Are Law-Firm Contract-Drafting Services a Commodity?

In this post on his Law Department Management blog, Rees Morrision—prolific consultant to law departments—quotes a survey in the July 2008 issue of Inside Counsel as saying "33.5% of in-house counsel reported that law firm services are a commodity." Here's Rees's take on this: Loyalty rates of law departments to law firms suggest otherwise, and incessant fee increases by law firms suggest … [Read more...]

Observing Contract Deadlines—A Cautionary Tale Involving FaceTime Communications and Reuters

In this post on his Goldman's Observations blog, Eric Goldman describes a dispute between FaceTime Communications and Reuters. Reuters licensed FaceTime's software for two years and devoted significant resources to customizing the software. Reuters had an option to pay $150,000 for a perpetual license, but for reasons that aren't entirely explained, Reuters didn't exercise the option before the … [Read more...]

Whether to Refer to the Possibility of Dispute Over an Invoice

Eric Goldman recently sent me the following inquiry: A typical vendor's contract will say something like "Customer shall pay invoiced amounts within 30 days of invoicing." With some frequency, customers have been marking up this language to read: "Customer shall pay *UNDISPUTED* invoiced amounts within 30 days of invoicing." From a vendor's perspective, I think the added language is objectionable … [Read more...]

ABA Cyberspace Law Committee Looking to Develop New Model Contracts

Through this post by Michael Fleming on the Cyberspace Lawyer's Blogger, I learned that the Cyberspace Law Committee of the ABA Section of Business Law is proposing to draft new model contracts. This project sounds interesting: The Liberty Alliance Project is, in its own words, working to "enable a networked world based on open standards where consumers, citizens, businesses and governments can … [Read more...]

2009 U.S. Seminar Dates, Plus Stray Thoughts on Public Seminars

For those who like planning in advance, here are my West Legalworks seminar dates for 2009: Feb. 24, Houston Mar. 3, Atlanta April 9, Cleveland May 7, Chicago June 2, Philadelphia July 16, Seattle Sept. 15, Los Angeles Sept. 24, Washington, D.C. Oct. 13, Minneapolis Oct. 27, Boston Nov. 17, New York Dec. 8, San Francisco I'm pleased that West Legalworks opted to re-up … [Read more...]