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Rocket Matter Update Brings Business Intelligence Module, Configurable Dashboards, and More

Updates released today to the cloud-based practice management platform Rocket Matter add two notable features not previously available in the platform: a business intelligence module and customizable dashboards. Other enhancements include an improved contacts page and the ability to view documents stored in the application. Rocket Matter labels its releases using names from Game of Thrones, and it is calling this one Winterfell, the name of the large castle that is the ancestral home of House St...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, House, American Bar Association, Port, Rocket Matter, Bob Ambrogi, Legal Practice Management Software, Rocket Matter Business Intelligence Port, Rocket Matter Business Intelligence


Supreme Court OKs asbestos suits against non-asbestos manufacturers

Tuesday’s 6-3 decision in Air & Liquid Systems v. DeVries took an expansive view of asbestos liability in the maritime context. I discuss at Cato at Liberty: …By requiring makers of components to pay for damages they did not cause in the name of warnings that the U.S. Navy almost certainly would not have heeded, the Court yields to an impulse to round up deep pockets lest a sympathetic set of litigants otherwise go uncompensated…. In his dissent, Gorsuch points out that [the new standard formul...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Uncategorized, Asbestos, U S Navy, Gorsuch, Devries, Brett Kavanaugh, Air Liquid Systems


Advice From The Lottery Lawyer On What To Do If You Win The Lottery

The Powerball jackpot is currently at $550 million. You're going to need a lawyer if you win.
Tags: Money, Law, Uncategorized, Lottery, Biglaw, Quote Of The Day, Jason Kurland


Enhanced Governance, ShareSpaces, Binders and More on NetDocuments’ 2019 Roadmap

During my visit to Utah last week, I had the opportunity to visit the Lehi headquarters of NetDocuments and sit down with Alvin Tedjamulia, cofounder and chief technology officer, for a briefing on the company’s road map for 2019. Among the features planned for release later this year is a governance module that effectively embeds governance policies in the document at the platform level, circumventing the Achilles’ Heel of end users whose carelessness or naivete can expose documents. Other enha...
Tags: Utah, Law, Uncategorized, Lehi, Bob Ambrogi, Alvin Tedjamulia, NetDocuments


The Pentagon’s Watchdog Is Investigating Whether the Acting Defense Secretary Boosted Boeing

The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General confirmed it has launched an investigation into whether Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has violated any ethics rules by promoting his former employer Boeing while serving in the Trump Administration. The investigation comes a week after a government watchdog group, called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics…
Tags: News, White House, Defense, Uncategorized, Military, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Boeing, Trump Administration, Patrick Shanahan, Citizens for Responsibility, Boosted Boeing, Department of Defense Office of Inspector General


Enhanced Governance, ShareSpaces, Binders and More on NetDocuments’ 2019 Roadmap

During my visit to Utah last week, I had the opportunity to visit the Lehi headquarters of NetDocuments and sit down with Alvin Tedjamulia, cofounder and chief technology officer, for a briefing on the company’s road map for 2019. Among the features planned for release later this year is a governance module that effectively embeds governance policies in the document at the platform level, circumventing the Achilles’ Heel of end users whose carelessness or naivete can expose documents. Other enha...
Tags: Utah, Law, Uncategorized, Lehi, Alvin Tedjamulia, NetDocuments


Rocket Matter Update Brings Business Intelligence Module, Configurable Dashboards, and More

Updates released today to the cloud-based practice management platform Rocket Matter add two notable features not previously available in the platform: a business intelligence module and customizable dashboards. Other enhancements include an improved contacts page and the ability to view documents stored in the application. Rocket Matter labels its releases using names from Game of Thrones, and it is calling this one Winterfell, the name of the large castle that is the ancestral home of House St...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, House, American Bar Association, Port, Rocket Matter, Legal Practice Management Software, Rocket Matter Business Intelligence Port, Rocket Matter Business Intelligence


March 20 roundup

Sports betting: best to ignore the leagues’ special pleadings and let federalism work [Patrick Moran, Cato, related podcast] Everything you thought you knew about corporate personhood in the law is wrong [David Bernstein reviews Adam Winkler’s We the Corporations] Federal judge John Kane, on lawyer’s filings: “I have described them as prolix, meandering, full of unfounded supposition and speculation, repetitive and convoluted almost to the point of being maddening.” And he’s just getting sta...
Tags: Florida, Law, Gambling, Uncategorized, Copyright, Corporate Governance, Democratic Republic of the Congo, David Bernstein, States, Lawyers, Dodd-Frank, Administrative Law, Adam Winkler, John Kane, Scott Greenfield, Mark Chenoweth


Want to see a warship? Seal Beach Weapons Station will host tours March 23-24

In a rare opportunity for the public to board a warship at the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, the Navy will be giving free tours this weekend of the guided missile cruiser USS Princeton as part of 75th anniversary celebration at the base. The tours will be held Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. “The last public ship tour we did on base was in October 2012,” said base spokesman Gregg Smith. The weapons depot was established in 1944, ...
Tags: Navy, Washington, Uncategorized, Sport, Atlantic, Soccer, Military, Local News, Smith, Princeton, Pacific, Pacific Coast Highway, Beaches, Pacific Fleet, Southern California News Group, Top Stories OCR


‘Case Status,’ App that Automates Client Communications, Receives Venture Funding

Case Status, a company whose product aims to improve the client experience by automating lawyer-client communications and case updates, has received venture capital funding from the Alabama Futures Fund. The amount of funding was not disclosed. Case Status allows lawyers to provide clients with real-time visibility into the status of their matter from their mobile devices. The platform also helps lawyers grow their firms by making it easy to obtain reviews and referrals from current clients. Fou...
Tags: Google, Law, Uncategorized, Alabama, Atlanta, Nba, Auburn, Aff, Charleston, Birmingham Al, Atlanta Ga, Bob Ambrogi, Sturdivant, Case Status, Cox Enterprises According, Lauren Sturdivant Lauren Sturdivant


‘Case Status,’ App that Automates Client Communications, Receives Venture Funding

Case Status, a company whose product aims to improve the client experience by automating lawyer-client communications and case updates, has received venture capital funding from the Alabama Futures Fund. The amount of funding was not disclosed. Case Status allows lawyers to provide clients with real-time visibility into the status of their matter from their mobile devices. The platform also helps lawyers grow their firms by making it easy to obtain reviews and referrals from current clients. Fou...
Tags: Google, Law, Uncategorized, Alabama, Atlanta, Nba, Auburn, Aff, Charleston, Birmingham Al, Atlanta Ga, Sturdivant, Case Status, Cox Enterprises According, Lauren Sturdivant Lauren Sturdivant, Raymond J Harbert G Ruffner Page Jr


Janus: what comes after

The Supreme Court’s Janus decision on public sector union fees was not received in a spirit of total cooperation by all public sector unions and employers. Two Cato Daily Podcasts from late last year, one with Robert Alt of the Buckeye Institute, the other with Ken Girardin of The Empire Center: Related: Federalist Society podcast with William Messenger and panel with Messenger, Steven Greenhut, Hon. Chuck Reed, and Hon. Ryan Nelson; William Baude (critical of Janus). And now, citing the ...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Uncategorized, Bar Associations, State Bar of Texas, Janus, AFSCME, Labor Unions, Public Employment, William Baude, Buckeye Institute, Robert Alt, Chuck Lindell Austin American Statesman, William Messenger, Ken Girardin


Blaming Internet companies for spread of New Zealand massacre video

Mike Masnick at TechDirt examines claims that YouTube, Facebook, and other social media companies irresponsibly refrained from deleting user-posted copies of the March 14 mass murder at Christchurch, New Zealand mosques. Tags: Facebook, social media, terrorism, YouTube
Tags: Facebook, Law, Youtube, Uncategorized, Social Media, Terrorism, New Zealand, Mike Masnick, YouTube Facebook, Christchurch New Zealand


Law School’s Revolutionary ‘Third Year Anywhere’ Program Is Just What Legal Education Needs

Finish law school anywhere on earth while gaining hands-on practice experience? Yes, please!
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Law Schools, Washburn University School of Law, Job Searches, Law Students, 3Ls, Third Year Anywhere


Higher education roundup

Oops! “Tulane sophomore unknowingly named as plaintiff in lawsuit over college bribery scandal” [John Simerman, New Orleans Advocate] “Admissions scandal class action is ‘fascinating’ but likely doomed – experts” [Alison Frankel, Reuters] Plus advice from Ken at Popehat; Some problems with the idea of a sweeping presidential order to decree free speech on campus — and a promising if more modest step the White House could take instead [Donald Downs, Cato] Two more views on how universities ca...
Tags: Law, White House, Uncategorized, Harvard, Scandals, Class Actions, Ken, HLS, Olson, New Orleans Advocate, Popehat, Conor Friedersdorf, John Blake, Colleges and Universities, Keith Whittington, Sarah Lawrence


Connecticut high court, PLCAA or no PLCAA, allows Remington suit

Over a dissent from three of its seven justices, the Connecticut Supreme Court has green-lighted a suit over purportedly negligent marketing of the Bushmaster rifle used in the Sandy Hook massacre, even though the firearm in question was never marketed or sold to the killer, who stole it from his mother who had purchased it lawfully long before. To do so, it had to get around a specific federal law (the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, or PLCAA) intended to stop exactly this kind of su...
Tags: Law, Congress, Uncategorized, Connecticut, Protection of Lawful Commerce, Ninth Circuit, House Judiciary Committee, Soto, Remington, Kevin Williamson, Stephen Reinhardt, Connecticut Supreme Court, Bushmaster, Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, PLCAA, Chris Woodyard USA Today


U.S.-Backed Forces Admit to Facing Difficulties Defeating IS in Syria

'We are facing several difficulties regarding the operations'
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Syria, Military, Onetime, U S Backed Forces Admit


Judge rules North Carolina legislature illegitimate

“Epic can of worms”: a North Carolina judge has ruled that because of racially gerrymandered districts the state’s lawmakers have no legitimate authority to propose amendments to the state’s constitution. The effect is potentially to nullify two amendments that the state’s voters approved in November, one on voter ID and one on capping state income taxes. [Alan Greenblatt, Governing] But wait: wouldn’t declaring a legislature illegitimate mean nullifying a lot of legislative actions that are ple...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, North Carolina, North Carolina Supreme Court, Redistricting Reform, Alan Greenblatt, Wake County Superior Court Judge G Bryan Collins


Social media law roundup

Was this an entry in a contest to draft the most unconstitutional bill? “Florida Bill Would Make It a Crime for Minors to Post Pictures of Guns on Social Media” [Eugene Volokh] “Everyone involved in politics has bad days, when one’s interests conflict with one’s ideals.” But conservatives should resist the temptation to call in government to regulate the Internet [John Samples] New Republican interest in antitrust explainable by wish to bust corporations considered unfriendly to Republicans [...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, Guns, Law, Uncategorized, Elizabeth Warren, Social Media, Antitrust, Warren, Lafayette, Eugene Volokh, Steven Greenhut, Wrong Right, Scott Shackford, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, John Samples


ASG LegalTech Adds Another Practice Management Acquisition To Its Growing Portfolio

Three weeks after investment firm Alpine SG merged two practice-management companies it acquired, PracticePanther and Bill4Time, to create a unified legal technology business, ASG LegalTech, the firm is today announcing the acquisition of another practice management company, Merus Inc., developer of MerusCase. Founded in 2008, MerusCase is a cloud-based case management platform designed as a comprehensive and fully integrated system suitable for small- to medium-sized firms. The company says its...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Johnny, Shane, HIPAA, ASG, Bob Ambrogi, PracticePanther, Merus, Soumya, Soumya Nettimi, Nettimi, Alpine SG, ASG LegalTech, Bill4Time, MerusCase


The Trump Administration’s Relationship With Boeing Is Under Scrutiny After Crashes

Patrick Shanahan, Acting Secretary of Defense, told Congress that he welcomes an inspector general investigation into whether he violated any ethics rules by promoting Boeing Co. products while serving in the Trump Administration. Shanahan, who came to the Pentagon after spending more than three decades at Boeing, has routinely fended off questions about potential conflicts…
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Defense, Uncategorized, Military, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Boeing, Boeing Co, Shanahan, Trump Administration, Patrick Shanahan




ASG LegalTech Adds Another Practice Management Acquisition To Its Growing Portfolio

Three weeks after investment firm Alpine SG merged two practice-management companies it acquired, PracticePanther and Bill4Time, to create a unified legal technology business, ASG LegalTech, the firm is today announcing the acquisition of another practice management company, Merus Inc., developer of MerusCase. Founded in 2008, MerusCase is a cloud-based case management platform designed as a comprehensive and fully integrated system suitable for small- to medium-sized firms. The company says its...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Johnny, Shane, HIPAA, ASG, PracticePanther, Merus, Soumya, Soumya Nettimi, Nettimi, Alpine SG, ASG LegalTech, Bill4Time, MerusCase, Merus Inc


DoJ snubs whistleblower who shorted stocks of target firms

“The Trump Justice Department, following a tougher policy toward dubious False Claims Act lawsuits by private citizens, has moved to dismiss a pair of lawsuits by a former hedge-fund manager who shorted stock in pharmaceutical companies he accused of a wide-ranging price-fixing conspiracy.” [Daniel Fisher, Legal NewsLine/Forbes] Tags: pharmaceuticals, qui tam, whistleblowers
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Pharmaceuticals, Whistleblowers, Qui Tam, Trump Justice Department, Daniel Fisher Legal NewsLine Forbes


The Role of Small Bar Associations in Technology Competence

I spent last Friday with the good people of the Monroe County Bar Association in Rochester, N.Y. at their second-annual Solo and Small Firm Conference. From speaking with and listening to lawyers there, I was reminded of how far we still have to go in getting lawyers up to speed on technology. But it was also a demonstration of the important role a small bar can play in educating lawyers about tech. I discuss my observations and thoughts on this for my column this week at Above the Law: Small Fi...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Rochester, Bob Ambrogi, Tech Competence, Monroe County Bar Association


College admissions scandal: “most of these kids don’t even have issues, but they’re getting time.”

For 20 years I’ve been writing about how the gaming of disability diagnoses in schools helps affluent families. And I was hardly alone: in 2004 Craig Lerner wrote a paper entitled: “‘Accommodations’ for the Learning Disabled: A Level Playing Field or Affirmative Action for Elites?” There hasn’t been much interest in fixing things. Now test accommodations have surfaced as one key theme in the big and colorful new college-admissions scandal. “Particularly glaring in the 204-page indictment is...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Fbi, Colleges and Universities, Disability & Schools, Craig Lerner, Michelle Robertson, Akira Olivia Kumamoto Sacramento Bee


Fort Trump? The Pentagon Takes a Step Toward Establishing Base in Poland

The Trump Administration has drawn criticism for considering U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Syria, but it’s considering at least one new permanent military base overseas. It even has a suggested name: “Fort Trump.” Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood is in Warsaw, Poland this week to discuss the proposed base, which would…
Tags: News, Defense, Uncategorized, Syria, Afghanistan, Military, Foreign Policy, Poland, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Warsaw Poland, Trump Administration, John Rood, Fort Trump


The Role of Small Bar Associations in Technology Competence

I spent last Friday with the good people of the Monroe County Bar Association in Rochester, N.Y. at their second-annual Solo and Small Firm Conference. From speaking with and listening to lawyers there, I was reminded of how far we still have to go in getting lawyers up to speed on technology. But it was also a demonstration of the important role a small bar can play in educating lawyers about tech. I discuss my observations and thoughts on this for my column this week at Above the Law: Small Fi...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Rochester, Tech Competence, Monroe County Bar Association


March 13 roundup

“Near the end of her new proposal to break up Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple, Senator Warren asks, ‘So what would the Internet look like after all these reforms?’ It’s a good question.” [Geoffrey Manne and Alec Stapp, Truth on the Market/CNBC] Floral arrangements as constitutionally protected expression: Cato files amicus on behalf of First Amendment rights of Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman not to serve a wedding of which she disapproves [Ilya Shapiro and Patrick Moran, Washington...
Tags: Apple, Law, Washington, Uncategorized, Elizabeth Warren, Transgender, Antitrust, Warren, Don't, FHA, Second Circuit, Natalia, Facebook Google Amazon, Scott Greenfield, Barronelle Stutzman, Ilya Shapiro


Fastcase Users Get Access To Select ABA Publications

Legal research company Fastcase continues to expand the breadth of materials available to subscribers through its platform. Less than a week after announcing the addition of public records data, the company today says a partnership with the American Bar Association will allow paid access to select book titles published by key ABA sections. Steve Errick, chief operating officer at Fastcase, told me that he is working with the ABA to add publications from different sections one at a time, with fam...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, American Bar Association, Aba, Fastcase, Bob Ambrogi, Steve Errick, Fastcase Errick



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