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GCs to ALI: Back Off!

Nine general counsel of non-insurance companies sent a letter to the American Law Institute on the eve of the organization’s annual meeting expressing “strong concern” over the direction taken in its proposed Restatement of Law, Liability Insurance. In response, ALI on May 23...

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Cybersecurity

The Ethical Hacker: Can We Talk About Safety, for a Change?

I really enjoyed the Enfuse conference in May (three days devoted to security and digital investigations). In fact, this was my first time attending, and I didn’t know exactly what to expect. I was impressed by both the sessions and the content provided. In the technical realm, the session on...

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Class Action

Zut Alors! Class Actions Have Landed in the EU: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce surveys 10 states

The legal industry has gone global. You already knew that. The proof has been abundant for some time. But if anyone had lingering doubts, a report issued in late March should lay them to rest. It’s called The Growth of Collective Redress in the EU: A Survey of Developments in 10 Member States...

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Legal Operations

Backstory: What Happens in Vegas …

Picture this. It’s the cavernous main ballroom at the Aria Hotel & Casino, just off the strip in Las Vegas. It’s an early Wednesday morning in late March, the last day of the annual meeting of the Legal Marketing Association. There’s a buzz of anticipation. It’s GC day!...

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Backstory: The Millennial Invasion

It sounds like a bad science fiction movie. The people of planet Earth are, as usual, blissfully unprepared for the alien invasion. Spindly, big-headed creatures – legions of them – emerge from their improbable flying machines. They are nothing like us. What are their intentions? Are...

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Civil Justice

Civil Justice Playbook: DOJ’s Missed Guidance:Corporate compliance programs would do well to take a long look

  The Civil Justice Playbook sometimes cribs its best material from the Criminal Justice Playbook. What follows is a prime example.   In early February, the fraud section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division posted a seven-page document that nobody seemed to notice...

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Legal Operations

Alt. GC: Survival of the Most Adaptable

  In its “2017 Report on the State of the Legal Market,” Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute examines the decade that began with the dawn of the Great Recession in December 2007. For law firms, it is not a pretty picture: flat demand, declining productivity, growing expenses...

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