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For lawyers serving cryptocurrency clients, or clients with legal issues revolving around crypto, a recently released white paper may be the new crypto-lawyer's bible.

The ABA's Derivatives and Futures Law Committee's Innovative Digital Products and Process Subcommittee Jurisdiction Working Group released a 350-page report detailing the current state of cryptocurrency federally and on the state level. And for legal practitioners in the tech field, it's probably worthwhile to at least skim it over.

Uber's $20M Driver Settlement

The big question for every ride-share driver's lawyer (of employee versus independent contractor) may not be any closer to getting answered by the federal court as the big driver class action case covering the issue has finally settled.

Due to the way the case unfolded, this settlement only includes a small fraction of Uber's drivers. Namely, the ones that are not subject to Uber's arbitration agreement. It might seem like a drop in the bucket for Uber, but the recently announced $20 million driver settlement has the potential to be a big hit for the company.

When it comes to the administration of, and access to, justice, the City of San Francisco and Code for America are leading the way, at least for those individuals convicted of marijuana possession from 1975 to present.

The city and tech NPO have teamed up to test Code for America's algorithm that promises to evaluate these marijuana convictions to check each one's eligibility for expungement due to the 2016 change in the state's marijuana laws permitting recreational use for those over the age of 21. If successful, San Francisco will become the first city in the country to complete a mass expunging like this for marijuana convictions.

Robots Understand Legalese Even If You Don't

Stephen R. Williams is in-house counsel and a wishful thinker.

He doesn't believe the pundits who say artificial intelligence will take many legal jobs. He says robots have a long way to go before they replace him because of the nuances in his job.

Williams has a point, but robots don't have a problem with high-level legal tasks. The problem, in a word, is "legalese."

This week, President Trump released the "Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence."

And while this had the prospect of going horribly wrong, the E.O. seems to fall flat when it comes to actually doing anything according to several commentators. There's no mandate to act, there's nothing being prohibited, and the whole thing just seems to be a mere suggestion that government agencies redirect spending into AI programs, where possible.

The family of the victim of the country's first autonomous vehicle pedestrian fatality has filed a lawsuit against the City of Tempe, Arizona, where the accident occurred.

The case against Uber already settled. But now, the family is seeking $10 million in damages from the city because the road median where the victim entered the street from was paved in such a way to suggest people could use it to cross safely, when it was solely decorative, and definitely not safe. In fact, shortly after the incident, the median was re-landscaped to do away with the jaywalking-suggestive design.

If tech startups have one thing in common, it's the ability to exploit the underemployed for profit. And while lawmakers have been slow to react when some industry is "disrupted," the fight over how to classify the gig-economy workers rages on.

Most recently, the NLRB issued a ruling classifying the workers for SuperShuttle in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as independent contractors rather than employees, and while you might not think of SuperShuttle as belonging to the new wave of tech startups, you might want to think again. Basically, in 2005, before the rideshare giants disrupted the industry, SuperShuttle changed its business model to make its drivers franchisees/independent contractors, rather than standard employees. In short, the rideshare giants of today basically just copied SuperShuttle's model and made an app to replace dispatch.

Scooter Companies Sued by Disability Rights Activists

Scooters are hitting some expensive road blocks, this time for allegedly violating disability laws.

A disability rights group has sued e-scooter companies, including Bird and Lime, in San Diego. The lawsuit claims the vehicles are dangerous to people with physical disabilities.

The companies are already facing class-actions for accidents and injuries to everybody else. It was only a matter of time before the scooters tripped over disability liability.

Keep Your Hands Off the Marijuana Tech, Man

Legal marijuana is on a roll, but not in one tech space.

CES, the world's largest consumer electronics convention, will not allow vendors to showcase cannabis technologies. That would be e-cigs and vapes to the non-smokers out there.

It's unusual because Nevada, site of the annual trade show, has legalized medical and recreational pot. It looks like what happens in Vegas, doesn't include marijuana tech.

When the new year rolls around, everyone sets resolutions. Sometimes, we set resolutions for certain parts of our lives. And this being a blog dedicated to all things legal tech, we figured, why not compile a list of some of the best tech focused New Year's resolutions for tech-savvy lawyers?

Here are five of our favorite: