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Rees Morrison’s Morsels #85 – additions to earlier posts

Software that helps to review promotional materials. I heard during a consulting project about software that reviews advertising, developed for Unilever’s law department in Australia. Apparently, business managers down under have some legal responsibility regarding contract review, unlike in the US, so they had more incentive to build a software aid (See my post of Jan. 28, 2007: artificial intelligence and the long view.).

Reversal of a District Court Judge who does not think much of in-house objectivity. See In re Oracle Sec. Litig., 829 F. Supp. 1176, 1188-90 (N.D. Cal. 1993)(applying Delaware law, holding that “in-house attorneys are inevitably subservient to the interests of the defendant directors and officers whom they serve,” and rejecting a special litigation committee’s recommendation to terminate litigation.). I reverse and remand for consideration in light of Rees Morrison v. Out of Date View, 1 L. Dept. Mgt. 85 (C. Princeton 2008) (“outside attorneys are inevitably subservient to the interests of the fees they hanker to collect”).

Companies that track proposed legislation and regulations. MultiState Associates notifies clients of proposed bills and regulations and when they pass. There are a handful of companies that provide similar services (See my post of Feb. 25, 2008: Benchmark Legal.).

Muckety maps for relationships. A way to display concepts from this blog, and to inter-link blog posts might be at hand, for free. I spent some time on and show here an example of a Muckety map prepared about Cravath, Swaine & Moore (See my post of May 7, 2008: methods to portray data with 9 references and 22 cited in one of them.).