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"But we have a solid legal case, right?"

Business people with legal disputes often expect that when their legal position is very strong, litigating it to victory should be relatively quick and painless. That’s often not the case, however, as illustrated by a recent...more

Arbitration Clauses Under Attack – Do They Harm Consumers?

Arbitration clauses are a common feature in a large part of my business litigation practice. They are generally enforceable under both federal and state statutes (e.g., the Federal Arbitration Act and the Tennessee Uniform...more

Written Objections to Summary Judgment Evidence are Preserved for Appeal

On August 10, 2015, Governor Brown signed SB 470, codifying the holding in Reid v. Google, Inc. (2010) 50 Cal.4th 512, that evidentiary objections on motions for summary judgment are preserved on appeal whether or not the...more

Inside The New Complex Business Litigation Program For The New Jersey Superior Court

After years and years of discussion and debate, the New Jersey Supreme Court, by Order of Chief Justice Rabner, has implemented a state-wide Complex Business Litigation Program (the “Program”) designed to address the...more

Finally, We’re Back to “Put Up, or Shut Up”

My clients who have defended against meritless claims over the last few years know why this is important. The Tennessee Supreme Court has finally restored the traditional summary judgment standard making it easier for these...more

Can I Get My Legal Fees Back for Having to Defend This Case?

One of the most common questions I get from my clients is whether they can recover their legal expenses for having to defend a meritless case. The short answer is that in most cases, no. That may seem unfair, especially...more

Important Changes in Litigating Oil and Gas Cases in Federal Court: What the 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules Mean for Oil and...

Many oil and gas disputes are litigated in federal court. In recent years, federal litigation has undergone significant changes in discovery practices and rules. For example, with the increase in electronically stored...more

Ballplayers Don’t Fear the Clock; Should a Plaintiff?

Quiz: How is baseball not like litigation? Plaintiffs who fail to pay attention to the clock that is the statute of limitations end up as just more detritus littering courtrooms everywhere. See Ranchero Esperanza. Ltd. v....more

No Privacy in Pocket-Dialing

Most of us are aware of the increased risk of identity theft caused by the exponential growth of digital communications. But have we stopped to consider how the ease of communication we have today has significantly decreased...more

À-la-carte litigation – new options on the menu. Short and Flexible Trials pilot schemes, and the dedicated Financial List

The English High Court recently announced a set of initiatives for the improved management of certain cases in the courts dealing primarily with business disputes: the Chancery Division (incorporating the Companies Court and...more

Litigating With - And At - The SEC

Last year, the Enforcement Division of the SEC announced its intention to bring more enforcement actions in its own administrative forum rather than in federal court. The authors describe these administrative proceedings...more

Business Dispute Navigation

“Business dispute navigation” — what is it? “WINNING” Many American lawyers — inside and outside counsel alike — tend to divide the world into those who “litigate” and those who don’t. The term “litigation”...more

Zillow Case Shows Danger of Unprotected Trade Secrets During Business Negotiations

As I mentioned in a prior post on real estate investment vehicles’ use of intellectual property, the real estate industry is not immune from legal disputes arising from that “other” type of property: intellectual property –...more

Attorney-Client Privilege Might Die With Your Company

If you have ever been involved in litigation relating to a defunct company, then you know that problems such as who will serve as the Rule 30(b)(6) representative and who will verify the answers to interrogatories or provide...more

Paths to Dispute Resolution [Video]

In order to understand the best approach to solving a business dispute, counsel must understand the client's business objectives. A need to win at all costs will drive one particular strategy, while a need to resolve the...more

Supreme Court Confirms Limited Scope Of The Fair Dealing Covenant

This is another decision that confirms that the implied covenant that the parties will act in good faith and deal fairly with one another is not available to expand the parties’ contract rights. ...more

New NC Business Court tweak in the works

A new Senate Bill making a further update to defining a mandatory complex business case for referral to the Business Court was filed and has begun to move. Senate Bill 435 sponsored by Bob Rucho and Tamara Barringer who you...more

Minimizing the Litigation Risk with Mediation

Litigation is defined in numerous dictionaries in various ways. One definition is “The legal process of spending a lot of time, effort and money in court proceedings which may or may not resolve a dispute between two or more...more

Using the Economic Loss Rule to Your Client's Benefit

All lawyers can benefit from having a toolbox of general legal knowledge with which to frame a case to their client's advantage. For business attorneys the economic loss rule is a particularly useful tool. At its...more

If You Are Proceeding Pro Se In The Business Court It Is Best Not To Be Defiant

It's probably never a good idea to proceed without a lawyer in any Court, but if you are a non-lawyer and insist on proceeding pro se in the Business Court, don't be defiant and obnoxious.  You will not like the result....more

Tennessee Establishes Business Court

On March 16, 2015, the Tennessee Supreme Court established the Davidson County Business Court (“Business Court”), a pilot project to meet the litigation needs of existing and future businesses in the State....more

Dispute Resolution Clause in Settlement Agreement Supersedes the Underlying Agreement

Monde Petroleum SA v Westernzagros Ltd [2015] EWHC 67 (Comm) - In 2006, WesternZagros Ltd (WZL), an oil and gas company incorporated in Cyprus, entered into a consultancy agreement with Monde Petroleum SA (Monde), a...more

Third Circuit Affirms MillerCoors Victory in Wholesaler Contract Dispute

On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued its opinion in Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Co. v. MillerCoors LLC, No. 14-1008 (3d Cir. 2015), finding in favor of MillerCoors LLC...more

Stop Asking The Business Court To Overrule An Order Of Another Business Court Judge

I don't know why lawyers keep trying to get Business Court Judges to overrule decisions by one of their predecessors. It is just not going to happen, as illustrated (yet again) by Judge Bledsoe's decision in County of...more

No Competitors In My Backyard?

In Paradise Lost, John Milton wrote that “easy is the descent into Hell, for it is paved with good intentions.” A modern environmental lawyer might say that the road to waste, inefficiency, and obstruction is paved with good...more

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