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Best Practices for Attorneys re the Court Reporter at Hearings

In many county courthouses throughout California, Friday is law and motion day. Every hour a new calendar is called by the judge with approximately 10 matters. Attorneys will hire a court reporter to report their hearing if...more

Redacting Confidential Portions – After the Fact

A recent blog highlighted the benefit of designating confidential portions to be redacted while at the deposition. Portions designated as such are redacted at no cost. So, depending on the size of the case and the extent of...more

Is Your Client Prepared?

Depositions are commonplace for litigation attorneys; however, we may sometimes forget that they are not routine for our clients. Many times our clients have never given a deposition. Even if a client has been deposed once...more

Third Circuit Rejects Class Certification for Widener Law Grads

A panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals refused to allow class certification for a group of Widener University School of Law Graduates who allege that the law school inflated postgraduate employment rate statistics in...more

My Class Action Checklist

For a number of years now, I have enjoyed successfully resolving complex class action matters. The cases are challenging, the counsel astute and the results rewarding....more

Only 105 Days Until E-Discovery Day! It’s Never Too Early to Start Planning How You’ll Celebrate

One of the main themes that came out of Exterro's 2016 Judges Survey was that e-discovery competency was significantly lacking amongst attorneys and other e-discovery practitioners. As one attorney put it, “Litigators tend to...more

Voicemail Message Without Express Statement It Was From Debt Collector Did Not Violate FDCPA, Ninth Circuit Rules

A debt collection law firm did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by leaving a voicemail message for the plaintiff that identified the law firm but did not expressly state that the law firm was a debt...more

Third Circuit Remands "Meaningful Attorney Involvement" Decision

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has vacated the district court's decision in Bock v. Pressler & Pressler, LLP in which the district court ruled that a debt collection law firm violated the Fair Debt Collection...more

Third Circuit Remands “Meaningful Attorney Review” FDCPA Decision with Instruction to Consider Article III Standing Under Spokeo,...

The Supreme Court’s ruling in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (U.S. May 16, 2016), continues to have a substantial impact on federal courts, especially with respect to alleged statutory violations of the Fair Debt...more

Relativity Certifications—Helping You Learn the Lingo

For Relativity gurus, making sense of kCura’s certification system is likely no sweat. However, for ediscovery outsiders or legal/IT professionals new to Relativity, all of the classes, tests and designations are a bit...more

District Court: CFPB May Hold Law Firm Owners Individually Liable for Alleged Violations

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin ruled on July 20, 2016, that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) may hold the owners of two law firms offering debt relief services liable for alleged...more

Soaking up the Ediscovery Sun: Ing3nious NorCal 2016

This past week, I had the opportunity to attend the Ing3nious NorCal Retreat on Ediscovery and Information Governance in the beautiful Pacific coast town of Half Moon Bay, California. This event signified the fifth...more

The Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter - Recent Developments in Risk Management - June 2016

Disqualification — Substantially Related Matters — Waiver of Conflict by Lack of Diligence in Seeking Disqualification - State of Minnesota, et al v. 3M Company, Hennepin County (Minn.), Court File No. 27-CV-10-28862...more

[Webinar] Ethics - Confidentiality Issues Re: Attorney Client Privilege and Information - June 8th, 12:00pm CT

Confusion surrounds the attorney-client privilege. Many think they have it when they do not and even if they do, they fail to appreciate how easy it is to lose. In either case, not enough attention is paid to the possibility...more

Seven Tips for Newly Licensed Court Reporters

I have the privilege of working with newly licensed San Diego California Certified Shorthand Reporters. I am extremely proud of their writing ability and the fact they are not scared to learn and use the sophisticated...more

Experts Ordered to Produce Draft Reports Exchanged with Other Experts

In this patent infringement action, the plaintiff, BRP, alleged three counts of patent infringement against Arctic Cat concerning snowmobile frame construction and snowmobile rider positioning. BRP alleged patent infringement...more

Do We Want the CFPB to Regulate the Practice of Law?

On April 25, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) entered into a Consent Order with a New Jersey debt collection law firm, Pressler & Pressler, LLP, and two of its managing partners, Sheldon H. Pressler, and...more

Court Reporters - What is an Oral Reply?

In certain jurisdictions and cases, attorneys hire court reporters to report an oral reply. In my experience, oral replies are typically used in union grievances especially in employment matters. The court reporter is hired...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Questions Ethics of “Friending” a Litigation Foe

Attorneys often research adverse parties online to obtain potentially useful—and publicly available—evidence for use in a case. But, as an ethical matter, may an attorney access information available only through an...more

Workers' Comp Plaintiff Attorneys Might Be Getting a Bigger Payday in Florida

On April 20, 2016, the 1st District Court of Appeals fired the most significant shot in years at controversial attorney fee restrictions in Florida. In 2003, the Florida State Workers' Compensation Statute placed strict...more

Tracking and Releasing Litigation Holds

Notifying potential custodians and implementing a litigation hold plan are both very important steps at the very beginning of a lawsuit. But often neglected is what to do with the preserved information once the need to keep...more

The Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter - Recent Developments in Risk Management - March 2016

Motion to Withdraw — Meaning of Requirement to "Diligently Attempt" to Locate the Client: Caveman Foods, LLC v. Ann Payne's Caveman Foods, LLC, Civ. No. 2:12-1112 WBS DAD - Risk Management Issue: When a lawyer or law...more

Court Reporters and Legal Videographers – What is the Witness’ Name?

Court reporters have the responsibility of getting the names of deponents, witnesses in court, and attorneys. It might be surprising, but getting the spelling of a witness’ name can be challenging....more

Court Of Chancery Limits Attorney Charging Lien

An “attorney charging lien” allows an attorney to recover compensation for his services from a fund recovered with his assistance....more

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

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