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SOURCE OF THE PROBLEM - Last week in this space, we told you about how an arrangement between now-defunct law firm LeClairRyan and third-party vendor UnitedLex to farm out business operations went very sour. The saga is a prime example of just how mutually unbeneficial these partnerships can be if problems arise. In this week’s Law.com Trendspotter column, we further explore Big Law’s growing interest in outsourcing to get a sense of whether, given the potential pitfalls, this trend is destined to be more “internet and smartphones” or “Pogs and Tamagotchis.”

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