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The sharp readers of io9, themselves a collective Library of Alexandria of science fiction, noted surprising common elements between James Cameron’s Avatar and a 1957 short story

I’ve written before about Contingent Fee Business Lawyers As Venture Capitalists and Lawyers Who "Don’t Take Possible Losers," so I was thrilled to read the NYTimes yesterday:

Richard W. Fields says he has come up with a win-win financial strategy for the downturn. He is investing in lawsuits.

Not in trip-and-fall cases, mind

In the middle of an otherwise good article in The Legal Intelligencer about the creative solutions local biglaw firms (Eckert Seamans, Ballard Spahr, Fox Rothschild) have taken to the shrinking supply of corporate legal work is this absurdity:

In response to the current economy and a clear shift to a buyer’s market, firms are moving

Amy Kolz has an extensive article at The American Lawyer detailing a merger debacle which settled last winter for $1 billion after "Vice-Chancellor Stephen Lamb [of the Delaware Chancery Court] declared that Wachtell’s client, an Apollo Management, L.P., portfolio company called Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc., had ‘knowingly and intentionally breached’ its merger agreement with Huntsman

It’s an article of faith among many businesses and lawyers: Delaware. It doesn’t matter what the question is. Where should you incorporate? What should the governing law of your contract be? 

Delaware! Delaware’s good for business.


Not necessarily. Much ink has been spilled over why, exactly, businesses constantly incorporate in Delaware and/or insert Delaware into

Paul Lippe at the AmLawDaily opines that corporate spending on BigLaw will go down over the next few years, imperiling the "leverage" model whereby equity partners "leverage" their own time by delegating much of their work to associates, whom they bill out at a substantial premium. BigLaw leverage runs from one associate for each partner