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Judges Examine Key Differences between U.S. and European E-Discovery

Exterro’s inFusion `15 user conference kicked off with a fascinating keynote on the differences between e-discovery laws in the U.S. and Europe. What made the discussion so interesting was that it featured two judges with a...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

Seeking Injunctive Relief: How Irreparable Harm Has Been Analyzed in Federal and State Courts

One of the most important considerations New Jersey practitioners encounter when seeking injunctive relief is where to file: state (Chancery Division) versus federal (district) court. In non-emergent complex litigation, this...more

Second Circuit Rules Court Approval or USDOL Supervision of Settlements Required in FLSA Suits

On August 7, 2015, the Second Circuit ruled that suits brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) cannot be resolved privately and require approval of a federal court or supervision by the U.S. Department of Labor...more

DC Circuit reaffirms confidentiality of internal investigation communications

For the second time in 14 months, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has taken the extraordinary step of issuing a writ of mandamus to stop a federal district court from requiring a federal government contractor to...more

Show & Tell: Second Circuit Holds FLSA Bars Private Settlements

As we have noted in previous posts (most recently, here), courts have been paying increasingly close attention to the terms of FLSA settlements and, on occasion, refusing to approve agreements. Some parties have responded to...more

Seventh Circuit Channels the Fugitive in Chastising Marshals Service

Ordinarily, a civil plaintiff must make his own arrangements to serve the defendant. But under Rule 4(c)(3) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the district court “may order that service be made by a United States...more

Get to Know the E-Discovery Changes to the FRCP

Five years ago, a group of judges and legal professionals comprising the Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee met at Duke University to begin the discussion of potential e-discovery rule changes to the Federal Rules of...more

Seventh Circuit Overrules Damasco: Holds That Offer Of Judgment Does Not Moot Individual Or Class Claims

On August 6, 2015, in Chapman v. First Index, Inc., Nos. 14-2773 & 14-2774 (7th Cir. Aug. 6, 2015), the Seventh Circuit reversed course and overruled its prior holding in Damasco v. Clearwire Corp., 662 F.3d 891 (7th Cir....more

Using Severance Under Rule 21 To Preserve Removal Jurisdiction

A recent pelvic mesh case in the District of Maryland, Sullivan v. Calvert Memorial Hospital, No. PJM 14-118, Memorandum Opinion (D. Md. July 30, 2015), offers an interesting and useful take on federal jurisdiction when...more

E-Discovery Update: Nonresponsive Attachments – In or Out?

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure state that "[p]arties may obtain discovery regarding any nonprivileged matter that is relevant to any party's claim or defense." Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(1) (emphasis added). In electronic...more

Be Very Careful If You Are Instructing Your Clients Not To Answer Questions At A Deposition

In an (unpublished) Order last week in Griggs v. Bittersweet Farms, LLC, Judge McGuire ruled that Plaintiffs' counsel's instruction to his client not to answer certain deposition questions was improper. He granted a Motion...more

District Court Strikes "Shotgun Complaint" That Incorporated Allegations by Reference in Each Count

Lanard Toys Limited ("Lanard") filed a patent infringement action against Toys "R" US. Lanard subsequently filed a four-count Amended Complaint and Demand for Trial by Jury, both of which were filed in the United States...more

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Adopts “Primary Beneficiary Test” and Provides Guidance on the Unpaid Intern Question

On July 2, 2015, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued significant pro-employer decisions in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures (Nos. 13-4478-cv, 13-4481-cv) (“Fox”) and Wang v. Hearst Corp. (No. 13-4480-cv) (“Hearst”)...more

Changes to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Effective December 1, 2015

Numerous amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure will come into effect on December 1, 2015. The amendments are to Rules 1, 4, 16, 26, 30, 31, 33, 34, 37, 55 and 84. These amendments will have a variety of effects...more

Court Conflicted over Rule 26 in Light of Complex ESI Retrieval (Nebraska)

ACI Worldwide Corp. v. Mastercard Tech., LLC., 2015 WL 4249760 (D. Neb. July 13, 2015) - In this intellectual property case, a discovery dispute arose over the plaintiff’s request for ESI and the risk and burden such...more

TCPA Connect - July 2015

SPECIAL FOCUS: FCC Issues Long Awaited TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order - On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order (Ruling) addressing 21 petitions...more

Comprehensive Ruling on Personal Jurisdiction and Transfer Issues Offers Cautions and Gems for In-house Counsel and Trial Lawyers

In a 46-page order, Judge Timothy Batten denied a motion to dismiss under FRCP 12(b)(2) and (3) for lack of personal jurisdiction and improper venue, or in the alternative to transfer venue brought by OMsignal, Inc....more

Its Time for the Supreme Court to Decide if state anti-SLAPP Statutes Apply in Federal Court

Growing disagreement among federal courts over whether state anti-SLAPP statutes apply in federal court makes clear that the Supreme Court is going to have to resolve this issue. The DC Circuit created a circuit split when...more

New York Court Narrowly Construes “Final Judgment” Language In Fraud Exclusion: Does Your D&O Policy Protect You Through An...

The New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department’s June 23 decision in Dupree v. Scottsdale Ins. Co., Case No. 653412-11, highlights the importance of negotiating favorable language in a fraud exclusion, a...more

Patent Pending: The Outlook for Patent Legislation in the 114th Congress

The field of patent law is in a state of flux. Just four years after the America Invents Act (“AIA”) went into effect, Congress is taking up the issue once again, this time seeking to pass legislation to curb abusive patent...more

Class Actions with Uninjured Class Members Face Congressional and U.S. Supreme Court Scrutiny

Circumscribing an individual’s power to subject companies to class and collective actions has been on the forefront of corporate litigation for several years, particularly in light of the growing trend of class action...more

Employment Law - July 2015

The Impact of National Same-Sex Marriage for Employers - Why it matters: How will employers feel the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges? The landmark ruling that the Fourteenth...more

Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc. - USCA, Second Circuit, July 2, 2015

Second Circuit vacates district court's ruling that unpaid interns who worked on film Black Swan and at Fox's corporate offices should have been classified as employees and thus entitled to minimum-wage and overtime pay,...more

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words: Video Recording an Accident Demonstration

One of the more frustrating aspects of defending power tool cases occurs during the deposition of the plaintiff – at the point where he attempts to describe in minute detail how his accident happened. Then, at trial, just...more

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