When he sees a problem, he does something about it
Craig Yolitz, Vice President, Customer Operations at FindLaw, began his career with Thomson Reuters after interning with the company in 1985 in manufacturing and print operations the day after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. As he continued to explore his interests in printing and move through his career, he eventually discovered that he had a talent for more than printing alone. It was operations – making any and every process better – that he was interested in.
“I was labeled a printing guy, but I came to discover that it doesn’t matter as much what you make – websites, law books, windows, scotch tape – I’m engaged as long as I am solving problems and making processes better.”
Craig’s desire to create and solve problems accompanied him wherever he went. In the early 1990’s, he noticed that traffic congestion at the junction of I-494 and U.S. 61 was a growing problem that desperately needed a solution. Taking matters into his own hands, Craig started making phone calls and activating local public officials, supporters and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Through his leadership, dedication and tenacity, Craig and others were able to vastly accelerate the project forward, receive $500 million in state and federal funding and see work begin on the massive undertaking in 2002 (and eventually be completed in 2010). (more…)
A California consumer says he is not required to arbitrate his clams that Samsung falsely advertises the storage capacity of the GB Galaxy S4 mobile phone because the arbitration clause in the phone’s user manual is “unenforceable and unconscionable.”
In July, Samsung Telecommunications America moved to compel arbitration of plaintiff Conrad Sheffer’s complaint, arguing that he consented to the arbitration clause by not opting out within 30 days after his purchase.
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Legal document review can be a tedious, expensive and time-consuming exercise, even with the assistance of e-discovery tools. The release of Case Logistix 6.0 addresses these challenges with several new features that make organization, review, analysis and production of case documents, whether paper, ESI (Electronically Stored Information) or other formats, considerably faster and more efficient.
New features include:
- A streamlined, customizable interface that can be quickly and easily customized to a user’s personal preferences.
- Advanced search allows users to easily build complex searches without having to use SQL (Structured Query Language) or complex search terms. The quick search function now provides search-within-results for faster refinement of searches.
- Built-in OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to process image documents. The resulting text output is fully searchable and eliminates the time and expense of using third-party image conversion applications or optical scanners.
- Advanced analytics with concept clustering, e-mail threading and near-duplicate document analysis that increases the speed and accuracy of document review by finding meaningful patterns in data, and understanding the relationships between documents.
- Enhanced navigation with session history enables users to quickly locate and return to earlier tasks or searches.
“The improvements in Case Logistix 6.0 mean faster, more efficient and accurate document review,” said Kristin Nimsger, managing director & general manager, Practice Technology & Services, Thomson Reuters. “Case Logistix 6.0 eases the work, reduces the costs and mitigates the risks of e-discovery. It allows attorneys to focus on the more important aspects of the case, rather than tedious, time-consuming document review. This enhances the quality of the work product and increases the value provided to clients.
“In addition to its many outstanding features,” continued Nimsger, “Case Logistix integrates with other components in our suite of litigation solutions, including Case Notebook and Drafting Assistant, enabling even greater productivity in the litigation workflow.”
Case Logistix is part of Thomson Reuters Litigation Technology and Services, a comprehensive set of integrated tools, services and content including Case Notebook, Drafting Assistant – Litigation, Expert Witness Services, West km and more.
For lawyers and their clients, opportunity is knocking. You just have to be willing to open the door.
It is a truth (almost) universally acknowledged that a law firm in possession of a strong client base must be in want of pretty much nothing. (Apologies to Jane Austen.) As a species, lawyers are risk-averse. The practice, after all, is paved in precedent and bad things can happen to you and your clients if you veer off-road.
Here at the Aspen Ideas Festival, however, risk is not a four-letter word. I attended four panels Thursday, on topics ranging from the future of the Republican party to financing the energy projects of the future. The single theme that ran through all of them is that opportunity grows out of crisis, and the winners of the next decade will be the leaders who aren’t afraid of new ideas.
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At Thomson Reuters, we strive to help our customers improve their productivity and enable them to deliver better client service. Over the past several months, we have advanced this objective by introducing and updating numerous mobile products and apps so our clients can access their legal information and tools anytime, anywhere.
As legal professionals’ workflow becomes increasingly mobile, it is important that we are able to provide our customers with best-in-class platforms that enable seamless computing regardless of whether they are in their office or on a portable device. (more…)
We are proud to announce that last week Elite, Westlaw and WestlawNext were awarded top honors in the 2012 Best of The National Law Journal. Leading the group was WestlawNext, which won three major categories, while Westlaw and Elite won two each.
The votes were tallied from survey of The National Law Journal readership, with 5,000 votes coming in from readers for 65 different categories. Many votes came from our clientele, a fact noticed by Colin Mackay, vice president of Marketing. He said, “We are honored by this recognition because it comes from the very people who use our products – our customers”, exemplifying the wonderful relationship our company has with its clients.
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Congratulations to our winners of 5 Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) Best in Business awards for 2010!
These wins demonstrate the success of our efforts in multimedia, commentary and enterprise reporting.
We had two winners in the category of Creative Use of Multiple Platform: The Frontier Markets web site (John Meehan, Claudia Parsons, Manuela Badawy, Danial Clark, Jeff Chen and the global team) won for the combined use of video, text, graphics and data to tell the story of countries with rapidly developing economies. The second was the iPad Teardown package (Gabriel Madway, Molly Riley, Greg Savoy, Richard Baum, Deborah Lutterbeck) won for its investigative reporting, live blog and visuals that peeled apart the iPad launch and identified its components
Breakingviews (team) won in the Opinion/Column category for its punchy and agenda-setting commentary sampling that looked at looked at economies, markets and companies. And, Scott McCleskey of Complinet, now part of Thomson Reuters Professional (Legal division), also won an award in this category for his column for its penetrating and original analysis of the Dodd Frank Act, the flash crash, and other issues in financial regulation. (more…)