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The Power of Visuals

As humans, we are innately prone to believe in what we see. Words can sway our opinions, but tangibility provides a certainty and faith that words at times cannot meet. As I was reading through a recent blog by Angie Ballman...more

Cautionary Tale: When a Stipulated Continuance Won’t Save You from Untimeliness

A recent case shows what happened when counsel stipulated to a continuance that took the ruling on a motion to vacate a default judgment past the jurisdictional time limit. It’s the tale of a big win, followed by a crushing...more

Motion GRANTED re Court Reporters’ Page Rates

Government Code Sections 69950 and 69954 regulate page rates an official court reporter may charge for transcripts in California Superior Courts. A lawsuit was brought by attorneys against an independent court reporting firm...more

International Depositions – Should You Attend in Person or Remotely?

International depositions involve several logistical steps which are not a concern when planning depositions in the U.S. One of the issues to address is whether you should attend your overseas deposition in person. Travel...more

Ringing in the New Year While Taking Depositions Abroad

New Year’s is a time of looking ahead with hopes for good things to come, and people wishing each other health, happiness and success in the coming year. Festivities are varied, ranging from church services to fireworks, and...more

New 2016 Law Applies to California Deposition Notices

A new law requires language to be added to Notices of Deposition, AB 1197, effective January 1, 2016, authored by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla. CA CCP 2025.220 now reads as follows with the addition of section (8):...more

Legal Process Management: A Value-Driven Approach

What is Legal Process Management? Legal Process Management applies continuous improvement and change management principles to legal processes, maximizing both the micro- and macro-effects of those changes with the end...more

Prepare Your Expert to Testify: A Checklist

Whenever you have retained an expert witness to testify in your case—whether in deposition or at trial—you need to prepare yourself and the expert. Don’t just sit back and assume that the expert, who many have testified many...more

2015 California Rules of Court – Appeal Transcripts – Court Reporters Do Not Provide “Fee Waivers”

Due to the fact that many civil courtrooms throughout California no longer have court reporters, and attorneys need to bring in a pro tem court reporter for hearings and trials, some of the procedures in regards to filing...more

Courts Reject Protection for Corporate Investigations, but Offer Helpful Guidance: Part II

Last week's Privilege Point described two cases rejecting defendant's protection claims for internal investigations. In each case, the court held that the defendant undertook its investigation in the ordinary course of its...more

Legal Advice Privilege In The Context Of A Regulatory Investigation

In this case report, we consider the decision of the High Court in Property Alliance Group Ltd v The Royal Bank of Scotland plc [2015] EWHC 3187 (Ch) (5 November 2015). In the latest in a series of procedural decisions in...more

Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre – Ranked as Most Improved Institution

Queen Mary University of London has recently released the findings of its sixth annual international arbitration study. Among those findings is the HKIAC’s ranking as the most improved arbitration institution. The top...more

Social Media and Practice: Questions Attorneys Should Ask Now

Social media users number in the billions. Facebook counts over 1.4 billion users, LinkedIn has 347 million members, Instagram has 300 million, Twitter has nearly 290 million, and YouTube reports more than a billion users....more

Handling Difficult Depositions Like a Pro

Depositions are a critical part of any case. For many lawyers, a deposition will be your first time taking testimony or making contemporaneous objections. This can be intimidating, especially if you perceive your opposing...more

Oops! The Court Reporter Didn’t Swear In the Witness

The Court Reporters Board of California periodically receives calls from frazzled court reporters who realize they forgot to swear in the witness, and the deposition had started. I know sometimes when an attorney says, “Let’s...more

Enjoying Local Culture While Taking International Depositions

International travel for your depositions can be exhausting — and not nearly as glamorous as it may seem. However, traveling around the globe to take depositions or other legal proceedings is certainly not without its perks....more

Popular Electronic Discovery Reads on JD Supra

Popular reads focused on electronic discovery and related matters, ICYMI....more

International Depositions and Visa Requirements

When planning international travel, visa requirements can sometimes throw a monkey wrench into the process. This is bad enough when planning a highly anticipated vacation. When planning international travel for business,...more

Expert Witnesses: Who Needs ’Em?

Clients often ask whether retaining an expert witness is necessary in their case. And they are wise to ask, because experts are a critical part of many cases, but not all. As attorneys, we often retain an expert “because we...more

Ediscovery Competency Standard Addressed by California Bar

“Electronic document creation and/or storage, and electronic communications, have become commonplace in modern life…attorneys who handle litigation may not ignore the requirements and obligations of electronic discovery. A...more

Schoolhouse Blues: Ediscovery Courses in Law Schools

With August comes languid heatwaves, leisurely days outdoors and (for many) the looming dread of heading back to school. For students everywhere – and perhaps especially law students­ – the start of a new semester brings new...more

CA Supreme Court Expands Scope of Lawyers’ Statute of Limitations to Non-Legal Malpractice Claims – Confusion Predicted for Law...

In Lee v. Hanley (S220775 – Filed 8/20/2015), the California Supreme Court clarified the meaning of Code of Civil Procedure section 340.6 by holding that its limitations period applies to claims against attorneys “whose...more

Depositions in Croatia

As a party to the Hague Evidence Convention, Croatia requires prior permission from the Croatian Central Authority when taking depositions of Croatian or third-country nationals. Letters of request must be sent to the...more

5 Tips for a Successful International Mobile Videoconference Deposition

Last month a paralegal called Kramm to inquire whether we could set up a Skype-like deposition (mobile videoconference) to depose a witness in Moscow. The attorneys would be in San Diego. The paralegal had questions about the...more

[Webinar] Strategies for Class Action Defense: Four Key Developments - Sept. 9th, 12:00pm EDT

Please join BakerHostetler’s Class Action Defense practice team on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, for an informative Webinar discussing the latest in defense strategies for companies facing class actions. The presenters will...more

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