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Balancing Transparency and Secrecy in Class Action Settlements

Companies have the right to protect their trade secrets against public disclosure, while class action members (and the judges who must determine the fairness and adequacy of proposed class action settlements) have the right...more

Dot Your i’s and Cross Your t’s Before Service: It Could Be Worth $2.5 Million

When De Gazelle Group, Inc. sought to use FedEx for service of process of a Saudi Arabian company, Tamaz Trading Establishment, it reliably arrived at the Saudi Arabian post office. In fact, a Tamaz agent, seeking legal...more

Litigation Holds and Spoliation Issues

When the need arises, a litigation hold should be implemented quickly and effectively to avoid the inadvertent destruction or overwriting of potentially responsive data. The time to implement a litigation hold may be when it...more

Current Issues in U.S. Litigation Discussed at Korean CLE Seminar

On April 15, 2016, a select group of Korean patent and intellectual property attorneys convened at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Seoul for a continuing legal education seminar entitled “Current Issues in U.S. Litigation.” The...more

Amendments to the Federal Civil Rules May Carry Unintended Consequences

The overarching goal of the recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure is described in the new text of Rule One – which promotes the “just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action and proceeding.”...more

District Court Grants Indicative Ruling to Vacate Judgment Based on Settlement of the Parties

In this patent infringement action, the parties reported that they had settled their dispute while it was pending before the Federal Circuit. The settlement was contingent upon the district court's granting an indicative...more

Discovery - Oppenheimer’s Half Life Has Long Been Exceeded

As we’ve discussed previously, and as the legal profession is by now well aware, the discovery provisions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were significantly amended effective December 1, 2015. One of the foundational...more

Motion to Dismiss Granted: What Are The Facts?

Order Granting Motion to Dismiss, Bluestone Innovations LLC v. Bulbrite Industries, Inc., Case No. 15-cv-5478 (Judge Phyllis Hamilton) - Before the recent amendment to the Federal Rules abolishing form complaints, it was...more

Amendments to Civil Procedure Rules: Ending Patent Practice of Bludgeoning First and Valuing Later

The Dec 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure call for greater effort on the part of the court and the parties to ensure that the time and expense invested in a case is proportional to value of the case. ...more

Preservation of ESI Under Rule 37(e)

In the short amount of time since the amendment to Rule 37(e) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, courts have confronted the task of applying the parameters of this newly revised Rule. Importantly, in contrast to the...more

3 Best Practices for How a Company Should Go About Selecting a Witness to Testify In Response to a 30(B)(6) Notice

It may appear to be a seemingly mundane task when selecting and preparing an appropriate corporate representative for a “Rule 30(b)(6)” deposition. However, the selection process can present some complex challenges and real...more

IP Newsflash - April 2016 #2

DISTRICT COURT - Expert’s Failure to Disclose Certain Materials Relied upon in Forming Opinion Warrants Mistrial - On February 29, 2016, Judge Robert Payne of the Eastern District of Virginia declared a mistrial as...more

Business Litigation Report - March 2016

How Major Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Will Impact Business Litigation - The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure govern all civil litigation in the federal courts. Recent major amendments to these...more

Testing for Junk Science in the Discovery Process

What is the “Daubert” standard supposed to test? Daubert v Merrill Dow Pharmaceuticals, 509 US 579 (1993). Daubert and the Federal Rule of Evidence 702 are intended to allow the court to act as a gatekeeper in keeping...more

How Major Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Will Impact Business Litigation

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure govern all civil litigation in the federal courts. Recent major amendments to these rules—which became effective December 1, 2015—will impact the scope and cost. The amendments...more

The Scheindlin eDiscovery Legacy

At the end of April, the matriarch of eDiscovery, U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, will step down from the bench. Since her appointment in 1994, Judge Scheindlin has presided over numerous high-profile trials,...more

“We Give Up!”: Supreme Court Strikes Down All E-Discovery Amendments

In a shocking turn of events early this morning, April 1, 2016, the SCOTUS reset the clock to the days before electronic information was made discoverable in courts by striking down all so-called “E-Discovery Amendments” in...more

BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court Declines to Address the Constitutionality of Securities and Exchange Administrative Forum

On March 28, 2016, the Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari review brought by Laurie Bebo, the former CEO of Assisted Living Concepts Inc., who challenged the constitutionality of proceedings conducted in an SEC...more

Another Court Deals with Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions

Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 30(b)(6), corporations must designate a witness to testify about the corporation's knowledge. Surprisingly few courts have reconciled this requirement with the common if not universal role that lawyers...more

New U.S. Supreme Court Class Action Decision

On March 22, 2016, the United States Supreme Court ruled 6-2 that employees can potentially rely on admissible statistical sampling data to establish classwide liability in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, No. 14-1146...more

Amended Rule 26: Protecting Against Competitively Sensitive Disclosures

Hundreds of billions of business e-mails are sent per day. That number may not come as a shock to many, but once a company is involved in litigation, e-discovery can be quite burdensome. Even the mention of the phrase...more

Be Reasonable: What Judges Will Be Looking For When it Comes to Rule 37(e)

In a recent article published by ACEDS, a lively discussion about the recently amended FRCP Rule 37 takes place. It seems that the amendment was written in the wee hours the night before they were presented publicly as a...more

Amended Rule 34: No Boilerplate Objections, but Specificity Remains a Question

Amended in December alongside many other rules in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 34(b)(2)(B) now requires that objections to document requests be stated with “specificity.” The early applications of the amended...more

Insights From FDCC Program On December 2015 Amendments To Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Last week, I attended an excellent program of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel regarding how the December 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are impacting the defense of class actions and...more

Further Assistance to Help Rein In Employee Lawsuits: Key Amendments to Court Rules on Discovery in Litigation

On December 1, 2015, several amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure took effect. While some changes are rather minor, others are expected to have a significant impact on litigation in federal court. Lawyers have...more

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