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Size Up Your Adversary

When it comes to litigating a case, your client’s objectives are only half the story. If you want to gain an advantage, you’ll also need to successfully assess your adversary’s goals, capabilities, and willingness to fight. ...more

Out of Cite, Out of Mind: Preserving Off-the-Record Objections

As we have discussed many times in this blog, one of the fundamental rules of appellate practice is if something is not in the record, it did not happen. For that reason, it is important to try to eliminate arguments held...more

From Timeouts To Tantrums – What Two Rounds Of The Terrible Twos Taught Me As A Trial Lawyer

Reflecting on skills learned through parenting children through the “Terrible Twos,” I realized the skills I have acquired in dealing with a difficult two-year old often come in handy when dealing with troublesome opposing...more

Litigating In New York: The Choice Between State and Federal Court

I am often asked by clients who have decided to file a legal action whether they should file in state or federal court. The question invariably brings to mind an old law school professor who once lectured us: "When you...more

Another Example of Using Big Data to Improve Odds of Winning in Court

Back in February, I wrote a post on The The Early Days of Legal Analytics. It discussed some of the innovations at Lex Machina, a legal start-up that uses Big Data to value contested patents and develop a litigation strategy...more

Litigation Alert: "Make Sure Your Expert Addresses Alternative Causes, or You May Get a Terrible Post-Trial Surprise"

Testimony from a well credentialed expert played a key role for the winning side in a jury trial. Indeed, the opposition did not even object to the admissibility of this key expert’s testimony....more

“Common” Defense No Bar to Removal in Preemption Case

We’re not law professors. We don’t typically read opinions with an eye to where they fit (or don’t) in some grand jurisprudential scheme. We’re litigators, so we read opinions with an eye to whether they can help our...more

Protecting the Identity of Your LLC Members & LP Partners in Litigation, Part II: Strategies for Discovery

You want to protect the identity of your business’ owners, but your opponent issued discovery requesting a copy of your organizational chart and/or information on the identities of your LLC members or LP partners. You are...more

There’s Always Time for a Second Opinion

The litigation process is full of variables and, no matter how strong a party’s case might be, going to trial is rarely a sure thing. There is also a tendency for counsel and clients to be overconfident in their assessments...more

Must a Company Reveal Trade Secrets to Prove Trade Secret Theft

When you learn a former employee has stolen your trade secrets to take them across the street to benefit a competitor, your quickest remedy is to sue him and try to shut him down through an injunction. Oftentimes, the new...more

Get and Keep Your Jury’s Attention with Dynamic Evidence Presentation

When you’re in trial, your goal is to provide the jury with the information they need to make an informed decision and also to prove to them that your point of view is correct. What you don’t want is for the jury’s attention...more

Finding the Earliest and Least Expensive Exit From Financial Services Class Actions

Effectively responding to class litigation doesn’t necessarily mean simply preparing an answer or perfunctory motion to dismiss, diving headlong into class discovery, investing in full-fledged combat on the merits of the...more

Keep Cross-Examination Short (Unless You Shouldn’t)

A successful evangelist once said about his sermons: “Nobody ever got religion after the first twenty minutes.” His time estimate may be wrong, but every evangelist and trial attorney has wrestled with the short attention...more

Update: Finding the Earliest and Least Expensive Exit from Financial Services Class Actions

In this Newsletter: - Gather The Facts And Assess The Risk Up Front. - If The Class Action Is Filed In State Court, Think Strategically About Whether To Remove. - Invest Time, Effort And Resources In...more

Proving Inherent Anticipation – Make or Break Your Case With Expert Testimony

Anticipation is a basic concept in patent law. On its face the concept is simple—if a single prior art reference teaches every element of a claim in the proper context, then the claim is not patentable, i.e., it is...more

Of Courtroom Capers, Sanctions, and Squeezed Babies…

A lawyer friend Brian occasionally mentions the idea of "innocently" placing a colorful bag on his table during an opposing lawyer's final argument. I don't think he's ever done it, but the goal is to distract the jury while...more

Protecting the Identity of Your LLC Members & LP Partners in Litigation, Part I: Motions to Remand

The situation is familiar: You represent a LLC or LP and file suit in state court to avoid disclosing the identity of your members/partners. But then the identity of those members/partners becomes an issue when the defendant...more

To Remove or Not to Remove in Massachusetts?

I frequently am asked whether a company sued in Massachusetts state court would be better off in federal court. Despite the common perception that defendants in any state are always better off in federal court, there has...more

Legal Ethics and Social Media: What Pre-Litigation Advice May an Attorney Provide to His or Her Client?

When meeting with your client about a matter that will likely result in litigation, what advice can you give your client about privacy settings and removal of information from social media in the pre-litigation setting? The...more

Make the Most of Your Mediation: Seal the Deal

It sometimes happens that, despite the best efforts of all participants, negotiations grind to a stubborn halt and disappointment sets in. Before packing your bags, ask yourself these five questions. Your answer might be just...more

Taking Control of Class Actions From the Beginning

Growing up a Yankee fan, I hated Wade Boggs, the third baseman for the Boston Red Sox. (Never mind for the moment that Boggs later played for the Yankees.) Boggs controlled the tone of the game because he controlled the...more

Wearable Technology: A Perfect Fit For Litigation [Video]

It has been said that technology made large populations possible and that large populations now make technology indispensable. The words of Joseph Wood Krutch, written in 1959, could not be more relevant today. ...more

IP Newsflash - February 2015 #2

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Federal Circuit Declines to Extend Patent Exhaustion Doctrine - In a February 10, 2015 decision, the Federal Circuit reversed a grant of summary judgment of non-infringement under the...more

To Remove or Not To Remove?

When the Class Action Fairness Act was passed ten years ago, many businesses breathed a collective sigh of relief. No longer would the plaintiffs' bar be able to keep their cases in certain magnet jurisdictions (a/k/a...more

Knowing When to Stop: the Fine Line between Renewing Your Objection at Trial and Waiver

To preserve an issue for appellate review while at trial, is it acceptable to rely on a standing objection advanced when the issue first arises? Or should you renew your position whenever confronted with objectionable...more

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