MCC Interactive - Digging Deeper With Westlaw

Friday, December 1, 2006 - 00:00

Craig Miller,

Thomson West

This month's issue of Metropolitan Corporate Counsel focuses on legal issues arising in connection with the white-hot growth of the Chinese economy and also provides extensive coverage and commentary on other headline-dominating topics. Craig Miller, vice president and general manager, Corporate Division, Thomson West, recommends that current Westlaw subscribers dig deeper into these issues through direct links to Westlaw databases from Metropolitan Corporate Counsel 's Web site, www.metrocorpcounsel.com.

As competition between companies vying for Chinese business increases, corporate counsel should be especially aware of the Global Competition and Antitrust database, which combines relevant materials from several Westlaw databases, including cases, legislation, treaties, journals and law reviews from multiple international jurisdictions, including China, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

To monitor news, politics and trends in China, Westlaw users may access several searchable databases of critical news publications, including China News, a key source for general, business, political and cultural news; China Daily, which provides daily news from Beijing; and China Post, which was the first English-language newspaper in Taiwan. The Far East Newspapers database covers news sources from many locations across East Asia and can help put research in a broader context.

To keep up with legal trends in the region, Westlaw users may access the Singapore Year Book of International Law database (formerly known as the Singapore Journal of International and Comparative Law), which contains in-depth articles discussing international law, comparative law and legal issues affecting the countries of East Asia and the Pacific Rim.

Westlaw offers many resources for researching specific legal topics in relation to doing business with China. The interview on page 59 outlines the current intellectual property law system in China. Through Westlaw, users may support IP research with the Chinese Patent Abstracts in English database, which contains bibliographic information, as well as English-language titles and abstracts, for all patents published in the People's Republic of China since the opening of the Chinese Patent Office in April 1985.

The articles on pages 63, 65, 66 and 68-69 examine merger and acquisitions activity in China. While Westlaw researchers may access all major M&A publications online, many may be of particular interest to corporate counsel at companies doing business in China, including the Interfax China IT & Telecom Report database, which covers operations of corporations, joint ventures, new projects, statistics, tenders, industrial policies and regulations and market activity related to the computer, telecommunications and information technology industries in China.

Closer to home, the interview on page 44 provides an overview of potential immigration reforms, while the article on page 43 focuses on I-9s and that on page 45 focuses attention on concerns about the H-1B visa cap. The article on page 13 offers insight into the escalation of antitrust cases in the health care industry. Westlaw offers numerous resources for corporate counsel on this topic, including the full text of Health Care and Antitrust Law by John J. Miles. This treatise analyzes the antitrust issues affecting health care providers, gives a comprehensive overview of general antitrust principles, and details how they apply to different health care industry segments. Additionally, the Federal Antitrust and Trade Regulation-Combined Antitrust and Trade Regulation Materials database combines statutes, regulations, case law, documents from the Federal Trade Commission and other resources to provide corporate counsel with crucial legal information.

Readers of the articles on compliance on pages 28, 30, 31 and 32 can use Westlaw to find a wealth of information on this hot topic. A few examples include a searchable, full-text database of The Sarbanes-Oxley Deskbook, hailed as "the bible for securities lawyers" by Fortune magazine; the complete text of Executive Compensation, an overview of the law related to such policies and programs; Harold Bloomenthal's complete analysis of the act in Sarbanes-Oxley Act in Perspective; and Corporate Governance-U.S. Bill Tracking, which provides summaries and status information concerning current federal regulations related to corporate governance.

Finally, as the case load volume grows along with the impact of these issues on corporate counsel, it is important to remember that all the over 30,000 Westlaw databases, including those listed above, are fully integrated into ProLaw for Corporate Legal Departments (www.prolaw.com), a special practice management solution from Thomson Elite designed for the unique needs of corporate counsel.

For information on becoming a Westlaw subscriber, please visit west.thomson.com or call Mary Sheehy at 1-800-328-WEST, ext. 82347. Visit www.metrocorpcounsel.com to access the live links in this article and more.