• Feds Tightening The Noose On Cryptocurrencies

    One of the less publicized provisions of the 2017 Republican tax bill effectively put a tax on crypto assets, and cryptocurrency transactions are now defined as taxable events. Nor was this the first move by the federal...

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  • Diversity “Blacklist” At Debevoise Was Less Than Met The Eye

    A list of associates left accessible online at Debevoise & Plimpton was exposed by a blogger who interpreted it as a blacklist of minority associates whom the firm intended to get rid of. It turns out there...

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  • Is Asbestos Litigation Breathing Its Last?

    Hardly, but it appears to be on a downward trend, or possibly at “top of the bell curve” to be followed by “a long, slow, gradual decline,” according to Mark Behrens, a defense attorney and co-chair of...

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  • Is Securitization Evil? Dechert Attorney Takes On The Pope

    A declaration from the papacy took aim at securitization and credit default swaps, characterizing them as a kind of predatory economic cannibalism, a form of “gambling on the failure of others,” and calling them morally unacceptable. A...

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  • Amazon’s Facial Recognition Product Pounded By Critics

    Amazon’s “Rekognition” facial recognition product is coming under fire from critics, including the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Human Rights Watch and others. The ACLU, noting that the software is already being used by some police agencies,...

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  • How The GDPR Could Protect The Wealthy

    The GDPR “not only reinforces the right to privacy but will also inform (or remind) the wealthy that the best way now to protect their reputation is to look not to defamation, but to...

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  • The Lawyer Who Gave Sexual Harassment Its Name

    A look back at the career and contribution of lawyer and legal scholar Catharine A. MacKinnon, whose 1979 book...

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  • Resource Alignment Is A Big Law Department Challenge

    A survey found that legal departments, despite increased demand for their services, managed to keep their spending flat last year. How they managed to do that breaks down to two broad strategies: Pressuring outside firms to keep...

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  • 17 Percent Of EEOC Sexual Harassment Complainants Are Male

    In a recent CNN poll, ten percent of men reported they had been victims of sexual harassment at work. The percentage of sexual harassment charges filed before the EEOC by men is even higher – 17 percent...

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  • The End Of “Regulatory Exceptionalism” For Silicon Valley

    Regulators seemed to accept what  John Perry Barlow proclaimed in his widely quoted Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, in 1996: “Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel … On behalf of the future,...

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