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February 2016

Extract Maximum Value from e-Discovery Service Providers

By Tom Seymour

The unfortunate reality is that companies regularly involved in litigation can expect to pay service providers (a.k.a., "vendors") a substantial sum of money for e-discovery services. Estimates indicate that companies will spend nearly $10 billion annually on e-discovery in the coming years. Are companies getting their money's worth for these services? What can companies do to extract maximum value from their e-discovery service providers? Read More...

8 Ways to Secure Your Law Firm in the Ubiquitous Cloud

By Joe Kelly

The cloud will soon be as ubiquitous in legal as it is in other businesses. It's inevitable. As our reliance on the cloud grows, it's more important than ever for lawyers to understand how they connect to the cloud, the evolving risks that apply to them and what questions they need to ask to ensure confidentiality and privacy for their firms and their clients. Read More...

How to Use Mobility To Create Maximum Business Value for Legal Research

By Pavan Mediratta

Today, everything seems mobile. Legal professionals have been slightly less hurried to embrace the wonders of mobility as a part of their work. Certainly, they use mobile devices and apps in their personal life just like everybody else, but because of tradition and habit, many have been hesitant to adopt these things as part of their working lives. However, this is changing and in some cases dramatically. Read More...

Break Down the Silos and Lead Your Firm's Information Services From the Data

By Donna Terjesen

Law firms are metrics-driven organizations, and the need for accurate metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) will only continue to increase as law firms answer the client's demands to re-tool service delivery and organizational structure. This need for metrics-driven analysis now extends to the firms' research services, a heretofore last bastion of resistance to technology and measurement. Read More...

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A Blurry Distinction with a Huge Difference: Commercial vs. Non-Commercial Speech

Imagine the following two scenarios, and try to figure out what the real difference is. First, your competitor blatantly lies in its advertising about the effectiveness of its products; second, your competitor blatantly lies to a reporter about the effectiveness of its products, and the reporter publishes the lies in an article or in a magazine. It seems like the same situation, but it is not. With the first, you could sue for false advertising because the advertisement is “commercial” speech, whereas with the second, you cannot because the magazine article is “non-commercial” speech. A similar difference is presented if a newspaper uses a picture of a celebrity without the celebrity’s consent to highlight a news article, as opposed to a company using the same celebrity picture in a print advertisement, in the same newspaper, to promote the company. A breach of the celebrity’s right of publicity claim is not available against the newspaper because the news article is “non-commercial,” but is available against the company because the print advertisement is “commercial.” The rationale for both is that while the First Amendment fully protects “non-commercial” speech, it protects “commercial’ speech in a significantly limited way.