The army of law firms once used by Microsoft Corp. is now just a platoon. That's because the Redmond, Wash.-based company is evaluating the more than 100 firms it turns to for legal help. So far, 20 firms have landed spots on a "preferred provider" list. But there's a catch: Firms would have to renegotiate their billing structure, as well as provide detailed data on diversity and staffing. The company also imposed a rate freeze until the program is finalized later this year.
Microsoft Pares Its Legal Army
IP Law & Business
February 15, 2005
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