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Suit Alleging Drug Distributor Was a “Pill Mill” Requires Defense - Why it matters: A Kentucky federal court held that the claimed impact in a suit brought by the West Virginia Attorney General – alleging that...more

Florida High Court Liberally Construes Self-Insured Retention Endorsement

On February 6, 2014, the Florida Supreme Court took a liberal view of self-insured retentions (SIRs) and held that an insured can apply indemnification payments from a third party to satisfy its SIR under a general liability...more

Statute of Repose and Independent Contractor Defense Bar Asbestos Claims in New Jersey

In a unanimous decision, New Jersey’s intermediate appellate court applied the statute of repose and the independent contractor defense and reversed a $1.8 million verdict awarded to the widow of a union asbestos insulator. ...more

Table Saw Lawsuits Allege Injuries Caused by Lack of Adequate Safety Equipment

Despite the existence of technology that could prevent countless injuries caused by table saws, thousands of Americans suffer finger amputations, lacerations, or hospitalizations each years due to accidents caused by table...more

What Litigators Can Learn From Some of the Coolest Graphics in Construction

The ability to make powerful, high-quality trial graphics was extremely limited by the software available in the early 1990s. I was reminded of how far we’ve come in the area of visualization and modeling when I recently had...more

All Answers Remain the Same

A party should use supplemental interrogatories and demands in an efficient and effective manner. They should be sent at least once a year and no later then 90 days before trial. The responses you obtain should direct you...more

Asbestos Alert: OSHA Regulations Held Insufficient as Basis for Expert Opinion that Certain Materials Contained Asbestos

The Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Perini, a general contractor. Plaintiff alleged that he was exposed to asbestos by Perini employees at job locations where construction of...more

Construction Site Accidents

Workman’s compensation is unlikely to cover the expenses that come as a result of a serious injury. If you or someone you know has been unfortunate enough to be injured while on site due to negligence, contact a construction...more

Tarion Overhaul of Major Structural Defect Procedures

Tarion has introduced significant changes to the major structural defect claims process. These changes will affect all condominium projects where the first arm’s length agreement of purchase and sale was signed after July 1,...more

The Document From Hell--AKA The "Privilege Log"

In responding to Requests for Production of documents you have three response choices (1) agree to produce (C.C.P. §2031.220); (2) state that after a diligent search and a reasonable inquiry you have no documents (C.C.P....more

Quoting Shakespeare

Last spring I had the pleasure of taking a tour of the Royal Globe Theatre in London, England. On display there was a plaque titled "Quoting Shakespeare." It brought a smile to my face when I read the passage as I realized...more

How to Find the Best Court Reporting Services in Houston

When looking for court reporting services in Houston, Texas, an attorney has a wide range of options to consider. Do they want to hire a freelance court reporter, or will a larger litigation support firm provide the best...more

The Effective Use of Internet Deposition Streaming Services

When an attorney’s caseload is packed, and they have multiple depositions in different locations on the same day, this technology literally allows a busy attorney to be in two places at the same time....more

Questions To Ask When Selecting a Court Reporting Firm

The role of a court reporter is critical to the success of an attorney's case, both in terms of the accuracy of the transcript and the services they provide. Choose the wrong court reporting firm and you could end up with...more

Increased Demand for Realtime Court Reporting Services

Attorneys are quickly learning that realtime court reporting services can provide them with the ability to represent their clients with the highest level of accuracy and efficiency possible. When combined with any of the...more

INSPECTION DEMANDS-What is a Reasonable Inquiry?

To determine whether or not a responding party has made a reasonable inquiry, you must determine where the responding party searched (what efforts were made), who did they talk to (did they make an inquiry to their legal...more

Advantages of Using an Online Case Repository

It doesn't matter whether you are an attorney, a paralegal or legal secretary...the storage of important legal documents and the ability to access those documents in realtime is critical to your ability to efficiently serve...more

INSPECTION DEMANDS--What is a "Diligent Search"?

Have you ever received a response to requests for production of documents that says: After a diligent search and a reasonable inquiry has been made in an effort to comply with this Request, there are no documents within...more

Standard of Care for Engineers - the Jury Instruction (law note)

I’ve previously talked about the standard of care for design professionals on construction projects. As you should be aware, the standard is reasonableness, not perfection. To illustrate the point, consider a standard...more

Preventing, Treating, and Litigation for Child Sports Injuries

In most cases, accidents that lead to sports injuries are just that—accidents. If you think your child has been injured through someone else’s negligence, however, or that the injury was a deliberate attempt to cause physical...more

Top Keys to Success for New Court Reporters in Texas

When starting out as a court reporter in Texas, what will set you apart from the rest and make you successful? There are several ways to earn recognition in court reporting, some of which require extra effort. The best...more

What Makes a Good Expert Witness in Court Reporting?

A court reporting service will see many types of witnesses in the course of their work, but one specific type is very unique. The expert witness stands apart as the only person allowed to give their opinions on a case...more

Court Reporting Services Help Attorneys Make the Most of Legal Video

Today's court reporting services typically include more than just a stenographer. Lawyers want to document every aspect of the record, so they frequently request a legal videographer to capture witness testimony. However,...more

Can Digital Recording Really Replace Court Reporting?

Aside from being marginally cheaper in the long run, automated systems have no advantages over court reporting services. Stenographers are easily more accurate and efficient than any recording capabilities that exist today....more

Court Reporting and Corporate Contracts

Many corporations have contractual provisions that restrict the company to one particular court reporting service provider. As it stands now, corporations are setting the bar for court reporting costs and standards of service...more

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