Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Today In Legal Artificial Intelligence

AI Funding:
– Influential Raises $12 Mn Funding To Fuel Its Artificial intelligence Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Platform.
– From BloombergBillionaire Who Helped Dark Knight Rise Goes All-In on AI.
– From Artificial Lawyer: “Brazilian legal tech platform, Juridoc, is launching a fundraising round on Latin America’s Kria crowdfunding site.” “Juridoc’s founder, Maxime Troubat, is seeking to raise R$550,000 in total, which is about US$150,000, with R$300,000 coming from individuals making an investment via Kria to build out the platform for the Brazilian legal market.”

Passports for children under 16

Planning a family vacation overseas? Traveling with young children can be stressful. Applying for their U.S. passports doesn’t have to be. This summer, apply early and follow the U.S. Department of State’s steps for a stress-free family passport process.

All passport applicants under 16 must apply in person using Form DS-11.

Please note: Passports for children under 16 are only valid for 5 years.

6 GDPR Complications Right Out of the Gate

Chatham House Expert Perspectives 2018: Risks and Opportunities in International Affairs

UK To Provide Compensation for Overseas Victims of Economic Crimes

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the National Crime Agency (NCA) have released a joint statement in support of compensation for overseas victims of bribery, corruption, and other economic crimes. As set forth in the General Principles, which were published on 1 June, the UK enforcement agencies have committed to consider whether victim compensation is appropriate in “all relevant cases,” including those resolved by prosecution, a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA), or a civil settlement. Both aggrieved governments (and their instrumentalities) and corporates facing potential bribery-related inquiries should therefore be aware that the UK government will very likely at least consider victim compensation in any bribery resolution; however practical questions remain that will impact implementation.

Legislative Trends: “Me Too” Movement and Sexual Harassment Disclosure Laws

State and local lawmakers across the country have been busy passing new laws targeting sexual harassment in the workplace. Several states, most recently Maryland and Vermont, have enacted such legislation, continuing the trend of establishing anti-sexual harassment public policies in the wake of the “Me Too” movement. The new legislation aims to reduce sexual harassment in the workplace by prohibiting waiver provisions in employment contracts, preventing non-disclosure and other provisions in sexual harassment settlement agreements, and providing new avenues for employee reporting and disclosure. As additional sexual harassment laws continue to emerge at the state level, employers should pay attention to how these new laws impact their sexual harassment policies, procedures, and training in the workplace, as well as how they might affect efforts to resolve complaints of harassment raised by employees.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Week's balance: War against business harassers, NBU names key financial risks, and Swedish court suspends Gazprom debt collection

Ukrainian interest. Berlin talks, struggle for Sentsov, and Summit in Singapore

The European Banking Authority Recommendations on Outsourcing to Cloud Service Providers - the Recommendations (PDF)

Впереди отставка Правительства и Путина. Не справились

Чемпионат мира в полном разгаре, именно в это время мы  ждали удара Украины на Донбассе и провокации, но получили двойной удар в спину от родного российского Правительства. 

Прошло четыре дня после такого подарка. Россияне отходят от шока после «черного четверга», пытаясь на калькуляторе подсчитать на сколько их пригнули к Дну. Арифметика не  утешительная,  как и перспективы. Выходные дни и солнечная погода немного отвлекли соотечественников от грустных мыслей, но всё выглядит довольно гнусно и с запашком тотального большинства в Парламенте и Совете Федерации, которые уже готовы сделать глубокий, групповой одобрямс нашему Правительственному блоку, дружно подмахнув своими телами. Так что быть скоро ещё одному закону подлецов. 

We are creating group in EU to stop Nord Stream 2 - Poroshenko

The new National Security Law will be the plan for our cooperation with NATO countries - the President

President Petro Poroshenko does not exclude that next week the Verkhovna Rada will vote not only on the Law on the Establishment of the Higher Anti-Corruption Court, but also on the Law on National Security. The Head of State said in an interview with Ukrainian TV channels.
"And with the National Security Law, we will continue to reform the defense and security sector. In what part? We will make it more transparent, from funding to public control. There will be a number of very important requirements", - said the Head of State.

A new study details the wealth hidden in tax havens

Melania Trump speaks out against child separations at border: 'Hate to see it'

Audi CEO arrested in Germany over diesel scandal

Захист прав суб'єктів господарювання

Illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol: EU extends sanctions by one year

On 18 June 2018, the Council extended the restrictive measures in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia until 23 June 2019.
The measures apply to EU persons and EU based companies. They are limited to the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol. The sanctions include prohibitions on:
  • imports of products originating in Crimea or Sevastopol into the EU;

Sunday, June 17, 2018

“A New Course for Ukraine” – or not!

Bob Dylan - The Man in Me (The Big Lebowski version)

Thousands March For LGBT Rights In Kyiv

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Russia dumping US government debt

Turkish Embassy celebrates Roksolana, Ukrainian queen of the Ottoman Empire

Full list of Members of the European Parliament who voted against the resolution on political prisoners in Russia

Kremlin prepares fate of "Ukrainian Chechnya" for Donbas - expert

The danger of “not good enough”

That’s how we choose who to work with.
We want someone who’s good at their job. And the ones we pass up are usually labeled as, “not good enough.” And we label ourselves as well. “I’d like to do that sort of work, but I’m not good enough.”
This is obviously a trap.
In almost every line of work, the truthful sentence is, “not good enough yet.”
Of course, at least once you wrote a great line of code or crafted a good headline. At least once you made a good diagnosis or calmed a patient. At least once you did something extraordinary. So it’s not that you can’t do it.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Russia Travel Advisory: Reconsider travel to Russia due to terrorism and harassment. Some areas have increased risk.

Reconsider travel to Russia due to terrorism and harassment. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Do not travel to:
  • The north Caucasus, including Chechnya and Mount Elbrus, due to civil unrest andterrorism.
  • Crimea due to foreign occupation and abuses by occupying authorities.
Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Russia. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Bomb threats against public venues are common.

8 Projects That Hope to Hack Access to Justice

Judge sends Paul Manafort to jail, pending trial

‘Anti-cybercrime department’ monitors 45 million social media users in Turkey

The Turkish National Police’s “anti-cybercrimes department” is surveilling the around 45 million social media users in the country to monitor possible criminal activity committed through the internet.
The department authorities told daily Hürriyet that online prostitution, drugs and illegal betting are the most committed crimes through social media platforms, followed by “insulting state authorities.” The department has established a special desk dedicated to the latter, amid a flurry of cases opened in recent years in relation to “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Ukraine, U.S. to build combat modules in line with NATO standards

Constitutional Law at the Court, Part 1 – How Many Civil Con Law Cases Does the Court Decide a Year?

Southern California restaurant hit with $4.57 million citation by Labor Commissioner

Cheesecake Factory restaurants in Southern California were cited for $4.57 million for wage and hour violations and penalties by the Labor Commissioner earlier this week.  What may come as a surprise to many is that the citation was based on alleged wage violations for employees of contractors hired by Cheesecake Factory, not its own employees.  The investigation focused on the janitorial subcontractors who performed work at the restaurants.  The Labor Commissioner found that the janitorial employees were not paid for all minimum wage, overtime, not provided meal and rest breaks, and not paid for split shifts.

В Кремле уныние и зрада: Турция запустила газопровод TANAP в обход России

The fight against corruption in Ukraine: public opinion

  • An absolute majority of the population (83%) believes that the fight against corruption in Ukraine is not successful, with 50% saying it is a total failure. Nine percent perceive the fight against corruption as successful, with only 1% saying this fight is a complete success. Compared with December 2017, the share of positive assessments shrunk by 6% and the share of negative assessments rose by 3%.
  • A significant portion of the population (48%) do not see any institution that is actively fighting corruption in Ukraine. The remaining portion of the population views as actively combating graft foremost the media and journalists (26%), and anti-graft civil society organizations (18%). Next is the National Anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine (11%), the public (10.5%), individual politicians and civic activists (10%), and Western countries (6%). 

 Read the full article here

Ukraine-Germany agricultural products' turnover grows by almost 50%

DOJ Clinton Report Blasts Comey, Agents, but Finds No Bias in Conclusion

The Ultimate Démarche: France Wants to Oust English From the EU

In Memoriam: Judge Stephen Reinhardt

"As a person and as a judge, Stephen Reinhardt was devoted to protecting the powerless and the oppressed. In my forty-three years on the bench few, if any, judges with whom it has been my privilege to serve were more dedicated to the cause of justice.Steve came to the bench after my appointment, so he was my junior in the judicial hierarchy; but he was far from my junior in all other respects."

The High Tax Compliance Burden For Cannabis Businesses

Yesterday, the Tax Court issued its opinion in Alterman v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2018-83.  This case involved the operation of a medical marijuana dispensary which was reported on Schedule C.  The opinion includes a long recitation of intricate accounting details that I will address on a summary basis so as to not lose readers other than accountants.  Readers interested in the details should read the opinion linked above.
The important facts are as follows: