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Behind the Great Firewall Of Ediscovery In Asia

When dealing with US requests for data subject to ediscovery rules in Asia, corporate counsel at multinational corporations must be on top of their game. Managing ediscovery in the United States alone presents a significant...more

5 Tips to Make the Most of Requests for Admission

Requests for admission are very valuable yet underutilized tools. They’re one of the best techniques to create admissible evidence for summary judgment and trial—make good use of them!...more

No Right to Cross-Examine a Declarant Not Under the Proponent’s Control

In Mexichem Amanco Holding S.A. de C.V. v.Honeywell International, Inc., IPR2013-00576, Paper 36 (September 5, 2014), the Board denied patent owner’s request for additional discovery – the deposition of Dr. Takashi Shibanuma,...more

Bigger in Texas? High Court to Decide Scope of Protection for Third Party Trade Secrets in Civil Discovery

On August 22, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court ordered oral argument in In re: Magnum Hunter Resources Corp., a case concerning the discoverability of third-party trade secrets documents in civil cases. When should such...more

"Justice Delayed?" Not here. Be prepared for the "Rocket Docket"

As you arrive at the front door of the courthouse of the Alexandria Division of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (“EDVA”), you are met with a sculpture of a blindfolded Lady Justice bearing the...more

Massachusetts Now Permits Attorney Conducted Voir Dire and Arguments on Specific Amounts of Damages

On August 6, 2014, Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick signed into law a bill that will permit attorney conducted voir dire in Massachusetts. The bill was backed by the Massachusetts Bar Association. Until now, voir dire...more

The Motion You Probably Shouldn't Bother To Make In The Business Court (Or In Any Other Court)

I think I might have made a Motion for a More Definite Statement. If I did that, I did it only once, and I can't remember the result. Asking for a more definite statement is a rarely used litigation maneuver, allowed by...more

Tort Actions Against Public Entities – CCP § 1038 Sanctions Cannot be Awarded Against Parties’ Counsel

Kathryn Settle v. State of California - California Court Of Appeal, Second Appellate District (July 23, 2014) - When a public entity is sued in tort, Code of Civil Procedure (“CCP”) § 1038 requires a mandatory...more

Mark Your Calendar For October 1st For Changes To The Business Court

If you litigate cases in the NC Business Court, mark your calendar for October 1st. That's when the General Assembly's "modernization" of the Business Court is due to become effective. The bill containing these changes was...more

Timing of judgment creditor's entitled fee petition key to enforcement

In Conservatorship of McQueen the California Supreme Court decided a unique issue concerning the interpretation of Code of Civil Procedure Section 685.040. Under that statute, a judgment creditor is entitled to the reasonable...more

Recoverable Costs As Prevailing Party – Subpoenaed Medical Records

Naser v. Lakeridge Athletic Club - Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District (June 27, 2014) - Pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) § 1032, a prevailing party is entitled to recover costs. The...more

The International Comparative Legal Guide to International Arbitration 2014: A practical cross-border insight into international...

Bermuda - 1 Arbitration Agreements: 1.1 What, if any, are the legal requirements of an arbitration agreement under the laws of Bermuda? Other than requiring that it must be in writing, Bermuda’s...more

PA Superior Court Indicates that Filing a Motion for Compulsory Non-Suit Alone May Preserve the Right to Request JNOV After Trial

Pennsylvania lawyers must be alert to situations in which they may waive their appellate rights, especially where the requirements for preserving those rights are murky. One of those murky areas in the Pennsylvania state...more

Travelers Indemnity Settles Reinsurance Disputes With Excalibur

In two related cases, Travelers has settled its claims against Excalibur Reinsurance. A number of prior posts have addressed the substance of the parties’ disputes – for example, discovery issues (sealing portions of...more

Alabama Tax Tribunal to Issue Proposed Regulations on July 31

Last spring, the Alabama Legislature passed the landmark Alabama Taxpayer Fairness Act, Act # 2014-146, the modified successor to a bill long known as the Alabama Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights II (“TBOR II”). Although the lengthy...more

Not Represented by the Same Counsel in This Court

Trial and appellate counsel may differ for a variety of reasons, not all of which reflect poorly on one or the other. On occasion, however, trial counsel may have acted so unprofessionally or ignorantly as to be the target of...more

$30, Four Opinions, and No Decision: The Province and Duty to Say What the Law Probably Is

Federal appellate courts ordinarily grant en banc hearings or rehearings only when “(1) en banc consideration is necessary to secure or maintain uniformity of the court’s decisions; or (2) the proceeding involves a question...more

Faulty Notice of Hearing Not Enough to Stop Wal-Mart Supercenter

In Roberson v. City of Rialto, No. E058187 (Cal. Ct. App. 4th Dist., May 21, 2014), the Fourth Appellate District affirmed the trial court’s judgment, upholding several project approvals for a new commercial retail center in...more

Monkey See, Monkey Do? Like Federal Courts, New York State Courts Are Changing the Rules Governing E-Discovery

As new and proposed rules regarding e-discovery in the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court demonstrate, state courts are catching up to the federal courts in terms of e-discovery standards and guidelines...more

An Important Tip On Appealing A Decision From The NC Business Court

The Business Court is electronic. Paper copies of documents are not filed with the Business Court. So when you e-file a Notice of Appeal, is that sufficient for purposes of Rule 3 of the NC Rules of Appellate Procedure?...more

San Francisco Superior Court Continues to Expand Voluntary E-Filing Program

Effective July 14, 2014, the San Francisco Superior Court expanded its voluntary e-filing program to include the following 25 new types of civil cases...more

Court Finds Communications With Reinsurers Discoverable In Coverage Dispute

A federal court in Minnesota determined that an umbrella insurer’s communications with its reinsurers are discoverable in a coverage dispute. The case is titled National Union v. Donaldson Co., and the focus is on the scope...more

Court Lets Plaintiff Revive Mooted Claims In Second Action Against Same Defendants

The Eastern District of New York recently denied a motion to dismiss and found that the plaintiff’s claims were not precluded by a different court’s ruling that the same claims against the same defendants had been mooted by...more

English Court of Appeal Signals Less Draconian Sanctions for Non-compliant Litigants

Litigants must comply with rules and orders, yet must not seek to penalise opponents for immaterial breaches Overview - The Court of Appeal has allowed three consolidated appeals an earlier Court of Appeal case...more

Expedited Procedures in New York Courts Guarantee Trial in Just Nine Months

Earlier this month, New York's Commercial Division, a department within the New York State court system designed to handle complex commercial disputes, established new procedures that provide a voluntary, alternative track to...more

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