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Last week, a trial court in Buffalo ruled that a group of personal injury plaintiffs’ strict liability claims against a who’s-who of social media companies, arising out of the tragic 2022 Tops Friendly Markets mass shooting, could proceed to discovery, rejecting the argument that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act barred such claims from the get-go. Patterson, Diona Et Al v. Meta Platforms, Et Al, 0805896/2023 (NYSCEF Doc No. 409) ...

Lavery Lawyers | March 2024

Artificial intelligence (?AI?) is becoming increasingly sophisticated, and the fact that this human invention can now generate its own inventions opens the door to new ways of conceptualizing the notion of ?inventor? in patent law. In a recent ruling, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (?UK Supreme Court?) however found that an artificial intelligence system cannot be the author of an invention within the meaning of the applicable regulations under which patents are granted ...

Shoosmiths LLP | March 2024

The conference, hosted by the International Bar Association, which took place in Barcelona earlier this month, looked at insights into the most important issues and developments in tech Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and technology law. Corporate partners Aleks Bosch and Steve Barnett attended the conference, which is one of the largest and most prestigious networking events for international lawyers, attracting over 400 delegates ...

Shoosmiths LLP | March 2024

Shoosmiths has submitted a comprehensive response for the proposed Automated Vehicles Bill (AV Bill) to the House of Commons. It outlines crucial insights from the firm into the expanding connected and automated mobility sector, to support with new legislation ...

Shoosmiths LLP | March 2024

As has been widely reported, Companies House has recently suffered a disruptive attack by an individual who made over 800 incorrect filings stating that charges created by around 190 different companies had been discharged. These filings were made without the knowledge of the companies concerned or the lenders who held the charges ...

Shoosmiths LLP | March 2024

There are three main challenges to increasing competition in the availability of enroute charging stations, especially at motorway service area (MSA) sites, and the common theme is cost. The main challenges are: High costs for connecting to the electricity network, which acts as a key barrier to charge point operators (CPOs) investing at MSA sites. Limited competition at MSA sites, which is linked to the high costs for connecting to the electricity network ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | March 2024

Significant increases to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) filing fees are set to go into effect on April 1, 2024.  However, a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado may delay that implementation ...

Shoosmiths LLP | March 2024

Shoosmiths’ mobility partner, Ben Gardner, was a speaker at SMMT Connected 2024, hosted in London. Ben moderated a panel discussion focused on the remaining challenges to a safe and responsible commercial rollout of automated vehicles.  The summit was aimed at addressing the latest advancements in connected and automated vehicle technology. The UK’s automotive sector leads the charge in this transformative revolution, making substantial investments in cutting-edge technologies ...

Shoosmiths LLP | March 2024

Ahead of International Data Centre Day on 20 March 2024 we consider what we believe to be some of the most important trends that are likely to have an impact on the data centre industry over the next 12 months:  1 ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | March 2024

“Public service is a noble calling” that requires great sacrifice, often requiring public officials to surrender personal conveniences in favor of public business ...

ALRUD Law Firm | March 2024

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, We would like to share with you an updated digest of the most significant laws and bills and regulatory innovations in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications sector for the period from June 2023 to February 2024, as well as trends in the future regulation of this industry. The TMT industry is currently experiencing significant regulatory pressure with changes constantly being made for both its service providers and the customers who use their products ...

ALRUD Law Firm | March 2024

We would like to inform you about important potential changes regarding the state accreditation rules for IT companies1 and the current moratorium on inspections of IT companies2. 1 ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | March 2024

Recently, Dinsmore attorneys attended the Federal Trade Commission’s eighth annual PrivacyCon: a conference for regulators, researchers, industry representatives, consumer advocates and other stakeholders to gather and discuss trends in consumer privacy and data security. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the federal independent agency charged with regulating and enforcing anticompetitive, deceptive and unfair business practices ...

Shoosmiths LLP | March 2024

Governments around the world are thinking about encouraging  data sharing on a larger scale by using regulation. In the EU we have the EU Data Act, which will take effect in 2025 so is fast coming around the corner. It’s a juggernaut, and once it hits things may never be quite the same again. So what effect will it have? A recent CJEU ruling illustrates some of the problems it is likely to cause ...

Shoosmiths LLP | March 2024

MEPs in Strasbourg have overwhelmingly (523 - 46) now approved the EU’s AI Act. It heralds the long-awaited arrival of what is the first globally significant attempt at a standalone regulatory framework for artificial intelligence systems ...

Shoosmiths LLP | March 2024

The conference earlier this week, looked at the broad theme of how the next Government can use technology to “build a better Britain”, exploring the key policy priorities of the UK tech industries with a general election expected by the autumn. The sold-out event, which attracted over 200 attendees, coincided with the publication of TechUK’s UK Tech Plan, setting out seven tech priorities for the next Government ...

Afridi & Angell | March 2024

Introduction   Following the issuance of Consultation Paper 3 of 2023 and the consultation process that followed, on 2 October 2023 the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) enacted the DLT Foundations Regulations 2023 (theRegulations), aimed at providing a regulatory framework for the creation and operation of specialised foundations for distributed ledger technology (DLT) and decentralised autonomous organisations (DAO) ...

On February 15, 2024, the United States Copyright Office published a notice of proposed rulemaking, proposing to create a new group registration option for published two-dimensional artwork.  Currently, the Copyright Office permits group registration of up to ten unpublished two-dimensional artworks, and it also permits the registration of individual published two-dimensional artworks ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | March 2024

Regardless of an organization's scale, cyberattacks and other cybersecurity incidents, such as data loss or merchant/vendor incidents, pose a significant threat to businesses globally. A quick search online easily identifies current cyberattacks being unleashed against corporations operating in today’s global economy including American Express and Change Health ...

Shoosmiths LLP | March 2024

The Law Commission recently announced that it has commenced a three-year review of existing legal frameworks to identify the challenges and opportunities linked to the introduction of highly automated systems into the aviation sector. Such systems could include autonomous drones that can deliver goods to remote areas and pilot-less flying taxis that can transport people across urban environments ...

Shoosmiths LLP | March 2024

The government’s push to drive down net migration figures has been well documented. 2024 will see a raft of changes aimed at reducing this figure from the 745,000 that was recorded for 2022. Whilst there is no doubt that the changes will result in reduced migration, it will also make things more difficult for sectors that rely on the sponsorship system to fill vacancies in areas where there are skills shortages in the resident labour market ...

Carey Olsen | March 2024

Succession of digital assets in Guernsey What are digital assets? The term "digital assets" does not yet have a legal definition in Guernsey but it can broadly be understood to mean any asset that is represented digitally or electronically.[1] Digital assets include: cryptocurrencies; NFTs; social media accounts; photos, audio files and video stored in the cloud; reward cards/loyalty programmes; online bank accounts; email accounts; eBooks; websites ...

Carey Olsen | March 2024

Carey Olsen Bermuda celebrates International Women's Day 2024 The panel was moderated by Carey Olsen senior associate Laura Kearns and featured SVP senior legal counsel at Butterfield Bank, Kim Simmons; the Honourable Mrs Justice Shade Subair Williams; group head of trust services at Lombard Odier Group, Charmaine Tucker; and Carey Olsen senior counsel Claire van Overdijk KC ...

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | March 2024

Expanding its ability to detect and pursue security incidents, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) finalized an amendment to the Safeguards Rule[1] on October 27, 2023 requiring non-banking financial institutions to report certain data breaches. By extending this data privacy protection to customers of all financial institutions, this amendment demands fintech firms across the country revisit their cybersecurity and incident-response policies. I ...

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