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12 Editor’s Note 14 Contributors In The News 17 -Excuses, Excuses At least a handful of corporations fail to report ties to their directors’ law firms. 18 -A Database So Good, It’s Criminal A new company runs background checks on Wall Street customers. 20 -Glass Houses At BellSouth? While the GC preaches diversity, the telecom tries to boot a black judge off a case. 22 -Mutually Beneficial Federated Investors outsources its in-housers to Reed Smith. 24 -Can We Talk? Top federal mediator Peter Hurtgen brings management and labor together. Deals & Suits 31-Wheeling, Dealing, And Suing IBM networks with PwC Consulting; Texas Pacific orders Burger King to go; WorldCom goes flat; US Airways runs into turbulence. on the job 49 -Moves Starbucks gets a new GC jolt; NVIDIA Corporation gets a GC who’s a chip off the old block; broadcasting veteran tunes in to PBS. 49-Profile: From Human Rights To Business Rights Small Business Administration general counsel David Javdan. 61 -Legal Manager: Never Say “No Comment” Your company has the SEC on its tail and the Justice Department on its case. How do you protect your business’s image? By Richard S. Levick and Susan M. Kozacik 67-In-House Tech: Hatching From A Virtual Incubator Dozens of new legal Web sites are worth a closer look. By Robert Ambrogi D.C. WATCH 71-Around Town A criminal conviction rarely ruins a company. By Gary Young 74 -Lobby Log Who’s paying whom to say what? 77 -Influence The country’s 20 largest companies spent just over $100 million to woo federal officials last year. By Kate Ackley Cover-Special Report: technology 80 -Before The Fall Gain control over your company’s data-before plaintiffs lawyers start rummaging around in your files. By Ashby Jones 84 -A Happy Ending: HP 1, FedEx 0 Anxious for merger approval, the high-tech computer company found a novel way to give the FTC the documents it needed practice focus: Intellectual Property 91-Making IP Pay Three companies take three different paths toward a common goal: mining cash from knowledge. By Victoria Slind-Flor, Mark Roberti, and Lisa Shuchman Diversions 115-At Ease: So You Wanna Be A Rock Star? Music industry GCs dish about The Beatles, Springsteen, and the “other” Elvis. By Brian Zabcik 118-Book Review: It Pays To Be Weird The authors of The Deviant’s Advantage argue that geeky oddballs may be your company’s best assets.By Anthony Paonita In The Law 121-Corporate Law: Finding The Time A new California law is a boon to plaintiffs lawyers. By Jeff Chorney 122-Criminal Liability: The Risky Business Of A Directorship Potential corporate board members are begging off in unprecedented numbers. By Tamara Loomis 123-Cyberlaw: Knocking Cybersquatters Off Balance Federal court adds extra oomph to a law designed to protect domain names. By Andrew Harris Index 151 -The companies, law firms, associations, and government agencies named in this issue. Outbox 154-In Days Of Olde Enron Rules to work by, for today’s knights of the boardroom. By David J. Simon

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