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Revised draft pre-action protocol for debt claims out for consultation

The Ministry of Justice is consulting on a revised draft Pre-action Protocol for Debt Claims (Debt Protocol) after an earlier version was lambasted by representatives of the credit industry as being totally disproportionate....more

Legal Trends: Litigation & Dispute Resolution

In 2016, regulated persons in Canada are increasingly likely to find themselves facing prosecution before tribunals, rather than in courts, and facing significant exposure to monetary penalties in those...more

Québec’s New Code of Civil Procedure – An Obstacle to National Class Actions?

General counsel and the class action bar should take note that a new provision in Québec’s new Code of Civil Procedure (NCCP), which comes into force on January 1, 2016, may create an obstacle for streamlining—and ultimately...more

Changes to North Carolina's Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(4) Regarding Experts

For cases filed on or after Oct. 1, 2015, in North Carolina state courts, there are new changes to how the parties will approach expert disclosure and discovery. Effective Oct. 1, and applying to cases filed on or after...more

Procedural Fairness Owed to Defendants May Redefine how Plaintiffs Proceed under the OSA

The Court of Appeal in Drywall Acoustic Lathing and Insulation, Local 675 Pension Fund (Trustees of) v. SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. recently determined whether, once leave to assert a claim under part XXIII.1 of the Ontario...more

Enough Is Enough: Court Suspends Class Action for Vexatious Conduct by Petitioner, Counsel

In September 2015, the Superior Court of Québec (Court) released a landmark decision rendered by Justice C. Masse in Deraspe v. Zinc électrolytique du Canada ltée?, in which — for the first time in the area of class actions —...more

The Alabama Supreme Court Reverses Course on the Broad Use of Prepetition Discovery

Although this Alabama Supreme Court opinion was released in February of this year, my recent dealings on the topic have prompted me to highlight how the Alabama Supreme Court has reigned in the liberal use of prepetition...more

7 Tips for Making Supporting Memos More Persuasive

Almost all motions and demurrers must be supported by a memorandum. Cal Rules of Ct 3.1113. Your supporting memorandum convinces the judge that the law and facts support the order you want. The objective is to persuade—the...more

The Class Actions Global Guide, France

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF CLASS/COLLECTIVE ACTIONS IN YOUR JURISDICTION? ARE THEY POPULAR AND WHAT ARE THE CURRENT TRENDS? Definition of class/collective actions - The types of collective action addressed in this...more

The Class Actions Global Guide, Italy

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF CLASS/COLLECTIVE ACTIONS IN YOUR JURISDICTION? ARE THEY POPULAR AND WHAT ARE THE CURRENT TRENDS? Definition of class/collective actions - The members of a “class” can bring a “class action”...more

The Class Actions Global Guide, Germany

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF CLASS/COLLECTIVE ACTIONS IN YOUR JURISDICTION? ARE THEY POPULAR AND WHAT ARE THE CURRENT TRENDS? Definition of class/collective actions - There is no mechanism for general collective...more

The Class Actions Global Guide, Spain

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF CLASS/COLLECTIVE ACTIONS IN YOUR JURISDICTION? ARE THEY POPULAR AND WHAT ARE THE CURRENT TRENDS? Definition of class/collective actions - There is no specific definition of...more

Drafting Intellectual Property Agreements: Best Practices From a Litigator’s Perspective

As intellectual property licensing continues to grow more prevalent, legal practitioners and business personnel are being asked to craft and negotiate agreements that can significantly impact a business’s ability to compete...more

Can An NC Superior Court Judge Modify Another Judge's Classs Certification Order?

Is the certification of a class by an NC state court set in stone or can it be modified during the course of the litigation? The federal rule vs. the state rule - There is a difference between the federal rule...more

Florida’s Fifth District Court Of Appeal Allows Insurer Facing Breach Of Contract Lawsuit Over Water Loss Claim To Join Plumber As...

In Florida Peninsula Insurance Company v. Ken Mullen Plumbing, Inc., 2015 Fla. App. Lexis 11572 (Fla. 5th DCA July 31, 2015), the Fifth District Court of Appeal reversed a trial court’s decision to dismiss the insurer’s...more

A Happy Dance For Plaintiffs Who Moot A Motion To Dismiss By Moving To Amend Their Complaint

Maybe you've been in this situation before. You've moved to dismiss a complaint, have fully briefed your motion, and the defendant dances in on the day of the hearing on your motion and amends his complaint. And the...more

Know Them Before They are Famous (or at least final): The Latest USPTO Proposed Rule Changes

On August 19, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released proposed rule changes for trials before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The proposed rule changes were made in response to input...more

N.C. Court Warns Plaintiffs that Voluntary Dismissal of an Invalid Complaint Won’t Toll the Statute of Limitations

At first glance there seems to be a saving grace in the North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure for plaintiffs who are running up against the deadline for filing a lawsuit, i.e., Rule 41(a)(1). Rule 41(a)(1) provides that if...more

Inapplicability of the "One Year" Limitations Tolling Period of the N.C. Rules of Civil Procedure

In Murphy v. Hinton, No. COA14-1230 (July 7, 2015), the North Carolina Court of Appeals determined that a complaint dismissed voluntarily cannot benefit from the "one-year refiling" period pursuant to Rule 41(a)(1) of the...more

"Appellate Court Affirms Ruling Allowing Punitive Damages in New York City Asbestos Cases"

In a unanimous ruling decided July 9, 2015, New York's Appellate Division, First Department declined to overrule an April 2014 order by Justice Sherry Klein Heitler, the then-coordinating justice of the New York City Asbestos...more

Prepare for Case Management Conferences in 4 Steps

In the past, most California superior courts routinely held trial-setting, pretrial, arbitration status, and status conferences. Delay reduction rules put a stop to this practice, consolidating all of these into a...more

Special High Court Procedures Proposed for Financial Markets Disputes

In July 2014, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales announced plans to closely review what can be done to meet the needs of court users in financial cases to ensure that the Courts “are providing… what the markets...more

The ECF System Ate My Homework: Seventh Circuit Pardons Tardy Lawyer

Can a complaint be “filed” before the “filing process” is completed? Actually, yes, according to Farley v. Koepp, No. 14-1695, a recent decision from the Seventh Circuit written by Judge Sykes. Here is the scene: Late on...more

The Unknown World of Junk Debt Buying

This past weekend I attended a workshop in Seattle that was set up for consumer protection lawyers like myself who help people fight back against junk debt buyers like Midland Funding, Cavalry SPV, CACH, LLC (too name a few)....more

Fast Five - Rhode Island Appellate Practice - June 2015

SUPREME GHOSTBUSTERS: RHODE ISLAND SUPREME COURT IMPOSES LIMITATIONS ON GHOSTWRITING. The Rhode Island Supreme Court “ain’t afraid of no ghost.”[1] In a long-anticipated, unanimous decision, the Rhode Island Supreme...more

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