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Seasoned fashion general counsel Donna Edbril says that "[a] lot of people come with different preconceived notions about lawyers -- and many of those notions aren't positive."

ForeFront magazine got a hold of Edbril and asked her to share her thoughts on what tips would be useful for lawyers thinking of changing over to in-house legal work. She is keenly aware of many of the negative and unflattering stereotypes that lawyers enjoy, and says that in order to be an effective in-houser, a lawyer should dispel all of those preconceptions.

AstraZeneca Sues Generic Indian Pharm for Its Purple Pills

AstraZenaca, the makers of the acid reflux pill Nexium, successfully secured an injunction against the generic pharm company Dr. Reddy's Laboratories for the latter's use of the color purple in packing its pills, according to the New Jersey Law Journal. The two companies have been duking it out in New Jersey and Delaware federal courts over the last few weeks.

Reddy countered on November 18th, claiming the AstraZeneca knew that Reddy intended to package its generic version of the drug in a purple capsule -- or at least purple and lavender.

Putting together an effective resume is an art. And if you're looking for a position in-house, you already know that your resume must be specially tailored for an inside counsel position.

But accidentally including warning signs -- mistakes that make a hiring manager question your resume -- can undo all your hard resume-building work. Even the most skilled candidates can be relegated to the bottom of the pile if they make these errors.

Survey: In-House Can't Handle a Social Media Crisis

Some sobering yet expected data came out of global communications research and consulting firm Weber Shandwick. According to the data, lawyers in both the U.K. and the U.S. agreed that firm reputation was a company's most valuable asset with a 91 percent agreement; and that social media greatly increased the chances of an all out-crisis (85 percent increase).

And yet, for some reason, the very same pool of lawyers seem to think that the purported social media crises they all seem to agree is a problem is not their problem, but someone else's. This illusory superiority example goes to show that even lawyers aren't immune to self-delusion.

Ireland Closes One Loophole for U.S. Companies, Opens Another

It looks like Ireland's recent closing of a popular tax-loophole that drew mega-corporations to Irish shores like flies to a honey-pot isn't entirely what it first seemed.

Chris O'Leary, lord mayor of the quiet town of Cork, isn't keen on seeing American companies leave in the wake of the closing of Irish tax-loopholes, but he maintains confident that "companies aren't just coming for the corporate tax rate." But a recent push to sweeten the deal for patent-heavy industries is nice to have as insurance.

If you don't already work for a corporate Goliath, you may soon. From health care to tech to hospitality, corporate mergers and acquisitions are skyrocketing. They'll soon outpace the $4.6 trillion record set in 2007, the Los Angeles Times reports.

But when two companies merge, what happens to their in-house attorneys?

Law Partners Are Aging Faster Than CEOs of Companies They Serve

We previously wrote about how the painfully low percentage of Generation Xers making BigLaw partner in this country. Now, the researchers whose data led to that odious conclusion have also provided data to show that law firm partners are significantly older than the CEOs of the clients they serve.

Is the BigLaw model of law firms growing continuously gray at the temples?

OSHA Updates Whistleblower Protection Guidelines, Invites Comment

OSHA recently released a set of draft guidelines to help organizations currently setting up compliance regimes. The guidelines concurrently protect whistleblowers' rights. By implementing some of the key suggestions in the guidelines, employees should be compelled to discuss issues with employers before anything blows up into a full blown lawsuit.

Employers who have anything to say about the guidelines should consider submitting comments, which will be made public.

Starting January 1st, the strongest equal pay law in the country goes into effect in California. The state's Fair Pay Act, signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in October, is designed to strengthen existing equal pay laws and provide robust new protections for workers. Among the law's mandates are a requirement for equal pay for "substantially similar" work, a whole lot of protections for discussing wages, and stronger legal recourse for employees denied equal pay.

If you do business in California, it's time to prepare. Here's what you need to know.

Marriot to Buy Starwood, Creating World's Biggest Hotel Company

Marriott International has just agreed to purchase Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide for $12.2 billion in cash and stock, a move that will create the largest hotel company on the planet.

The merger is likely to come as great relief to Starwood, whose stock has suffered over the last few years due to the changing of CEOs and talk of sale.