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JDB 077: How Can a Solo Lawyer Compete with the Big Law Firms?

The numbers just don’t add up. How can a solo attorney or a small firm really believe that they can compete with the big law firms and their big advertising budgets and in-house marketing departments?...more

Social Media and Practice: Questions Attorneys Should Ask Now

Social media users number in the billions. Facebook counts over 1.4 billion users, LinkedIn has 347 million members, Instagram has 300 million, Twitter has nearly 290 million, and YouTube reports more than a billion users....more

On Sale Today – .law Domain Names

Today, all law firms will be able to apply for .law names. This top-level domain name is intended to create an online space in which only regulated, licensed legal practitioners can be found....more

A Lawyer Returns to the Blogosphere

I stopped blogging after the Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Advertising found that a statement of opinion posted on a law firm’s website, such as “tort reform benefits insurers,” violated Florida Bar Rule 4-7.13, since...more

[Webinar] Strategies for Class Action Defense: Four Key Developments - Sept. 9th, 12:00pm EDT

Please join BakerHostetler’s Class Action Defense practice team on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, for an informative Webinar discussing the latest in defense strategies for companies facing class actions. The presenters will...more

“Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More”* — Doctors, Vets, and Lawyers in the Antitrust Crosshairs

Supreme Court Decision in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission Prompts Legal Challenges to State Professional Boards - Earlier this month a Texas federal district court judge granted a...more

Another Invalidated Clickwrap Agreement

The foremost case dealing with whether “wrap agreements” (e.g. clickwrap, shrinkwrap and browsewrap) are legal is almost 13 years old. See Specht v. Netscape Commc’ns Corp., 306 F.3d 17 (2d Cir. 2002). And yet, a new case...more

Status Updates - February 2015 #4

Blawg rules. The California State Bar has issued an opinion outlining the circumstances under which an attorney’s blog would be subject to the requirements of the California State Bar Act’s Rules of Professional Conduct...more

Copyright Law and the Fight Against Revenge Porn: Q&A With David Bateman of the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project

In-depth Q&A with attorney David A. Bateman about the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project, which Bateman co-founded last year with K&L Gates colleague Elisa J. D'Amico to help victims of revenge porn. We wanted to learn...more

Federal Court Strikes Florida Lawyer Advertising Rules

Finding that "naked paternalism" will not justify "protecting the public from truthful information," a Florida federal court held that two Florida Bar rules restricting attorney advertising violate the First Amendment to the...more

District Court Holds Plaintiff and Plaintiff's Attorneys Jointly and Severally Liable for Attorney's Fees and Costs After Finding...

After trial, HTC Corporation and HTC America, Inc. ("HTC") filed a motion seeking to recover attorney fees and costs from plaintiff's attorneys as well as from plaintiff Intellect Wireless, Inc. ("IW"). IW withdrew its...more

Crime-Fraud Exception to Attorney-Client Privilege – Facebook’s Lawsuit

The crime-fraud exception to attorney-client privilege: As an attorney, you may not anticipate it applying to your emails, your letters or your advice to your client. But even if you never see it coming, your client’s...more

Friending and Following Jurors: The Ethical Boundaries of Researching Jurors on Social Media

What are the ethical boundaries of an attorney’s internet research of jurors? Before the ubiquity of the internet, an attorney obviously couldn’t walk up to a potential juror in a restaurant and strike up a conversation. But...more

Court Rules That Settlement Term Sheet Is Not Worth The Paper It’s Written On

Judge Amy J. St. Eve of the Northern District of Illinois recently held that a purported settlement agreement in a putative class action filed by Craftwood Lumber Co. against Interline Brands, Inc. was not enforceable. See...more

Our Hope Rests With The Rule Of Law

Six decades of military dictatorship have left the rule of law diminished and badly undermined. It is not that the legal system has disappeared altogether. It’s there but it needs to be brought back to full life if the...more

Paperless Manifesto: The Value of a Paperless Practice & Three Steps to Make it a Reality

No conversation about law practice technology can begin without first assuming a paperless practice. Why not? Because a paper-based practice is the antithesis of law practice technology. Advances in law practice technology...more

Weil, Gotshal & Manges effectively navigates the communications waters

On the front-page of Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, Weil, Gotshal & Manges announced that it laid off about 170 attorneys and support staff and slashed compensation for about 30 of its 300 partners. The firm ranked 13th in...more

Why Should an Investor or Business Conduct an Asset Search?

If used properly and if conducted by a reputable asset search company, asset searches can be used as a valuable pre-investment tool for an investor, partnership, joint venture or other business entity before entering into a...more

Today’s “Troll,” Tomorrow’s Client

Reporter Ashby Jones of The Wall Street Journal this week highlighted a controversy surrounding a long-standing practice to leverage the profitability of patents regardless of how or whether those patents are being used by...more

Skirmishes Over Use of Social Media in Litigation Continue to Intensify

Since our prior two posts on the issue, there have been several developments showing that questions about the proper use of social media in litigation continue to abound. These developments demonstrate that practitioners who...more

The Nitty-Gritty on Facebook Over-Sharing

Why People are Careless about Internet Privacy - If you are like me, you have probably wondered why people choose to share so much about themselves and their families on Facebook. Why do people treat the social media...more

Unfiltered Orange | Weekly eDiscovery News Update – October 10, 2012

Highlighted in Forbes’ Law & Technology Blog as one of Eight Great Law & Technology Resources, Orange Legal Technologies’ Unfiltered Orange Weekly eDiscovery News Updates provide readers with a trusted compilation of key...more

IRS Set To Ease Practitioner Rules

Almost every email I send out to anyone has this at the end: CHUCK Charles (Chuck) Rubin, Esq. Gutter Chaves Josepher Rubin Forman Fleisher P.A. Board Certified in Taxation PRINCIPAL PRACTICE AREAS....more

Unfiltered Orange | Weekly eDiscovery News Update – October 3, 2012

Highlighted in Forbes’ Law & Technology Blog as one of Eight Great Law & Technology Resources, Orange Legal Technologies’ Unfiltered Orange Weekly eDiscovery News Updates provide readers with a trusted compilation of key...more

Unfiltered Orange | Weekly eDiscovery News Update – August 15, 2012

Highlighted in Forbes’ Law & Technology Blog as one of Eight Great Law & Technology Resources, Orange Legal Technologies’ Unfiltered Orange Weekly eDiscovery News Updates provide readers with a trusted compilation of key...more

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