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8 great websites that attorneys absolutely must know about
Inside Counsel
Mobile apps are useful tools for lawyers on the go, but attorneys generally do the majority of their work at their office. Inside Counsel has therefore created a list of websites that are ideally suited for attorneys that spend most of their day working on desktop computers or laptops. With a little practice, these innovative services may help improve a law firm’s overall productivity.
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Big risks and disadvantages of arbitration versus litigation
Corporate Counsel (registration required)
Three recent high-profile arbitral awards highlight the risks of arbitration and demonstrate that, contrary to widespread belief, arbitration is often not cheaper, faster or more predictable than litigation. These three awards, as well as emerging trends in arbitral proceedings, call into question the common practice among corporations of including contractual provisions mandating arbitration in the event of any disputes.
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High-performing companies design executive pay plans around stock options, incentive plans
Inside Counsel
When it comes to executive pay, the debate over whether how much is too much continues. Whether you think top executives deserve to be paid 20 times or 200 times the average worker, a new study revealed that high-performing companies take a notably different approach to their executive compensation programs.
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What are people saying about you?
ACA International
Collection professionals are no strangers to negative publicity and reputational issues. Members of the media, regulators and the general public frequently portray collection agencies and their employees in a negative light. According to the opening general session keynote speaker at ACA International’s 75th Anniversary Convention, the responsibility for changing negative perceptions falls solely on the people and companies who are perceived poorly.
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Should the role of chief compliance officer be outsourced?
Inside Counsel
Compliance concerns have bubbled to the top of the priority list for many companies as government regulators have increased scrutiny. This new paradigm is no problem for bigger companies, who typically have large, experienced compliance departments, but what about smaller companies?
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FDCPA lawsuits and CFPB complaints increased in June
ACA International
Complaints against debt collectors logged in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s complaint database in June 2014, increased 3.7 percent to 3,336, compared to 3,213 in May, according to new data from WebRecon. The number will continue to increase in the coming weeks, making it a strong increase over the 3,213 complaints in May but still lower than the 3,693 filed in April, according to WebRecon.
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