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Enablement: Multiple Measurement Methods Can Lead to the Same Result - Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. v. Covidien, Inc.

Addressing the issues of indefiniteness and non-infringement for both utility and design patents, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed and vacated in part the district court’s grant of summary judgment...more

You’ve Got Mail! But Can You Get It Into Evidence?

With the advent of electronic discovery, emails and web pages are now common and fertile areas of discovery. However, until its 2014-2015 term, the Rhode Island Supreme Court had not addressed the means by which emails and...more

Be Thoughtful In Your Rule 30(b)(6) Deposition Preparation to Avoid The Threat of Sanctions

Failing to adequately prepare a corporate witness for his or her 30(b)(6) deposition can have serious consequences. In fact, courts treat an unprepared 30(b)(6) witness as a witness who simply never bothered to show up for...more

Reducing Your Company’s Exposure to Trade Secret Litigation when Key Employees Come and Go

THE NIGHTMARE SCENARIO - Within the span of two weeks, Mr. Smith and Mr. Wilson, two top managers from your $2 billion corporation, resign. Both managers had complete, unfettered access to your corporation’s trade...more

The Apex Doctrine: Protect Your Corporate Executives From Harassment

Because few cases proceed to trial, discovery and, more specifically, depositions are the focal point in most civil litigation. The permissible scope of discovery is usually very broad – permitting a party to discover...more

3rd District Issues Favorable Decision Regarding Plaintiff's Discovery of Defendant's Work Product

In Seaboard Marine Ltd. v. Clark, 40 Fla. Law Weekly D2164 (Fla. 3d DCA Sept. 16, 2015) (copy attached), the Third held that the trial court erred in compelling the defendant to produce 91 relevant post-accident photographs....more

SEC Proposed to Amend Rules Governing its Administrative Proceedings

On September 24, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed to amend rules governing its administrative proceedings. Key changes to the SEC’s rules of practice include: adjustment of timing of the...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

Indiana Tax Court Reverses Property Tax Ruling Based on Assessor’s “Trial by Ambush”

Even in a small claims proceeding, the Indiana Board of Tax Review must “uphold the fundamental tenet of our judicial system that neither party be subjected to a trial by ambush.” In RJK Trust v. LaPorte County Assessor...more

Proven Strategies For Handling Difficult Deposition Questions

When we prepare 30(b)(6) corporate representatives and executives for their depositions, they are often fearful that the questioning attorney will try to trick them into admitting something that is not entirely accurate. They...more

Discovery Rules Continue to Evolve for Cases Involving Social Media

Your social media content is not only susceptible to hacking; it’s also susceptible to disclosure requests from civil litigants (see our Sept. 14 blog post for more details) and even prosecutors without your consent if they...more

“That’s [Not] Privileged”: A Corporation’s Duty to Prepare a 30(b)(6) Witness Includes Sharing Knowledge of Legal Counsel

When a company is noticed for a deposition, it has a duty to prepare its witnesses to fully and unevasively answer questions about the designated subject matters. Companies may not realize, though, that the preparation must...more

KBR And Maintaining Privilege Throughout Investigations

Last month, for the second time, the D.C. Circuit in In re Kellogg Brown & Root Inc., No. 14-5319, slip op. (D.C. Cir. Aug. 11, 2015), granted a writ of mandamus sought by KBR and vacated a series of district court orders...more

US Courts Affirm Expansive Discovery Under 28 U.S.C. § 1782

International litigants continue to rely on 28 U.S.C. § 1782 in disputes with US-based parties. While the statute was considered relatively obscure not long ago, it is now an important and frequently-used tool to obtain...more

Turf Wars: District Court Permits Expert to Use Replicas of Athletic Fields in Front of Jury

The plaintiffs, Fieldturf USA and Tarkett Inc. (collectively, "Fieldturf") filed a patent infringement action against Astroturf LLC ("Astroturf"). In defense, Astroturf intended to present expert testimony on anticipation...more

Facebook Cited in One Third of Divorce Cases

A major UK newspaper recently reported that Facebook is cited in one third of divorce filings. Facebook and other social media provide a treasure trove of information, from geo-tagging locations to proving connections between...more

28 U.S.C. § 1782: A Powerful Tool in Global Disputes

As the number and complexity of cross-border and multi-jurisdictional disputes increase, companies can use 28 U.S.C. § 1782 to obtain evidence from U.S.-based entities for use in those foreign proceedings. Specifically, §...more

Back to School: A Primer on Cross-Border Discovery Issues

In September, the Sedona Conference released its latest publication on e-discovery matters, Practical In-House Approaches for Cross-Border Discovery & Data Protection, for public comment. The publication addresses a number of...more

"Inside the Courts: Sweeping Changes Proposed to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure"

Significant amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure submitted to Congress in April 2015 could change discovery practices in securities litigation before the end of this year. Absent legislation to reject, modify or...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Summer 2015

28 U.S.C. § 1782: A Powerful Tool in Global Disputes - As the number and complexity of cross-border and multi-jurisdictional disputes increase, companies can use 28 U.S.C. § 1782 to obtain evidence from U.S.-based...more

D.C. Circuit Reinforces Attorney-Client Privilege Applicable to Internal Investigations

On August 11, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District Court of Columbia issued a decision of importance to all companies that seek to maintain privilege with respect to internal investigations. The D.C....more

California Supreme Court to Decide Whether (And When) PAGA Plaintiffs Can Compel Discovery of Other Employees’ Contact Information

The California Supreme Court has granted review of the appellate court decision in Williams v. Superior Court to answer the following question: Is the plaintiff in a representative action under the Private Attorneys General...more

Alleging Fraud in a Financial Crisis: The Second Circuit Articulates a Less Stringent Pleading Standard for Loss Causation

Loss causation has emerged as a central obstacle to post-financial-crisis fraud cases. The loss causation element of a fraud claim requires plaintiffs to show, in addition to detrimental reliance, that the facts or...more

Incoming! 5 Ways to Prepare for Discovery Requests

Your discovery plan shouldn’t be all about what you’re requesting from the other side—it should also anticipate and prepare for the discovery you expect to receive. Here are five things to do before discovery requests...more

Federal court in Florida provides helpful case study in insurance “choice of law” tactics

The Southern District of Florida recently issued an opinion that addresses some rarely discussed nuances of insurance choice of law disputes. Sun Capital Partners, Inc. v. Twin City Fire Ins. Co., No. 12-CV-81397, 2015 WL...more

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