Legal Current
Legal Current is a podcast from Thomson Reuters, Legal, that features information and commentary on the business and practice of law.
New Rules on Proportionality & Spoliation in E-Discovery

Last summer, in the case of HM Electronics Inc.v. R.F. Technologies Inc., a federal judge ordered severe sanctions because of e-discovery failures. How do new rules on proportionality and spoliation impact how e-discovery is handled? Robert Brownstone with Fenwick & West discusses.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:04am EDT

Can Marijuana Be Patented or Trademarked?

As more states move towards legalized marijuana, business entities such as medical marijuana dispensaries or other marijuana-related businesses are starting to bump up against patent and trademark issues that may prevent them from enjoying many of the intellectual property protections that other businesses use.  

Doug Sorocco of Dunlap Codding looks at some of the "grassroot" IP obstacles facing businesses in the cannabis trade.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:02am EDT

Law firms invest significant effort and finances developing savvy marketing campaigns that drive traffic to their websites or phone calls to their law firms, only to drop the ball when it comes time to turn that prospective client into a paying one.

It all comes down to intake – the processes a law firm uses to collect and manage leads, with the goal of converting them into clients. Intake is an essential function of any successful legal business, and one that is often mismanaged or underdeveloped. What’s worse, our research shows that most attorneys think they’re actually doing a good job at intake. The sad truth is that their perceptions simply don’t match the reality.

FindLaw’s white paper, “Failing At The Finish Line: How Law Firms Lose Prospective Clients At The Front Door” examines how firms can improve their intake practices.


2016 State of the Law Firm Market

 James W. Jones, senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession, discusses the "2016 State of the Legal Market" report by the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown University Law Center and Thomson Reuters Peer Monitor

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:45pm EDT

Fitbits, Wearable Fitness Monitors & Data Privacy

Are you sporting a new FitBit or an Apple Watch with a fitness monitor app? If it’s part of your employer’s wellness program, who owns and has access to your data?

Tyler Newby , litigation partner at Fenwick & West looks at the wearable fitness monitor craze and some of the data privacy implications they bring.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:24pm EDT

Supreme Court Patent Law Cases

Michael Hawes of Baker Botts discusses patent law cases coming up before the U.S. Supreme Court

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:21pm EDT

Whatever Happened to Political Campaign Theme Songs?

It wasn’t that long ago that every Presidential campaign had its own theme song. Even George Washington had one. Thomas Jefferson. Abraham Lincoln. Even Jimmy Carter.

But in recent decades, the music stopped. Or at least went Top 40. Presidential campaigns switched from original campaign themes to using hit pop songs, which has sparked a flurry of lawsuits from artists.

Whatever happened to the original campaign theme song?

Folk music historian Oscar Brand has recorded many historical Presidential campaign theme songs with a record for Smithsonian Folkways

William Hochberg of Greenberg Glusker discusses the long history of President campaign theme songs from the days of Washington to modern era of artist lawsuits.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:36pm EDT

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Handbook, 2016 edition

The 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure took effect on December 1, 2015.

Some of the amendments apply even to cases that were filed prior to that date.

The authors of the Federal Civil Rules Handbook, 2016 edition, William M. Janssen and Steven Baicker-McKee discuss the treatise and the new 2015 amendments.

William Janssen also has a series of articles on Federal Rules of Civil Procedure on the Legal Solutions Blog.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:23am EDT

Ill Repute - November 2015

A monthly look at reputation management in the era of social media & the 24 hour news cycle

- United Airlines: Should you disclose when your CEO suffers a heart attack?

- Blame it on Paris. Will the tragedy in Paris affect the Rio Olympics?

- Gawker Media & "Layoff Slack Bingo"

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:46pm EDT

Mind Your Business - November 2015

Patsy Doerr interviews Deirdre Stanley, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Board Secretary, Thomson Reuters on diversity inclusion, its role in corporate strategies and managing your career.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:47am EDT