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In Front, Inc. v. Khalil, NY Court of Appeals refuses to extend absolute immunity from defamation claims accorded litigation...

Answering the open question of whether pre-litigation communications by attorneys are entitled to the same absolute privilege from defamation claims as litigation communications, the Court of Appeals has just held that they...more

If It’s Important, Don’t Put It in a Footnote - Cisco Sys., Inc. v. C-Cation Techs.

In a decision recently designated as “informative” and addressing the issue of using footnotes to cite to a 200-plus-page declaration to support conclusory statements in an inter partes (IPR) review petition, the Patent Trial...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Fiduciary Duty Claim Against Former Counsel

In a few weeks’ time over at Appellate Strategist’s sister blog, the Illinois Supreme Court Review, we’ll address the question of just how rare it is to get an unpublished decision – what we in Illinois call a Rule 23 order –...more

LegalTech 2015 — Not so much collaboration, cooperation or transparency

I attended LegalTech 2015 this year in New York. It was a great seminar and another well done project by ALM. One wrinkle, though....more

Firm Disqualified Because Preliminary Injunction Is “Directly Adverse” to Another Client - Celgard, LLC v. LG Chem, Ltd.

Disqualifying Celgard’s appellate counsel due to a conflict of interest, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in a non-precedential opinion, found that Celgard’s preliminary injunction preventing LG Chem from...more

A Reminder From the Seventh Circuit on the Importance of Creating a Record

When the court makes an evidentiary ruling off the record, it is required to enter on the record an explanation of the reasoning behind its decision. See, e.g., United States v. Nolan, 910 F.2d 1553, 1559 (7th Cir. 1990); 28...more

California Attorneys Were Shocked – You May Not Cite Rough Draft Transcripts

At a recent presentation to attorneys and paralegals, I pulled up a slide that referenced California CCP 2025.540(b). I asked the audience, “Does anyone ever cite to a rough draft transcript in court for a motion or hearing,...more

Do we lawyers really know it all? What about the “ focus group ?”

Trying a business case to a jury presents unique and sometimes difficult challenges. As commercial litigators, we’re trained to develop the facts (or the parties’ versions thereof), research the applicable law, and, most...more

Practicing in the Western District of Virginia CLE

I attended a very informative and enjoyable CLE yesterday regarding practicing in the Western District of Virginia and section 1983 cases. The CLE was put on by the Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association. Judge Dillon,...more

District Court Holds Plaintiff and Plaintiff's Attorneys Jointly and Severally Liable for Attorney's Fees and Costs After Finding...

After trial, HTC Corporation and HTC America, Inc. ("HTC") filed a motion seeking to recover attorney fees and costs from plaintiff's attorneys as well as from plaintiff Intellect Wireless, Inc. ("IW"). IW withdrew its...more

Post award correction of attorney fees award by arbitrator is reversed

In Cooper v. Lavely Singer Professional Corp., 2014 DJDAR 13272, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District ruled that a post-hearing substantive “correction” of a “Final Award” of attorney fees awarded...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Scope of Accountant-Client Privilege in Will Contests

Last week, the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral argument in Brunton v. Kruger.  Brunton involves the scope of the accountant-client privilege – specifically, what happens to that privilege after the client dies, and how the...more

Implied Waiver of Privilege in Internal Investigations: Barko Court Compels Production of Internal Investigation Documents, Again

On November 20, 2014, the District Court for the District of Columbia once again ordered Kellogg, Brown and Root (“KBR”) to produce all documents prepared as part of an internal investigation.  The District Court’s decision...more

Public Entities Can Inadvertently Waive Privilege in Response to a Public Records Act Request

California’s Public Records Act (PRA) law requires public entities to make their public records open for inspection and copying. Environmental practitioners often use PRA requests as a tool to obtain information regarding a...more

Chief Justices Rose and Marion Take Office

Two Texas intermediate appellate courts have begun the new year under new leadership from judges whom the voters elevated from other positions on those courts. Jeff Rose (pictured) has taken the oath as Chief Justice of...more

Legal Writing: Speak Freely (But Plainly, Please!)

“This petition . . . ask[s] this Court to unmistakably clarify, to the whole patent community, that its Mayo/Biosig/Alice decisions (“3 decisions”) ended the claim construction anomaly hampering especially ET CIs – but meet,...more

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

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