April 2010

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How many people has Thomson Reuters Legal laid off?

April 30, 2010

I was cleaning out some old research papers yesterday, and came across this article I’d read last April (that’s ’09 folks) stating that Thomson Reuters Legal (TRL) had 7,500 employees at its Eagan facility.  But when I was there this past February (that ’10 folks), an extremely knowledgeable TRL representative indicated that there were about [...]

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For sale: One perfectly round hole through wood.

April 29, 2010

This week, Doug Jasinski wrote a post titled The Richard Suskind Experience: Bespoke Suits, Power Drills, and the Power of Decomposing. Seriously, how can you not read a link-bait post like that? Anyway, I found this quote interesting: Professor Susskind began with an anecdote involving power drills.  As the story goes, Black & Decker routinely [...]

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Give me your money! (A comment on relationships.)

April 22, 2010

Next month, the case of Rudovsky v. West Publishing Corporation will go on trial. If you are unfamiliar with it, I suggest you hit up the link and read the background. And then come back here for the juicy bits, as revealed in the testimony given during the April 14, 2009 hearing on the plaintiffs request [...]

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Dear Customer

April 19, 2010

Enclosed is a copy of THE MOST IMPORTANT LAW BOOK EVER. Although you did not order this product, you have ordered similar products like it before, which means you also need to purchase this book. I could bore you with the details of the product and recount the many reasons why it will change your [...]

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What do you want to do {with the law} today?

April 14, 2010

As lawyers, the vast majority of us build WORD-TYPE THINGS, such as coverage opinions, complaints, contracts, manuals, forms, discovery questions, objections, arguments, warning labels, EULAs, and on and on. To build all of these objects we have to research (and re-research) and write (and rewrite), a process that can be quite maddening when you’re staring [...]

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Pooling: Should firms join to buy cheaper legal research tools?

April 9, 2010

There are some who argue that the cost of online legal research has gotten too high. There are others who disagree. There are some who don’t care because they still enjoy a high percentage of cost recovery. There are others who say those others are foolish for thinking that will last. There are some who [...]

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And now a brief word about the iPad.

April 9, 2010

I would like to take a moment and not respond to Greg Lambert’s post about whether legal publishers should rely on the iPad as the sole platform for electronic publishing, and instead give you my initial impression of the MAGICAL DEVICE as it relates to my amazingly stunning products, namely, portable, perfect-bound legal practice manuals [...]

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Why we must abandon the library for the future of legal research.

April 7, 2010

A couple of years ago, McSweeney’s published a one-act play written by John Hodgeman titled Fire: The Next Sharp Stick? A Conversation Among Cavemen. It is a humorous allegory of change relating to discourse and technology. I suggest reading the entire play, but here’s an excerpt: ONE [WHO HELPS THE HAIRY ONE]: Do you want [...]

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