Ban on Knowingly False Statements During Emergencies Struck Down on First Amendment Grounds

The court reasoned that the proper remedy was generally for the government to rebut false rumors, not to criminalize them: [T]he Government did not prove why counter-speech in the form of increased transparency, would fail to accomplish its interests. The Government states that during the state of emergency, a person caused disruption in the food … Read more

Cybersecurity experts argue that pausing GPT-4 development is pointless

Join top executives in San Francisco on July 11-12, to hear how leaders are integrating and optimizing AI investments for success. Learn More Earlier this week, a group of more than 1,800 artificial intelligence (AI) leaders and technologists ranging from Elon Musk to Steve Wozniak issued an open letter calling on all AI labs to … Read more

Legal Speak at Legalweek 2023: Lex Machina’s Karl Harris and Casepoint’s Jessica Robinson |

Last week, Legal Speak was live on location at Legalweek 2023 in New York City, where we interviewed professionals from across the legal industry about everything from ChatGPT to how to hire people who care. Experts shared the initiatives they are focused on and how they are seeing the industry evolve. Source link

State Appellate Court Calls for New Trial: Omitting ‘If/Then’ Language From Proposed Med-Mal Jury Instruction Was Prejudicial |

The Iowa Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s ruling this week after determining that removing the “if/then” phrasing of a jury instruction was prejudicial, and that the error necessitated reversal with a new trial in a medical malpractice suit. In a March 29 opinion, the Iowa Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the case back to … Read more

In Rare Win for Defamation Plaintiff, Judge Denies Fox All Summary Judgment |

Delaware Superior Court Judge Eric M. Davis denied Fox News and Fox Corp. summary judgment Friday afternoon, partially granting summary judgment for Dominion Voting Systems. The opinion marks another rarity among defamation cases against media entities, the large majority of which are decided in the defendant’s favor well before a trial begins. Dominion cleared a similarly stringent … Read more

There Was No Good Reason Offered, It Turns Out, for the Gag Order on Students in Doe v. UNC

On Feb. 28, I blogged about Doe v. U.N.C. Sys. (W.D.N.C.), a case challenging the expulsion of plaintiff Jacob Doe for alleged sexual assault; in the case, the court issued a quite remarkable TRO that, among other things, required defendants “to direct all individuals, including but not limited to employees and students, over whom they … Read more

February MBE National Mean Scaled Score Down Nearly 3 Points Since 2021 |

The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) announced Friday that the national mean scaled score for the February 2023 Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) was 131.1, a decrease of 1.5 points compared to the February 2022 mean of 132.6. The February 2022 MBE national mean scaled score had also dipped from the previous year as 2021’s … Read more

May Universities Revoke Degrees Based on Findings of Ex-Student’s “Academic Misconduct in Pursuit of That Degree”?

The case is today’s Hartzell v. S.O. (majority opinion by Justice Lehrmann); the court concludes the power is implicit in the statutory scheme authorizing the Texas public university systems, though it also holds that the university must provide due process before revoking a degree. There’s also a short concurrence by Justice Boyd, and a long … Read more