Inside Litigation Management: Corporate Counsel
Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez is a project manager for GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines. In this interview with Amii Barnard-Bahn, he discusses professional projects— how to define, begin, end, and measure the success of a project, and the role that legal departments play. He also examines different styles of project management, noting that the right plan may involve more than one strategy.
Google's 'privileged' email labeling, said to prevent lawsuit disclosure, was 'eyebrow raising,' judge says
In March of this year, the U.S. Department of Justice filed for sanctions against Google as part of an ongoing antitrust lawsuit, alleging that Google coached its employees to copy in-house counsel on business emails for the purpose of shielding correspondence under attorney-client privilege. In the emails under controversy, employees copied in-house counsel, labeled the email as “privileged,” and included a form request for legal advice; however, in roughly 140,000 instances, the copied attorney never responded to the request. Though District Judge Amit Mehta called the practice “eyebrow-raising,” he also expressed doubt that Google engaged in sanctionable conduct.
In this article, Dave Edelheit urges General Counsel to transform their legal departments, leaning into artificial intelligence and other digital initiatives. Edelheit acknowledges that transformation may cause short-term disruption but argues that the return on investment is high enough to justify any temporary inconvenience— with the right tools, a legal department can increase productivity while cutting costs for the company.
Remote communication is, understandably, on the rise in corporate spaces, and as more and more employees work from home, trade secrets become less and less secure. This article makes practical recommendations for companies that may need to protect their data, suggesting simple steps to take now to prevent theft and the litigation theft might provoke.