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  • 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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  • Summary Disposition in Arbitration

    When we ask in-house counsel to explain why their companies don’t use arbitration clauses, the answer frequently includes the assertion that “you can’t get summary judgment in arbitration.” That has been true historically, but it is changing....

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  • Mandatory Arbitration Isn’t Always Mandatory in Canada

    Consumer protection laws vary from province to province in Canada. They limit and, in some cases, void mandatory arbitration clauses in order to preserve a consumer’s right to have a claim decided by the courts, typically by...

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  • Hidden Legal Risk of Open Source Software

    As much as half the code used in all software is comprised of open source software (OSS). Open source components are, by definition, free and available for anyone to use; but there are limitations, including licensing obligations...

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  • Recent Developments in Class Action Law

    The two most important unresolved issues in class actions are the standard by which plaintiffs must show an ascertainable class before a lawsuit can be certified for class treatment, and whether a class can be certified if...

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