The March issue of Litigation News includes two items that will make beaucoups of hourly lawyers grimace.  The titles say it all: 

  • "Corporations Balk at Outside Counsels’ Automatic Rate Increases:  Wal-Mart, Shell, and other corporations say rising associate salaries are to blame"
  • "In-House Counsel Are Keeping Closer Tabs on Outside Lawyers:  Law departments use vendor management techniques to monitor billing"

To which Blawgletter says not "yikes!" but "hallelujah!"  We welcome in-house lawyers’ insistence on getting value for their legal dollars. 

We also have two words for them:  contingent fee.

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