This week’s top stories on managing your legal expenses

Texas legislature may consider “loser pays” bill. The “English Rule” comes to Texas?

Study shows that law firm profits and billables rebounded in 2010. GC’s may be intrigued by this comment: “The pressure to discount is not over, but the pressure to discount fees further may have abated.”

Advances in e-discovery software may mean a significant reduction in the need for platoons of document reviewers. I was especially interested in the discussion of the impact of the “Enron Corpus” on research in the field.

Will the patent reform bill decrease the cost of corporate IP portfolios? Comments welcome.

Contingency fees in the middle of BigLaw merger talks.

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