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Over the last 5 years, general counsel of corporations have dealt with shrinking budgets. They have responded by pressing outside counsel to reduce expenses, shifting work in-house, using non-law firm vendors to provide some services and requiring the implementation of legal project management procedures. The efforts to respond to shrinking budgets have not stopped with asking how to reduce expenses. Many companies have considered the question: Can we bring affirmative claims to bring in money or provide the company with other benefits? Many companies have concluded that pressing affirmative claims makes sense. Companies now opt out of class actions and press their own claims, bringing actions against vendors that fail to perform or customers that fail to pay. They file lawsuits to protect intellectual property and bring actions against competitors under a variety of business torts.

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