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June 2018 / 23 posts found

Texas man shot his estranged wife in the face after she filed for divorce

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As Kenny Martin hid in the dark shadows of his garage, he could hear his wife Linda talking to a man. He had a gut feeling and his worst fears were realised when he stepped out for a better look. Kenny saw Linda passionately kissing her toyboy lover, Jason Hitt. Unable to control himself, Kenny confronted the couple and a fight broke out. Kenny had known his marriage to Linda was in trouble because she’d already filed for divorce, but he’d hoped it could be saved. Even confronted with the fact that Linda was seeing someone else, Kenny wasn’t giving [...]

Lord Chief Justice hails potential of big data and AI to reduce litigation and promote settlement

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Lord Chief Justice hails potential of big data and AI to reduce litigation and promote settlement Burnett: AI transformative technology The Lord Chief Justice has called the ability of computers to use big data to predict outcomes “one of the most exciting developments of the age” and forecast the technology would be used to prevent litigation and promote settlements. In the long run, while he doubted judges would be replaced by robots, he anticipated artificial intelligence (AI) would reduce the number of disputes reaching trial. Giving public legal information website Bailii’s first Sir Henry Brooke annual lecture – a talk [...]

Managing the medical malpractice litigation rush

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RANDS AND SENSE You will have read of the enormous pressure placed on the public and private healthcare sectors by an ever-increasing number of medical malpractice claims and quantum of awards – or settlements of those claims. The contingent liability of the provincial health departments for medical malpractice claims is astounding, running into billions of rands.  In the private sector, doctors and hospitals are seeing increasing court awards and settlement amounts drive up the costs of obtaining medical malpractice insurance.  That all goes, directly and indirectly, to affect medical service delivery negatively. In dealing with and resolving medical malpractice claims [...]

The Evolving Regulatory Landscape For Litigation Finance

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Litigation finance is booming. And as lawyers well know, with great expansion comes great… regulation. At last week’s most interesting conference on litigation finance, hosted by IMN, I learned about the latest developments at a panel entitled “Regulatory, Ethical, and Court-imposed Restrictions on Litigation Finance.” Moderator Daniel Saval, partner at Kobre & Kim, opened by observing that the regulation of litigation finance is evolving and unsettled. It’s governed by a patchwork of regulatory sources, at both the federal and state levels, and new laws and regulations are constantly emerging. One reason for all the regulatory activity: litigation finance is becoming [...]

The Impact of the GDPR on Litigation Support Services, Part II

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This is part two of a two-part article on how implementation of the GDPR in the EU will affect U.S. litigation and the delivery of litigation support services in the United States. Part 1 provided an overview of the legal framework of the GDPR and the most relevant provisions of the GDPR affecting U.S. litigation. Part 2 will discuss the impact of the GDPR on selecting a litigation support service provider. Considerations when Selecting a Litigation Support Vendor Regardless of which transfer method a company relies upon, the amount of data transferred should be the minimum necessary to achieve the [...]

5 Myths About Litigation Finance

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If you’re not familiar with how litigation finance works, you should fix that — fast. Litigation finance is growing dramatically in popularity and importance, and both litigators and transactional attorneys need to understand it — and what it means for the legal industry. Despite the boom in litigation finance in recent years, many legal and financial professionals don’t understand it as well as they should. So it made sense that last week’s (great) conference on litigation finance, hosted by IMN, included a panel called “Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions Surrounding Litigation Finance.” The panelists covered many misunderstandings about litigation funding. Here [...]

A Russian Oligarch’s $500 Million Yacht Is in the Middle of Britain’s Costliest Divorce

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She’s also startled by Mr. Akhmedov’s campaign to keep her from pocketing one cent of his $1.4 billion fortune, most of which he earned selling his stake in a Siberian energy company called Northgas. Contrary to popular assumptions, she said, she needs the money. She is living off a lump sum provided to her by Burford Capital, a litigation finance firm, which is helping to fund the legal efforts and will take a percentage of any results. “I don’t want to play the victim, because it’s not my nature,” she said. “But I have to defend myself.” Ms. Akhmedova said [...]

How To Stay Friends After Divorce — And Keep Your Family Together

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Written by a child of divorce, who witnessed true friendship after divorce first-hand. For my parents, the spark went out after 18 years of marriage. But just because they’re not “together” doesn’t mean they can never be together in the same room. Sure, my parents get on each other’s nerves on occasion, but they still consider themselves friends at the end of the day. Over the years, I’ve seen what makes their friendship work (and what doesn’t). My divorced parents are just one example of a former couple who still gets along well — plenty of celebrity couples have also made [...]

Post-Divorce Health May Suffer from Smoking, Less Physical Activity

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Emerging research finds that divorce may impact physical and emotional health. A new study by the University of Arizona suggest two possible culprits for poor health after divorce: a greater likelihood of smoking and lower levels of physical activity. “We were trying to fill in the gap of evidence linking marital status and early mortality,” said UA psychology doctoral student Kyle Bourassa, lead author of the study, which is published in Annals of Behavioral Medicine. “We know marital status is associated with both psychological and physical health, and one route from divorce to health risk is through health behaviors, like smoking [...]

Social media: its role in divorce and associated pitfalls

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During divorce Social media can be a very disruptive and harmful tool when going through a break-up. Many people are oblivious to the fact that social media posts are public documents, admissible in court and can cause potentially significant harm to their case during dissolution proceedings. Divorce can be a highly stressful and emotional time. In fact, a 2015 study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, found that women who had been through divorce were 24% more likely to suffer a heart attack than others who had not. Further, women who had experienced more than one marital [...]