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Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Whether Failing to Give Reasons in Order on Sanctions Motion is Reversible Error

In the closing days of its November term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide a simple issue with potential implications across a wide variety of civil litigation: is a trial court’s order granting or denying...more

Editorial: Defendants Beware - Garnishment Writs Can Be Enforced Before Trial Court Rule

This case is a 2-1 opinion that allows a judgment creditor to garnish assets in the interim between the moment that a trial judge signs its final order disposing of post-trial motions and the time the final order is rendered...more

Don't Try To Get A Retired Business Court Judge's Orders Changed Or Overruled By A Successor Business Court Judge

When there is a change in the Business Court Judge handling your case, there is probably a natural reaction to try to get the new Judge to revisit rulings by the previous Judge which were unfavorable to your client. That...more

Judge Sullivan orders counsel and attorneys to meet and confer regarding discovery disputes for at least 4 hours at the...

Joao Control & Monitoring Systems, LLC v. City of Yonkers, et al. Case Number: 1:12-cv-07734-RJS - Following receipt of a joint letter from the parties concerning a discovery dispute, Judge Sullivan...more

Fujitsu v. Tellabs: The District Court Orders Additional Sanctions for Fujitsu's Continued "Contemptuous Conduct"

Following the district court's previous order granting a motion to compel against Fujitsu, and Fujitsu's unsuccessful appeal to the Federal Circuit, the district court ordered sanctions in the form of a civil penalty. As the...more

SCOVA Refuses to Incorporate Prior Discovery Rulings from Previous Non-suited Action

In Temple v. Mary Washington Hospital, Inc., et al., Record No. 131754 (Sept. 12, 2014), the Supreme Court of Virginia opined on an obscure, yet significant, issue related to the common practice of incorporating discovery by...more

Texas Supreme Court opinions and orders (8/14 - Part 1)

In its weekly orders (8/22/14), the Texas Supreme Court issued seven opinions, granted four petitions for review, and set four mandamus petitions for argument. In this post, I will summarize three of the opinions, two of the...more

20-Day Jail Sentence for Employee who Released Employer’s Confidential Information in Breach of Court Order

In July 2013, Ceridian entered into an agreement with Pendylum Inc. (“Pendylum”) to assist in the delivery of services to Ceridian’s customers. Under the terms of its agreement with Pendylum, Ceridian required that all of...more

Delaware District Court Affirms Order Approving Gifting In Chapter 11 Case

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware has affirmed a bankruptcy court order which approved both a sale of the debtors’ assets and the establishment of an escrow account, which essentially provides a “gift” to...more

During or After my Divorce, Can I Move Outside of New Jersey

During or after a divorce, it is common for the custodial parent (the parent primarily responsible for the children’s care) to want to move to another state with the children. Perhaps the parent has a job opportunity, family,...more

Florida Offers Of Judgment: Trending Toward A Less Onerous "Good Faith" Standard

Florida trial courts have the discretion to disallow an award of attorney’s fees to a litigant that prevails on an offer of judgment, aka proposal for settlement, if the court determines the offer was not “made in good...more

March 2014: Appellate Update

The general rule in federal court is that only a final judgment (i.e., a judgment that ends the case) is appealable as of right. So-called “interlocutory” decisions—such as a decision denying a defendant’s motion to dismiss,...more

As a Receiver, Do I Need an Order From the Court to Sue Someone?

My order of appointment states that I have the power to commence litigation. Do I need a separate order from the receivership court if I want to sue someone? A receiver’s “order of appointment,” along with any applicable...more

Eleventh Circuit Clarifies District Court’s Power To Order Criminal Defendants To Pay Restitution For Uncharged Or Dismissed...

In United States v. Edwards, No. 11-15953, (11th Cir. Sept. 6, 2013), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit made clear that a district court may order restitution for acts of related conduct—even if the criminal...more

New Twists On Florida’s ‘Tipsy Coachman’ Doctrine

A recent Florida appellate decision examines some new twists on Florida’s “tipsy coachman” doctrine. Before we discuss the new decision, though, it may be useful to discuss what the tipsy coachman doctrine is and where it...more

Use Care When Drafting Trial-Court Orders

A lawyer heading into a trial-court hearing should draft a favorable order and have it on hand in case the judge is inclined to rule then and there. In addition to being efficient and good for client relations, getting that...more

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