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President's Corner Upgrades Suite Upgrades SuiteSAN FRANCISCO-based has released the latest version of its online case management center, 2.0. The upgrade improves imaging functions, version controls, and users' ability to annotate and redact documents, says the company. Downloading speed also has been improved, says Christopher Kruse, chairman and CEO.

New features for litigation document production allow users to track documents during discovery and other phases of the litigation, Kruse says.

The company also announced partnerships with LegalLink,, and Punch Web Groups, and new offices in New York City and Chicago.

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Time & Billing

Elite Nixes Sale, Debuts ASP

ELITE Information Systems has announced that its pending sale to Solution 6 Holdings Ltd. has been called off, because the Federal Trade Commission had expressed antitrust concerns.

Separately, the company launched an Internet-based ASP (application service provider) version of its time, billing, and practice management software.

e-Connect from Elite offers a hosted, secure, reliable environment, maintained by Elite (in conjunction with Exodus Communications Inc., says the Los Angeles company. It eliminates the need for on-site software or hardware installations, upgrades or maintenance by firms, the company explains.

Elite vice president Daniel Tacone has been named to head the new project, the company reports.

Elite also is a partner with ELF in the Serengeti ASP, with its Timesolv product. Tacone says the new launch will "probably" affect the relationship with ELF, because the products are competitive. "We need to work that out yet," said Tacone.

As for the decision to pull out of the potential sale, Elite and Solution 6 officials said that the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition had advised parties that it would recommend a challenge to the proposed merger, which prompted the decision to withdraw the plan. "We regret that the FTC has taken this position, but it is time to remove the distraction of the FTC review and focus all of our attention on purusing our business plan, and focus on our customers," said Elite CEO Chris Poole.

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Case Management

Needles, Palm Now Integrate

CHESAPEAKE Interlink Ltd. says Needles 3.0, the latest edition of its legal case management software, now integrates with Palm Computing devices and with Time Slips billing software.

Needles, Palm  Now Integrate

The synchronizations with Time Slips eliminates the need for double-entry of data. Needles and Palm devices now can share calendars, checklist items, names, and addresses.

The upgrade also allows users to merge form documents with case information, says the Baltimore company.

Other improvements include a new interface to the main screen, as well as an upgraded calendar, which adds more "drag and drop" and default options.

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Financial Software

Juris Plans Upgrade

JURIS INC. has announced plans to roll out four major enhancements to its namesake financial management software program.

Juris 1.4, scheduled for release in July, will improve the software's ability to integrate with other applications used in law firms, the company advises.

The upgrade also will enable use of Microsoft Outlook as an extension of the Juris system.

Subsequent editions will expand database options; provide automatic electronic billing presentation choices; and add electronic alerts about transactions or events requiring special attention (such as law trust balance, missing billable time, etc), reports Juris, of Brentwood, Tenn.

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