Companies are successfully pushing their outside counsel to abandon the billable hour, a new survey indicates.

In October, The American Lawyer and the Association of Corporate Counsel jointly surveyed 587 general counsel and chief legal officers, and found that 39 percent paid law firms more money this year under alternative fee arrangements than they did in 2008. Meanwhile, just over half (53 percent) said spending on alternative fee arrangements had stayed the same. Only 8 percent said it had fallen.