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New technology could streamline e-discovery process

Attorney Eric Maassen plans to use a lot fewer paper clips and Post-its in the near future. The page markers once played a large role in distinguishing relevant information found in documents during case discovery, he said. But with the rise of e-discovery and new technology that requires fewer people poring over documents, Maassen, a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP in Milwaukee, soon might be able to give his eyes and office supplies a rest.

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Understanding whistle-blower bounty rules is critical

After the widespread failures associated with the Bernard Madoff scandal, Congress hastily passed the Dodd-Frank Act and empowered the Securities and Exchange Commission to issue rules enforcing certain provisions, including the whistle-blower bounty provision. In effect, Congress has deputized employees of publicly traded companies to police their employers’ conduct, offering handsome compensation to those who do so effectively.

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What’s in a name? Plenty, when it comes to a domain name

If you are in the process of establishing an online presence for your business, the domain name you choose for your website might seem like the easiest item to check off a to-do list. But in fact the process of choosing and deploying a domain name can be specked with legal risks just the same as any other part of doing business.

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Social network and trade secret protection

Trade secret law, which some say harkens back to Roman times, emerged in the United States in its modern form almost 200 years ago. See Vickery v. Welch, 36 Mass. 523 (1837). On the other hand, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter emerged less than 10 years ago, yet all may drastically change how we view trade secrets.

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Change in workers’ comp law? Keep waiting

Changes to workers' compensation laws in Minnesota are rare and slow in coming. In fact, the last significant overhaul of the state's workers' comp laws was almost two decades ago. But that doesn't mean there aren't ongoing workers' comp regulatory issues worth paying attention to for contractors, workers and others.

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