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InsideCounsel Magazine July/August 2015

Features

  • The text mess age

    You know those Internet memes where they promise to pay you a million dollars if you can last three months without going online? Well, these days, in the business world, the inverse is true. If you tried eschewing modern communications for even a few days, your profits would certainly suffer.

  • The singularity and employment

    The human mind has developed over countless millennia to be the dominant consciousness on planet Earth, and has allowed our species to survive and ultimately shape reality. But as we move further into the 21st century, our position as the singular dominant consciousness on the planet is changing. We have...

  • PPP vs. NPE

    Google is no stranger to patent litigation. In fact, according to the RPX Corporation, in 2013, Google faced the second-highest number of patent lawsuits brought by non-practicing entities (NPEs), known by many—including Google—as patent trolls.

  • Pay back

    The contented purrs of the CEOs that many members of the public and some investors see as overpaid fat cats are turning into angry hisses after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a proposed rule to force companies to disclose every last cent their executives make, justify their earnings...

From The Editor

  • Scare them, scare yourself

    I have a terrific work commute. Most people can't say that, especially in the New York metro area, where a lot of my colleagues battle with suburban train delays and subway reroutings. But I get to take a ferry, which gives me nice views of the harbor, as well as...

Inside

  • Assessing risk of an SEC ‘Admission of Wrongdoing’: Four considerations for boards

    It has been two years since the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a new chapter in its policy for settling civil enforcement actions. The policy diverges from the SEC's historic position of allowing settling parties to “neither admit nor deny” wrongdoing. The SEC now requires companies and individuals to...

  • The challenges we face: Different sides of the same coin

    At two recent meetings I attended, general counsel discussed the challenges they face and reiterated the key points to building relationships with outside counsel. At one meeting, a panel of consultants spoke to GCs about the difficulties law firms and partners encounter. Both sides agree these relationships require hard work...

  • Is your director compensation plan fair?

    Imagine your stockholders approved a plan your compensation committee (with advice of counsel) crafted to help attract and retain the best directors who will further the interests of the corporation. To increase flexibility in future years, your plan allows for broad discretion when it comes to the value of director...

Technology

  • On law department responsibility (Part 1)

    It is a buyer's market for legal services. Yet, there remain many glaring deficits in the delivery of legal services that we have not remedied. To address these faults, we need to incent outside counsel to work differently, set clear expectations for what we want, and work collaboratively to ensure...

Litigation

  • Labor & Employment Digest: July/August 2015

    Labor and employment attorneys must deal with a veritable alphabet soup of acts and organizations in their day-to-day practice. From the ADA to the FMLA, these acronyms drive the conversations that L&E attorneys have every day. And, whether these matters pertain to employee discipline, pregnancy and the workplace or paid...

IP

Compliance

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