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

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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

Terminating Sanctions for Attorney Misconduct

Rebecca Osborne v. Todd Farm Service, et. al. - Court Of Appeal, Second Appellate District (May 2, 2016) - An attorney, as an officer of the court, has the obligation to respect and follow court proceedings and...more

Getting It Right The First Time: Presenting A Persuasive Argument Without Relying On The Court’s Familiarity With The Facts Or The...

Even apart from the importance of assuring appellate review, properly preserving the record and carefully laying out one’s argument can have an immediate impact at the trial level. Very often, a litigator comes across a...more

Objecting to a Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation

An unpublished opinion from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in January 2016 caught our eye because it collected various established preservation-of-error principles for objecting to a magistrate judge's report and...more

What is a Board Certified Attorney in Florida?

I was asked recently by a friend what it means to be a Florida Bar Board Certified Trial Lawyer. It is a very valid and important question....more

No Due Process Violation Where Judgment Entered on Patents Not Asserted at Trial

A recent case reminds litigators to be diligent in protecting their clients’ due-process rights when narrowing a case for trial or risk forfeiting the right to trial altogether. In Nuance Communications v. ABBYY USA Software...more

Missouri: Taking a Step Toward Digging Out of the "Judicial Hellhole"?

Missouri’s Legislature is deciding whether to change its current standard governing the admissibility of expert witness testimony to the Daubert standard. The bill to make this change has passed the Senate and is now being...more

Keeping it real: litigation insights from ‘Making a Murderer’

It’s mid-January, and I’m sitting in my office writing this post while snow falls outside. (Yes, we get snow in South Carolina and, yes, it terrifies us.) The snow, however, reminds me of the frozen northern Wisconsin...more

Finally, We’re Back to “Put Up, or Shut Up”

My clients who have defended against meritless claims over the last few years know why this is important. The Tennessee Supreme Court has finally restored the traditional summary judgment standard making it easier for these...more

Big Pimpin’ Trial: Musicologist Can Make or Break a Case

Greenberg Glusker Partner Glen Rothstein was quoted in an article that ran in The Daily Journal on October 19th regarding notes and expert testimony in the “Big Pimpin’ trial.”...more

Mediation plus: Don’t leave money on the table - Two approaches to modifying mediation in difficult-to-settle cases

Mediation is the most widely used ADR approach today and has been for the past generation. In the course of becoming widespread it has also become predictable. It has become predictable that last month one party told me a...more

The Necessity of Trial Transcripts in Appellate Proceedings

A COMPLETE TRIAL RECORD is essential to presenting an effective appeal because appellate courts have no independent means of obtaining knowledge of the cases brought before them for review. The California court of appeal...more

New PTAB Trial Rules Proposed

On August 19, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a proposal to amend the existing rules of practice for inter partes review (IPR), post-grant review (PGR), the transitional program for covered...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

12 Steps to an Effective Mock Trial

While the mock trial has become standard operating procedure in the preparation of a high-stakes jury trial, it is rarely used in the preparation of a bench trial or arbitration. As bench trials and arbitrations often...more

Women Aren’t Lead Counsel As Often As Men – It’s Gotta Be Bias!

According to the study, based on information gained through the PACER federal court electronic filing system, 68 percent of all lawyers appearing in the 2013 civil cases were men, and 32 percent were women. But 76 percent of...more

Stipulations Can Make Trial Easier, But The Devil is in The Details

It is often beneficial to limit the issues at trial to those that are truly disputed and to stipulate to facts that are no longer in dispute. In some cases, for example, liability may be sharply disputed, but the amount of...more

New procedures available for invalidating patents before the USPTO

Business executives have long struggled with whether to defend a patent infringement suit in court, try to settle the dispute for less than the cost/risk of defending it, or seek to deal with the problem patent by requesting...more

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