 1. R. v. Jordan, 2016 SCC 27 [1] Timely justice is one of the hallmarks of a free and democratic society. In the criminal law context, it takes on special significance. Section 11(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms attests to this, in that it guarantees the right of accused p...
Tags: Law, Jordan, Denis, Legislature, Tremblay, R, Edmundson, Wednesday: What's Hot on CanLII, Bevans, Woitas, Dechant, Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd, Sherman Estate

Can you lawfully fire an employee who writes "whore board" to protest a new overtime rule?

In Constellium Rolled Products Ravenswood, LLC, the NLRB held that an employer unlawfully fired an employee who wrote "whore board" on an overtime sign-up sheet. How is this unlawful? Let's explore. Following unsuccessful negotiations for a new union contract, Constellium unilaterally implemented a new overtime policy that required employees to sign up for overtime on a sheet posted on a bulletin board outside the lunchroom. Employees were not happy about the new policy. Those who opposed it ...
Tags: Law, Obama, Williams, Nlrb, NLRA, Jon Hyman, Ravenswood LLC, MARK ADRIANE

At the Water Lily Café...

... you can talk all night.(And please remember to use the Althouse Portal to Amazon.) [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Water, Flowers, Ann Althouse, Water Lily Café

Towards Cyberjustice Retrospective, Part 3: Another Way to Resolve Legal Disputes

This is the third of a series of blogs, the first of which was published on February 12th, 2018, highlighting the various papers, studies, and pilot projects conducted by the Cyberjustice Laboratory throughout the course of its “Towards Cyberjustice” Project. Funded by a Major Collaborative Research Grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, this seven-year project has finally drawn to a close and will be the subject of a detailed report to be released later this year. In ant...
Tags: Law, Ebay, Department Of Justice, Quebec, Columbia, University of Massachusetts, Lawrence Lessig, Dispute Resolution, SquareTrade, ODR, Cyberjustice Laboratory, Major Collaborative Research Grant, Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Pierre Noreau, Office de la Protection du Consommateur, Ontario Condominium Authority

“Kavanaugh Could Unlock Funding for Religious Education, School Voucher Advocates Say”

“Kavanaugh Could Unlock Funding for Religious Education, School Voucher Advocates Say”: Erica L. Green has this front page article in today’s edition of The New York Times.
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Kavanaugh, Erica L Green

Just Finished Your Clerkship? Start Your Own Law Firm.

You're more experienced than you might think.
Tags: Law, Solo Practitioners, Small Law Firms, Clerkships

Announcing An eDiscovery Challenge: Can It Be Done Within Microsoft Office 365?

[Editor’s note: This is a guest post by veteran e-discovery consultants Tom O’Connor, director of the Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center, and Don Swanson, president of Five Star Legal.] Nine years is a long time for technology. In 2009, eDiscovery expert Craig D. Ball issued his EDna Challenge, asking eDiscovery lawyers and forensic technologists how they would handle a hypothetical small eDiscovery project on a limited budget. Two years later, Tom O’Connor followed that with his Ernie Challenge...
Tags: Microsoft, Law, Uncategorized, Ernie, Bob Ambrogi, Don Swanson, Tom O Connor, Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center, Craig D Ball

Former Employer Accountable for Undiscovered Disability Claim

Reversing the trial judge’s decision, on April 19, 2018, the Court of Appeal for Ontario concluded that an employee can still benefit from a former employer’s long-term disability coverage despite discovering the disability while working for a new employer. The exclusionary language did not limit the long-term disability coverage to current employees, and was extended by the Court to apply to undisclosed disability claims that arose during employment. Was the former employer really accountable t...
Tags: Law, Court, Court of appeal, Employment law, Costa Rica, Ontario, CPP, Supreme Court of Canada, Ontario Court of Appeal, Ltd, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, SCC, Manulife, Disability Insurance, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Case Comment

‘It feels impossible to beat’: how I was floored by menopause

For Rose George, menopause proved far worse than ‘low moods’. It felt like a derangement. And what the hell was it for?I stare stupidly at it. It’s nothing much to look at. It’s only a small pile of clothing: the shorts and tank top that I wear in bed, which I have thrown on to the floor before getting into the shower. I stare stupidly at the clump because I can’t pick it up. It’s astonishing that I managed to shower, because I know already that this is a bad day, one when I feel assaulted by my...
Tags: Health, Women, Society, Menopause, Menstruation, Rose George, Endometriosis

Abuse victims increasingly denied right to stay in UK

Refusal rate doubles for spousal visa holders who have suffered domestic violenceCase study: ‘They told me I was going in two hours’ The refusal rate for women applying to stay in the UK after suffering domestic violence more than doubled between 2012 and 2016 after the government pledged to make the UK a “hostile environment for illegal immigrants”.A new rule, which allowed people who entered the UK on a spousal visa and then suffered domestic abuse, the right to apply for leave to remain, was ...
Tags: UK, Crime, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Domestic Violence

Collection Lawsuits: Threatened with a Lawsuit Over a Bank Overdraft

My question involves collection proceedings in the State of: fl I just got a call that I'm being sued by Bank of America for $1,700 plus $$ for a $500. Overdraft from 14 years ago. I'm homeless and they want to take me to court in whatever state I'm in I have no money I've had a stroke brain surgery and have died twice plus degenerative spin disease I'm struggling now in life but I'm alive And I looked up Bank of America and there's a lawsuit they settled on for $66 million For them overdra...
Tags: Law, Bank Of America, Debts and Collections, Bank Overdraft

US and Mexico to Announce New Drug War Plan

I'll be out when this is announced today, but according to Reuters, the U.S. and Mexico have agreed on a new strategy in the war on drugs. President Lopez-Obrador (AMLO) has suggested a peace/amnesty plan in the past. Today's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Mexico, US, Reuters, Lopez Obrador

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