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Caught out: U.S. Court in ransomware attack Special

A U.S. criminal court has been hit by ransomware, striking at the heart of the administrative infrastructure. This led to Fourth District Court of Louisiana’s website being breached and documents being published online.

Families of Italy virus victims seek 'truth and justice'

Bergamo - Fifty relatives of coronavirus victims filed complaints Wednesday over the handling of the pandemic in the first such legal group action in Italy, which has reported over 34,000 deaths.

Legal employees report lower productivity in COVID-19 world

New data reveals legal employees report lower productivity than other industries during the recent work-from-home mandate. As one of the most heavily impacted groups by the crisis, legal and compliance teams report 16 percent below average productivity.

EU launches legal case against Britain over commission post

Apo - The EU on Thursday launched a legal case against Britain for failing to nominate a commissioner, in the midst of a British election campaign already dominated by Brexit.

New phishing attacks impersonating the law departments Special

In response to the recent phishing attacks impersonating the U.K. Ministry of Justice, security expert Alexander García-Tobar, CEO and co-founder, Valimail delves into the issue for Digital Journal.

Q&A: Assessing the legal aspects of the digital economy Special

To understand the legal issues surrounding digital transformation initiatives, Digital Journal spoke with a leading legal tech firm about issues of competition, digitalization and productivity for business.

Q&A: How gender pay issues can be tackled in the legal sector Special

London - Many countries have legislation in place that make it illegal to pay men and women in the same role different amounts, however men continue to dominate higher paid roles. An expert advises how this can be tackled in the legal sector.

Q&A: Businesses need to bring IT, HR & Legal together Special

Too often IT, HR and legal teams are working towards different objectives. However, new technology centered on the control of documents can help to meld all three formerly independent teams together.

NGOs launch legal action against France over climate

Paris - A group of NGOs including Greenpeace and Oxfam have launched a lawsuit against the French state accusing it of taking insufficient action to tackle climate change.

'Legal risk' in Brexit deal clause: attorney general

London - Britain's top government lawyer warned ministers of "a legal risk" in the Brexit deal, according to advice which the government was forced to publish on Wednesday.

Interview: AI is set to disrupt the legal profession Special

AI presents significant implications within the legal industry, according to technologist Dr. Khalid Al-Kofahi from Thomson Reuters. We look at how AI will shape the practice of law in the future.

Legal tech company raises $25 million in Series B funding round

California-based legal tech company Everlaw recently announced a $25 million Series B funding round, bringing their total funding to $34.6 million. This bodes well for the future of the legal tech startup sector.

Q&A: Open platform for small business legal agreements Special

Monax Industries have devised an open platform for small businesses, allowing them to create, prove, and operate their legal agreements. Digital Journal speaks with the startup's CEO.

Q&A: How technology is shaking up legal firms Special

Digital technology is changing the way the legal profession operates. Casey Kuhlman, who is the CEO of Monax Industries, discusses with Digital Journal the main trends shaping the sector, especially for small businesses. This includes smart contracts.

Bid to prosecute Aung San Suu Kyi in Australia rejected

Sydney - Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has immunity from prosecution, Australia's attorney general said Sunday after a legal bid was launched to hold her responsible for "crimes against humanity".

France to probe Lactalis baby milk salmonella scare

Paris - French prosecutors have opened a probe into salmonella contamination and a major international recall of baby milk produced by dairy giant Lactalis, a legal source told AFP on Tuesday.

Payformance Solutions aims at value-based reimbursement contracts

The nonprofit research organization Altarum has launched of a new venture called Payformance Solutions. This will be a provider of value-based reimbursement solutions and services for the healthcare sector.

Lawyers are turning to machine learning to ease caseloads

Lawyers are making use of machine learning and artificial intelligence platforms in order to assess past cases and to make predictions about the potential success or failure of new cases.

Commonwealth Bank boss to retire amid laundering claims

Sydney - The chief executive of Australia's biggest bank, the Commonwealth, will retire, the company said Monday, amid pressure from regulators over alleged breaches of money laundering and terrorism financing laws.

Chatbot providing refugees with free legal aid

'DoNotPay' is a chatbot that serves as a robot lawyer. The bot is providing free legal aid to refugees seeking asylum Canada and the United States. It's also providing asylum support to refugees in the UK.

U.S. government continues action against drugs firm Norvatis

The U.S. government is seeking documents from the pharmaceutical company Novartis. This is for an investigation into the allegation the Swiss company provided so-called ‘kickback’ payments to doctors.

Medical marijuana is officially legal in Australia

Earlier this week, the Australian government passed new national laws that now allow medical cannabis to be used by people with painful and chronic illnesses.

Ecuador says Assange can leave if no Swedish charges

Quito - Ecuador said Friday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can leave his hideout in its London embassy and go into exile in the South American country if Swedish prosecutors do not charge him after questioning him.

Ecuador says will cooperate with Sweden on Assange

Quito - Ecuador said Wednesday it will cooperate with Swedish prosecutors after they formally requested permission to interrogate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at his hideout in the Ecuadoran embassy in London.

Sweden requests permission from Ecuador to quiz Assange

Stockholm - The Swedish state prosecutor's office said Wednesday it had formally asked Ecuador for permission to interrogate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a rape allegation.

Hawaii becomes 1st state to raise smoking age to 21

Honolulu - Effective Friday, January 1, 2016, Hawaii became the first state in the United States to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21.

Sweden reaches preliminary deal to question Assange

Stockholm - Sweden has reached a preliminary legal agreement with Ecuador that would pave the way for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be questioned over a rape allegation, the Swedish government said Sunday.

Oregon medical pot dispensaries prepare to open to public

Portland - Medical marijuana advocates have long promoted the drug's medicinal properties and have carried the day in 23 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized its use.

Island of 48 legalizes same-sex marriage

Pitcairn Island, considered by many to be the smallest inhabited island in the world, as well as being home to 48 people, just made same-sex marriage legal.

Facebook wins privacy case in Canada

After losing an earlier case which ruled Facebook had violated user's privacy, the tech giant wins appeal at Canadian Supreme Court.
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