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    • Managing Conflict in Law Practice and Life

      As Clarence Darrow pointed out, conflict is part of being human. The good news is that conflict is not all bad. For one thing, it means you are not surrounded by "yes" people. And those differences of opinion can fuel innovation and creative problem solving. Effectively managing conflict or dissent can be beneficial in a wide range of situations, both inside your organization, with clients and in dealings with third parties.

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    • Supreme Court Wreaks Havoc in Federal Courts Again

      Columbia law professor Michael Dorf discusses a 2007 split Supreme Court decision that, while it has attracted little media attention, has made a tremendous splash in the lower federal courts. The decision grapples with the question of what standard should govern a federal trial court's review of the sufficiency of the allegations of a complaint -- generally, and especially in the antitrust context.

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    • Incorporating Civility into Your Law Practice

      Despite professional rules and guidelines, the practice of law does not have the best reputation for respectful behavior. Learn how attorneys can incorporate this much needed civility.

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    • Pros and Cons of Decision-Making by Committee

      Organizational and group decision-making is a complex process. Certainly, all democratic governments rest on the assumption that the majority is right, or at least "righter" than the minority. Most organizations, however, have long found that majority decision-making, "one person.-one vote," is not the way to efficiently run a business.

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    • Workplace Response to Internet Exploitation of Children
      Executives responsible for determining electronic use policies at private and public companies may want to consider reviewing and adopting measures taken by the coalition.

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    • 9th Circuit Requires Notification of New Contract Terms

      U. Washington law professor Anita Ramasastry weighs in on a significant decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit regarding contract law and consumers' rights. As Ramasastry explains, the Ninth Circuit applied black-letter contract law to hold that a company cannot unilaterally change a contract with customers, while providing no notice of the change other than by posting the revised contract on its website. Ramasastry points out, however, that the court did not reach several other questions -- such as precisely what is sufficient, in terms of notice and customer acceptance, for such changes to be valid.

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    • Legal Specialist Discusses Reverse Merger Practice
      Reverse merger specialist Nimish Patel discusses the lucrative practice of reverse merger transactions, how his firm advises and structures deals with clients, and what attorneys should be aware of before entering the reverse merger practice area.

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    • Reverse Merger: Small Business Funding Alternative to IPO

      Private companies seeking investment capital to launch products, fuel R&D, or simply sustain business operations may want to consider a reverse merger as a way to attract financing. Recently approved SEC proposals may also benefit smaller public companies by providing a more favorable regulatory environment for those involved in the capital formation process.

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    • Crossing the Line: When Licensing Becomes Franchising

      Many business owners believe they can skirt franchising laws by merely licensing their business to another party. They are wrong -- and could face fines and prosecution if caught.

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    • Allocating Financing Risk: Recent Trends in Sponsor-Led Public Company IPOs
      In looking at the recent wave of private equity transactions, there are now three predominant variations of the reverse termination fees (RTF) structure.

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