Arguments in Obamacare subsidies case focus on federalism

From Westlaw Journal Health Law: During oral argument March 4 in a case that could determine whether Obamacare’s crucial Healthcare.gov insurance exchange thrives or collapses, the U.S. Supreme Court’s key “swing” justice signaled repeatedly that he thinks the argument against the law might suffer from fatal constitutional flaws.

Throughout the 90-minute session, Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote could decide the fate of President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform law, expressed concern that the Affordable Care Act challengers are relying on a reading of the law that would needlessly violate the high court’s federalism precedents.

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Could you explain your role to a 14 year-old?

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Could you explain what you do to a 14-year-old?

That was the challenge for our 25 volunteers at the Technology Careers day we recently held at our Canary Wharf office.

The event, organized by Tamara Waltho and Rebecca Gray, aimed to show children from Broadwater School in Surrey the kind of application technology subjects can have in the real world. A host of colleagues from across our business units helped to make the day happen, encouraging children to opt into subjects such as Science, Technology Engineering and Math.

Students had the opportunity to dig for news stories, conduct product reviews on apps, and grill volunteers on exactly what they do all day. We caught up with three of the volunteers to see how they fared:

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The Obamacare exchange quilt – Graphic of the day

The legal question reviewed by the Supreme Court yesterday is whether a four-word phrase saying subsidies are available to those buying insurance on exchanges “established by the state” has been correctly interpreted by the administration to allow subsidies to be available nationwide. Exchanges are online marketplaces that allow consumers to shop among competing insurance plans. Most of the 50 states have not created exchanges. Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have them, with another 34 run by the federal government and three operating as state-federal hybrids.

The Obamacare Exchange

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Part Two: What does a hero look like?

Last Thursday, war correspondent Kate Adie OBE took Thomson Reuters customers and colleagues back one hundred years to discuss the changes World War One brought to women’s lives.

As part of our continued commitment to highlighting the importance of corporate responsibility and inclusion in the workplace, our series “What does a hero look like?” celebrated the contribution of unsung heroes to the war effort.

As Kate Adie said, speaking of her experiences of war, whenever it occurs: (more…)

Financial crime in MENA report 2015

Thomson Reuters and Deloitte launched the first financial crime survey in the MENA region this year. It’s the first survey of compliance professionals in this region, so we were very interested to see the results.

We received responses from over 160 executives across the corporate and financial sectors, with approximately 30% from businesses with over 1000 employees and 30% of businesses had a presence in more than five countries. Two thirds of respondents were actively involved in setting financial crime policy or were leading a team of people involved in financial crime policy for their organization.

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Wait, What? Episode 3: You gotta have heart, even if you can’t measure it

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In the latest episode of Wait, What?, the group jumps right into the topic of technology’s impact on sports and athletes. The conversation starts out by quantifying professional and amateur athletes and quickly transitions into “heart” versus analytics. The discussion moves into the topic of the stadium experience associated with professional sports teams and how the events compete with television, video game consoles, and mobile technology.

Also, you might want to stick around after the ending music!

We’d like to keep the show as interactive as possible, so please send in your feedback, thoughts, and show ideas. Also, you can reach the team on Twitter: Matt Angelicola (@MattAngelicola), Joe Harris (@Jwh37), Rob Russell (@batogato) and Jason Thomas (@jasonthomas). We’re also on iTunes – just enter “Legal Current” in the search box.

Tune into the next show (March 13th) which will cover how movies, books, and other works of fiction drive the creation of innovative technology in the real world. You can listen to the show here and on iTunes here.

Smartphone market share – Graphic of the day

Apple sold 74.8 million iPhones globally in Q4, topping Samsung in the smartphone market for the first time. And while Apple dominates where it matters most (see: profits), it still has a long way to go before surpassing the greater collection of Android smartphones in market share. Today’s graphic looks at smartphone market share by vendor in Q3 and Q4 of 2014.

smartphone market share

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Supreme Court hears argument over attorney fee dispute

From Westlaw Journal Bankruptcy: The U.S. Supreme Court heard argument Feb. 25 over whether Asarco LLC must pay the law firm Baker Botts $5 million for defending its initial claim for attorney fees after representing the mining company in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The law firm may be in for “some tough sledding” in trying to recover the fees for defending its fee application, said bankruptcy attorney Michael Fletcher of Frandzel Robins Bloom & Csato, who is not involved in the case.

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Do free citizens have the right to be forgotten?

Do you have control over your digital footprint? Should you have control?

Our Legal business brought together some of the sharpest minds from the law, media and politics last week for its inaugural debate on “the right to be forgotten”. The debate, which took place on Feb. 17, 2015, was recorded in front of an audience of customers and partners, and was moderated by Reuters Axel Threlfall.

The right of an individual to control their own digital footprint and legacy is a contentious issue with far-reaching implications for search engines and social media operators. It can also come into conflict with other freedoms, such as the right to access legally-published information.

It is a timely debate after a European Court of Justice ruling in May 2014 backed the right to be forgotten. But, despite this ruling, our views on the subject do not seem so clear cut – as was apparent in the results of the interactive vote taken using our Convene app during the debate.

Polling prior to the debate showed 57 percent of the audience was in favor of the right to be forgotten, with 26 percent against it. By the end of the debates, this was completely reversed with 59 percent voting against the motion and 38 percent for it.

So what did they hear that changed their minds?

Right to be forgotten:

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200 years of innovation

Last week, the Global Law Summit was held in London to mark 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta. The event celebrated the history of the rule of law and the how the legal industry can innovate going forward, so we thought it would be a great opportunity to showcase the heritage of Thomson Reuters Legal UKI as an innovative legal business.

We built an interactive timeline to show how our legal solutions have developed over the last 200 years, and the key developments they have brought that have changed the way legal practitioners go about their work.

Here are just a few of the milestones from the timeline:

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1879: Regional reporters and editorial enhancements

After requests from other lawyers in the region, West began publishing The North Western Reporter with court decisions from across Minnesota, Wisconsin and Dakota. The Reporters also included new editorial enhancements, and the Reporter quickly became the most trusted source of information for legal practitioners.

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