Legal expense management news for April 11, 2014

BigLaw bill for Christie bridge inquiry will include 40% discount, according to New Jersey’s Attorney General.

District court orders the Department of Labor to pay more than $565,000 in attorneys’ fees to oilfield services company for a case the judge said “should have [been] abandoned.”

Cue the circus music: Fee request in animal rights case alleged to be “ridiculous” and “unconscionable” due to “inflating bills, failing to ‘exercise sound billing judgment,’ and overstaffing.”

Using measurable and meaningful metrics to manage and control electronic discovery costs.

U.K. BigLaw partner moves to Big 4 accounting firm’s “new cyber and data security offering.” In-house leaders, have you determined whether these Big 4 law affiliates are approaching fees any differently than your traditional firms?

U.K. General Counsel adds a few wrinkles to panel review, asking firms “to identify a significant market trend and how it might affect the business, to come up with an innovative Pizza Hut or KFC menu offering and, more unexpectedly, to share the single best piece of advice they’d ever been given.” Some firms just didn’t “get it,” including one partner who “cited the use of track changes on documents as his idea for how Yum could improve its business.” Amazing.

Survey data on how law departments select e-discovery vendors finds that “half of the law departments at large companies concentrate their e-discovery spending with two to four outside providers, while another 39 percent spread their work across more than five.”

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