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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An unpublished opinion from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in January 2016 caught our eye because it collected various established preservation-of-error principles for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 “Opening the Door” Fallacy

It is a popular fallacy that if testimony is given on a subject during direct examination, this will “open the door” to unrestricted cross-examination about that matter; making evidence admissible that would otherwise be...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

4 Keys to Using Your Opening and Closing to Persuade

Both the opening statement and the closing argument should be used to persuade. (No, it’s not all about direct and cross.) The adages about the importance of first impressions and last words are worth heeding....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

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

AFG and Amafi's Response to ESMA on MiFID II/MiFIR - The AFG, (Association Française de Gestion), the association representing French management companies, replied to ESMA’s consultation paper on MiFID II and MIFIR on 2...more

Get the Jury to See it Your Way with Interactive Media Display

Taking videotaped depositions of de bene esse witnesses is not a new innovation. What is new is the ability to display for the jury both the exhibit and the witness’ reaction to the exhibit simultaneously with interactive...more

Beware of the possibility that jurors may be tweeting and blogging during trial—ignoring admonitions from the trial judge. One...

Many people cannot control their social media impulses and this is now becoming an issue during trials. Disregarding the court’s instructions that jurors are not to discuss the case with anyone during the trial, there are...more

IP|Trend: Inter Partes Review: Is it Litigation or Something Else? [Video]

For two years we’ve seen the inter partes review process play out. What are the procedures like? Does it look like litigation or more like a foreign planet that IP litigators would not recognize? Attorneys Cyrus Morton and...more

South Carolina: Admission of Cause & Origin Testimony by Fire Chief Was Prejudicial Error

In James D. Fowler v. Nationwide Mutual Fire Ins. Co., 2014 WL 3844215, 2014 S.C. App. LEXIS 209 (S.C. App., Aug. 6, 2014), South Carolina’s Court of Appeals recently held that it was prejudicial error to allow the jury to...more

SCOTUS Affirms Right to Blow Your Whistle in Public Sector

There has long been tension in the public sector regarding an employee’s duties as an agent of the state and his or her right as an individual to freedom of speech. In a decision handed down in June of 2014, the United States...more

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