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User’s Guide to Recent Revisions in the Commercial Division Rules

Since its formation in 1995, the Commercial Division has seen an increase in the number and complexity of cases being filed. In response to this change, New York’s then Chief Judge created a Task Force on Commercial...more

Rx IP Update - May 2017

by Smart & Biggar on

Federal Court of Appeal finds that Apotex did not fail to mitigate its damages in relation to Apo-Trazodone drug submission - On April 6, 2017, the Federal Court of Appeal overturned the Federal Court’s finding that...more

N.D. Florida Permits (Some) Discovery of Expert Who Changed from Consulting to Testifying Expert

by Reed Smith on

Discovery regarding expert witnesses can be tricky. In our neck of the woods, the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, state courts almost never permit depositions of experts. If you want to ask the expert questions – and...more

Timing is Everything: NY Commercial Division Updates Rule on Trial Length

On March 27, 2017, the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Courts updated its rule on trial length, giving judges the express authorization to impose time limits, at their discretion, on different phases of trial. The...more

The Top Five Reasons to Have Separate Appellate Counsel

An appeal is neither a chance to retry a case nor a time to develop new legal theories. A successful appeal depends on careful planning and extensive knowledge of the appellate process, as well as a meritorious legal...more

Divided Panel Debates a Jury’s Ability to Resist the Persuasive Power of Hollywood

In United States v. Monsalvatge (Nos. 14-1113, 14-1139, and 14-1206), a divided panel of the Second Circuit explored the contentious topic of introducing blockbuster films as evidence in a criminal prosecution. Defendants...more

Litigant Beware: Ignore the Duty to Reconstruct the Record Under Rule 10(c) at Your Peril

by Carlton Fields on

In Roberts v. Ferman, 826 F.3d 117 (3d Cir. 2016), the Third Circuit sought to clarify the circumstances in which a party forfeits arguments made in a post-trial motion by refusing to agree to reconstruct the record under...more

Florida Supreme Court Rejects More Rigorous Expert Testimony Standard

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The federal court system and 36 states have adopted the so-called Daubert standard in place of the Frye standard when it comes to qualifying expert witnesses under the rules of evidence. In 2013, the Florida Legislature...more

Supreme Court speaks on Daubert – says not much

Last week the supreme court issued its opinion on the recommendations of the Florida Bar Rules committee regarding the new Daubert statute. The supreme court noted there are “grave concerns” that (unidentified) elements of...more

Daubert Under the Microscope Again by Florida Courts

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

In a ruling that raises new issues about the adoption of the Daubert standard for the admissibility of expert opinions in Florida state court, the Florida Supreme Court has declined to adopt, to the extent they are...more

9 Tips Attorneys/Realtime Reporting

by Kramm Court Reporting on

Having access to the instantaneous transcript provided by a court reporter during a deposition, arbitration, or trial has great value to attorneys. Court reporters can provide the realtime transcript text to attorneys in the...more

Sealing the Case: Controversy Surrounds New York Commercial Division Proposed New Rule

In late 2016, the Commercial Division Advisory Council proffered a proposed rule, Proposed Rule 11-h, which would amend Rule 216.1(a) of the Uniform Rules for Trial Courts in New York to define the “good cause” under which...more

New Year, New Rules: More Changes to the Commercial Division Rules Coming in 2017

The New York Commercial Division is poised to continue its rules revamp, with six new rules proposals announced since October. While these proposals would not alter practice before the Commercial Division in the same manner...more

Off The Record. Or Not?

by Carlton Fields on

In November 2007, an article titled “Off the Record,” which was co-authored by one of this article’s authors, was published in this Journal. It began by saying “[e]very good appellate lawyer knows that an appeal is...more

Benedict’s Maritime Bulletin: Discovery and Disclosure: Civil Litigation Tools for Obtaining Evidence in the United States,...

by Burr & Forman on

The ever-increasing cost of civil litigation was once thought to be a unique trait of the United States civil justice system. However, the expense of civil litigation is on the rise across the globe, due in no small part to...more

What Will The Courtrooms Of The 2020s Look Like?

I recently attended a presentation by futurist Michael Rogers that sparked me to think about what the courtrooms of the 2020s might look like. According to Rogers, one of the next big advances in technology will be augmented...more

Ready for Your Close-up? Five Tips for Using Videoconferencing Technology at Trial

by Carlton Fields on

From a technological standpoint, it is now relatively simple to present live video and audio testimony during a court proceeding of a witness located anywhere in the world. There are many advantages to presenting testimony in...more

Eighth Circuit Opinions Highlight Need to Apply Appellate Lens at Trial Court

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We often quip that the best way to establish a winning record as an appellate lawyer is to represent the party that won below; that’s no joke. In nearly every appellate court— state or federal— appellants have an uphill...more

Supreme Court denies Cert in Cases Challenging Constitutionality of AIA Trials

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

On October 11, 2016, the US Supreme Court denied petitions for certiorari filed in two cases by parties challenging the constitutionality of post grant proceedings instituted under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act....more

Does Your Expert Challenge Quack Like an Untimely Daubert Motion?

by Carlton Fields on

In Frigaliment Importing Co. v. BNS Int’l Sales Corp., 190 F. Supp. 116 (S.D.N.Y. 1960), Judge Friendly famously asked “What is chicken?” A case decided last year raises the question, “What is a Daubert motion?”...more

Seen on the Screen

by Reed Smith on

This is one of those stories you simply cannot make up. We were using technology to get some ideas about technology. That is, we were surfing around the internet to find descriptions of the successful use of technology...more

Amgen v. Apotex: District Court Decides that the ’138 Patent is Not Invalid on Some Grounds; Enablement is Still an Open Issue

by Goodwin on

As we previously reported, on July 5, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of a preliminary injunction enjoining Apotex from launching its biosimilar version of Amgen’s Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) until it...more

Excluded Evidence: Is Your Proffer Sufficient To Preserve The Error?

by Carlton Fields on

Just because you know what your excluded evidence would have shown does not mean that the trial court knows and, as importantly for appellate purposes, that the appellate court can glean from the record the substance of the...more

Yes, Counselor, You Argued That Below, But No, It Is Not Preserved

by Carlton Fields on

Don’t assume that just because your argument is clearly reflected somewhere in the record that it is preserved for appeal. Often for purposes of preservation, the procedural context for the argument is just as important as...more

Running Into A Brick Wall Who Wears A Black Robe: Tips For Trying A Case Before A Hostile Judge

For trial lawyers, hostile adversaries are par for the course. But judges are supposed to be irreproachably impartial, right? That is, after all, the very cornerstone of our judicial system. So when you find yourself trying...more

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