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Human Rights Watch Responds: Reflections on Apartheid and Persecution in International Law - Human Rights Watch

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We appreciate the rich discussion triggered by this week's EJIL Talk! symposium, which has addressed a number of legal issues arising from our report "A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution." The report has received significant media attention and sparked many useful conversations since its release in late April. But this forum offers the first opportunity for us to contribute to a substantive discussion focusing primarily on the implications of our report for the broader international legal discourse. The contributions over the past week drew attention to several key themes, which we address here.  We look forward to a robust exchange on these and other issues in the days and months to come, including: The conventional and customary definitions of the crime against humanity of apartheid, including the definition of "racial group"; and the influence of international human rights law, especially t

Michigan Court Opens Door A Bit To More Slip-And-Fall Cases - CBS Detroit

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DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday chipped away at a longstanding legal doctrine that makes it tough to win slip-and-fall lawsuits in the state. Donna Livings needed three surgeries after falling in an icy lot as she tried to get to work at dawn as a waitress at a suburban Detroit restaurant. READ MORE: Michigan's Medieval Faire Stroll Returns In 2021 Livings died in 2020 at age 59, six years after the fall, and her estate now stands in as the plaintiff in the lawsuit. The court said in a 4-2 opinion that her family can continue to pursue a lawsuit against the property owner. "Livings' fall on the snow and ice occurred as she attempted to enter her workplace," Justice David Viviano said. "She has raised an issue of material fact as to whether the conditions of the parking lot were effectively unavoidable." The case will return to Macomb County court. It can be difficult to win injury lawsuits under Michigan's "open-and-

New Local Rule Allows Disclosure of Litigation Funding in NJ's Federal Courts | New Jersey Law Journal - Law.com

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New local Rule 7.1.1 (effective Aug. 5, 2021), changes the landscape of litigation funding disclosure in New Jersey's federal courts. The District of New Jersey will now require all parties to file statements setting forth information about any non-party person or entity that is "providing funding for some or all of the attorney fees and expenses for the litigation on a non-recourse basis" in exchange for either "a contingent financial interest based upon" the litigation's results or a "non-monetary result that is not in the nature of a personal or bank loan, or insurance." The new disclosure requirements are straightforward. The disclosing party must file a statement within 30 days of the filing of an initial pleading or removal, and would need to include: (1) the identity of the funder(s), including name, address, and place of formation (if a legal entity); (2) whether the funder's approval is "necessary for litigation decisions

Post-Pandemic - Law.com

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The pandemic forced many law school professors to finally recognize the importance of technology in the legal profession. Now, as law school students return back to the classroom, legal technology professors said the yearlong experience of remote learning and emerging career opportunities will intensify law schools' focus on legal tech. To be sure, the pandemic accelerated an ongoing legal tech education trend, noted North Carolina Central University School of Law professor and associate dean of technology and innovation April Dawson.  Adblock test (Why?)

Estate planning checklist: 3 key steps to making a successful plan - Bankrate.com

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It can be easy to overlook, but an estate plan is essential for nearly everyone, whether you have a lot of money or just a little. An estate plan tells your heirs and the courts how to divide up your assets, but it also helps protect your loved ones from unnecessary hassle and expense – as well as potentially months, even years, tied up in the court system settling your estate. "Constructing a strong estate plan can be very beneficial to you and your loved ones and will help minimize the probate process, expenses, delays, and loss of privacy," says Brett Gersack, a wealth advisor at Halbert Hargrove in Bellevue, Washington. "If done properly, the estate plan can help significantly reduce the amount of tax and fees the estate owes at death." A solid estate plan can be relatively straightforward to establish, and in some cases, you can also set one up with relatively little cost. Here are the things you need in an estate plan as well as a bonus element that can provid

AARP Members Save on Wills, Trust and Guardian Documents - AARP

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National Life Group Listed Among Top Life Insurance Performers - Insurance News Net

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Montpelier, Vermont —National Life Group has been included in an annual list of the country's 50 top life and health insurance performers, Ward's 50 ® . "We are the trusted leader of benchmarking and best practices services for the insurance industry," Jeffrey Rieder, partner and head of Ward, said in announcing the list. "For the past 31 years, our firm has analyzed the financial performance of nearly 3,000 property-casualty insurance companies and nearly 700 life-health insurance companies, identifying the top performers per segment." "National Life is proud to be part of Ward's 50 again," said Mehran Assadi, National Life Group chairman and CEO. "Ward's long-term evaluation matches our mission of keeping our promises." The Ward's 50 placement recognizes National Life Group for its outstanding financial results in the areas of safety, consistency, and performance over the previous five years. About