Ex-Parte Communications

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Recent Nevada Opinion: Retroactivity Rules and Ex-Parte Communication With Treating Physicians Prohibited

On July 10, 2014, the Supreme Court of Nevada published Leavitt v. Siems, 130 Nev. Adv. Op. 54 (2014), which addressed issues related to expert testimony. This case provides two important takeaways: (1) the basic legal...more

Communicating With Putative Class Members in Complex Employment Litigation

In the early stages of an employment class or collective action, employers and their counsel often are eager to contact putative class members. For example, defense counsel may wish to interview putative class members in...more

Washington State Supreme Court Limits Attorney-Client Privilege for Healthcare-Provider Corporations

In a major decision that affects healthcare-provider corporations, the Washington State Supreme Court significantly limited attorneys’ ability to engage in privileged conversations with the provider corporation’s employed...more

Ex Parte Contacts

In Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in Black Hills Media, LLC, IPR2014-00717 Papers 6 and 7, IPR2014-00735, Papers 8 and 9 (July 10, 2014), the patent owner sent an improper email to the Board. In response, the petitioner send...more

Lawyers and Social Media: Ethical Considerations, Problems and Pitfalls

Social media provides an extraordinary means not only to communicate and share information, but also to obtain information that may lead to incriminating, exculpatory and impeachment evidence for use in discovery and at...more

Reinsurance Redux - Winter 2014

In This Issue: - New York District Court Grants Summary Judgment for Reinsurer Where Insured’s Loss Did Not Reach Attachment Point Necessary to Trigger Coverage: The United States District Court for the Southern...more

PA Tax Law News -- December 2013: Board of Finance and Revenue Changes Awaited

As this issue went to press we awaited official announcement of the Governor’s two nominees, and the State Treasurer’s designee, to the Board of Finance and Revenue. The Board was reconstituted by Act 52 of 2013 (see article...more

Reinsurance Newsletter - December 2013

Recent Case Summaries - Michigan Federal Court Enjoins Arbitration Proceeding Because of Possible Misconduct - Star Ins. Co. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co., No. 13-13807, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130379 (E.D. Mich....more

PA Board of Finance and Revenue Reconstituted as Independent Tax Tribunal

Effective April 1, 2014, Pennsylvania’s Board of Finance and Revenue will be reconstituted with independent voting members and other improved procedures. (HB 465) This is a change we and many other practitioners, as well as...more

Top 5 Ediscovery Case Summaries – June 2013: Texas - Mere Facebook Friendship Does Not Amount to Impartiality by Judge

Youkers v. State, 2013 WL 2077196 (Tex. App.—Dallas May 15, 2013). In this appeal of an assault conviction, the defendant argued that a Facebook friendship and Facebook communications between the trial judge and the...more

Changes Ahead For The Texas Railroad Commission?

The Texas Railroad Commission is going through the Sunset review required every 10 years for all state agencies. If approved, the pending legislation (House Bill 2166) would...more

Ethics Advisory Panel Concludes that Ex Parte Communications with Adversary’s Former Employee Are Permitted in Rhode Island

In January, Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly identified the Most Important Decisions of 2012. Among the featured decisions was the Rhode Island Supreme Court Ethics Advisory Panel’s Opinion No. 2012-02, a decision that adds yet...more

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