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Ice Cream and Talking Pictures: Brandeis on Patents

Louis D. Brandeis took his seat on the bench of the United States Supreme Court for the first time on Monday, October 9, 1916. That opening day of the new term included the swearing in of Associate Justice John H. Clark and...more

Former Tax Court Judge Kroupa Is Back in the News

As reported in my April 2016 blog post, former U.S. Tax Court judge Diane Kroupa and her husband, Robert E. Fackler, were indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, tax evasion, making and subscribing a...more

Employment Law - August 2016

Arbitrator or Judge? California Supreme Court Weighs in - Why it matters - Yet again, the California Supreme Court considered arbitration in the context of an employment agreement, this time reflecting on whether a...more

Judge Should Consider Constitutionality of a Dedication Requirement, Not the Jury

Every year or so, a new appellate court decision comes out addressing the proper role of the judge versus the jury on some certain eminent domain issue. Most recently, a trial court, appellate court and the California Supreme...more

See You in the Funny Papers: Exterro E-Discovery Comic Anthology

Since James Gillray, English printmaker and the father of the political cartoon, started lampooning the French Revolution, King George III of England, and other figures of his time, editorial cartoons have continued to take...more

Turns Out the Second Circuit . . . Uh, Heh Heh . . . Tossed Gibson Dunn for a Very Good Reason

So yesterday I wrote about the seemingly wrongheaded decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to strike Gibson Dunn’s appearance from Lynn Tilton’s case in that court. Its apparent issue was that Judge...more

Second Circuit Tosses Gibson Dunn from Lynn Tilton’s Case for Some Reason or Another

You may know about Lynn Tilton’s fight with the SEC, which has accused (link is external) the Patriarch Partners chief of defrauding her investors. The SEC brought its case in administrative court (link is external), which...more

Your "Limited Appearance" in the Business Court May Not Be As Limited As You Think

The attorney for the Plaintiff in Foster Biodevice, LLC v. Cantrell. 2016 NCBC 51 said that he was only making a limited appearance, but the Business Court (through new Business Court Judge Robinson, in his first Opinion for...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - July 2016

State Department Increases Penalties for Arms Export Control Act Violations - On June 7, the U.S. Department of State announced the implementation of “catch-up” adjustments to the maximum civil monetary penalties (CMPs)...more

Another Period: Trial by Idiot

The sophomore season of Another Period is now in full swing with last night’s episode having quite a bit of fun with the judiciary.  If you haven’t already caught this gem of a comedy, it is an American period sitcom spoofing...more

So Misunderstood: E-Discovery Hits Adolescence

I don't know anyone who wants to go back to middle-school. The name says it all: it's the no-man's-land of age groups, stuck between the innocent bliss of childhood and the rat race of adulthood. People expect you to act like...more

Social Links: Livestreaming goes mainstream; social-media-use guidance for judges; three years in jail for trolling?

Facebook signs more than $50 million worth of deals with media firms and celebrities to create videos for its live-streaming service....more

Arbitration and the Courts – A Question of Balance

Lord Thomas has delivered a speech calling for the relationship between arbitration and the courts in England and Wales to be rebalanced. This has elicited strong responses from prominent members of the arbitration community,...more

Running Into A Brick Wall Who Wears A Black Robe: Tips For Trying A Case Before A Hostile Judge

For trial lawyers, hostile adversaries are par for the course. But judges are supposed to be irreproachably impartial, right? That is, after all, the very cornerstone of our judicial system. So when you find yourself trying...more

USPTO Throws in the Towel in Dispute With Federal Judge

In an earlier post, we discussed at length the curious case of The Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama and Paul W. Bryant, Jr. v. Houndstooth Mafia Enterprises LLC et al. Surprisingly, this dispute came to an...more

Something in the Water: Flint Judge Disqualifies Himself and Staff as Theoretical Plaintiffs

In late April, U.S. District Court Judge Mark A. Goldsmith, in Concerned Pastors for Social Action, et al. v. Nick A. Kouri, et al., FlintRiverissued an interesting Order Regarding Disqualification. During an April 6, 2016...more

IP Roundtable With Chief Judge Saris

The Boston Bar Association and the Boston Patent Law Association will be hosting Chief Judge Saris of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts at their upcoming IP Roundtable event. The event is...more

Federal Judge vs. TTAB – Trademark Battle over Bear Bryant’s Houndstooth Hat

The case of The Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama and Paul W. Bryant, Jr. v. Houndstooth Mafia Enterprises LLC et al. showcases an unusual clash between a federal judge and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board...more

Like Santa Claus, the IRS Keeps a List of Who Has Been Naughty or Nice: It Is the Time of Year When the IRS’s Naughty List Gets...

Every year, around the April 15 individual tax return filing deadline, a story appears in the press highlighting the tax woes of famous people. The Government undoubtedly issues these press releases to encourage taxpayers to...more

After Settlement, District Court Declines to Vacate Sanctions Order Requested by Joint Motion from All Parties

After all parties agreed to settle the case, the parties jointly moved to vacate a sanctions order. The district court declined to vacate the sanctions order, even though plaintiff's counsel had apparently complied with the...more

Who is Merrick Garland and What Does His Nomination Mean for Labor and Employment Law?

A month after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, President Obama has appointed Merrick B. Garland to fill the High Court vacancy. Judge Garland currently is Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Writing Briefs for Judges Who Read on Screens

Even lawyers don’t generate as much paper as they used to. That doesn’t mean our tendency to use too many words has diminished. It simply means that nearly everything we write and read is now done electronically. From...more

Mass Torts Made Perfectly Convivial - the Sequel

A little over four years ago we reported on our visit to the Mass Torts Made Perfect conference in Philadelphia. MTMP is a plaintiff lawyer organization. Every year it conducts a conference in Las Vegas, where plaintiff...more

Genius like Churchill: Improving the E-Discovery Process in 2016 with Technology

Winston Churchill said, “True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain and conflicting information.” So we here at Exterro took his advice concerning our recently released 2nd Annual Judges Survey where,...more

Spotlight on Business Courts

The New York Commercial Division celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015. In the last 20 years, we have watched the creation and development of business courts or commercial courts within state-trial-court civil systems. The...more

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