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Mass Tort Litigation Discovery

Discovery – Requestor Pays, Part of the Way, Anyway

by Reed Smith on

One of the issues that the federal Civil Rules Committee’s discovery subcommittee considered, but that eventually fell by the wayside, on the way to the 2015 discovery rules amendments, were proposals to convert to a...more

Proposed Class Action Fairness Act Could Negatively Affect Institutions’ Securities Class Action Recovery

Recently introduced legislation pending before the U.S. House of Representatives attempts to make wide-sweeping reforms to the procedural rules governing class actions and, if implemented, could permanently alter the class...more

Another Modest Proposal (This Time, About Discovery)

by Reed Smith on

Bexis recently attended the “Emerging Issues in Mass-Tort MDLs Conference” sponsored by Duke Law School (those of us from Philly remember Duke as part of “Black Saturday” back in 1979). Several panels discussed various...more

Mass Torts Made Perfectly Convivial - the Sequel

by Reed Smith on

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

New Jersey Federal Judge Says It’s Not So Easy to Preserve Confidentiality of Discovery Documents

by Reed Smith on

Today’s case is about a second chance. We are talking about the dismal topic of document confidentiality. Many -- definitely too many -- documents are produced in mass tort litigations. Almost all those documents are...more

Never Say Never to Lone Pine Orders

by Reed Smith on

After our last two posts, we received emails blasting us for being insensitive to the plight of injured plaintiffs. That struck us as unfair, given that the posts pertained to the technical issues of choice of law and choice...more

Lack of Warning Causation Dooms Aredia-Zometa Case

by Reed Smith on

Warning: You have heard all this before. Still reading? Okay. But please don't tell us later that our warning was inadequate and that you would have clicked over to Scotus or Grantland or TMZ if we had been more...more

The Strategy of Lone Pine Orders: Timing Matters

Federal and state courts are using Lone Pine orders to effectively manage and control mass tort cases and other complex litigation. A Lone Pine order is a case management order that requires all plaintiffs to furnish...more

IP|Trend: Discovering Source Code [Video]

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Source code is increasingly becoming prevalent in litigation. Patent cases, copyright, trade secret, and even mass tort cases can turn on the content and function of source code. Attorneys Seth Northrop and David Prange...more

Navigating Mass Torts and Product Liability (MTPL) Litigation in the U.S. Legal System: Litigation Challenges for Japanese MTPL...

In This Presentation: • Challenges of U.S. Courts • Specialized and Aggressive Plaintiff’s Bar and Contingency Fees • Jury Trials • Pretrial Discovery • Personal Jurisdiction • U.S.-Based Subsidiaries •...more

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