NEW LOOK - Happy Monday! Once you’ve had your coffee this morning, you might notice‘s gotten a makeover. We’re proud to usher in the next generation of and ALM’s network of online legal publications, including The American Lawyer and New York Law Journal. The new look now brings closer together the innovative products launched over the past year, including Pro and Corporate Counsel Advance, and puts a spotlight on topics our readers say they care about the most, including the launch of’s Litigation: Editor’s Picks hub, featuring trend analysis and in-depth commentary from practitioners and judges. The upgraded design also showcases’s other original offerings, including practice briefingsTrendspotterLitigation Trendspotter and Talking Trendspotter columns; the Barometer newsletter; the Legal Speak podcast; How I Made It columns; and more. Take it for a spin and let me know what you think at [email protected].

NOTHING SPECIAL? -  Our websites may be new, but special purpose acquisition companies aren’t (how’s that for a segue?). Despite the fact that you’ve probably heard more about SPAC mergers in the past few months than any time before that, these deals have actually been around since at least the mid-’90s—they’re just now gaining popularity and attracting the attention of the plaintiffs bar. But, as we explore in this week’s Litigation Trendspotter column, some defense attorneys say that while these SPAC-related lawsuits are spiking, they’re simply putting a new(-ish) spin on traditional claims. And for more on this topic, be sure to check out Ross Todd’s interview with Susan Saltzstein, the co-deputy of the nationwide securities litigation group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, on the most recent episode of’s Legal Speak podcast.

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