Lauren Coatney

Lauren Coatney

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Legal Ethics For New Lawyers: What They Did and Didn’t Teach You In Law School

What do you do when the client lies on the stand? May you represent the sister of your former client in a suit against that client? Law students address these questions during law school. It has been our experience...more

6/17/2014 - Legal Ethics Young Lawyers

Jury Instructions: The Roadmap of Your Case

Just as you should never leave for a trip without a map (or more likely these days, a good GPS), you should never begin preparing a case for a jury without looking at the jury instructions for the claims and defenses pleaded....more

3/11/2014 - Jury Instructions

Change In Parol Evidence Precedent Could Spell Greater Litigation Expense for Businesses

The California Supreme Court’s recent clarification of the fraud exception to the Parol Evidence Rule weakened the effect of contract integration clauses, and may mean lengthier, and more costly, litigation for businesses. ...more

10/22/2013 - Admissibility Contract Formation Evidence Fraud Fraudulent Inducement Legal Costs Parol Evidence

Supreme Court to Hear Important Forum Selection Clause Case

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that could have a big impact on how businesses negotiate contracts containing a forum selection clause. The case, Atlantic Marine Construction Company, Inc. v. J-Crew...more


2013 Civil Procedure Rule Changes At A Glance

I recently wrote an article about several 2013 changes to the California Code of Civil Procedure, and how those changes affect in-house counsel. The importance of understanding these changes, however, is not limited to...more

3/26/2013 - Depositions Discovery Electronically Stored Information Privilege Logs

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