Factoids of interest

A law firm was held to be a public figure.  A law firm sued a legislator for defamation when the legislator said the law firm received exhorbitant, unauthorized amounts of money for work they didn’t perform and  that the firm also exceed political contribution limits to a particular legislator. The politcally connected law firm was held by the state court to be a public figure which required that the law firm must meet an actual malice standard, thus making plaintiff’s case harder to prove.  Read more about this in the current edition of ALM’s Small Firm Business.

In today’s USA Today, their survey shows that patient (you can read this as client) satisfaction is of greater concern in 2006 (51%) than in 2005 (44%).  I suspect that the same trend is true for the legal profession (even if the numbers are different).

In "Talking Tech," the Wall Street Journal reports on a Microsoft study. The study suggests that productivity improves by 9% when workers have 3 monitors on their desk and can have various pieces of information they need immediately available on the screen as they work, without having to minimize the current screen and looking for additional information.  An interesting conclusion.  Of course, while productivity may increase, what about the cost of increased real estate? That is, to have 3 monitors on the same desk at one time, each worker will likely need a larger desk which means a larger office. Will this increased cost offset the savings of more technology?


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