Monthly Archives: February 2011

Release # 5 is now available for Proskauer on Privacy

Today’s hodgepodge of privacy and data security standards creates greater compliance burdens for corporations, employers, public agencies, and legal advisers.  PLI’s Proskauer on Privacy: A Guide to Privacy and Data Security Law in the Information Age reduces those costly burdens. This comprehensive, one-stop reference covers the laws governing every area where data privacy and security is potentially at risk — including government records, electronic surveillance, the workplace, medical data, financial information, commercial transactions, and online activity, including communications involving children.

This treatise provides essential details on how to develop compliance programs that help your entity satisfy federal and state standards, ensure data privacy and security, prevent cybercrime, and help entities avoid fines, penalties, litigation, damages, and negative publicity. Proskauer on Privacy also examines Europe’s rigorous privacy and data security standards, the laws in Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, India, Russia, and Dubai, as well as legal initiatives in California and other states.

If your library is on standing order for this treatise, you can expect Release #5 to arrive soon.  If you’d like to order the release please email or call 877-900-5291. 

View a sample chapter here.

PLI EBooks …now there’s an app for that

PLI created an application for customers to access PLI’s audio content and complete eBook library at their convenience.  If your organization subscribes to PLI Discover—which is PLI’s eBook Library—you will be able to access our eBooks from you iPhone.  And the PLI app is free to download at the iTunes store

How to get to PLI Course Handbooks and Treatises

 After you have downloaded the app, you will be asked to log in.  Use your PLI username and password.  Along the bottom of the screen you will see a navigation menu. 

 Click on “Search” and then select “Books” to view our Course Handbook Library or “Treatise” to view our Treatise Library.  You can view the titles and download the chapters you want to read.  After you are finished, don’t forget to remove the download from your device to free up the memory.  To remove an item from your device, click on “Downloads.”  All your items will be listed, with a red “x” next to them.  Click the “x” and the item will be removed.  If you need the chapter again, you can always download it later.

 Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3

The future is here…


The Harvard Law School Library Blog announced a new feature for the library catalog.  Students and researchers now have the option to text location and call numbers to their cell phones.  Back in my college days, I would scribble call numbers on scraps of paper (and then struggle to decipher my own writing).  This innovation should make students very happy.  Very neat feature!

Outsourcing: A Practical Guide to Law & Business – New PLI treatise title

Outsourcing: A Practical Guide to Law and Business examines different types of outsourcing, special considerations for outsourcing to India and China, and the life cycle of a typical outsourcing transaction. This timely treatise guides you on how to organize your internal resources to prepare for outsourcing relationships; use outside consultants; maximize the benefits of benchmarking; handle the vendor selection process; develop pricing structures and fee arrangements; negotiate the agreement and schedules that drive the business deal; effect dispute resolution techniques; and manage the outsourcing relationship after signing.

Sample key contract provisions help you to define the scope of services, establish standards of care and governance, set liability caps, deal with intellectual property issues, and resolve disputes.

Outsourcing: A Practical Guide to Law and Business is a vital reference for new vendors and customers as well as for experienced outsourcing players.

 Book Information:

 1st Edition

ISBN Number: 9781402413216

Page Count: 1254 pages

Item #: 10624

Price: $285.00

To order the book click here, or write us at

View a sample chapter here.

New Patent Bar Exam is Coming (free program)

The Patent Bar Exam will be updated this year.  The changes are expected in April, according to the US Patent and Trademark Office.  If you are interested in learning more, PLI is holding a free One-Hour Briefing to discuss the changes.


New Patent Bar Exam is Coming! PLI is Already There for You!

February 25, 2011, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  (E.S.T.)

The Patent Office recently announced that there will be a major update of the material tested on the Patent Bar Exam in April. PLI has been preparing for this change for years already. In this briefing, John M. White, PLI’s Director of Patent Professional Development and chief lecturer of PLI’s Patent Bar Review, will share the critical information and strategies for taking the Patent Bar Exam.

Topics to be addressed include:

• The new materials that will be tested on the Exam

• PLI’s preparations to make sure that you’re up to speed with everything tested on the Exam

• Strategies for taking the Exam into the foreseeable future

And for the most recent information, please visit the Patent Bar Review homepage, click here.


Please note this program has expired.  If you are interested in current PLI Library Programs, please visit

Nutella – nutritious or not?

A mother is suing the makers of Nutella for deceptive advertising.  Nutella is a spread that usually appears in the peanut butter aisle of grocery stores.  In case you’ve never had it, the taste is described on the Nutella site as “a unique taste” from the “blend of simple and wholesome ingredients – hazelnuts, sugar, skim milk and a hint of cocoa.”

The deception cited is that Ferrero, the Italian company that makes Nutella, advertises the spread as nutritious.  It does seem like a stretch to call something nutritious when the first ingredient listed is sugar  (followed by palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, reduced minerals whey (milk), lecithin as emulsifier (soy), vanillin: an artificial flavor).  And there are 200 calories per two tablespoons.  The entire complaint is here.

Not familiar with Nutella?  It seems that this European brand is not heavily advertised in the US.  It has a bit of a cult following, as well as a major Facebook presence.  I learned all this from an article in BrandWeek that I stumbled across.  Read the article here.

If you are interested in this area of the law, see if you library has a copy of Advertising and Commercial Speech: A First Amendment Guide.  The title examines the origin, meaning, and legal evolution of the Supreme Court’s commercial speech doctrine, focusing on how this central doctrine’s rights and restrictions affect advertising in nearly 50 industries and professions. 

To order the title, click here or email

Interview with a future librarian: Karen Carter

Karen Carter is an MLIS student at Rutgers University. For the past eight years she worked for the American Psychological Association (APA) doing bibliographic productions and quality assurance for the PsycINFO database. Before that she worked as a professional researcher for a variety of organizations including a crime database, a suicide prevention association, a law firm, and the Department of Education.

Why did you decide to become a librarian? 
I’ve always been interested in librarianship, having actually been accepted to this LIS program the first time 15 years ago. My passion has always been research and librarianship seemed like a terrific field for someone with a constant thirst for knowledge. I took a detour back then and pursued another field, but when I came to APA, I found myself re-exposed to many areas of librarianship – user services, bibliographic production, database and systems management and more — and I actually think that all of that additional exposure served to solidify a foundation for entry into the field at this time. Now, I can combine my earlier passion for research and information with all of the new professional knowledge I have, and I actually think this is an amazing time to enter the field.


What area of librarianship are you most interested in? 
I am most interested in digital libraries and digital archives. Over the last few years I’ve really fallen in love with technology and I think that digital preservation of our resources is one of the most important initiatives we have right now. Also, creating the opportunity for more people to access more information via digital collections is so critical, and I like the idea of being involved with that. I’ve recently started volunteering on a public library digitization project, focusing on the state’s history, and I really enjoy learning the nuts and bolts of what goes in to creating a digital archive.


How do you feel technology has changed the field of librarianship?
Well, certainly technology has been responsible for an exponential growth in access to information. Anyone can get just about anything at the fingertips now, so librarians have to adjust to having changed roles in the lives of users, perhaps changing from the go-to person for information to being a teacher/guide to help people both navigate information sources and use current tools to maximize their information-seeking. This requires librarians to be skilled in technical areas they may not have had to have been before.


How do you think the field of librarianship is changing? How is it staying the same?
Since I’m new to the field, my observations are certainly basic, but it seems that the field is becoming more driven by user needs and preferences that are influenced by technology shifts. And there is greater focus on delivery of services and design of systems that meet those needs. Perhaps there is also more focus on community and collaborative environments, with all of the social media influence on the way we communicate. I would think that the way that it stays the same is that it remains a field focused on service. Whether that service is providing tangible resources to a local community in a bricks-and-mortar location or providing access to information in a virtual environment for scholars scattered across the globe, the profession always remains vital to meeting our knowledge needs in constantly changing times.


What would your dream job be?
My approach to starting my program has been that I’m going to get as much exposure to as many areas as possible to actually discover where my skills are, and then come up with a dream job. But I do dream sometimes of working in a large repository like the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, which has such a diverse and interesting set of collections. Honestly, my dream job is anywhere that provides intellectual stimulation on a daily basis and gives me a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.

Recently, I heard someone suggest that you should recall what you used to answer as a child when someone asked “what do you want to be when you grow up?”, and if you end up going into that field, you’ll probably be happy. Until I heard this, I’d forgotten that sure enough, starting from 7 years old, I used to say I wanted to be a librarian when I grew up. I may have taken a circuitous route to get here,, but when I reflect on that today, I think…”well, how about that?” It feels like I’ve made the right choice.

January 2011 Course Handbook Update

Here are the PLI Course Handbooks that were published during the month of January 2011.

From the Corporate Law & Practice Series

  • Mergers & Acquisitions 2011
  • Project Management for Lawyers 2011
  • Recent Developments in Distressed Debt 2011
  • Secured Transactions 2011: What Lawyers Need to Know About UCC Article 9
  • Securities Products of Insurance Companies 2011
  • Tenth Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe

From the Real Estate Law & Practice Series

  • Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2011

From the Tax Law & Practice Series

  • Taxation of Financial Products and Transactions 2011

Please write if you have any questions or would like to order a title.

PLI Author Samuel C. Thompson, Jr.

 Mergers, Acquisitions & Tender Offers Law and Strategies is a recent PLI treatise title written by Samuel C. Thompson, Jr. More about the title  here, and here.

Recently, he was interviewed about the book.  In the 4.13 minute video clip, he answers.

  1. What does this four-volume treatise cover?
  2. How would you recommend a lawyer use these books? (at 1.22 minutes)
  3. How do you deal with cross-border transactions? (at 2.00 minutes)
  4. Tax is a critical are of M&A for both the book and in your upcoming institute.  What will you cover? (at 3.37 minutes)

 The link to the video is posted on the PLI site.  Or you can watch it below.