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23Apr
Is Your Firm Secretly Wasting $100,000 or More Annually on PACER Download Fees?
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If You Could Put $50K or Even $150K Back into Your Firm’s Bottom-Line, Every Year, Would You? As we travel around the country we often ask top firms, ‘How much are your yearly federal PACER download fees?” Surprisingly, the answer often is, “That’s a good question, I don’t know.” Once they investigate these costs, most clients are surprised to learn how high they are. The truth is large firms with a significant portion of their business in the federal space are often wasting six figures on PACER downloads – annually. Think about that for a moment - that is a hard cost that is impacting your firm’s bottom line, year after year. Root of the Problem Stems from Attorney Behavior The “why” can be answered simply: attorneys are trained to be efficient. As most people know, Federal courts keep their documents locked within a paywalled database - PACER. To access…

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26Feb
Who Is In Charge and How Are We Doing? By Erez Bustan
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Who Is In Charge and How Are We Doing? INSIGHTS FROM THE 2017 AMERICAN LEGALNET RISK MANAGEMENT SURVEY By Erez Bustan PEER TO PEER: THE QUARTERLY MAGAZINE OF ILTA | WINTER 2017 Risk management is now high on the priority lists of many legal IT professionals, and for good reason. In 2017 several breaches dominated headlines, including cyberattacks like WannaCry ransomware, Equifax’s crippling data breach and continually breaking evidence of hacking and cyberinterference impacting major American elections. Debacles like these make it clear that the risks facing law firms and their clients are formidable and ever-changing. IT professionals at law firms must protect not only their firms but also the firms’ clients and their data. Otherwise the firms could be exposed to security threats, malpractice suits and other woes. Law firms must determine who is responsible for risk management, what threats are looming and how technology tools and strategies can…

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14Feb
Document Separator Sheet (DWC-CA 10232.2)
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Document Separator Sheet (DWC-CA 10232.2) Available on Forms WorkFlow In need of a Document Separator Sheet (DWC-CA 10232.2)? Don't waste valuable time searching the internet any longer. Use American LegalNet's FORMS WORKFLOW for all of your firm's docketing needs. Any form, from any jurisdiction, in one place, and easy to find. Search by form title, county or category and state to find the most updated version of the form you are in need of. Click HERE to start now. [caption id="attachment_5029" align="aligncenter" width="232"] Document Separator Sheet (DWC-CA 10232.2)[/caption]

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21Nov
Commencing Special Proceedings, Venue, and Forgiveness
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Commencing Special Proceedings, Venue, and Forgiveness by Patrick M. Connors, Albert and Angela Farone Distinguished Professor in New York Civil Practice at Albany Law School and author of Siegel, New York Practice A recent decision from the Appellate Division, Third Department highlights many procedural obstacles that can be encountered at the inception of an action or special proceeding and the possibilities available to cure these infirmities. The decision was handed down in the middle of the summer of 2017 and, assuming you had your priorities in order, you missed it while you were away on a much deserved vacation from the practice of law. We will pull it off the reading pile, digest it, and see what it has to offer as we return from our respite. It is important to contrast the commencement of an action with the commencement of a special proceeding. There are many similarities, but some…

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15Nov
O’Melveny Lawyers Offer Guidance on Responding to Ransomware Attacks in Corporate Counsel Article
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O'Melveny Lawyers Offer Guidance on Responding to Ransomware Attacks in Corporate Counsel Article O'Melveny partner Kiran Raj and associate Mallory Jensen co-authored the article, "Ransomware: What to Do When it Happens to You," published October 27, 2017, in Corporate Counsel. "In an ideal world, your company has all its critical information and data comprehensively and securely backed up, employing strong defenses against hacking, phishing, and other cyberattacks," the authors write. "In the event that your company is nonetheless the victim of a ransomware attack, this document provides steps to be taken as part of its response to such an incident." Implement previously created security incident response and business continuity plans. Cyber response and business continuity plans should contain the following steps to address a ransomware situation: -Conduct initial analysis of the ransomware. After detecting the ransomware or receiving a ransom demand, it is important to determine, in a timely manner, the original affected device,…

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