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US, Russia, China won't join global initiative to offer fair access to COVID-19 vaccines. Why not?

More than 150 countries have joined an initiative to develop, produce, and fairly distribute an effective COVID-19 vaccine.But China, Russia, and the U.S. have declined to join in a bid to win the vaccine race.The absence of these three economies risks the success of the global initiative and future collaborations. The board game "Pandemic" tasks players with stopping deadly diseases as they spread across the world. But what separates "Pandemic" from its winner-take-all peers is that it's a col...
Tags: Politics, Drugs, White House, China, Russia, Society, Public Health, United States, Innovation, Who, World Health Organization, Fda, Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines, Donald Trump, Trump

Guest Post: The Future of Document Automation in the Legal World

Though the debate of whether or not law firms should embrace legal technology continues, the pandemic has brought to light the advantages of document automation.  Since mid-March, the COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered the way law firms operate. While some firms were forced to adapt on the fly as they spent weeks setting up a viable virtual office, other firms were well-suited to handle the situation as they already had the necessary digital infrastructure in place. As law firms contin...
Tags: Law, Massachusetts, Uncategorized, Mit, New York Times, Deloitte, Thomson Reuters, Suffolk University Law School, Dana Remus, Justice Commission, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati, Sidley Austin, Allen Overy, USC Gould School of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law, Dorna Moini

10,000 more deaths than usual occurred in UK homes since June

Excess deaths in private homes prompts fears people are avoiding hospitals due to CovidSome 10,000 more deaths than usual have occurred in peoples’ private homes since mid June, long after the peak in Covid deaths, prompting fears that people may still be avoiding health services and delaying sending their loved ones to care homes.It brings to more than 30,000 the total number of excess deaths happening in people’s homes across the UK since the start of the pandemic. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, NHS, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID

Court Denies Remand of COVID-19 Case

    The federal district court rejected a challenge to its diversity jurisdiction and rejected the insured's attempt to remand the COVID-19 claims back to state court. Vandelay Hospitality Group LP v. Cincinnati Ins. Co. , 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 149196 (N.D. Tex. Aug. 18, 2020).     Vandelay purchased a commercial property policy from Cincinnati through Swingle Collins, its registered broker, and its employee, Baron Cass. The policy was "all risk" and purported to insure three of Vandelay's rest...
Tags: Texas, Insurance, Ohio, Cincinnati, Cass, Tred Eyerly, First Party Insurance, All-Risk Policy, Removal, Cincinnati Ins, Vandelay, COVID-19, COVID, Vandelay Hospitality Group LP, Swingle Collins, Swingle Collins Cincinnati

COVID deadlier in Texas prisons than jails

Grits must give credit where it's due: County jails in Texas have done an impressive job,  relatively speaking, of containing the coronavirus in their facilities. , there had been eight confirmed deaths and five more suspected deaths linked to COVID-19.When I say "relatively," I mainly mean relative to TDCJ, which has struggled mightily with the virus by comparison. Their last update was September 9th, nearly two weeks ago, at which time:In total there have been 199,571 offenders and 65,835 emp...
Tags: Texas, Law, Gritsforbreakfast, TCJS, TDCJ, COVID

EasySend raises $16M from Intel, more for its no-code approach to automating B2C interfaces

No-code and low-code software have become increasingly popular ways for companies — especially those that don’t count technology as part of their DNA — to bring in more updated IT processes without the heavy lifting needed to build and integrate services from the ground up. As a mark of that trend, today, a company that has taken this approach to speeding up customer experience is announcing some funding. EasySend, an Israeli startup which has built a no-code platform for insurance companies and...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Israel, US, Insurance, Intel, Artificial Intelligence, Ai, Intel Capital, Asia Europe, Daskal, Forms, MobileEye, Vertex Ventures, Insurtech

Can the UK avoid 50,000 Covid-19 cases a day?

Continued doubling of infection rate feared by top advisers is unlikely to happen, say some expertsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOn one thing, everyone agrees: the UK is at a turning point.After a summer of crowded beaches and pubs reopening, followed by children returning to school and employees going back to the workplace, new cases of Covid-19 are definitely on the rise. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Patrick Vallance, Coronavirus outbreak, Chris Whitty, COVID

UK could have 50,000 Covid cases a day by mid-October, say scientific advisers

Country told it is on course for 200 deaths a day and to prepare for six months of restrictionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK has “turned a corner” for the worse and is on course for up to 50,000 new daily cases of Covid-19 by mid-October, which could lead to 200 deaths a day by the following month, the government’s chief scientific and medical advisers have warned.The country should be prepared for significant restrictions for the next six months, over the wi...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Wales, Scotland, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Northern Ireland, Health policy, Patrick Vallance, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, Chris Whitty

BAME Britons still lack protection from Covid, says doctors' chief

More than a third of coronavirus intensive care patients are from ethnic minoritiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA third of coronavirus patients in intensive care are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, prompting the head of the British Medical Association to warn that government inaction will be responsible for further disproportionate deaths.Chaand Nagpaul, the BMA Council chair, was the first public figure to call for an inquiry into whether and wh...
Tags: Health, Politics, Wales, Race, Society, UK News, Hospitals, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Health policy, Inequality, British Medical Association, BAME, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID

Black Britons still lack protection from Covid, says doctors' chief

More than a third of coronavirus intensive care patients are from ethnic minoritiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA third of coronavirus patients in intensive care are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, prompting the head of the British Medical Association to warn that government inaction will be responsible for further disproportionate deaths.Chaand Nagpaul, the BMA Council chair, was the first public figure to call for an inquiry into whether and wh...
Tags: Health, Politics, Wales, Race, Society, UK News, Hospitals, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Health policy, Inequality, British Medical Association, BAME, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID

With Apologies To Michael Scott, Lawyers Should Ditch Some Paper Products

If COVID-19 has shown us anything, it has shown us that we can use less paper.
Tags: Technology, Law, Paper, Michael Scott, Small Law Firms, Jordan Rothman, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID

Federal Circuit Statistics Update – September 2020

By Jason Rantanen Last week we released version 1.16 of the Compendium of Federal Circuit Decisions, which is a publicly-available dataset containing information about all documents published by the Federal Circuit on its website since 2004 (which includes all opinions and, since 2007, all Rule 36 summary affirmances).  The Compendium was designed from the ground-up to be used for empirical research rather than as a conventional legal research tool. Generally, there haven’t been any striking ch...
Tags: Law, Uspto, Patent, Moore, PTO, Federal Circuit, Prost, District Courts, Jason Rantanen, Lourie, Compendium of Federal Circuit Decisions, COVID, Federal Circuit Statistics Update, PTO Affirmance, Dan Kieffer Lindsay Kriz Ryan Meger, Madison Murhammer Colon

In Dallas, #DefundThePolice becomes epithet to describe any cut, even amidst COVID revenue shortfalls

Debates over "defunding the police" became even sillier this week with Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson trotting out the phrase to oppose a $7 million cut to police overtime that's almost trivial in the scheme of a) the overall Dallas police budget and b) COVID-driven revenue shortfalls. Because our friends in the MSM can't keep from saying Austin "cut" a third of its police budget when the IRL cuts were less than 5 percent, Grits can almost understand the public's confusion over whether cuts are a g...
Tags: Law, Austin, Gop, Dallas, Johnson, Irl, Greg Abbott, MSM, Eric Johnson, DPD, Gritsforbreakfast, COVID

The new death penalty: The Marshall Project reporting COVID prisoner deaths exceed 1000

In this post back in May, I started what became a series of posts in which I noted what might be called a new kind of death penalty for prison and jail inmates in the United States: by killing many hundreds of incarcerated persons, COVID-19 has turned all sorts of other sentences into functional death sentences.  In prior postings, I have often flagged the death data from the UCLA Covid-19 Behind Bars Data Project, but today I see that The Marshall Project has updated data here showing that pris...
Tags: Law, California, US, Georgia, United States, Albany, Ucla, Douglas A Berman, COVID, Lee State Prison, Anthony Cheek

'It’s world-leadingly bad, is what it is': the week Covid surged again in UK

Queues for tests are growing, Tory MPs are agitated and doctors are sceptical about the ‘moonshot’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage For Alex, an NHS call centre worker, the signs that coronavirus was back in earnest came when his phone wouldn’t stop ringing. Over the summer, Alex would log on at home to see 70 or 80 people in the queue for advice on booking an appointment for a Covid test. “You’d get answered in a few minutes,” he said. “Last week, that went up to abou...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Conservatives, Society, UK News, NHS, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Alex, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID

Coronavirus Update 9-10-2020: The coming wave of Covid-related age discrimination lawsuits

The EEOC has sued Ohio State University for age discrimination, alleging that the school discriminated against a 53-year-old human resources generalist because of his age by assigning a substantial substantial portion of his duties to a short-tenured co-worker 25 years his junior.  "If a termination is age-discriminatory, dis­guising it behind a supposed reduction in force will not change that," says EEOC Regional Attorney Debra Lawrence in discussing the filing of the lawsuit. What does thi...
Tags: Law, Philadelphia, ABA Journal, Ohio State University, EEOC, Jon Hyman, COVID, Debra Lawrence, Stephen Console

Ben Affleck Film ‘Hypnotic’ at Center of COVID Insurance Lawsuit

The producers of the upcoming Ben Affleck film “Hypnotic” filed a lawsuit on Wednesday accusing their insurance company of refusing to extend their policy to account for the pandemic. The lawsuit is among the first, if not the first, to test whether film insurers will be forced to accommodate delays caused by COVID-19. The suit […]
Tags: News, Finance, Ben Affleck, Insurance, Hypnotic, Robert Rodriguez, reStart, COVID-19, COVID, Chubb National

Ugly details from federal defenders' latest fact sheet on COVID-19 and federal detention

Sentencing Resource Counsel for the Federal Public Community Defenders has just released this new two-page fact sheet dense with information and links on "The COVID-19 Crisis in Federal Detention."  I recommend the full document, and here are some of the details (absent the links): COVID-19 is ripping through the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), infecting incarcerated individuals at a rate 4 times the general population, and causing deaths at nearly twice the national rate. BOP is “making it wo...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington Post, Doj, Federal Bureau of Prisons BOP, AG Barr, Department of Justice DOJ, Bop, Douglas A Berman, Joe Rojas, FMC Carswell, DOJ OIG, COVID, Federal Public Community Defenders, FCC Lompoc, Lompoc Federal Correctional Complex

'I had to be sectioned': the NHS staff broken and burned out by Covid

With high levels of stress, anxiety and PTSD, experts worry that staff won’t be able to cope with a second waveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn April, when the coronavirus outbreak was at its peak in the UK and tearing through hospitals, junior doctor Rebecca Thornton’s mental health took a turn for the worse and she ended up having to be sectioned.Even now, three months later, she cannot face going back to her job and thinks it will take her a year to recover from ...
Tags: Health, UK, London, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety, NHS, Doctors, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID, Rebecca Thornton

BIMA nabs $30M more for micro- health and life insurance aimed at emerging markets

The coronavirus global health pandemic — and the new emphasis on social distancing to slow down the spread of COVID-19 — has put healthcare and tech services used to enable healthcare remotely under the spotlight. Today a startup that’s building microinsurance and healthcare services specifically targeting emerging markets is announcing a round of funding to meet a surge in demand for its services. BIMA, a startup that provides life and health insurance policies, along with telemedicine to suppo...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Asia, Europe, China, Africa, US, Insurance, Tech, Senegal, Emerging Markets, Health Insurance, Sri Lanka, Waterdrop, Allianz

Young people largely behind steep rise in UK Covid cases – Hancock

Health secretary urges distancing to avoid second wave, and says hospitals could soon see impactCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageYoung people in the UK must maintain social distancing to avoid the UK following countries such as France and Spain towards significant new rises in coronavirus cases, the health secretary, Matt Hancock, has said.After almost 3,000 people tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday, a 50% rise in a single day and the highest daily total since May,...
Tags: UK, France, Spain, Society, UK News, NHS, Young People, Brexit, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID

"Lives on the Line: Women with Incarcerated Loved Ones and the Impact of COVID-19 Behind Bars"

The title of this post is the title of I just came across from the "Lives on the Line Campaign." Here is part of the start of the report's executive summary: Incarceration has always posed a grave threat to public health. Jails, prisons, and detention centers subject people to dangerous, unhealthy, inhumane conditions and experiences by design.  So, when COVID-19 became a pandemic, we knew that our loved ones’ lives were on the line. We knew that the crowded, unsanitary conditions behind bars...
Tags: Law, Douglas A Berman, Facilities, Essie Justice Group, COVID

'Reach in' to help victims of domestic violence, urges Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla says Covid pandemic may make it impossible for some victims to reach outCamilla: For many, the lockdown of domestic abuse isn’t overThe Duchess of Cornwall has urged anyone worried that a loved one or friend could be suffering from domestic violence to “reach in” and help them, as the coronavirus pandemic may make it impossible for them to reach out.Writing in the Guardian, Camilla cited “deeply troubling” statistics showing a sharp increase in domestic violence since March, with cases g...
Tags: UK, Society, UK News, Domestic Violence, Cornwall, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, COVID

Coronavirus Update 9-3-2020: County health department fires five for quarantine order violation

Erie County, Ohio, has fired five health department employees for violating a quarantine order. What happened? Fox 8 provides the details:Five Erie County General Health District employees are now out of a job after allegedly attending a pool party thrown by a worker, who was supposed to be quarantined."I am not going to tolerate it as a health commissioner and the board isn't going to tolerate it as our appointing authority," said Erie County Health Director Peter Schade. "How can we expect f...
Tags: Law, Fox, Schade, Jon Hyman, Eric Nopanen, COVID, Erie County Ohio, Five Erie County General Health District, Erie County Health, Peter Schade

The Geek in Review Ep. 85 – Williams Lea CEO, Clare Hart on Letting Lawyers Do What They Do Best… Practice Law

A law firm’s primary function is to enable lawyers to practice law. In fact, many of us on the operations side of the law firm business have heard the complaints of lawyers that there are too many “other tasks” that take away from their practice of law. On today’s episode, we talk with the CEO of Williams Lea, Clare Hart, about the challenges she and her company have faced during the pandemic, and what she sees happening as we push through the current situation, and what will happen as we event...
Tags: Apple, Podcast, UK, New York, London, Kim Kardashian, Mississippi, Law, Uncategorized, US, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington Dc, Lea, Lafayette, Illinois

GSK and Sanofi to start human trials of potential Covid-19 vaccine

World’s largest vaccine makers to begin testing on people in US with eye on rollout in early 2021Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi are to start testing their protein-based Covid-19 vaccine on humans for the first time, following promising results in earlier studies.GSK, the world’s largest vaccine maker, and the French drugmaker Sanofi joined forces in April to work on an effective treatment to halt the devastating pandemic. Continue reading.....
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, France, US, Society, UK News, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi, GSK, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID

CCJ releases new "Impact Reports" on "COVID-19 and Prisons" and "COVID-19 and Jails"

Earlier today I was praising the work of the Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ) for launching an important and impressive new commission to assess the impacts of COVID-19 on the criminal justice system (basic details here).  Not more than a few minutes later, I received an email about two new important reports from the commission.  Here is the heart of the email with links to the reports: New research released today by the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice found wide dispariti...
Tags: New York, Texas, Law, California, White House, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Commission, Ohio, Criminal Justice, Delaware, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Five States, National Commission, Douglas A Berman, Anna Harvey

Suffolk’s LIT Lab Releases Eviction Moratorium Tool to Help Tenants Exercise their Rights

Suffolk University Law School’s Legal Innovation and Technology (LIT) Lab today released a free tool that helps tenants exercise their rights under the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s recent eviction moratorium order. The tool allows tenants anywhere in the country to find out if they qualify for their eviction to be halted, and produces a customized letter that they can download and print or email directly to their landlord. Tenants who qualify and send this letter can halt their eviction u...
Tags: Law, Cdc, Massachusetts, Uncategorized, Suffolk, Centers for Disease Control CDC, Suffolk University Law School, Supreme Judicial Court, Colarusso, Quinten Steenhuis, COVID, David A Colarusso, Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission

Notable new tool for tracking COVID-19 risk in state prisons

I just was altered to this notable new tool coming from the Litmus Program at the NYU Marron Institute, which is described via this posting titled "State Prison Covid-19 Risk Tracker": Correctional and detention facilities have proven to be hotspots for COVID-19, with the ten largest outbreak clusters in the United States occurring in prisons or jails.  Staff and visitors come and go from correctional institutions, potentially bringing infection in and out.  As facility administrators and healt...
Tags: Law, United States, New York Times, Douglas A Berman, COVID, NYU Marron Institute, Litmus Program

Morning Docket: 09.02.20

* A group of fireworks companies has agreed to dismiss a lawsuit involving New York's COVID-19 restrictions. Guess the litigation didn't start off with a "bang"... [New York Law Journal] * President Trump has won a motion to temporarily delay the release of his tax records. [Fox News] * A new lawsuit alleges that McDonald's discriminates against black franchisees. [Reuters] * A new global settlement plan has been advanced to dispose of claims accusers have against Harvey Weinstein. [Hollywo...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Law, Kanye West, Harvey Weinstein, Wisconsin, Mcdonald's, Ohio, Fox News, Fireworks, Kim, Kim Kardashian West, Trump, Reuters, McDonald, New York Law Journal

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