Amazon has dipped its toe in the travel industry before. The company launched “Amazon Destinations” in 2015 for customers to book hotel rooms in popular U.S. getaways, like Napa Valley and the Hamptons. But it shut the service down the same year, after failing to gain traction in a crowded field of online agencies. … [Read more...] about Alexa, how can I fly to Mumbai?
Smart online travel assistant
Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) are expected to introduce a new version of their energy efficiency legislation (S. 1392) this week. The measure will incorporate a series of at least ten bipartisan amendments, many of which have already been vetted by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. It remains unclear when, or even whether, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will bring it to the floor, though there is renewed interest in addressing the energy efficiency issue in both the Senate and the House. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved January 28 similar bipartisan legislation (H.R. 2126) from Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT) and David McKinley (R-WV). … [Read more...] about Energy and Environmental Law Update – February 24, 2014
Sigman is an outlier, as they say in the statistical world, in both his involvement with and enthusiastic endorsement of social networks. But the two ends of the continuum of opinion about social networking can be seen in the statistics he rattles off. Five- or six-figure payoffs ain’t hay, many lawyers would say. But take in the effort to keep up with 2,000 or so contacts, and your yearly harvest divides down to between $10 and $50 per contact, others might argue. … [Read more...] about Social Promotion
• In New Jersey, Ronald Ottaviano’s company offered a debt elimination plan that purported to draw money from a secret bank account maintained by the U.S. Treasury in each citizen’s name. Potential customers were told that these fabricated accounts were set up to allow the government to borrow against each citizen’s earnings, and that individuals who file the right papers can gain access to the accounts. After his own employees turned him in, Ottaviano defended himself against charges of fraud, money laundering and tax evasion. He told the court that he didn’t believe he was subject to U.S. taxes. … [Read more...] about ‘Sovereign citizens’ plaster courts with bogus legal filings–and some turn to violence
Another term for specialization is finding a niche. A niche practice is key to Freelance Lawyer 2.0 for several reasons. But two that come to mind immediately are efficiency and marketing. On the efficiency front, having a niche practice means that a lawyer is dealing with a relatively small number of issues in a familiar domain in a repeatable fashion. As noted above, this is far more efficient than learning a new domain or even type of matter from scratch as many general practitioners do. … [Read more...] about On-demand lawyering is our future: What will it look like?