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Summary Judgment Is No Dress Rehearsal

The standard for summary judgment is neither novel nor new. Most of us can recite it from memory: Summary judgment is warranted “if the movant shows that there is no genuine dispute as to any material fact and the movant is...more

Board Gives Refresher Course on Objecting to Evidence

In Mitsubishi Plastics, Inc. v. Celgard, LLC, IPR2014-00524, Paper 17, )October 15, 2014), the Board gave a refresher course on objecting to evidence supporting a Petition. ...more

Supreme Court Oral Argument in Dart Cherokee Basin v. Owens

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument this week in Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co. v. Owens, No. 13-719. This case involves whether a defendant must provide evidence with its notice of removal under the Class Action...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC18960 - State v. Carrion - SC18960 Concurrence - State v. Carrion - Who knows the Whelan Exception to the Rule of Hearsay? You don’t? I’m sure you’re not alone. Now known more appropriately as the Connecticut...more

Facebook and IMs Provide Key Evidence to Prosecutors in Criminal Cases

Two recent events demonstrate how prosecutors are increasingly turning to other forms of electronic information to construct their cases. First, Francisco R. Legaspi, now 61, who had been a fugitive for the past 22 years, was...more

Mehedi v. 2057161 Ontario Inc.: Motion to Re-Open Case in Light of New Facts to Be Brought in Superior Court

A Superior Court judgment is upheld by the Court of Appeal. The unsuccessful party then moves to re-open the case and introduce new evidence in light of having discovered new facts. Should the motion in this respect be...more

New Commercial Division Rule Seeks to Streamline Privilege Log Requirements for Litigants

Effective September 2, 2014, the New York Supreme Court implemented a major change to the Commercial Division rules governing privilege logs submitted during the course of litigation. (See New York Supreme Court,...more

E-Discovery - Nevada U.S. District Court's Special Master's Report and Recommendations: Failure to Preserve ESI, Litigation Holds

Small v. University Medical Center of Southern Nevada arises out of an employment law dispute. The court appointed a special master who found that the defendant medical center failed to preserve a considerable body of...more

Missing Transmittal Envelope Was Not The Intentional Spoliation Of Evidence Justifying Indiana Tax Court’s Dismissal Of Income Tax...

An Indiana gambler lost another hand in the latest ruling by the Tax Court on his continuing discovery disputes with the Indiana Department of Revenue. On September 18th the Court denied Nick Popovich’s motion for default...more

You Aren't Entitled to "Original" Corporate Records When Making A Shareholder Inspection Request

When is the last time that you needed an "original" document for a trial? Maybe never. The Rules of Evidence permit the admissibility of "duplicates."...more

Trade Secret Plaintiff Goes Three Rounds, Takes a Beating

Last week, New York attorney Douglas R. Dollinger asked the Honorable Vince Chhabria of the Northern District of California to reconsider an order sanctioning Dollinger and his client to the tune of $93,365.92 in monetary...more

Don’t Let Debt Collectors Bully You Into a Bad Deal

The other day I had a trial against a junk debt buyer that ended in a directed verdict in favor of my client. This means that the court found that the junk debt buyer had put forth so little evidence that it was unnecessary...more

Supreme Court to Answer Question of Whether Evidence Is Required for Removal to Federal Court

Is "a short and plain statement" of the grounds for removal sufficient to remove a case to federal court? Or must a defendant supply admissible evidence in its notice of removal to prove amount in controversy? The Supreme...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: September 2014 #2

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Parol Evidence: trial court erred by considering extrinsic evidence to determine parties’ intent because contract for sale of property that provided certain prior deposits be paid to seller as...more

Be Ready to Oppose Motions in Limine

In limine motions are a great litigation tool—they get evidence admitted or excluded before it’s even offered. You’ve probably been advised to use them whenever appropriate. But opposing counsel also will have received this...more

Ever Heard of Implied Hearsay?

Most of us think about hearsay in connection with facts that are expressly stated. But an out-of-court statement that’s offered to prove the truth of the facts implied by the statement is also hearsay and inadmissible unless...more

Law Enforcement Must Preserve Police Camera Video Known to be "Potentially Useful" to the Defense

Court faults officers for failing to preserve video footage and orders charges dismissed - Overview: The Court of Appeal held in a published case that officers violated a defendant’s due process rights by failing to...more

Social Media Defies Traditional Evidence Collection and Review Techniques

Traditional e-discovery collection tools are not designed to work with social media, and manual techniques are too time consuming to be workable, as a plaintiff learned in a recent wrongful termination case, Stallings v. City...more

Kappos v. Hyatt Applies Broadly to Raising New Issues in District Court Actions

Troy v. Samson Mfg. Corp. - Addressing the scope of permissible new issues and evidence admissible in 35 U.S.C. § 146 district court proceedings, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded a...more

Circuit Court Finds Failure to Provide Sufficient Evidence, Affirms Denial of Sanctions (Ohio)

Automated Solutions Corp. v. Paragon Data Sys., Inc., 2014 WL 2869286 (6th Cir. June 25, 2014). In this copyright infringement case, the plaintiff appealed a lower court’s ruling that denied the spoliation sanctions...more

No Surprises At Hearing; Demonstratives Must Only Contain Evidence of Record

In TriVascular, Inc. v. Shaun Samuels, IPR2013-00493, Paper 39 (September 2, 2014) the Board sustained a number of objections to the patent owner’s demonstrative exhibits....more

Though Destruction of Evidence was Egregious, Lesser Sanctions Ordered (New York)

Hawley v. Mphasis Corp., 2014 WL 3610946 (S.D.N.Y. July 22, 2014). In this employment discrimination case, the plaintiff moved for sanctions due to defendant’s alleged discovery violations. The plaintiff claimed that...more

Spoliation of Evidence in Texas: The Supreme Court Speaks

The advancement of technology, the preservation of electronic evidence, and concerns over imposing sanctions when discoverable electronic evidence is lost as a result of routine business, spurred the Texas Supreme Court to...more

You have to Object to Exclude

In K40 Electronics, LLC v. Escort Inc., IPR2013-00203, Paper 46 (August 27, 2014), the Board denied the patent owner’s motion to exclude. The Board first review the proper procedure for objecting to, and moving to exclude,...more

Evidence Code § 1151 – Evidence of Subsequent Remedial Measures Following Shopping Center Robberies

Carl McIntyre, et al. v. The Colonies-Pacific, LLC California Court Of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (July 31, 2014) California Evidence Code § 1151 excludes evidence at trial of a defendant’s subsequent...more

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