Can a state block access to online information about abortion services?

Can a state that prohibits most or all abortions block access to online information provided by abortion rights advocates and clinics in states with more permissive abortion laws? After Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizationin which the US Supreme Court returned to states the power to regulate access to abortion, that question is no longer theoretical.

The answer ought to be “no.” After all, the First Amendment generally provides robust protection against government attempts to limit speech. However, a review of some of the Supreme Court precedents that will be invoked when this question inevitably appears shows that getting to that answer is more complex than it might first appear.

In 1975, the Supreme Court decided Bigelow v. Virginia, a case that arose from an advertisement published in a Virginia newspaper in 1971 regarding abortion services available in New York. A Virginia statute at the time outlawed the “sale or circulation of any publication” that would “encourage or prompt the procuring of abortion.” Bigelow, who was the managing editor of the newspaper that published the advertisement, was found guilty of violating the statute, and his conviction was subsequently upheld by the Virginia Supreme Court. The Virginia Supreme Court also reconsidered the conviction after the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, upholding it a second time.

The US Supreme Court reversed the conviction on First Amendment grounds. The Court noted that “the fact that the particular advertisement in [Bigelow’s] newspaper had commercial aspects or reflected the advertiser’s commercial interests did not negate all First Amendment guarantees.” (A year later, the Court more directly addressed the question of commercial speech and the First Amendment, concluding that “commercial speech, like other varieties, is protected.”)

A key consideration in Bigelow was that the advertisement, while unquestionably commercial in nature, also conveyed facts through

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SAN FRANCISCO, July 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hagens Berman urges Block, Inc. (NYSE:SQ) investors who suffered significant losses to submit your losses now. The firm is investigating possible securities law violations.

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Blocks, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) Investigations:

The investigation focuses on Block’s statements about its subsidiary’s (Cash App Investing) customer privacy policies and controls.

More specifically, Block has in the past assured Cash App Investing customers that “[t]o protect your personal information from unauthorized access and use, we use security measures that comply with federal law,” “[t]these measures include computer safeguards and secured files and buildings,” and “[t]he Company takes the security of information belonging to its customers very seriously.”

The accuracy of these statements came into question on Apr. 4, 2022, when Block announced that a former employee, after termination, improperly downloaded certain reports of Cash App Investing on Dec. 10, 2021. The information in the reports included full customer names and brokerage account numbers. For some customers, the stolen reports also included brokerage portfolio value, brokerage portfolio holdings and/or stock trading activity for one trading day. As many as 8.2 million current and former Cash App Investing customers may have been affected by the privacy breach.

This news sent the price of Block shares sharply lower on Apr. 5, 2022.

The New York Times later reported on the incident, quoting a security expert at KnowBe4, a cybersecurity training company: “Taking customers’ data and security seriously would require securing external access to employees’ accounts and disabling that access upon termination, preferably before the employee leaves.”

“We’re focused on investors’ losses and whether Block misled investors about its operational risks,” said Reed Kathrein, the Hagens Berman partner leading the investigation.

If you invested in Block and have significant losses, or have knowledge

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Do You Need a Tax LL.M. to Land a Great Job Right Now?

Despite worries about the economy, the job market remains relatively healthy. US payrolls gained 372,000 jobs last month, and the unemployment rate remained at 3.6%—comparable to pre-Covid-19 levels in February 2020.

Over the past month, job growth was strong in the legal and accounting fields—and that’s not expected to change. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, law jobs are projected to grow 9% from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations, while jobs for accountants and auditors will grow 7%.

Even with the number of available jobs, candidates are looking for the extras that will make them stand out. So what does that look like? In some cases, the difference maker might be school or work performance—while other notables include languages, internships, and life experience.

Over the years, I’ve fielded questions from aspiring accountants and lawyers about career choices. One that comes up quite often is whether earning a tax LL.M. will give you an edge or make it easier to get a job. As with many things in the tax world, it depends.

What is a Tax LL.M.?

A tax LL.M., or more formally, an LL.M. taxation, is a Master of Laws degree in taxation offered through a law school.

A tax LL.M. isn’t the equivalent of a general LL.M. or international LL.M. degrees. Not all law schools offer a tax LL.M.—some provide a general LL.M. degree with a concentration in tax or a certificate in a tax-related program such as estate planning.

It’s also not the same degree as a master’s in tax—typically a Master of Science or Master of Business Taxation—earned through a college or university.

Time Commitment

A typical tax LL.M. program is about 24 credits. That works out to a year of full-time study or several semesters of part-

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2023 Sponsored Legal Fellowship | Death Penalty Information Center

Posted July 27, 2022

The Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, DC seeks applicants for a sponsored public interest legal fellowship to begin in the fall of 2023.

The Death Penalty Information Center is a national non-profit educational organization that serves the media and the public by publishing in-depth reports; tracking death sentences, exonerations, death warrants, executions, and appellate developments; and providing accurate information and fact-based analysis on capital punishment in the United States. DPIC has been cited thousands of times in court opinions, attorney briefs, research articles, and news stories.

Reporting to the Deputy Director, the fellow will research cutting edge issues in the administration of the death penalty. DPIC staff will work with candidates to develop a proposal for submission. DPIC is interested in working with candidates to apply for fellowships such as those funded by Equal Justice Works, Soros, or Justice Catalyst. DPIC is also open to fellowships funded by law schools, law firms, and other foundations.

DPIC’s legal fellows assist in updating and expanding DPIC’s web content, as well as contribute to DPIC projects such as its comprehensive database of death sentences, the Year End Report, and other DPIC reports and issue analyses. Legal fellows participate in monitoring executions and new death sentences, tracking death penalty cases of interest, and tracking legislative developments. Legal fellows also draft blog posts and case summaries for inclusion on DPIC’s website.

The fellow will be a full member of the staff, participating in weekly staff meetings, periodic staff retreats, and discussions about organizational planning and priorities. The legal fellow may work with law students, undergraduate interns, pro bono volunteers, and external partners on collaborative projects. We strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented communities to apply.

Required qualifications:

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One Phone Call Away From A Super Lawyer


With less than a month to go until Disney+ & Marvel Studios’ Tatiana Maslany-starring She-Hulk: Attorney at Law gets ready to smash its way onto our screens, the fine folks at the streamer and studio have come up with some “meta” fun to help get viewers in the mood for what’s to come. If you haven’t checked it out yet on social media (or if you’re actually attending the event), then the backstory is that there are posters for the streaming series circulating like they’re ads for Jen’s law firm. But if you call 1-877-SHE-HULK, you will be treated to… well, you know what? We’ll avoid the spoilers (but it’s worth the call). But just in case…

Marvel Studios’ She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

If you don’t want to have a little fun on a Friday, here’s a listen to the recording that social media was kind enough to provide:

During a recent interview with Empire, Maslany shared why Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk was the right kind of comic book character for her to play on a relatable basis. “She really is the antithesis of most superhero narratives. There’s this great element of denial in her that’s relatable. For me, it was about rejecting what’s happened for as long as I could, as that’s what causes the fun tension between Jennifer and She- Hulk,” Maslany explained. But there’s also the matter of how Walters’ new “superheroing” will add to the all-too-real tensions she’s already feeling at her law firm. “She’s in a career that’s male-dominated and incredibly vicious and hierarchal,” Maslany explains. “When she’s heading this superhuman firm, that’s where we get some really fun characters that she’s either defending or in opposition of.

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Paliare Roland new managing partner Emily Lawrence on how her generation is redefining leadership

“We have an active inclusion committee that focuses on inclusion over everything else so that people feel like they have a voice and a place to raise issues and where they can address complaints or concerns.”

In the last five years, Lawrence says the firm’s management has committed to DEI initiatives beyond “talking the talk” but by providing resources and time, acknowledging the stories of marginalized people, and working to create a more inclusive environment.

“We’ve been engaged in a significant amount of anti-racism and anti-oppression training. So not simply unconscious bias training, but grappling with power structures,” Lawrence says. “We’ve been engaging in training on anti-indigenous racism and LGBTQ and trans rights.”

Lawrence succeeds Robert Centa, who held the position since 2015 and was appointed as a superior court judge in May. She has substantial expertise in professional regulation, pension litigation, employment and labor law, constitutional litigation, civil disputes, and privacy matters.

In addition, Lawrence has appeared as counsel before numerous administrative law tribunals and is co-author of a book on administrative law practice with Justice Lorne Sossin.

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Data science can unlock the value of your legal information

Legal departments that use enterprise legal management solutions collect a huge amount of data about their legal operations. Records about the legal department’s transactions, their open matters and matter history, the performance of their outside counsel, and many other faces of the department’s processes are captured by the systems they use to run their legal business. Although this data can provide critical insights that help the department operate more efficiently, cost effectively, and successfully, those insights must be unlocked. Data science is the key that can provide access to the full value of that collected data.

Why is data science important?

Data science is a field of business that uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms, and systems to extract knowledge and insights from noisy data. Data science provides the discipline and tools to deliver actual knowledge and understanding out of data points. While it may sound technical, it actually empowers people to make confident, data-driven business decisions.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are now deliver advanced to provide powerful means to process a large amount of data and valuable insights from it. These technologies have been integrated into some of the solutions that insurance claims and corporate legal departments use to support their strategic decision-making. The result is better visibility into legal spend, which can drive better billing outcomes, improved billing compliance, and more efficient and productive operations.

Legal and claims departments that leverage data science can significantly improve internal processes and workflows while standardizing the data they collect to ground their decisions in fact instead of instinct.

Finding the expertise you need

The right expertise and experience are crucial to using data science to activate the value of the data you collect. However, most organizations do not have a team of data scientists available to build a data science

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Roundup of law firm hires, promotions, departures: July 18, 2022 update

Dawson assists clients with personal injury matters, criminal and provincial offenses, and institutional legal issues. She has appeared before the Parole Board of Canada and the Social Benefits Tribunal.

McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP

The firm welcomed four new partners in the Guelph office:

Hampson regularly advises clients on acquisition and sale of properties, institutional and private financing deals, lease agreements, and other real estate transactions, such as lot line adjustments, easements, and property conversions. He also acts for clients in various corporate matters, including M&A, corporate reorganizations, and financings.

Henley specializes in private M&A, corporate restructuring, succession planning, and bank financing work. In addition, he advises on commercial real estate transactions and assists clients in a range of corporate matters, including incorporations, shareholder agreements, and purchase and sale agreements.

Manes has extensive expertise in a wide array of business law matters, such as leasing, M&A, and drafting and negotiating business agreements. He also acts for lenders and borrowers in secured transactions.

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GOP attorneys general warn Google not to suppress anti-abortion centers in search results

Seventeen Republican attorneys general have urged Google not to limit the appearance of anti-abortion centers in search results. They made the demand a month after Democratic lawmakers asked the company to refrain from directing people who are looking up information on pregnancy terminations to such centers. The Republican AGs suggested that if Google obliges the request from the other side of the aisle, they may investigate the company and undertake legal action. “If you fail to resist this political pressure, we will act swiftly to protect American consumers from this dangerous axis of corporate and government power,” they wrote in a letter to Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.

Many of the so-called crisis pregnancy centers in question have religious affiliations, as the Associated Press notes. Some centers have been accused of providing misleading information about abortion and contraception. Following a leak of a draft opinion suggesting that the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade, a ruling that ensured the right to abortion nationwide (a move that the court took in late June), Democrats in the House and Senate introduced a bill that seeks to “crack down on false advertising that crisis pregnancy centers employ to dissuade patients from getting the reproductive care they need, including abortion care.”

“Directing women towards fake clinics that traffic in misinformation and don’t provide comprehensive health services is dangerous to women’s health and undermines the integrity of Google’s search results,” the Democratic lawmakers wrote in their June 17th letter. They cited statistics indicating that a tenth of Google searches for terms like “abortion clinics near me” and “abortion pill” included results for anti-abortion centers.

The Republican AGs took issue with the Democrats’ missive. They noted that crisis pregnancy centers often provide services like free ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, sexually transmitted disease testing

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Toronto carjackings: Could auto theft increase insurance?

An industry expert says a surge in carjackings in the Greater Toronto Area along with ongoing car thefts from driveways and parking lots could put pressure on some insurance companies to consider raising their premiums.

“There have been 93 carjacking incidents that have occurred in Toronto so far this year. That’s compared to 21 over the same period last year, so that is almost a 400 per cent increase year-over-year,” said Aren Mirzaian, CEO of My Choice, an insurance comparison website.

The company said in the last 30 days there have also been 404 car thefts in Brampton and Mississauga alone, which is approximately 13 vehicles a day.

According to My Choice, there were 20,767 auto theft claims in Canada in 2020 with payouts of $346.7 million dollars, but with rising theft and carjacking incidents the payouts are expected to be higher this year.

Throughout the pandemic car insurance premiums have remained relatively flat and some companies even gave rebates to their customers, but as car thefts and carjackings increase some companies may need to raise rates to cover their costs.

“If there are more theft claims associated with a particular model or location then insurance companies may have to charge more for that location to offset those claims,” Mirzaian said.

According to My Choice the five most expensive cities for car insurance in Ontario are now Vaughn, Ajax, Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto.

The five cities with the most car thefts are Hamilton, Vaughn, Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto.

With auto thefts on the rise it’s important to know that basic car insurance policies provide liability coverage, but not coverage for theft. For that you’ll need additional coverage such as comprehensive, specific perils or all perils coverage.

“That type of endorsement is going to help replace a stolen vehicle, it’s

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