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January 2011 Archives

StoredIQ: Can Bridge Gap With Legal And IT Departments

As e-discovery compels more corporate legal departments to work in collaboration with their IT department, a need for a document management platform arises.

StoredIQ offers Intelligent Information Management solutions that enables legal departments to work with IT teams in order to develop and enhance e-discovery strategies, help meet compliance requirements, and reduce risk and costs in e-discovery, according to BusinessWire.

StoredIQ offers the StoredIQ Intelligent Information Management Platform. This platform allows law firms or in house counsel to manage things such as e-discovery, information governance, records management and storage management. StoredIQ is also user friendly. Its platform boasts features such as:

Corporate Counsel: Do You Have To Do All E-Discovery Yourself?

E-discovery has been a blessing and a curse for most attorneys. While e-discovery has been something that most law firms have outsourced, there is more e-discovery in house going on than ever before.

This allows corporations to conduct corporate e-discovery on a smaller budget, according to FindLaw's Technologist Blog. But does that mean that an in house attorney is alone in ways to tackle e-discovery?

In House Counsel's Inactive Status Protected in Gucci Case

U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin of Manhattan (no relation to reality television star Judge Judy Sheindlin) has ruled that there is still an attorney-client privilege even if an attorney has an inactive status in the Gucci case, the ABA Journal reports. The Gucci case involved a Guess trademark lawsuit about fake handbags, but ultimately revealed a "fake" lawyer in the process.

During the discovery process of the litigation, Guess challenged Gucci's claims that there was an attorney-client privilege between Gucci's in house counsel Jonathan Moss. Guess claimed that since Moss was not an active member of the California bar, attorney-client privilege did not extend to communications with him, according to Above the Law.

ID Theft Prevention: What Finance GCs Need to Know

Starting on Dec. 31, 2010, the enforcement of the Federal Trade Commission's "red flags rule" is in effect. The FTC "red flags" rule mandates that specific businesses or organizations that are considered "creditors" must have a written identity theft program in place that is designed to detect "red flags" or possible warning signs of identity theft that may occur in the course of business, reports

According to the FTC, the red flags rule dictates that there must be four elements in a business' program:

NCAA Taps Washington Lawyer David Remy As New General Counsel

Former Justice Department official David Remy has been tapped to serve as the NCAA General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs. The Washington Post reports that David Remy will start his new job on March 14. He is set to replace Scott Bearby who has been serving as Interim General Counsel and Managing Director of Legal Affairs for the NCAA.

According to the NCAA, David Remy will now be a member of the senior management group and will direct NCAA's internal and external legal teams. He will now oversee all aspects of the NCAA's legal program such as litigation response, contract negotiations, and advise to membership on Association issues.

Supreme Court Increasingly Favoring Big Business

Under Chief Justice John Roberts, the U.S. Supreme Court has increasingly decided favorably for big business interests. The New York Times has highlighted a study by the Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC) that tracks the success of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce before the Supreme Court.

The Huffington Post further analyzed the data as well as additional studies, and found even more evidence of corporate favoritism, as well as a sharp ideological divide on the Roberts court. For example, one study found that the conservative bloc of the U.S. Supreme Court favored big business interests at a rate of 74%, versus only 43% for the liberal bloc. The 31-point divide is three times the divide the study noted in the Rehnquist and Burger Court.