“the Freezing Trucker” and Gorsuch’s Heart of Ice: A Micro-fiction

By | Employment & Labor Insider | March 24, 2017
It was a bleak and frigid night on I-88 somewhere in northern Illinois. The icy wind whipped across the flatlands, grazing the endless rows of white, brittle remains of last year’s corn crop. The only place to be that night was in your house, wrapped in your Snuggie, with a warm glass of brandy, watching the video of last year’s vacation in Daytona Beach. View Full Post
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Blockchain – a New Era for the Energy Market?

By | Latham.London | March 23, 2017
By Paul Davies, Fiona Maclean and Stuart Davis Blockchain is more widely recognised as the underlying software technology used for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. This technology is also being increasingly applied to alternative opportunities, including in the energy sector. In its simplest form, a blockchain is a shared, and continually reconciled, database. View Full Post
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Client Choice, Communication Are “paramount” When Firm Dissolves, Says D.C. Ethics Opinion

By | The Law for Lawyers Today | March 23, 2017
Dissolving a law firm is a process, not an event, the D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Committee said in a new opinion released earlier this month, and some ethical obligations continue even after dissolution.  “The paramount” principle, said the committee, is to “continue to competently, zealously and diligently represent and communicate with the clients during the dissolution process.” View Full Post
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Safety Agencies After Trump’s “2 for 1” Executive Order: What It May Mean for Regulating the Safety of IoT and Other Emerging Technologies

Historically, as administrations change at the safety agencies, new priorities and shifting judgments on risk-based hazard assessment drive regulatory burdens up or down. The effect of President Trump’s executive order requiring the repeal of two rules for every one promulgated is yet to be seen when it comes to rulemaking at consumer facing safety agencies such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Food and Drug Administration, and Consumer Product Safety Commission. View Full Post
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Will Watson Put Attorneys in Jeopardy?

By | Sovereignty & Sophistry | March 21, 2017
The Specter of Artificial Intelligence. In 2014, General Counsel for IBM predicted that the company’s artificial intelligence software, Watson, would be able to pass a multistate bar exam “without a second thought.” While Watson hasn’t sat for the bar yet, the possibility that lawyers might be replaced by computers has long been a nightmare for many attorneys. View Full Post
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SXSW Law-related Panels Roundup

Attorneys had the opportunity to learn about new trends and topics in the law at many sessions at South by Southwest March 10-19. Here we provide a recap of some of the panels. Read some of our past coverage about others involving crowdsourcing for access to justice, privacy and the Fourth Amendment in an evolving digital age, copyright infringement and music policy, and the possibility of law on Mars. View Full Post
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The President’s Regulatory Agenda and the FTC

Presidential advisor Steve Bannon famously told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that the Trump Administration seeks to “deconstruct” the regulatory state. The President has issued several Executive Orders (EOs) on regulations designed to implement this policy,including the “two for one” EO, an EO on enforcing the regulatory agenda, and an EO on reorganizing the executive branchView Full Post
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Transportation Contractors Lead List of Top U.S. Postal Service Suppliers

Transportation contractors once again dominate the top spots in our annual list of the Top 150 U.S. Postal Service Suppliers. In fiscal year 2016, USPS spent over $14 billion on outside purchases, about half of that for transportation. As it has since 2002, Federal Express Corporation lands atop the list, this year with $1.678 billion in revenues – about a $300 million increase from last year. View Full Post
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