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February 2015

Laying a Foundation for Integrated e-Discovery Systems

By Josh Alpern, James FitzGerald and Jim Mittenthal

Typically, the production of data in litigation involves a series of disconnected actions involving several corporate or cloud-based systems. These disassociated e-discovery activities identify, preserve, collect, and track (IPCT), and then feed into a downstream set of processing, review, and production (PRP) steps often hosted outside the corporate firewall. Fortunately, technology advances are helping counsel and client alike to integrate systems and streamline processes both inside and across the firewall. Read More...

Word 2013: Better by Design

By Jeffrey Roach

The good work we did to set up the default look and feel of the Microsoft Word environment can have a huge impact on the usability of the product. Another way that we can improve the overall experience is to tweak the variety of settings that lurk behind the scenes. That's right, it is time to talk about Word Options. Read More...

Can Computers Practice Law?

By Nina Cunningham

Can computers practice law? Many are inclined to say yes when using them affects us in so many ways. When scanning the pages of LJN's Legal Tech Newsletter , we learn a good deal about the use of computers in the practice of law, but what I am really asking here is how far can or will we go to automate dispute resolution? Read More...

Levenfeld Pearlstein Makes a Winning Move with Client Extranet Technology

By Angela Hickey

Ask any law firm leader to list their key business strategies and delivering client value will undoubtedly top the list. Talking about innovation is fine and well, but is not worth much unless your firm is willing to make strategic changes, some of which might hurt in the short term, in order to open the door to new ideas and a client-centric approach. Read More...

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By now, corporate counselors are well acquainted with the fact that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and its whistleblower protections apply to publicly traded companies. What is less well known is that the Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protections can also apply to non-public subsidiaries of publicly traded companies. Although the Department of Labor Administrative Review Board noted that it has not addressed the issue at the appellate level, a number of OSHA Administrative Law Judges (who hear SOX whistleblower cases at the trial level) have done so, and their decisions uniformly hold that SOX can protect the employees of non-public subsidiaries of publicly traded companies under certain circumstances. Those decisions also provide practical guidance for corporate counselors who want to limit SOX coverage strictly to the publicly-traded parent.

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