Iowa attorney general joins suit against limits on pistol braces, a device used in mass killings

Rick Newman, owner of Cherokee Firearms in Springfield, Mo., shows how an AR-15 pistol with a pistol brace is used.

Rick Newman, owner of Cherokee Firearms in Springfield, Mo., shows how an AR-15 pistol with a pistol brace is used.

Iowa is among two dozen states whose Republican attorneys general have joined conservative and gun-rights groups in a challenge to new federal regulations on pistols with stabilizing braces, suing to block a gun-control action touted by President Joe Biden after the accessories were used in two mass shootings.

The lawsuit that Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird joined was filed Tuesday in federal court in North Dakota. Two other lawsuits also were filed in federal court in Texas against the move to treat the guns like short-barreled rifles, a weapon like a sawed-off shotgun that has been heavily regulated since the 1930s.

The cases argue that millions of people have guns with the braces and use them to make firing “more accurate, and therefore safer,” according to one of the Texas lawsuits, filed on behalf of three veterans by the conservative, Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty.

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They said in the lawsuits that the new rule from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives forces owners into “unthinkable choices” of removing the brace, submitting to a national registry at a cost of $200 or opening themselves up to possible charges.

“The new rule unlawfully usurps Congressional authority by significantly expanding the definition of ‘rifle’ under federal law and, with it, imposes potential criminal liability on millions of Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights,” the lawsuit argues. A decade ago, the ATF found that the braces did not make guns similar to short-barreled rifles.

Bird, in a statement, said the Biden administration in imposing the new rule “is blatantly attacking the Constitutional rights of

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AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Halyk Insurance Company JSC

LONDON, February 10, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb” (Good) of the Joint-Stock Company Subsidiary of Halyk Bank of Kazakhstan Halyk Insurance Company (Halyk Insurance) (Kazakhstan). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.

These ratings reflect Halyk Insurance’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best assesses as very strong, as well as its strong operating performance, limited business profile and marginal enterprise risk management.

Halyk Insurance’s balance sheet strength is underpinned by risk-adjusted capitalisation at the strongest level, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), and by its relatively conservative investment portfolio with good liquidity. In 2022, the company’s risk-adjusted capitalisation was supported by a decision to fully retain profits for 2021. A revised dividend policy that limits annual dividend distribution to a maximum of 50% of prior-year earnings will further support prospective internal capital generation. Offsetting balance sheet strength factors include the company’s dependence on reinsurance and its material exposure to the high financial system risk in Kazakhstan.

Underwriting results improved in 2022, with the company reporting a combined ratio of 93.2% (based on local GAAP), compared with 98.3% in 2021 (based on IFRS), as calculated by AM Best. Halyk Insurance’s results in 2022 were positively impacted by the transfer of its worker’s compensation portfolio, in line with a change in the domestic insurance regulation. This positive effect was partly offset by an increase in the loss ratio for the motor third-party liability portfolio, driven by claims inflation. Overall profitability has been strong, demonstrated by a five-year (2018-2022) weighted average return on equity of 13.7%, although this is partly the result of high investment returns, given Kazakhstan’s relatively high inflationary environment in recent years. Halyk Insurance is one

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Am Law 100 Offices Are Lacking in Efficiency: The Morning Minute

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT – Am Law 100 office space is nowhere near as efficient as it could be, with an average square foot per attorney ratio that is “still relatively high,” despite firms’ attempts over decades to improve their use of space, according to the Savills 2023 Benchmarking Report. As’s Brenda Sapino Jeffreys reports, the average efficiency among Am Law 100 offices is 985 square feet per attorney, which is higher than the 500-750 sf/atty many firms use as a target occupancy rate. Firms in the Am Law 25 are “somewhat more efficient,” the report said, with 30% of offices at 750 sf/atty or less, but only 24% of the rest of the Am Law 100 at that level. However, the report suggests the square footage numbers are likely higher than they could be, because offices are not fully occupied, and if offices are not used, the square footage to attorney ratio increases despite the efficiency of the office. It should also be noted that the report does not specify whether all those offices are empty because people are busy collaborating and innovating in the common areas.

WHAT’S IN A NAME? – The chief legal officer title sounds loftier, but, as’s Trudy Knockless reports, some GCs actually have broader responsibilities. And while companies continue to create CLO roles, the growth is slowing. Hirings with the “chief legal officer” title surged 72% from 2019 through 2022, according to a LinkedIn study of more than 500,000 hirings. But it climbed just 3% in 2022, the final year of that three-year span—a sign that the corporate trend of upgrading the top legal title from general counsel to CLO is slowing, the study found. Recruiters, in-house counsel and other legal observers say the (seemingly) highfalutin CLO title became fashionable in

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District attorney to review all prior cases of former Memphis police officers charged in Tyre Nichols’ death

The local district attorney‘s office in Tennessee’s Shelby County announced Thursday that it will review all prior cases — closed and pending — of the five former Memphis police officers charged in the death of Tyre Nichols.

“This is still an active and ongoing investigation,” the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office said.

Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith were involved in the traffic stop that allegedly led to Nichols’ death last month. Nichols was arrested in Memphis on the evening of Jan. 7, after officers attempted to make a traffic stop for reckless driving near the area of Raines Road and Ross Road, according to separate press releases from the Memphis Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. A confrontation unfolded as the officers approached Nichols, who ran away. Another confrontation occurred when the officers pursued Nichols and ultimately apprehended him, police said.

After the incident, Nichols “complained of having a shortness of breath” and was transported by ambulance to Memphis’ St. Francis Hospital in critical condition, according to police.

Due to Nichols’ condition, the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office was contacted and TBI special agents were subsequently requested to conduct a use-of-force investigation, according to the TBI.

Nichols “succumbed to his injuries” on Jan. 10, the TBI said. He was 29.

PHOTO: This combo of booking images provided by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office shows, from top row from left, Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, bottom row from left, Desmond Mills, Jr. and Justin Smith.

This combo of booking images provided by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office shows, from top row from left, Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, bottom row from left, Desmond Mills, Jr. and Justin Smith. The five former Memphis police officers have been charged with second-degree murder and other crimes in the arrest and death of Tyre Nichols, a Black motorist who died three days after a confrontation with the officers during a traffic stop.

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office

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Berolahraga dan Beramal Dukung Pelestarian Mangrove di Angke

Suaka Margasatwa Muara Angke, Jakarta Utara

Tugu Insurance kembali bekerja sama dengan Cause Virtual Run & Ride menyelenggarakan kegiatan olahraga sambil beramal mendukung pelestarian mangrove bertajuk Tugu Charity Virtual Run & Ride 2022.

Event ini diselenggarakan sebagai bagian dari rangkaian perayaan hari ulang tahun Tugu Insurance ke-41. Sesuai dengan temanya, acara ini bertujuan mendukung pelestarian lingkungan, utamanya mangrove di Suaka Margasatwa (SM) Muara Angke, Jakarta dengan menanam 250 bibit mangrove.

Tugu Virtual Charity Run & Ride 2022 dirilis pada 9 Desember 2022 dengan dua pilihan kategori yang dapat diikuti, yakni 4.1K Walk & Run dan 41K Ride. Kategori olahraga kali ini diadakan secara mingguan, yang mana peserta diwajibkan untuk menyelesaikan minimal 4.1 km lari atau 41 km bersepeda untuk memenangkan berbagai hadiah mingguan yang menarik. Periode aktivitas Tugu Virtual Charity Run & Ride 2022 dimulai pada 24 Desember 2022 hingga 23 Januari 2023.

Acara ini berhasil mengumpulkan peserta berkisar 7.000 orang dari 300 kota di 34 provinsi. 

Semangat peserta untuk mengikuti acara ini membuat target berhasil terpenuhi hanya dalam waktu tiga hari sejak pertama kali dibuka. Angka partisipasi di ajang olahraga virtual kedua dari Tugu Insurance ini jauh lebih banyak daripada acara pertama yang diselenggarakan tahun lalu, dengan perbandingan hingga 2000-an peserta.

Melalui acara yang diikuti oleh ribuan peserta ini, setiap jarak yang ditempuh akan menjadi sangat berarti, karena Tugu Insurance akan mengkonversi setiap kilometer yang ditempuh menjadi donasi yang akan digunakan untuk mendukung pelestarian mangrove di SM Muara Angke. Donasi akan disalurkan melalui Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara (YKAN) dalam bentuk penanaman 250 bibit pohon mangrove di SM Muara Angke.

“Ini merupakan event yang luar biasa karena selain kami menyasar aspek positif dalam hal kesehatan, kami pun turut serta menyertakan unsur charity untuk pelestarian mangrove. Mangrove memiliki peranan penting bagi kehidupan, seperti menjadi habitat dan tempat berkembang biak bagi biota

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How do you effectively manage inbound calls to your legal practice?

AnswerConnectBy Legal Futures Associate AnswerConnect

Modern communication has grown to encompass a huge range of channels. But in a moment of panic or urgency, people still tend to pick up their phones and make a call. This is especially true in legal practices, where clients or potential clients call at all times with various questions and requests. Answering these inbound calls and responding in a timely manner is important to maintain strong bonds and build trust. 

Dealing with inbound calls

Answering calls during important meetings or while at court is not possible. Having a dedicated person to take calls and messages is the first step to effectively managing inbound calls. But unlike emails or messages, calls can’t be scaled. A person can only tend to one caller at a time. You can’t say how long a call might take. 

Simultaneously, 64% of callers will hang up if they don’t receive an answer within 5 minutes of calling a business. So your receptionists can either choose to rush a caller in order to reach the other callers before they hang up. Or they can remain on the call and potentially lose over half of the other callers to a competitor.

So how do you manage the calls your legal practice receives without compromising your clients (or exhausting your staff)? 

In this article, we’ll explore how to increase inbound calls and offer tips on how to strategically manage them. 

How do you increase inbound calls to your practice?

Make your number visible

To make it easier for clients to reach you, your phone number needs to be visible. 

That means making it visible at every point of contact:

  • On your website
  • On web directories such as Google, Bing and AppleMaps. 
  • On review websites.
  • On your social media channels. 
  • Your business cards.
  • Your
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Sapphire wants information shared regarding fatal crash

A judge is considering a request by a Helena bar to release information after the family of a woman killed in a 2021 crash claimed they served the driver of the vehicle she was in — who was not of legal age to drink — earlier in the evening.

Attorneys for the owners of the Sapphire Bar, the state and for the family of Bridget Marie Kirby appeared Thursday before Lewis and Clark County District Court Judge Kathy Seeley to debate the sharing of information when no official legal action had yet been filed.

Seeley took the information and said she would review the statute.

Kirby, 20, was killed On Nov. 19, 2021, when fellow Carroll College student Hunter Nicely was driving a vehicle that rolled over and ejected her from the vehicle at Cedar Street and Interstate 15 in Helena. She wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

Kirby, Nicely and another person who was in the vehicle were all celebrating Nicely’s 20th birthday. Nicely was in possession of a fake ID, authorities said.

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G. Patrick HagEstad, attorney representing the Knights of Pythias Sapphire Lodge, submitted the petition for seeking confidential criminal history record information and confidential criminal justice information, after the Sapphire received a “notice of claim” from the Kirby estate that it intended to pursue civil action against the bar.

“The Estate claims Sapphire served Mr. Nicely with alcohol with knowledge that either he was underage or without making reasonable attempt to determine his age, or that Sapphire served Mr. Nicely while he was visibly intoxicated …” which holds the owners legally responsible, the July 28 petition reads.

HagEstad said the estate has been given access to materials, and there is some indication his client is involved. He said they have not received the information that

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Attorney Seeking $10 Million In Civil Suit From Alex Murdaugh Was Told He Was Broke, According To Testimony

An attorney seeking $10 million from Alex Murdaugh in a wrongful death suit connected to his son’s role in a fatal boat crash, testified Thursday that he was told Murdaugh was broke and would have to struggle to come up with even $1 million.

Mark Tinsley’s testimony came Thursday as prosecutors continue to paint a portrait of a man who was in dire financial straits the night Murdaugh’s wife Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, were shot to death at the family’s Colleton County hunting compound.

Prosecutors believe Murdaugh, a once prominent attorney, killed his wife and son on June 7, 2021 in an attempt to gain sympathy and more time to try to conceal a series of alleged financial crimes about to come to light.

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Tinsley filed the wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family of 19-year-old Mallory Beach, according to NBC News.

Beach was killed in February 2019 when a boat—which allegedly had Murdaugh’s son Paul at the helm—crashed into a bridge pylon and sent her flying into the water.

Paul was facing criminal charges of boating while intoxicated at the time of his death. Beach’s family was also pursuing the civil suit.

Alex Murdaugh listens to his friend Chris Wilson testify

Alex Murdaugh listens to his friend Chris Wilson testify

Alex Murdaugh listens to his friend Chris Wilson testify during his double murder trial at the Colleton County Courthouse on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023. Photo: AP

Prosecutors said a hearing for the civil suit, which had the potential to force Murdaugh to reveal his financial activities, was scheduled for just three days after the double homicide, according to CNN.

On Thursday, Tinsley testified that he was seeking $10 million in the lawsuit, but was told Murdaugh was broke and would

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Canal Insurance Company Selects CLARA Analytics to Help Improve Commercial Auto Claims Outcomes With AI

SANTA CLARA, Calif. & GREENVILLE, S.C., February 09, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Canal Insurance Company (“Canal”) has selected CLARA Analytics (“CLARA”), a leading provider of artificial intelligence (AI) technology for commercial insurance claims optimization, as its partner in a new initiative aimed at speeding the resolution of commercial transportation claims using AI.

In recent years, claims outcomes related to commercial transportation have reached record levels, with average seven-figure verdicts growing nearly tenfold between 2010 and 2018 — underscoring the compelling need for insurers who serve the trucking industry to seek innovative ways to manage claims to produce better outcomes for their insureds.

Canal will implement CLARA’s Triage and Litigation modules for commercial auto. CLARA’s technology delivers AI-driven insights that monitor claims and highlight cases that may be at risk of escalation. The Triage module helps claims managers to identify the best path toward resolution. The Litigation module offers insights that help insurers reach amicable settlements, thereby avoiding costly litigation.

“At Canal, we consistently explore innovative ways to drive profitable performance, sustainable growth, and shareholder value,” said Paul Brocklebank, President and CEO of Canal. “As a well-established insurance specialist in commercial transportation, Canal is addressing many of the same challenges facing commercial auto insurers at large. Through advanced data analytics, CLARA provides the expertise and track record to help Canal drive better and more efficient claims outcomes, and this benefits both our customers and the Canal enterprise. We are excited about CLARA as a critical new business partner and extension of the Canal team as we join forces to embrace future opportunities in motor carrier insurance.”

“Canal is experiencing tremendous results, in large part because they’re led by a visionary CEO and proactive about finding innovative ways to tackle the problems facing the industry. CLARA will help them to resolve

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2023 Insurance Law Practice Overview Of China.


Over the past decade, China’s insurance industry has grown rapidly and held the second largest premium market share worldwide for many years, contributing steadily to the global insurance market. In 2022, despite the repeated impact of the pandemic and the turbulent capital markets, China’s insurance industry has been put to the test and has seen new developments with the introduction of various favorable policies, such as the start of pension insurance and green insurance and the continued “popularity” of D&O liability insurance.

Based on data released by China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) on its official website on 11January 2023, as of November 2022, the insurance companies’ original insurance premium income reached 635 billion USD with an increase of 4.95% year-on-year; the claims and benefits paid out were 192 billion USD with a decrease of 0.60% year-on-year; the total assets of the insurance industry reached 3.9 trillion USD; the net assets of the insurance industry reached 398 billion USD.


As China’s ageing process accelerates, new countermeasures to address the issue of elderly support are being introduced. 2022 is the starting year for the development of China’s personal pension system. In April, the General Office of the State Council released The Opinions on Promoting the Development of Personal Pensions, announcing for the first time a complete institutional framework. Subsequently, the State Administration of Taxation, the CBIRC and other government agencies have issued supporting pilot rules to aid the personal pension system from the perspective of personal tax incentives and pension insurance products.

For example, the CBIRC issued The Notice on the Launch of Pilot Commercial Pension Business of Pension Insurance Companies in December, allowing four pension insurance companies to launch pilot business in ten provinces (cities), including Beijing, where pension

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