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CFPB Sanctions Midland Funding – What it Means for your Arizona Debt Collection Case

Recently I wrote about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) sanctioning Midland Funding and its sister companies Midland Credit Management, Asset Acceptance, and parent company Encore Capital. After a thorough...more

The “Opening the Door” Fallacy

It is a popular fallacy that if testimony is given on a subject during direct examination, this will “open the door” to unrestricted cross-examination about that matter; making evidence admissible that would otherwise be...more

IP Newsflash - October 2015

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Federal Circuit Remands Case For New Damages Trial in Design Patent Case - On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, the Federal Circuit remanded a case for a new damages trial in a design patent...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19359 - Persels & Associates, LLC v. Banking Commissioner - Noting that it has generally been the policy of the Courts to defer to the Legislature, especially as to the...more

PTAB Finds Copyright Notice is Inadmissible Hearsay – Denies Petition for IPR

Different panels of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board have, for the most part, agreed with each other on many of the key issues that arise in inter partes review proceedings. There are, however, instances of disagreement and...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19203 - Tilcon Connecticut, Inc. v. Commissioner of Environmental Protection - Applicant sought a water diversion permit for some of its quarries for water used in its rock...more

Burr Commentary: Third District Court of Appeal Adds to List of Solutions to Prior Servicer Business Records Issue

In Bank of America, N.A., v. Delgado, et al., 3D13-910 (Fla. 3d DCA May 6, 2015) the Third District Court of Appeal offered some relief to banks and loan servicers still reeling from the effects of Hunter v. Aurora Loan...more

Use of Customer Survey Data Upheld in Hotel Franchise Terminations

In most cases, courts and state legislatures have made it more difficult for franchisors to terminate franchise agreements. However, one federal court in New York recently upheld the use of negative guest satisfaction surveys...more

April 2015: Trial Practice Update

Admissibility of Third Party Postings on Social Media Pages. This article focuses on whether statements posted by a third party on a person’s Facebook “wall” or similar social media page are admissible for their truth...more

See You In Court - April 2015

The almost-interminable winter was finally over, and Peter Principal saw a significant uptick in the number of suspensions for offenses ranging from horseplay to assault. To make things worse, many of the students had their...more

CONGRATULATIONS YOU NOW OWN THE LOAN! – CAN YOU ENFORCE IT?: A Recent Florida Court’s Potentially Huge Impact on Buyers of...

Perhaps nothing can be as frustrating for a purchaser of a commercial loan than being prohibited in court from enforcing the loan. It is well established law in both federal and state courts in California and throughout most...more

Business Litigation Report -- September 2014

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..The Supreme Court Revisits Patent Eligible Subject Matter in Alice v. CLS Bank - Practice Area Notes: ..International Arbitration Update ..Trial Practice...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

September 2014: Trial Practice Update

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Evidence on Hearsay Issues. The federal hearsay rules will undergo amendments later this year to (1) expand the scope of prior consistent statements such that they can be admitted as...more

Judge Posner’s suggestion in his concurrence in U.S. v. Boyce to rewrite the hearsay rule and its exceptions is generating a lot...

Judge Posner in the 7th Circuit, widely regarded as one of the more thoughtful judges, believes that “the ‘hearsay rule’ is too complex as well as being archaic.” In U.S. v. Boyce, Boyce was convicted of being a felon in...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

California Supreme Court: No Special Rules to Authenticate Red-Light-Camera Evidence; Evidence Is Not Hearsay

In a unanimous decision published yesterday,camera the California Supreme Court concluded that the evidence generated by an automated traffic enforcement system (ATES) was adequately authenticated by the testimony of a city...more

The Hearsay Rule Matters In Calif. PUC Proceedings

On Feb. 5, 2014, the California Court of Appeal for the First District issued its decision in The Utility Reform Network v. Public Utilities Commission (TURN v. PUC), in which the court established a clear rule that hearsay...more

Hearsay Statements Increase an Employer’s Risk in California

In reversing summary judgment for an employer in an age discrimination case, the California Court of Appeal extended the statement against interest exception to the hearsay rule set forth in California Evidence Code section...more

The Hearsay Rule Matters in California Public Utilities Commission Proceedings

Just last week, the California Court of Appeal issued its decision in The Utility Reform Network v. Public Utilities Commission (TURN v. PUC), in which the Court established a clear rule that hearsay evidence in-and-of-itself...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Hear Due Process Challenge to Liquor License Revocation

Our previews of the latest additions to the Illinois Supreme Court's civil docket continue with WISAM 1, d/b/a Sheridan Liquors v. Illinois Liquor Control Commission, an unpublished decision from the Third District Appellate...more

Plaintiff May Not Use Social Security Disability Determination To Prove Disability In Personal Injury Case

A New Jersey Appellate Division Court holds that the plaintiffs were precluded from utilizing a Social Security Administration disability determination in a personal injury action. ...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Weeks Ending August 30 & September 6, 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES - ILAN NIEUCHOWICZ & SASHA FUNK GRANAI - Hearsay/Business Records Exception: court erred in considering testimony given by Association’s new management company concerning amounts owed to...more

The Admissibility of Opinions Contained in Public Records

The outcome of civil litigation often hinges upon the ability of litigants to rely upon or exclude public records and reports and, in particular, opinions contained in them. Federal Rule of Evidence 803(8) (“Rule 803(8)” or...more

Keys to Winning Your Case with Midland Funding- Understanding the Hearsay Rule

Being sued by Midland Funding – or any junk debt buyer for that matter – can be a scary experience. The big stack of documents dropped off by the process server look official and you may be thinking to yourself that there is...more

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