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Perkins Coie Employs New Technology To Stay Connected
Seattle based International Law Firm Perkins Coie has began employing a firm-wide ''visual communication solution'' from tech company Polycom. The firm uses Microsoft Live Meeting for its' conference calls combined with the Polycom CX5000 Unified Conference Station.

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''While our offices are in near constant communication, this has always been accomplished through traditional conference calls or travel,'' said Michael Chase, HR & CR Project Manager at Perkins Coie. ''We knew a requirement for making this video network effective was to include all of our offices, no matter how big or small, in the roll out, and the CX5000 provided such a cost-effective and easy-to-use solution, it made sense.''

The CX5000 from Polycom offers a 360-degree group video experience, so as to enhance the traditional web cam experience.

Perkins Coie has more than 700 lawyers across 15 offices in the United States and China.

Polycom is the global leader in telepresence, video, and voice solutions.

Allen & Overy Arrival In Australia Marks New Interest Down Under
Global law firm Allen & Overy settled down ''down under'' this week. The prominent English firm's arrival in Australia is suspected to be the first among many.

According to The American Lawyer, the move indicates a growing interest in Australia's connection to Asian markets.

Legal correspondent Alex Spence wrote, ''Australia, with its close ties to big Asian businesses and governments, and with a deep pool of well-trained lawyers, is seen by many as a stepping stone to Asia.''

The Times of London wrote that Australia may even ''rival India as a cost-effective location for outsourcing international legal work.''

Allen & Overy is a British law firm with around 5,000 employees and 31 offices worldwide. It is considered one of the top law firms in the world.

Judge Rules In Favor Of ''Misled'' School Districts
Shepherd, Smith, Edwards & Kantas LLP has announced their victory regarding Motions To Dismiss filed by the Royal Bank of Canada and Stifel Nicolaus & Co. Inc. Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge William W. Brash III ruled that claims filed by five Wisconsin school districts and their Other Post Employment Benefits Trusts can go forward against the investment banks that, according to district officials, misled them into investing two hundred million dollars into risky investments using borrowed money.

The districts sued the banks in September of 2008, claiming violation of state securities law, fraud, misrepresentation and breach of contract among others.

''Shepherd, Smith, Edwards & Kantas has represented and helped thousands of investors recover losses nationwide since 1990.

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