Advantages and Disadvantages of Taking an In-House Counsel Job

[This blog post holds my personal record for gestation of a blog post. The outline for this post traces back to a student talk I gave at Marquette University in 2004. I first started working on the post some time…

What Criteria Should a Start-Up Use When Hiring Its First General Counsel?

I got an email from a student posing this question to me: what criteria should a technology start-up consider when hiring its first in-house general counsel? I can definitely speak from first-hand experience! Here’s my response, but I would also…

Marquette Law Faculty Blog

Congratulations to my former colleagues at Marquette for the launch of the Marquette University Law School Faculty Blog, which looks like it is off to a promising start. Category: Product #: Regular price:$ (Sale ends !) Available from: Condition: Good…

Epinions Commercials on Youtube

I found a couple of the original Epinions commercials on Youtube. These were a classic example of dot com advertising and one of the early examples of user-generated content for advertising purposes. Jay and his iMac: Jeff trying to snowboard…

Gurley on Epinions Lawsuits

The SJ Mercury News ran an interview with Bill Gurley, a VC at Benchmark Capital. On the subject of Epinions: ____ Q Speaking of the shape you’re in, was the first Epinions case resolved? I noticed a newer, related case…

Froogle Demoted

When I was at Epinions, we knew Froogle was coming. Needless to say, this was the source of some consternation. Google had traffic (and lots of it), money (and lots of it) and, well, mojo (and lots of it). So…

AmLaw on Cooley Godward

The American Lawyer runs a thorough status report [registration required] on my old law firm, Cooley Godward. Back in the 1990s, the firm struggled with the balance between servicing start-up enterpreneurial clients and institutional clients–a balancing act that appears to…

Epinions Settles Stockholder Lawsuit

Epinions has settled the lawsuit brought against it by common stockholders frozen out in the DealTime/Shopping.com acquisition. Financial terms were not disclosed. Alas, because this was not a class action lawsuit and I did not individually participate, the settlement has…

Two Recent Items About Preferred Stockholder/VC Liability

A couple of items came across my desk that may be apropos of the lawsuit over the Epinions/DealTime merger. First item: Jesse M. Fried and Mira Ganor, Common Shareholder Vulnerability in Venture-Backed Startups, UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No….

Shopping.com Stockholders Approve eBay Merger

A few details here. The deal already cleared the FTC. Deal announcement. Category: Product #: Regular price:$ (Sale ends !) Available from: Condition: Good ! Order now! Reviewed by on. Rating: