Witness Statements

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NLRB Revisits and Overturns Longstanding Precedent Regarding Disclosure of Witness Statements

As we reported in an earlier blog post, the National Labor Relations Board issued the American Baptist Homes of the West (“Piedmont Gardens”) decision in December 2012, overturning more than 30 years of precedent shielding...more

NLRB Removes Blanket Exemption on Mandatory Disclosure for Witness Statements. What’s an Employer To Do?

The NLRB recently reversed 37 years of precedent in deciding to adopt a new standard for a union’s access to witness statements taken in pre-grievance arbitration employer investigations. For years, under the blanket...more

The National Labor Relations Board Expands Union Access to Witness Statements

On June 26, 2015, in a split 3-2 decision, the National Labor Relations Board (Board), overturned the 37-year-old standard protecting the confidentiality of witness statements taken by employers during workplace...more

“Unpredictable and Potentially Messy”?: NLRB Ruling Could Complicate Employers’ Workplace Investigations

In its June 26 split decision in American Baptist Homes of the West d/b/a Piedmont Gardens and Service Employees International Union, United Healthcare Workers- West, 362 N.L.R.B. No. 139 (Case No. 32-CA-063475) (“Piedmont...more

NLRB Overturns 37-Year Precedent Regarding Duty to Provide Witness Statements to Unions

On June 26, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reversed its 37-year precedent, ruling in American Baptist Homes of the West, d/b/a Piedmont Gardens, that employers must disclose to unions confidential witness...more

NLRB Gives Employers a Hangover: Longstanding Anheuser-Busch decision overruled

More than 35 years after its decision in Anheuser-Busch, Inc., 237 NLRB 982 (1978), the NLRB has reversed course and held that employers may no longer summarily reject union requests for witness statements obtained in...more

Board Overrules Longstanding Protections Against Disclosure of Witness Statements

Since 1978, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has treated witness statements as exempt from an employer’s general duty to furnish information to unions under Section 8(a)(5) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)....more

NLRB Overrules Longstanding Precedent—Withholding Witness Statements is No Longer a Bright Line Exception

Action Item: The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently held in American Baptist Homes of the West d/b/a Piedmont Gardens that there is no longer a blanket exemption for witness statements from an employer’s Section...more

NLRB Limits Confidentiality in Workplace Investigations

In two decisions issued on June 26, the National Labor Relations Board overruled its longstanding precedent holding that employers may withhold witness statements from requesting unions and further held that general policies...more

NLRB Overrules Precedent; Allows Unions Easy Access to Employee Witness Statements

For nearly 40 years, the National Labor Relations Board has followed a bright-line rule pursuant to which an employer is privileged to withhold witness statements from unions. In its 1978 Anheuser-Busch Inc. decision, the...more

The Sigelman Case and DOJ’s FCPA Trial Record

In the aftermath of the Sigelman FCPA criminal trial, the FCPA Paparazzi is in full force hyperventilating about “trends,” “messages,” and “lessons learned.” As a former prosecutor with plenty of trial experience (over...more

Errata sheet? We don’t need no stinkin’ errata sheet

In one scene of John Huston’s classic 1948 film “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” a Mexican bandito tries to convince Humphrey Bogart that he and his company are Federales. Bogart’s character, Fred Dobb asks: “If you’re the...more

Beware – Witnesses Unintentionally Waive Right To Read/Sign At Their Deposition

Under Federal Rule 30, Depositions by Oral Examination, the court reporter has an obligation to certify not only that the witness was duly sworn and that the deposition accurately records the witness’ testimony, but also the...more

IPR Patent Owner Succeeds in Antedating Key Prior Art

A witness credibility battle erupted in Dynamic Drinkware LLC v. National Graphics, Inc., IPR2013-00131, where the Board found that Patent Owner antedated a key prior art reference…despite the fact that the inventor testified...more

Make a Plan for Each Witness

Before you prepare a witness for trial, you should know precisely what you expect to accomplish through that witness. In other words, have a plan. Your trial notebook should have a section for each witness that...more

To Call or Not to Call an Adverse Party or Witness

In civil cases, you can call an adverse party or witness in your own case. Evid C §776(a). But just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Before deciding to call an adverse party or witness, definitely check out this chart...more

Credibility Challenges Posed by the Eccentric Inventor Witness

Eccentric inventors can be their own worst enemies at depositions and on the witness stand at trial. General Electric Co. v. Wilkins (Fed. Cir., May 8, 2014) is a recent case on point. The General Electric case involved a...more

Preparing for NTSB Investigative Interviews

Those who face investigative interviews before the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) should be fully aware of the applicable rules and regulations. Key topics relating to NTSB investigative interviews include...more

Good Bye To Peter O’Toole And The SFO Prosecution Of Victor Dahdahleh

Last week, before O’Toole passed away, the UK Serious Fraud Office’s prosecution of Victor Dahdahleh also died when the SFO notified the Court that it did not believe a guilty verdict was possible due to some very odd in...more

PA Tax Law News -- December 2013: Board of Finance and Revenue Changes Awaited

As this issue went to press we awaited official announcement of the Governor’s two nominees, and the State Treasurer’s designee, to the Board of Finance and Revenue. The Board was reconstituted by Act 52 of 2013 (see article...more

Rosalie’s Perfect So Cal Stip – Re: California Code Of Civil Procedure 2025.520

For a witness that is represented by counsel: We will stipulate that the court reporter may be relieved of her duties under the code; that she will forward the original transcript to witness’ counsel for...more

Be Careful With That Axe -- Texas Breaks New Ground in Defamation Turned Court Records Case

Beware the law of unintended consequences. The Texas high court has just denied review of a court of appeals opinion in a case that began as a defamation action brought by a Texas state court judge against a Dallas-area...more

Tips For Opening Statements And Closing Arguments

Jury trials are supposed to be a forum within which the parties, represented by competent, professional and zealous counsel, present their positions in a coherent, thoughtful and respectful manner to their fact-finding peers....more

Florida Appellate Court Clarifies Knowledge Base for Corporate Representative Deponents

On March 20, 2013, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal issued an opinion clarifying the procedure for designating, and producing, a corporate representative for deposition pursuant to Florida Rule of Civil Procedure...more

Dismissal for Fraud on the Court Not Available to Resolve Jury Questions – Herman v. Silver

In this medical malpractice case, a husband sued after his wife died allegedly from kidney failure after the defendant doctor performed surgery. At the trial, the husband testified about various issues, including his wife’s...more

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