Executive Summaries

 
 
  • Legal Departments Lead Industry-Wide Change

    About five years ago, a group of in-house counsel from large corporations started to meet informally. They expressed frustrations with how their departments were run, and surfaced issues surrounding the way legal services were delivered by law...

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  • Risks of Contractual Joint Ventures for Government Contracts

    Parties pursuing government contracts or grants enter into joint ventures for many reasons. But joint venture participants often are unaware of the legal implications of operating as a contractual joint venture, as opposed to establishing a separate...

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  • How to Get the Best Legal Services

    Alternative fee arrangements (AFAs) can be of benefit to legal departments and law firms. According to the American Bar Association, “AFAs are not about charging more than what an hourly rate might be — they are about...

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  • Business Continuity Plan for the Legal Department

    External threat, and its impact on the legal department’s ability to meet its mission and sustain its business processes during and after a significant disruption, is at the heart of business continuity planning. Unfortunately, many legal departments...

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  • Resource Alignment is a Big Law Department Challenge

    Cost control was ranked as the top challenge facing law departments, according to the 2017 HBR Consulting Law Department Survey, but law departments are effectively managing their spending and keeping total legal spending flat. They took active...

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  • A New Weapon for Creditors in Europe

    Certain claimants and judgment creditors domiciled in 26 European Union member states enjoy access to a new weapon against evasive debtors. Under Regulation (EU) No 655/2014, they can apply for a European Account Preservation Order (EAPO) to...

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  • Prosecutorial Discretion — the Quick ITC Escape

    The United States International Trade Commission’s (ITC) third decision in five years not to investigate an alleged violation of Section 337 of the Tariff Act, 19 U.S.C. § 1337, appears to contradict its statutory mandate. The ITC...

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  • Information Security as a Legal/Business Partnership

    Compliance with information security regulations should not be viewed simply as sunk cost or minimal value-add activity. It should be viewed as an opportunity for the legal team to engage with its business partners to establish regulatory...

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  • Privacy and Cybersecurity Issues in M&A

    Privacy and cybersecurity laws and the accompanying risks involved in M&A are rapidly evolving. While your business team is wrapping its arms around traditional areas of diligence, conduct an initial analysis of the company’s information security infrastructure...

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  • Some PTAB Procedural Decisions Can Be Appealed

    In January 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its en banc decision in Wi-Fi One, LLC v. Broadcom Corp., holding that Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) time-bar determinations (the one-year...

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