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Litigation Strategy: Avoid the “Selfie” – Let the Expert be the Expert

It’s human nature to think we’re the smartest person in the room or at the table. It’s also human nature, and a trap for lawyers, to feel like you have to prove that point in front of the client. It’s a real pitfall, when the...more

No Attorney Disbarment In NJ for Misappropriation of Law Firm Funds

As we are taught in law school, and as some members of the public find hard to believe, attorneys are held to the highest ethical standards. One of the surest ways for an attorney to secure his or her disbarment is to...more

Crime-Fraud Exception to Attorney-Client Privilege – Facebook’s Lawsuit

The crime-fraud exception to attorney-client privilege: As an attorney, you may not anticipate it applying to your emails, your letters or your advice to your client. But even if you never see it coming, your client’s...more

A Judgment Cannot Not Lie Against Attorney Who is a Non Party

In Suarez v. City of Corona, 2014 DJDAR 12101, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided an interesting case concerning the interpretation of California Code of Civil Procedure Section 1038....more

SullCrom Sees Litigation Boom Despite Waning Credit Crisis [Video]

Dec. 11, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Karen Seymour and Rick Pepperman, co-managing partners of the litigation group at Sullivan & Cromwell, talk with Lee Pacchia about the current state of investigations and commercial litigation....more

Friending and Following Jurors: The Ethical Boundaries of Researching Jurors on Social Media

What are the ethical boundaries of an attorney’s internet research of jurors? Before the ubiquity of the internet, an attorney obviously couldn’t walk up to a potential juror in a restaurant and strike up a conversation. But...more

How Well Do You Know Your Ethical Responsibilities Surrounding the Use of Technology-Assisted Review?

Lawyers who fail to comprehend the ethical challenges surrounding the use of technology-assisted review (TAR) may unknowingly damage their clients’ cases and risk sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Therefore, it is...more

Court Reporters and Legal Videographers – using PH.D. or M.D. rather than Dr.

When finalizing a deposition transcript and corresponding with law firm clients, I believe it is a best practice to use a person’s credentials, i.e., M.D., Ph.D., behind their name, rather than the title of “Dr.” before their...more

How This Investment Firm Hopes to Revolutionize Litigation in America [Video]

Oct. 30, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Ralph Sutton, Chief Investment Officer at Bentham IMF, talks with Lee Pacchia about the business of funding small to medium-sized plaintiffs in commercial and patent litigation around the world....more

Blog: Should Attorneys Be Paid for Litigating Their Fee Requests? Supreme Court to Decide if Fee Defense Is a ‘Cost of Doing...

In a decision that will have profound implications for insolvency professionals of all types, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision that Section 330 of the U.S....more

September 2014: Trial Practice Update

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Evidence on Hearsay Issues. The federal hearsay rules will undergo amendments later this year to (1) expand the scope of prior consistent statements such that they can be admitted as...more

Audits and Appeals: A Routine Cost of Doing Business with Medicare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has unleashed an alphabet of auditors to identify overpayments. These auditors are armed with the authority to conduct pre-payment reviews, and post-payment audits, as well as...more

Court Rules That Settlement Term Sheet Is Not Worth The Paper It’s Written On

Judge Amy J. St. Eve of the Northern District of Illinois recently held that a purported settlement agreement in a putative class action filed by Craftwood Lumber Co. against Interline Brands, Inc. was not enforceable. See...more

Coordinate Your Discovery Methods

Often you can use more than one discovery method to get the same facts or evidence. You can take a pick-and-choose approach to your methodology, or better yet, use a coordinated approach that aims multiple discovery methods...more

Committee CLE Program Offers Unique Perspective "From the Inside Out"

At the April 2014 ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference, the Appellate Practice Committee presented a novel program on oral advocacy. The program presented a mock argument based on a real U.S. Supreme Court case from...more

PTAB Threatens Sanctions for Unauthorized E-mails

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., et al. v. Black Hills Media, LLC - Addressing a patent owner’s unauthorized e-mail arguing for additional discovery and the petitioner’s likewise unauthorized responsive e-mail, an...more

Lawyer's Duty to Preserve Social Media Evidence

Lawyers must take “appropriate” steps to preserve their clients’ potentially relevant and discoverable social media evidence. That is the key take-away from an ethics opinion recently issued by the Philadelphia Bar...more

Lower Word Limits for Briefs?

A proposed change to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure would lower the word limit for principal appellate briefs from 14,000 to 12,500 words and for reply briefs from 7,000 to 6,250 words (hat tip to Emil Kiehne at the...more

Delaware Supreme Court Rules That Privileged Documents Must Be Produced To Shareholders Investigating Corporate Misconduct

The Delaware Supreme Court recently held that, in certain circumstances, shareholders may be able to obtain access to privileged, internal documents in order to investigate potential breaches of fiduciary duty. In Wal-Mart...more

Court Reporters and Legal Videographers – Beware of Address Searches on the Internet

Filling out an appearance page for a deposition or court transcript takes time and concentration. Everything has to be correct. Getting an attorney’s card is the best way to ensure you have the correct information, but as...more

Exaggeration of Counsel’s Class Action Experience Draws Rule 11 Sanction

New York District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin found class counsel’s allegation that they were experienced and competent was false because they could not provide any case in which they were certified as class counsel or...more

Are The Wheels of Justice as Speedy as Portrayed on the Good Wife?

It is 8 o’clock A.M., Alicia Florrick, star attorney on the “Good Wife,” a weekly television legal drama, meets a potential corporate client who within minutes retains her firm’s services. By 12 o’clock P.M. Noon, Alicia and...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds Protection of Attorney Client Privilege in Internal Investigations Conducted Pursuant to Regulatory Mandate

In a widely anticipated decision, today, the D.C. Circuit granted a writ of mandamus and vacated a district court order requiring the production of a company's internal investigation documents presumed to be protected by the...more

Motion for Leave to File Billing Statements Under Seal Denied Where Billing Descriptions Were Not Protected by the Attorney-Client...

Plaintiffs filed a motion to permit them to file an affidavit, along with billing documents, under seal. The affidavit, along with its exhibits, was forty-seven pages in length. In the motion, the Plaintiffs contend that "the...more

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

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