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    Alternative legal services market tops $20B

    In-house legal departments are increasingly using ALSPs for regulatory compliance work, legal research and e-discovery services, a new report found.

    By Feb. 3, 2023
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    In-house legal outlook series: Value creation rises to the top

    Legal leaders say legal operations and technology will be central to doing more with less this year.  

    By Feb. 3, 2023
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    2023 in-house legal outlook: Value creation rises to the top

    Legal leaders say legal operations and technology will be central to doing more with less this year.  

    By Legal Dive staff
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    Opinion

    For startups, a smart board strategy can be game-changing

    The FTX debacle illustrates the benefits of creating a formal group of advisors whose experience can help management at young, fast-moving companies avoid missteps as regulatory risk grows. 

    By Robert McManigal • Feb. 3, 2023
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    GoodRx takes issue with FTC approach but settles first breach-rule charge

    The telemedicine company says the kind of practice that’s being targeted is commonly used by companies and even government agencies.

    By Feb. 2, 2023
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    Axiom’s legal chief shifts to new growth-focused role

    Catherine Kemnitz will oversee the legal talent platform’s implementation of new business models and other strategic expansion efforts. 

    By Feb. 2, 2023
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    Ex-Twitter legal leaders to face House oversight grilling

    An investigative committee wants to learn more about a decision to suppress the controversial Hunter Biden laptop story as part of a national security inquiry. 

    By Feb. 1, 2023
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    Companies face data privacy maze, skills gap

    Executives could be under increased pressure this year to focus on privacy, as new state laws come into effect.

    By Alexei Alexis • Jan. 31, 2023
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    J&J talc-liability bankruptcy maneuver not in good faith, court rules

    The health products company can’t settle some 38,000 liability claims under Chapter 11 protection but must face mass tort liability, an appeals court says.

    By Jan. 31, 2023
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    Split communications to ensure privilege after SCOTUS nixes ruling

    More often than not, in-house counsel are asked to weigh in on business and legal matters, making it important you assume the mixed context isn’t privileged unless it’s primarily legal.

    By Jan. 30, 2023
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    New GC in crypto space says compliance is top priority

    The digital asset banking platform Dinara is hoping its compliance foundation serves as a key differentiator in the embattled cryptocurrency industry, Yanire Martes says.

    By Jan. 27, 2023
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    Banks claw back pay from employees using WhatsApp

    After paying hundreds of millions in fines for violating record-keeping rules, two Wall Street companies are looking to recoup money from employees who used communications that deleted what they said.

    By Jan. 27, 2023
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    Cyber insurance won’t save your company if it has a breach

    Policies often have exemptions that can leave you on the hook for the most expensive part of remediation, BreachRx leader says.

    By Jan. 26, 2023
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    DOJ selling revisionist history, Google says in response to antitrust suit

    The federal government and several states claim Google has created a monopoly in the buying and selling of online ads in violation of antitrust laws.

    By Jan. 25, 2023
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    Opinion

    How corporate counsel can lead environmental justice efforts

    If your organization is taking a stand to help the disadvantaged against disproportionate climate and pollution impacts, it will need your legal insight to do it right.

    By Matthew Karmel • Jan. 24, 2023
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    CLOs to reduce hiring, focus on operations

    Even as privacy, M&A and other regulatory risks grow, fewer legal chiefs are planning to hire more lawyers or outsource more work, according to the ACC’s annual CLO survey. 

    By Jan. 24, 2023
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    Legal talent platform launches law firm

    Axiom Advice & Counsel will provide corporate legal services to a wide array of corporations while operating as an alternative business structure in Arizona.

    By Jan. 23, 2023
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    How avoiding 10b5-1 plans can yield better insider trading protection

    Executives have used the plans to avoid scrutiny of their stock trades, but it might be better to bypass them now that they’re about to be regulated more.

    By Jan. 20, 2023
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    Diversity of outside law firms not tracked by most GCs, survey finds

    Meanwhile, those legal chiefs who do closely monitor the make-up of their external law firms said they have seen some DEI progress.

    By Jan. 19, 2023
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    US to jack up fees for big mergers

    The coming hikes will likely trigger sticker shock at affected companies in the beginning but aren’t likely to prevent deals from happening, antitrust lawyers said.

    By Alexei Alexis • Jan. 19, 2023
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    DOJ: Even problem-plagued companies can get cooperation credit

    In an update to the Department of Justice’s corporate enforcement policy, recidivist companies and those with other aggravating factors have a path to lower penalties.

    By Jan. 18, 2023
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    Surging cyberthreats, data concerns remain top dispute risks for organizations

    A survey from Baker McKenzie shows a heightened risk of legal challenges amid a rise in sophisticated cyber attacks, along with concerns about regulatory responses. 

    By David Jones • Jan. 17, 2023
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    In tough economy, assignments in lieu of bankruptcy could grow

    Assignments for the benefit of creditors (ABCs) can liquidate company assets in weeks without the liability risk of a distressed sale.

    By Jan. 12, 2023
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    JPMorgan shuts down college-aid site Frank amid legal dust-up

    The bank is suing the startup’s founder for exaggerating her platform's customer base ahead of JPMorgan’s 2021 purchase.

    By Dan Ennis • Jan. 12, 2023
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    Some California tech firms post wide pay ranges in wake of new law

    Just shy of 50% of California tech companies are in compliance with the new salary range law, according to a new tracker.

    By Ginger Christ • Jan. 12, 2023
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    How to use software to strengthen data privacy compliance

    Exterro says its Smart Data Inventory solution helps companies keep up with evolving laws, including by indicating when privacy impact assessments are required.

    By Jan. 10, 2023