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Challenging Psychological Tests in Litigation – The Value and Limitations of The MCMI-III™

The Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory III (“MCMI-III”™) is a popular assessment tool used by clinical psychologists, that has been in use since approximately 1977. This instrument has been the subject of many articles and...more

Should You Save Something for Your Closing?

Although it may be tempting to cover everything during cross-examination, there are situations in which it’s better to save something for your closing argument. In fact, it’s a time-honored rule among some litigators to...more

A Roadmap for Summary Judgment in Alberta

In Hryniak v. Mauldin (Hryniak), the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) opened the door for courts to grant summary judgment whenever the record provides “the evidence required to fairly and justly adjudicate the dispute[.]” In...more

Know When to Cross-examine and Know When to Pass

There’s a time-honored “rule” that, if a witness hasn’t hurt your client’s case, don’t cross-examine the witness, just stay seated. But whether this injunction makes sense depends on the strength of your case and the...more

No Observations Permitted on Your Own Witness - Seagate Tech. (US) Holdings, Inc. et al. v. Enova Tech. Corp.

Citing both substantive and procedural reasons, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) ruled that a party was not entitled to present observations concerning the cross-examination...more

Product Liability Update - October 2015

Massachusetts Federal Court Holds Proof of Testing of Proposed Alternative Design Not Required in Design Defect Claim, Evidence Plaintiff Ignored Defendant’s Warnings Did Not Establish He Was Sole Proximate Cause of Injury on...more

Rolling the Dice on Foreign Depositions in IPR Proceedings

In litigation, it is not uncommon for depositions to be taken outside the United States, particularly when a given witness resides outside the United States and cannot or does not wish to travel to the United States. In IPR...more

T.J. Simers Discrimination Trial: Has He Folded Under Questioning?

T.J. Simers was in the hot seat for most of this week, being cross-examined by the attorneys for his former employer, the Los Angeles Times. News coverage of the trial has been a little sparse, but here’s what I’ve got...more

The “Opening the Door” Fallacy

It is a popular fallacy that if testimony is given on a subject during direct examination, this will “open the door” to unrestricted cross-examination about that matter; making evidence admissible that would otherwise be...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Reinforces the Standard for Detailed and Complete Expert Disclosures and Clarifies the...

Massachusetts has made much ado about expert disclosures in recent years, even going so far as to implement the still “newish” Superior Court Rule 30B, which requires experts to sign party disclosures of the facts, opinions...more

PTAB Eases Restrictions on Submitting Observations on Cross Examination for Your Own Witness

When a party submits declaration testimony and the opposing party is not entitled to another brief, “observations on cross-examination” are the opposing party’s mechanism for introducing declaration testimony from that...more

August 2015: Trial Practice Update

Use of Video Testimony at Trial. There’s an old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words, and a newer saying that a video is worth a thousand pictures. In our experience, this is especially true in jury trials, where...more

US Supreme Court Holds that Student’s Statement to Teacher can be Admitted at Trial

The U.S. Supreme Court (the “Court”) recently issued a unanimous decision as to whether or not prosecutors could introduce statements at trial when a child is not available for cross examination. The Court’s decision has...more

Question Everything…Except the Witness - Tips on Maintaining Impartiality From R. v. Crawford, 2015 ABCA 175

On a frigid January night, Mr. Crawford was along for the ride when one of his companions—fuelled by alcohol and jealous suspicion, and armed with a completely ineffectual pellet gun—decided to steal a vehicle. Mr. Crawford...more

After Claim Construction, District Court Allows Opposing Experts to Testify to Different Definitions of "Using" At Trial and the...

The parties filed opposing motions against each side's expert witness over a dispute between the parties as to what the word "use" means. In its Markman order, the district court had construed the term "Internet Protocol...more

The Art of the Blind Cross-Examination: 8 Tips for When You Don’t Know the Answers

While watching her father cross-examine a witness in To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout Finch invokes the first rule of cross-examination that most lawyers—Atticus Finch included—learn: “Never, never, never, on cross-examination...more

12 Must-Do Tasks Before Cross-Examination

Few attorneys have the time or budget to do detailed preparation for cross-examination of every witness. And even if the budget makes it possible, time spent on other aspects of trial preparation will force counsel to take...more

No Early Peek of Cross-Examination Documents - TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. v. Trading Techs. Int’l, Inc.

Addressing patent owner’s challenge to the accuracy of the translation of a foreign language reference that was relied upon in a petition for covered business method (CBM) review, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s...more

Keep Cross-Examination Short (Unless You Shouldn’t)

A successful evangelist once said about his sermons: “Nobody ever got religion after the first twenty minutes.” His time estimate may be wrong, but every evangelist and trial attorney has wrestled with the short attention...more

Due Process Requires the Right to Cross-Examine a Workers' Compensation Applicant

On January 29, 2015, the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, ordered the publication of Ogden Entertainment Services v. WCAB (Ritzhoff), (B254082), previously a non-certified opinion that issued on December 31, 2014....more

Don’t Ask my Client to Explain my Legal Contentions!

Barry P. Goldberg regularly sees young or inexperienced lawyers attempt to cross examine plaintiffs essentially about the attorney’s legal contentions in the lawsuit. It gets confusing when the cross examiner asks for...more

American Arbitration Association – Consumer Arbitration Rules – Who Pays for the Court Reporter?

Even for binding arbitrations, a record of the proceedings may be important for the attorneys and the arbitrator, especially when there are many witnesses and the subject matter is complex. Having computers or tablets with...more

Motion for Observation Must Follow Guidelines

Medtronic, Inc. v. NuVasive, Inc. - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) dismissed a patent owner’s improper motions for observation, agreeing with the petitioner that the...more

No Cross-Examination of Expert at the Close of Evidence

A.C. Dispensing Equipment Inc. v. Prince Castle LLC - Addressing the appropriate timing of cross-examination of expert witnesses in an inter partes review (IPR), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and...more

Board Declines to Limit Cross Examination

In International Business Machines Corporation v. Intellectual Ventures II LLC, IPR2014-00587, Paper 27 (November 28, 2014), the Board declined to limit the scope of the patent owner’s cross-examination of petitioner’s...more

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