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Andersen Legal Offers Dealsight

Andersen Legal, the international law network of Arthur Andersen, has launched Dealsight, a "worldwide interactive online 'deal room' for clients." Dealsight allows lawyers to post documents relating to transactions and other pieces of work (such as project financing and litigation) onto a secure Web site, with access granted to clients and other professional advisors, it says.

Each transaction has its own site, it explains. Dealsight also allows for creation of specialist areas or "rooms" within the site, which can only be seen by specified users, says Andersen.

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Lexposé is a new electronic discovery digesting service from TechLaw Inc., of Chantilly, Va. It extends the capacity of electronic discovery beyond capturing e-mails and attachments, and can eliminate the costly and cumbersome process of producing paper copies of data, it explains.

The service extracts "metadata" and each file's full text into standard litigation support software tools. Lawyers can then search and view the information.

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Out of the Box

Elite Information Systems has launched its Out of the Box practice and billing management system, which is designed especially for small and medium size firms. The system is pre-configured, flexible, and simple to use, promises Elite, which says the new system offers comprehensive tools without requiring a heavy IT investment.

Elite also has created an "Event Driven Reporting" system to manage crucial information across the firm. Reports are generated according to users-defined criteria, and can be sent via e-mail.

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PerfectLaw Integration

PerfectLaw Software, based in Coral Gables, Fla., says its namesake software now retrieves contact, appointment, and to-do lists from its Microsoft SQL Server databases and publishes them to Exchange and/or Microsoft Outlook contracts, calendar and tasks functions. Users can enter appointments and contacts in PerfectLaw AIM, and Outlook's Publisher function to integrate them into Exchange/Outlook in seconds. PerfectLaw users now have a private Personal Information Manager (PIM), the company explains. PerfectLaw combines matter, contact, and document management, billing and accounting functions.

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Westlaw Upgrade

Eagan, Minn.-based West Group has announced that its research service has been revamped, and now offers an improved, more intuitive interface, and increased speed.

The new version is about 30 percent faster than prior editions, reports West, and includes a new tabbed interface. Functions that formerly required customer software -- such as split screen, information tabs and link viewers -- are now available through a Web browser, on any platform, including Macintosh.

The Westnews tab offers immediate access to news and background information on companies, industries and more.

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PFM, TrialNet Team

Houston-based PeerPoint Technologies Inc., and TrialNet Inc. based in Richmond, Va., have announced the successful completion of its pilot project for HCA Health Care Indemnity, a division of HCA Healthcare Co., of Nashville.

PeerPoint's Professional Fee Manager legal cost accounting software, and TrialNet's collaborative network were used to allow law firms to send electronic invoices to HCA, via secure e-mail.

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MarketEase Goes Web

Cole Valley Software has announced a Web-based version of its MarketEast relationships management software.

WebME, scheduled for preview at the LawNet meeting Aug. 30-Sept. 1, is expected to launch Q4 2000. Using n-tier architecture and offering XML support, it will allow users to integrate MarketEase software with other database and word processing applications.The new editions also includes ConnectME, a "lite-client" application that allows read-only access to the database through word processing or e-mail applications; and SynchME, to synchronize the program to Microsoft Outlook.

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Smart Security 2000

Oakley Data Services has released Smart Security 2000 for Windows, an NT/2000 service that restricts access to devices based on user groups.

The services help prevent introduction of unauthorized software or removal of company data, explains Oakley.

The company also announced the release of a second product, Smart Address 2000 -- a multi-user contact management system that runs on Windows 95 and above.

It offers client/server architecture and can be used by single or multiple users, and in multiple locations, it says.

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FTI Consulting

Chicago-based FTI Consulting Inc. has announced the launch of a new service that combines specialized consulting with a new software, to accelerate lawyers' trial preparation. TrialMax software "automates war rooms," reports the company, allowing users to gather different types of information media onto a laptop computer and arrange it into a trial presentation.

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CreekPath Systems

CreekPath Systems Inc., and Exabyte Corp., both of Boulder, Colo., have formed a new storage company, CreekPath Systems. It will offer electronic storage services at "Internet Data Centers" throughout the U.S. Firms can take advantage of the company's storage area network (SAN) to save the expense of maintaining onsite storage equipment and personnel, it says.

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Animators at Law

Animators at Law, headquartered in Alexandria, Va., has introduced its Web site,

The graphic design and litigation consulting firm offers video production, graphic design, animation, interactive development and more.

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Wimp or Wizard?

Responsive Time Logger 4.0 is the latest version of Responsive Software's time-and-billing program for PCs and Palm devices.

It offers a dual "Wimp/Wizard" interface to accommodate both expert and novice users.

Novices can take advantage of tutorials, and work with simplified menus, hiding more sophisticated features.

Experts will appreciate that the unit stores all data in Microsoft Access format, so they can use other applications to analyze and present time records.

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