FMC Technologies Inc., the Houston-based oil and gas equipment company, used Legal OnRamp, the social networking site for lawyers, to spread the word last month that it wants to hire tech-savvy, innovative firms that are open to alternative billing arrangements.

General counsel Jeffrey Carr says he’s pleased with the response. About 50 firms downloaded a questionnaire from the site and then submitted the forms to FMC. Of those, 32 will take part in the next phase of what Carr calls the FMC Technologies 1° Law Litigation Value Challenge.

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