Bruce MacEwen | Wednesday April 23, 2014
The first thing you learn in your antitrust law course is to ask, “What’s the market?”
In other words, define the market you’re talking about, because the definition you select, I promise you, will make all the difference. Antitrust analysis aside, choosing the span of the market on which you...
Ron Friedmann | Monday April 14, 2014
Every day I read about big and exciting changes in industry. On Monday, the New York Times reported on the huge impact graphene could have in electronics and other industries, Forbes on the first artificial red blood cells that may go into production. Change happens even in old line industries. For example,...
ABA Journal | Sunday February 9, 2014
Lawyers need to embrace technology, can’t be afraid to try new things, and must focus primarily on improving their clients’ experience.
Those were the main takeaways from Friday’s ReInvent Law conference in New York City. More than 800 lawyers, academics, business owners, students and others in the legal industry...
Pamela Woldow | Sunday January 19, 2014
Many managing partners tell us they are struggling to get their arms around new tools and techniques for driving more efficiency and cost-effectiveness into legal service delivery. Firms are seeing more and more RFPs in which clients make increasingly draconian demands for better management and control of legal work....
- Call for nominations: Do you know a true change agent in legal practice?We hear time and again that there’s a dire need for change in the legal industry, but that nobody much likes to change. Yet there are those among us who embrace change, push for it and find ways to get the rest of us to follow along. We're looking for…
- Move a firm from ‘normal’ to ‘better’ by focusing on clients, getting creative with lawyer...It is time for the legal profession to stop looking at how to survive the “new normal” and concentrate on thriving as the “new better.” Let's get on with it! All those merger moves, all those lateral moves, all those staff moves. All that internal financial focus. But there is…
- As lawyers learn to be integrators, who will be ‘the straw that stirs the drink?’The legal field is in a state of flux—many would say decline. I prefer "reconfiguration." The forecast is bleak. The weight of the evidence supports the glum outlook: Law school enrollment is declining; student debt is escalating; and the job market for lawyers—newly minted and old-hands alike—is the worst it…
- More lawyers are embracing change—even though ‘old normalists’ are still the majority“Those whom the gods would destroy, they would first send to three conferences on the future of law.” That’s not exactly what Euripides said, but more or less how I feel. Our basic thesis here at the New Normal is that law is changing from what we might call “lawyer-centered…
- Microsoft Lawyers Map Out the Bid for YahooIn the days after Microsoft's bid for Yahoo, the players in the merger drama had their legal teams beating the antitrust drums. Google, which hit the blogosphere to bash the deal as anti-competitive, has a team of antitrust veterans. Microsoft, too, has a connected advocate in Charles "Rick" Rule, who worked with Thomas Barnett, the head of Justice's Antitrust Division, while the two were at Covington & Burling. The antitrust lawyers may be key to hammering out a deal -- and their work is cut out for them.
- $4.1 Million Fees Award Upheld in Kia Class ActionThe Pennsylvania Superior Court has upheld $4.1 million in plaintiffs attorney fees awarded by a Philadelphia judge in a Kia Motors faulty-brake class action. The Superior Court panel found there was no palpable abuse of discretion by Common Pleas Judge Mark I. Bernstein, and echoed his reasoning that the plaintiffs attorneys' award was reasonable considering the rates the defense counsel charged, which topped out at $595 per hour for partners -- rates higher than those requested by plaintiffs' counsel.
- 9th Circuit: No Sovereign Immunity for DA ContractorsPrivate companies that run diversion programs administered by dozens of California district attorneys are now open to legal attack. A 9th Circuit panel ruled Wednesday that state sovereign immunity does not extend to a private contractor hired by the Santa Clara County DA's office to go after individuals who passed bad checks. Public Citizen Litigation Group's Deepak Gupta, who argued the plaintiff's case, said the opinion is important in an age of increased privatization of governmental functions.
- Small Law Firm Thrives as Real Estate Market SwoonsMeltzer, Purtill & Stelle is benefiting from shifts in the real estate and legal industries even as the U.S. economic downturn takes a toll. The 24-lawyer firm specializes in real estate, related lending work and general corporate and business law. And it's content to stay its current size since larger firms refer "less lucrative" work to Meltzer Purtill. "It doesn't make economic sense" for larger firms to do general corporate work on employee matters and other day-to-day issues, says Brian Meltzer.
- Attorneys in Boston Marathon show how commitment, endurance overcomes tragedyEach of these attorneys had very personal reasons for taking part in the 2014 Boston Marathon, particularly after the deadly attacks which took place last year at the race’s finish line
- Software solutions help manage IP and innovationIt’s not uncommon for a large business to have a portfolio of thousands of patents or more. With portfolios that large, many companies are turning to software solutions to help manage and analyze their intellectual property
- Buffalo Bills to pay $3 million for excessive text messagesNobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills, but according to one court settlement, nobody sends text message alerts quite like them either.
- The challenges of managing information risk in the digital eraGeneral counsel and legal departments rank information risk and data privacy among the top three concerns for 2014