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9 Key Provisions of Outsourcing Contracts That Matter

Outsourcing, whether technical or process-centric, has become an increasingly important component of businesses of all sizes. Handing over the complexity of ever-changing systems that require increasing expertise can often...more

Avoid the Dangers of Missing E-Data

Most discovery requests will require production of electronic data. Even if you’re tech savvy, it’s better not to go it alone because the sanctions for missing something can be huge, as Delta Airlines and defense counsel in a...more

The Big Three: The 9th Circuit Joins The 6th Circuit and 7th Circuit in Holding That Sanctions For Bad-Faith Litigation Tactics...

In Law v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (2015 S.O.S. 13–56099 – filed August 27, 2015), the Ninth Circuit joined the shortlist of Circuit Courts to hold that sanctions for bad-faith litigation tactics under 28 U.S.C. section 1927...more

E-Discovery Update: Balancing Costs with Desire to Not Produce Irrelevant and Potentially Privileged Documents

Often in litigation, parties faced with overbroad discovery requests and large amounts of data are tempted to produce everything that hits on search terms to the other side without looking at it, or after performing minimal...more

Be Alert Asia Pacific: How to Handle Audits by Labor Bureaus in China

In recent months, the number of international businesses in China (especially Beijing) that have been contacted by the local labor bureau for an audit has been markedly rising. These audit processes can come out of the blue...more

Chip Babcock Speaks: In Search of Atticus Finch

Atticus Finch, who sometimes went by the name of Gregory Peck, was not a litigator. In fact, "he had a profound distaste for the practice of criminal law" and made a living mostly on people's "entailments" and making...more

What's driving the demographic gap between BigLaw leaders and their CEO/GC clients?

The illustration to the left was just published in The American Lawyer. It accompanied a story on how law firm leaders are significantly older than leaders in the large corporations they serve. See MP McQueen, The Generation...more

Courts Everywhere are Finding Software Patents Invalid, So What Next?

For the last few decades, corporations ranging from startups to large multinationals first turned to utility patents to protect their innovative software. These patents protected everything from the minute details of...more

Schoolhouse Blues: Ediscovery Courses in Law Schools

With August comes languid heatwaves, leisurely days outdoors and (for many) the looming dread of heading back to school. For students everywhere – and perhaps especially law students­ – the start of a new semester brings new...more

FTC v. Wyndham: The Litigation Goes On, But Other Lessons To Learn

It’s fair to say that the opinion by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in FTC v. Wyndham was a set-back for Wyndham, but for businesses it may be just the right wake-up call....more

5 Things Companies Should Know About the Slowdown in China

The dramatic drops in the Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong stock markets have produced very obvious repercussions in global markets. In China, the nature and extent of the market drops have not been clearly reported, and in...more

Ninth Circuit Clarifies Analysis of Alleged Hub-and-Spoke Conspiracies Under the Sherman Act

Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion affirming the dismissal of plaintiffs’ consolidated complaint in In re Musical Instruments and Equipment Antitrust Litigation. In addressing plaintiffs’ allegations of a...more

Corporation or LLC? Business Organizations for Tech Startups.

One of the first actions you will take with your startup is to organize your company a separate legal entity to protect yourself from personal liability for the company’s debts. In the tech startup context, you’ll typically...more

Delaware Judges Are Finding Patent Claims Indefinite Post-Nautilus

It has been a little more than a year since the Supreme Court rendered its decision in Nautilus, lowering the standard for finding patent claim terms indefinite. Many commentators at that time predicted the decision would...more

Summary Judgment Ruling Not a Pretty Picture for Massachusetts Copyright Plaintiff

A recent decision from the District of Massachusetts demonstrates the difficulties that can arise when attempting to protect copyrighted works displayed on the internet. The July 29, 2015 order issued by the Honorable Patti...more

U.S. Work Visas for International Startup Entrepreneurs: Plan Well, Know Your Options

The best way to ensure compliance with immigration regulations is to plan as far in advance as possible and to know when it is necessary to obtain a visa. ...more

Two Key Insurance Considerations For Startups

Startups have numerous and different insurance needs and will face many challenges as new businesses, but by considering whether general liability and key person insurance are appropriate products they will likely be better...more

Grasping for a Hold on “Ascertainability”: The Implicit Requirement for Class Certification and its Evolving Application

The concept of “ascertainability” serves as an important arrow in the quiver of a defendant seeking to prevent certification of a putative class action in federal court. Recently, the issue of what a plaintiff must...more

PaleoLaw.

Words matter. I have chosen mine poorly. I am here to correct my ways. For the longest time, I have written critically of “BigLaw,” as if size itself was the problem. To be sure, most large law firms suffer from the problem,...more

M&A: How to Maximize Your Return When Selling Your Business

As a family or private business owner, you know how to sell your product or service. But do you know how to sell the company itself? Selling a business that has been built over the years is emotional and stressful, and for...more

Seventh Circuit Provides Guidance On Fairness Of Class Action Settlement Agreements And Fee Awards

In In Re Southwest Airlines Voucher Litigation, Case No. 13-3264 (7th Cir. Aug. 20, 2015), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld a fee award to class counsel in a class action that resulted in a “coupon...more

How to Get and Handle Retainer Fees

Posted on August 26, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq. If you’re new to practice, you may have heard of retainer fees but aren’t sure how to get them and whether you can keep them. Here’s a look at the rules and a sample retainer...more

Heads Up: Canada’s Trademark Law - Avoid These 6 Mistakes

It is important to ensure that the copyright transfer includes an irrevocable waiver of “moral rights,” a special type of right held by authors of creative works in Canada. Moral rights are separate from copyright and include...more

Social Media E-Discovery: Are Your Facebook Posts Discoverable in Civil Litigation?

Judge Richard J. Walsh began his opinion in Largent v. Reed with the following question: “What if the people in your life want to use your Facebook posts against you in a civil lawsuit?” With the explosive growth of social...more

How Not To Write An Employment Agreement Arbitration Clause: Court Of Appeal Rejects One Sided Clause As Procedurally And...

In Carlson v. Home Team Pest Defense, Inc. (Ct. of Appeal A142219), published August 17, 2015, the Court of Appeal held that an employer’s arbitration clause which allowed only the employer to file lawsuits for certain...more

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