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NEWS: A day after Thomson Reuters accused ROSS Intelligence of copyright infringement, ROSS denied any allegation that i...
05/07/2020
ROSS Rejects Westlaw Infringement Claims, Says Thomson Reuters Using Litigation as 'Weapon'

NEWS: A day after Thomson Reuters accused ROSS Intelligence of copyright infringement, ROSS denied any allegation that its use of a third party to obtain case law information constituted any illicit acts.

A day after Thomson Reuters accused ROSS Intelligence of copyright infringement, ROSS denied any allegation that its use of a third party to obtain case law information constituted any illicit acts.

BREAKING: Thomson Reuters claims ROSS Intelligence worked with third-party LegalEase Solutions to copy Westlaw content e...
05/06/2020
Thomson Reuters Sues ROSS Intelligence, Claims AI-Powered Bot Hijacked Westlaw Data

BREAKING: Thomson Reuters claims ROSS Intelligence worked with third-party LegalEase Solutions to copy Westlaw content en masse in order to “rush” development of a competing web-based legal product.

Thomson Reuters claims ROSS Intelligence worked with third-party LegalEase Solutions to copy Westlaw content en masse in order to “rush” development of a competing web-based legal product.

Did you know May is National Mental Health Awareness Month? Throughout the month of May, along with our sister site Law....
05/01/2020

Did you know May is National Mental Health Awareness Month? Throughout the month of May, along with our sister site Law.com, we'll be looking back on #MindsOverMatters, a year-long examination of mental health in the legal industry. You can find all the coverage here: https://trib.al/Db5sqQv

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04/30/2020

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BREAKING: The International Legal Technology Association announced Wednesday it has laid off eight of its 41 full-time e...
04/22/2020
ILTA Announces Layoffs, Furloughs as Pandemic Hits Economy

BREAKING: The International Legal Technology Association announced Wednesday it has laid off eight of its 41 full-time employees, and furloughed five others. The organization says the staffing changes will not affect preparations for ILTACON 2020.

The International Legal Technology Association announced Wednesday it has laid off eight of its 41 full-time employees, and furloughed five others. The organization says the staffing changes will not affect preparations for ILTACON 2020.

From Editor in Chief Zach Warren: "In recent days, there has been an onslaught of COVID-19-related news and analysis, wh...
04/16/2020
A Few Questions for Fun - LTN

From Editor in Chief Zach Warren: "In recent days, there has been an onslaught of COVID-19-related news and analysis, which understandably has dominated news cycles. Well, this isn't that. I wanted to ask a few questions to the legal tech community to get some other conversations going to brighten up some days. None of the questions are mandatory, so simply answer what you want. And let me know what you think! Can reach out with any questions to [email protected]." Take the survey here: https://trib.al/KqpI6OJ

In recent days, there has been an onslaught of COVID-19-related news and analysis, which understandably has dominated news cycles. Well, this isn't that. I wanted to ask a few questions to the legal tech community to get some other conversations going to brighten up some days. None of the questions....

"In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak and response efforts, there has been an escalation of cybercrime and cyber intrusi...
04/10/2020
COVID-19: Now Infecting Cybersecurity

"In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak and response efforts, there has been an escalation of cybercrime and cyber intrusion attempts. While we each adjust to this new way of life and, more importantly, help our clients adapt, it’s important that we remain vigilant."

This article analyzes examples of some of the most recent attempts of cybercrime (either through phishing scams or VPN intrusions), as well as recommendations for how to mitigate risk.

Lawyers across firms have advised the Supreme Court about the impact the coronavirus pandemic is posing on practical thi...
04/10/2020
US Supreme Court Is Urged to Suspend Paper Filing Requirement

Lawyers across firms have advised the Supreme Court about the impact the coronavirus pandemic is posing on practical things such as delivering paper copies.

Lawyers across firms have advised the Supreme Court about the impact the coronavirus pandemic is posing on practical things such as delivering paper copies.

Lawyers and cybersecurity experts examine the security and usability benefits and shortcomings of video conference platf...
04/10/2020
Side-By-Side: Comparing Popular Video Conferencing Platforms' Security and Usability

Lawyers and cybersecurity experts examine the security and usability benefits and shortcomings of video conference platforms Zoom, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting and Webex.

Lawyers and cybersecurity experts examine the security and usability benefits and shortcomings of video conference platforms Zoom, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting and Webex.

Law firms, legal tech companies and alternative legal service providers alike have already started taking steps—some mor...
04/10/2020
5 Ways That COVID-19 Has Impacted Legal (So Far)

Law firms, legal tech companies and alternative legal service providers alike have already started taking steps—some more extreme than others—to ensure that business operations can continue with a reasonable amount of stability and security.

Law firms, alternative legal service providers and legal tech companies are turning to a combination of layoffs, remote working and COVID-19 centric marketing as a way to remain both viable and relevant for however long the pandemic continues to last.

A recession may lead to a bigger appetite for alternative legal staffing, but ethical laws and recent failures highlight...
04/09/2020
UpCounsel Avoids Closure, But Concerns Over Legal Marketplaces Remain

A recession may lead to a bigger appetite for alternative legal staffing, but ethical laws and recent failures highlight the online legal marketplace sector may still face strong headwinds.

A recession may lead to a bigger appetite for alternative legal staffing, but ethical laws and recent failures highlight the online legal marketplace sector may still face strong headwinds.

Here’s what general counsel are grappling with most right now as they try to handle a socially distanced legal departmen...
04/09/2020
5 Challenges General Counsel Face With the Move to Remote Work

Here’s what general counsel are grappling with most right now as they try to handle a socially distanced legal department.

Legal departments function as part of a larger organization, making the communication and coordination challenges found in firms and legal tech companies even more complex. For general counsel, it’s a another wrinkle to a job that already required juggling numerous difficulties.

Facing tightening budgets, legal departments and law firms alike are already eyeing ALSPs and more legal technology. Wha...
04/09/2020
In Volatile Economy, Legal Is Becoming More Open to ALSPs, Technology

Facing tightening budgets, legal departments and law firms alike are already eyeing ALSPs and more legal technology. What effect that will have on the future market, however, is still uncertain.

Facing tightening budgets, legal departments and law firms alike are already eyeing ALSPs and more legal technology. What effect that will have on the future market, however, is still uncertain.

The gig market for legal technologists may experience a significant uptick this year as downsizing law firms look to con...
04/08/2020
Legal Technologists Could Face 'Summer of Contract Work' Due to COVID-19

The gig market for legal technologists may experience a significant uptick this year as downsizing law firms look to continue leveraging their expertise.

The gig market for legal technologists may experience a significant uptick this year as downsizing law firms look to continue leveraging their expertise.

If properly handled, argues labor and employment attorney Karen Hertz, the response to COVID-19 has the power to define ...
04/07/2020
Make Something Good Out Of COVID-19: Adopt Worker Privacy Protections on Company Devices

If properly handled, argues labor and employment attorney Karen Hertz, the response to COVID-19 has the power to define how companies and their company-device wielding employees should operate in our brave new work from home world.

If properly handled, argues labor and employment attorney Karen Hertz, the response to COVID-19 has the power to define how companies and their company-device wielding employees should operate in our brave new work from home world.

During a chat with Legaltech News, Litera evangelist Alma Asay discussed the new economic challenges faced by legal tech...
04/06/2020
Alma Asay: Legal Tech Is Facing an Unprecedented Moment

During a chat with Legaltech News, Litera evangelist Alma Asay discussed the new economic challenges faced by legal tech and how legal's recent surge in remote working may not lead to greater cloud computing adoption.

During a chat with Legaltech News, Litera evangelist Alma Asay discussed the new economic challenges faced by legal tech and how legal's recent surge in remote working may not lead to greater cloud computing adoption.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and heightened concerns about employment issues, contracts and broken supply chains, it appea...
04/06/2020
Cybersecurity Taking Back Seat to Coronavirus Damage Control for GCs

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and heightened concerns about employment issues, contracts and broken supply chains, it appears that general counsels are paying less attention to cybersecurity.

In a Morrison & Foerster survey on COVID-19 response, less than 30% of in-house leaders cited data security or privacy as major risks.

Last Friday, Austin Inno reported that DISCO had made cutbacks to its workforce. A DISCO spokesperson confirmed to Legal...
04/06/2020
After DISCO, Are More COVID-19 Layoffs Ahead for E-Discovery?

Last Friday, Austin Inno reported that DISCO had made cutbacks to its workforce. A DISCO spokesperson confirmed to Legaltech News that downsizing had occurred, but did not specify the number of layoffs made.

As litigation and and other legal casework begins to slow, DISCO may not be the only e-discovery company to feel the impact.

A month ago, using any video conference platform for work was likely only a convenience. Now, as businesses shut down of...
04/03/2020
Privacy and Cyber Risks Come Into Focus Amid Video Conference Boom

A month ago, using any video conference platform for work was likely only a convenience. Now, as businesses shut down offices and turn to remote work, legal professionals are finding that such technology has become a necessity.

But with the greater usage, some have found having confidential, highly sensitive discussions through a screen difficult.

As video conference platforms experience a surge in usage, its bull's-eye is also growing for hackers, regulators and plaintiff attorneys.

AR and VR industry leaders say there remain some unsolved legal issues worth monitoring, particularly when it comes to h...
04/03/2020
Augmented and Virtual Reality Tech Is Here, But Legal Risks Still Evolving

AR and VR industry leaders say there remain some unsolved legal issues worth monitoring, particularly when it comes to health and safety issues and trademark and copyright enforcement.

According to Perkins Coie's “Augmented and Virtual Reality Survey Report, cybersecurity and privacy risks may still be top of mind for AR and VR companies. But other issues, such as health and safety risks, are also coming into focus.

Burner phones, device encryption and private servers: Intellectual property and data privacy attorneys go to great lengt...
04/02/2020
Burner Phones, Sexy Strangers: How IP Thieves Are Targeting Lawyers

Burner phones, device encryption and private servers: Intellectual property and data privacy attorneys go to great lengths to protect client information from hackers. Here's what they say all lawyers should be doing.

Burner phones, device encryption and private servers: Intellectual property and data privacy attorneys go to great lengths to protect client information from hackers. Here's what they say all lawyers should be doing.

"The most important guiding principles are to be helpful and to steer clear of anything that might be construed as insen...
04/01/2020
GE's Former GC: Clients Have Long Memories for Outside Counsel's Conduct in a Crisis

"The most important guiding principles are to be helpful and to steer clear of anything that might be construed as insensitivity to a client’s distress—or, even worse, an attempt to take advantage of that distress. When we get through this crisis, as we undoubtedly will, clients will have long memories of both."

The most important guiding principles for outside counsel during a crisis are to be helpful and to steer clear of anything that might be construed as insensitivity to a client’s distress, Alex Dimitrief writes.

The storm isn’t coming—it’s here. For law firms eager to improve their tech-enabled services, the prospect of loosening ...
03/31/2020
More Money, More Tech, More Problems

The storm isn’t coming—it’s here. For law firms eager to improve their tech-enabled services, the prospect of loosening ownership laws may be more mirage than a viable source of investment capital.

For law firms eager to improve their tech-enabled services, the prospect of loosening ownership laws may be more mirage than a viable source of investment capital.

In late February, Epiq took its global systems offline after being hit with a ransomware attack. Now systems are back up...
03/30/2020
Epiq's Client-Facing Systems Back Online After Ransomware Attack

In late February, Epiq took its global systems offline after being hit with a ransomware attack. Now systems are back up and running with "hardening measures" around the company's cybersecurity.

In late February, Epiq took its global systems offline after being hit with a ransomware attack. Now systems are back up and running with hardening measures around the company's cybersecurity.

Venture capitalists expect slower investments in legal tech during these uncertain economic times. But they still believ...
03/27/2020
COVID-19 Cools Legal Tech Investments, But Long Term Prospects Remain Strong

Venture capitalists expect slower investments in legal tech during these uncertain economic times. But they still believe the overall trends for legal technology will soon lead investors back to the industry.

Venture capitalists expect slower investments in legal tech during these uncertain economic times. But they still believe the overall trends for legal technology will soon lead investors back to the industry.

Litera noted that Levit & James's table of authorities product Best Authority would be an improvement over its Litigatio...
03/27/2020
Litera Acquires Levit & James Table of Authority Plug-In Best Authority

Litera noted that Levit & James's table of authorities product Best Authority would be an improvement over its Litigation Companion tool, which detects and codes citations written into a document and generates a TOA.

Litera noted that Levit & James's table of authorities product Best Authority would be an improvement over its Litigation Companion tool, which detects and codes citations written into a document and generates a TOA.

Caitlin “Cat” Moon, director of Innovation Design for the Program on Law and Innovation at Vanderbilt Law School, wrote:...
03/26/2020
In-House Lawyers to Big Law: Enough Already With the Coronavirus Webinars

Caitlin “Cat” Moon, director of Innovation Design for the Program on Law and Innovation at Vanderbilt Law School, wrote: “Dear law firms, Just talked w/ two of your big clients. They’re getting 250+ emails a day from y’all offering webinars on #coronavirus crisis updates. They don’t have time to attend your webinars. What they want? Max 1-page summary of what they need to know. You’re welcome.”

She added: “Pro tip: ASK YOUR CLIENTS WHAT THEY NEED FROM YOU RIGHT NOW. Whoever is telling you to produce webinars has not talked to your clients.”

“Information overload has already been a problem and this has only made it worse,” said Salary.com's top lawyer, Colin Levy.

As the COVID-19 pandemic throws businesses into a tailspin, some law firms are developing dedicated legal tech tools to ...
03/26/2020
How 3 Law Firms Are Using Tech to Respond to COVID-19 Disruption

As the COVID-19 pandemic throws businesses into a tailspin, some law firms are developing dedicated legal tech tools to address rapidly changing client needs.

As the COVID-19 pandemic throws businesses into a tailspin, some law firms are developing dedicated legal tech tools to address rapidly changing client needs.

With shelter-in-place orders going into effect this week in Texas’ major metro areas, courts and judges are zooming—lite...
03/25/2020
Texas Judges Rushing to Learn Video Conferencing as Shelter-In-Place Orders Spread

With shelter-in-place orders going into effect this week in Texas’ major metro areas, courts and judges are zooming—literally—to learn video conferencing technology.

As shelter-in-place orders take effect this week, judges are beginning to conduct video conferences and trying to overcome the challenges of the virtual hearings.

The ramifications of COVID-19 have ushered in a “new normal” working environment for many of us—at least for a bit—but t...
03/25/2020
6 Tasks Lawyers Should Adapt for Their Clients and Themselves During the COVID-19 Crisis

The ramifications of COVID-19 have ushered in a “new normal” working environment for many of us—at least for a bit—but there are steps all lawyers can take to remain productive and effective for our clients, and healthy and balanced for ourselves.

The ramifications of COVID-19 have ushered in a “new normal” working environment for many of us—at least for a bit—but there are steps all lawyers can take to remain productive and effective for our clients, and healthy and balanced for ourselves.

We asked a few experts for their tips on staying engaged, even when face-to-face meetings are impossible. From leaning o...
03/24/2020
6 Ways Tech Can Help Keep Attorneys Engaged, Even While Remote

We asked a few experts for their tips on staying engaged, even when face-to-face meetings are impossible. From leaning on video to simply taking a break, here’s how they say technology can be the key to keeping those relationships where you want.

From leaning on video to simply taking a snack break, here's how experts say technology can be the key to keeping those relationships where you want, even when face-to-face meetings are impossible.

As March regulations bring further clarity (and, some in instances, confusion) to the California Consumer Privacy Act la...
03/24/2020
Three New Changes to the Revised CCPA Regulations and New CCPA Lawsuits

As March regulations bring further clarity (and, some in instances, confusion) to the California Consumer Privacy Act landscape, litigation is also beginning to shape the CCPA.

As March regulations bring further clarity (and, some in instances, confusion) to the California Consumer Privacy Act landscape, litigation is also beginning to shape the CCPA.

While early transactional software helped attorneys move from the analog to the digital world, a new set of technologies...
03/24/2020
How Modern Tech Is Solving Pain Points in the Transactional Life Cycle

While early transactional software helped attorneys move from the analog to the digital world, a new set of technologies have transformed transactional workflows.

While early transactional software helped attorneys move from the analog to the digital world, a new set of technologies have transformed transactional workflows.

Despite likely employing lawyers well-versed in the ADA, many law firms aren’t dedicating resources to ensure their webs...
03/23/2020
Law Firms' Websites Are Violating the ADA. Why Isn't It a Bigger Deal?

Despite likely employing lawyers well-versed in the ADA, many law firms aren’t dedicating resources to ensure their website is ADA compliant. Observers say a false sense of compliance and placing the website as a low priority are the key factors fueling the disengagement.

Observers say many law firms still aren’t taking ADA compliance seriously when it comes to their firm’s website, despite plaintiffs growing appetite for litigation.

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