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A "Proper" Party Isn't Necessarily A "Necessary" Party

What is the difference between a "proper" party and a "necessary" party"? Judge McGuire spelled out the difference early this week in Cape Hatteras Electric Membership Corp. v. Stevenson, 2014 NCBC 62....more

The Perils of Incomplete Service: The Illinois Supreme Court Debates Bettis v. Marsaglia

During its September term, the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral argument in Bettis v. Marsaglia. Bettis presents an issue of potential significance to election lawyers: is a petition for Circuit Court review from an...more

Restyled Texas Rules of Evidence

On November 19, the Texas Supreme Court issued an advisory, to inform the Bar, the judiciary, and the public of an order approving the restyled Texas Rules of Evidence. The Court's advisory is reproduced at the bottom of this...more

Removing All Doubt: The First Circuit Clarifies the Conditions Triggering the 30-Day Removal Window When the Earlier, Initial...

In Romulus v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., No. 14-1937, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 20548 (1st Cir. Oct. 24, 2014), the First Circuit Court of Appeals clarified the conditions triggering a defendant’s 30-day window to remove a case to...more

The First Circuit Clarifies That A Defendant’s Deadline to Remove is Principally Influenced by the Actions of the Plaintiff

The first questions any defendant served with a complaint filed in state court should consider are whether removal of the action to federal court is preferable and, assuming the action is removable, when must a notice of...more

Texas Supreme Court Orders and Opinion (10/14)

The Court issued its opinion in No. 13-0761, In re National Lloyds Insurance Company. This petition for a writ of mandamus was not argued; the court has issued a per curiam opinion under Rule 52.8(c). The mandamus petition...more

E.D.N.Y. Finds Retailer Cannot “Pick-off” FLSA Plaintiffs With Incomplete Rule 68 Offer of Judgment

Anjum v. J.C. Penney Co., Inc., No. 13-CV-0460 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 9, 2014): The Eastern District of New York held that a group of opt-in plaintiffs could pursue their Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action even though...more

Recent Changes to the Oklahoma Uniform Jury Instructions—Civil (Second)

Earlier this year the Oklahoma Supreme Court adopted several new uniform civil jury instructions and made revisions to some existing uniform instructions. These changes had been recommended by the Oklahoma Supreme Court...more

Assumption of Risk on the Field of Play – A 2014 New York Roundup

Assumption of Risk is a simple doctrine. If you head down the ski slope, you assume the risk that you will wipe out – or that another skier will lose control and smack into you. If you play baseball, you assume the risk that...more

Recent Nevada Opinion: Retroactivity Rules and Ex-Parte Communication With Treating Physicians Prohibited

On July 10, 2014, the Supreme Court of Nevada published Leavitt v. Siems, 130 Nev. Adv. Op. 54 (2014), which addressed issues related to expert testimony. This case provides two important takeaways: (1) the basic legal...more

Title VII Severance Agreement Issue Remains in Legal Limbo: Judge Tosses EEOC’s Suit Against CVS Solely on Procedural Grounds

Last month, we reported that an Illinois district court judge threw out the EEOC’s controversial lawsuit against CVS seeking to invalidate its severance agreements. The judge there did so and promised to follow up with a...more

Untimely Disclosure of Witnesses and Evidence in Colorado

A common litigation tactic that lawyers are all too familiar with is the untimely disclosure of witnesses and exhibits on the eve of trial. After months, or even years, of litigation to prepare a case for trial, one party...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - October 2014

In This Issue: - Florida District Court of Appeal: A Prematurely Filed Bad Faith Claim Does Not Compel Dismissal - Florida District Court of Appeal: Insurer’s Liability For Breach Of Contract Need Not Be...more

Plaintiff Does Not Offer Proportional Production Remedy, Court Denies “Discovery on Discovery” (New York)

Freedman v. Weatherford Int’l, 2014 WL 4547039 (S.D. N.Y. Sept. 12, 2014). In this securities fraud case, the plaintiff sought the production of search efficiency reports that were part of an investigation by third...more

Florida Appeals Court: In First-party Coverage Dispute, Ruling That Insurer Breached Contract Is Not Prerequisite to Insured’s...

Under Florida law, must a policyholder first prevail on a breach of contract action against the insurer before a bad faith claim may be filed? No, said a majority of the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal, en banc (the...more

Recent Decision Creates Split in Middle District Regarding Whether 11 U.S.C. § 707(b)(2) Applies to Cases Converted to Chapter 7

In the last 2 years, three judges of the Middle District of Florida (Judges Funk, Delano and Williamson) have each issued opinions finding 11 U.S.C. § 707(b)(2) inapplicable in cases converted from a Chapter 13 to a Chapter...more

Court Dismisses EEOC’s Attack on Severance Agreements, But Not on the Merits

The EEOC’s lawsuit against CVS, which alleged that the company’s severance agreements were impermissibly restrictive, has been dismissed, but not for the reasons employers would have hoped. EEOC v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., No....more

The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease--You Won’t Get Fees if You Don’t Complain Early

Stragent, LLC v. Intel Corp. - Applying recent standards for determining whether a case is “exceptional” under Octane Fitness for purposes of awarding fees, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas...more

New Commercial Division Rule Seeks to Streamline Privilege Log Requirements for Litigants

Effective September 2, 2014, the New York Supreme Court implemented a major change to the Commercial Division rules governing privilege logs submitted during the course of litigation. (See New York Supreme Court,...more

An Offer to Concede Your Expert’s Qualifications May Be a Trojan Horse

When you start eliciting testimony on your expert witness’s qualifications, the other side may offer to “waive the testimony concerning qualifications” or concede that the witness is specially qualified to testify as an...more

"I'll Tell You What Really Happened": In the 6th Circuit, Experts Can Contradict Their Clients' Testimony

The weight of expert testimony in product liability cases can hardly be overstated. Because complex questions of scientific and medical causation often hold sway, juries are thirsty for someone to tell them what the evidence...more

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

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