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'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.

Federal Aviation Administration allows for Amazon’s drones

Last Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to Amazon that will let the company test-drive Prime Air on the American grounds.

The Pirate Bay returns a month after forced closure

Notorious torrent site The Pirate Bay has returned to life just a month after being taken offline by Swedish police last December. The site is blamed for copyright fraud amounting to billions of dollars by the music, film and software industries.

The legal woes of Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Paris - Here is a breakdown of the legal woes which led to the downfall of former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

EU court strikes Hamas from terror blacklist

Luxembourg - The Palestinian Islamic militant group Hamas must be removed from the EU's terrorism blacklist, but its assets will stay frozen for the time being, a European court ruled on Wednesday.

Lower court gay marriage ruling may force issue to Supreme Court

A federal appeals court decision to uphold same-sex marriage bans in four U.S. states has opened the door for the issue of gay marriage to be decided by the Supreme Court.

Activision enlists Rudy Giuliani against Manuel Noriega lawsuit

Activsion has enlisted former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to lead its legal defense against Manuel Noriega's lawsuit over his appearance in 'Call of Duty: Black Ops II.'

Ombudsman: When will action be taken over No Win, No Fee deals?

The Legal Ombudsman in the UK has asked regulators when action will be taken over consumer complaints regarding 'No Win, No Fee' conditional agreements with lawyers.

Lawyers can now use the web to weed out jurors

Lawyers will now be allowed to scour social media sites, Internet blogs and LinkedIn pages of potential jurors before they are selected.

Are Americans obsessed with lawsuits?

Salt Lake City - From a squabble between neighbors in Smalltown, USA, to the nation's largest tech companies battling over intellectual property, Americans -- and American companies -- are filing more lawsuits today than at any other time in history.
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