At https://www.reddit.com/r/exjw/comments/8j8fj9/what_legal_requirements_have_forced_the/ExCircuitOverseer started an excellent thread on areas Watchtower has changed due to legal pressure. This has promoted me to gather the information into an article. There is a number of points that I would like to expand on, and need assistance in finding information.
Here are a list of questions I have.
1 - When did the announcement for disfellowshipping change to "[Name of person] is no longer one of Jehovah's Witnesses."
2 - Examples to back up the following comment - Originally, when a member was disfellowshipped, the reason for their removal from the congregation was announced at the same time. However, several cases were taken to court where the member claimed they had been slandered. Similar cases were pursued by members of other Churches and won.
3 - Examples to back up the following comment - The change away from following Bible guidance on physical discipline has been required to avoid legal issues for members, and in order to for legal recognition in some European countries where spanking is illegal.
4 - I do not have a good understanding of the following topic yet, or how this will change the retention of forms about JWs (particularly those that don't sign) or the public. - The European Union passed the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR, effective from May 2018.
5 - Information to support the following comment - Knorr and Franz feared legal bans because of df'ing people for joining the military so they came up with the term "disassociation" instead and claimed they did it to themselves automatically.
I am happy to correct and add to the article, so feel free to offer suggestions.