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White-Collar Motive, Gun Crazy Movie

In 1950, producers Frank and Maurice King released Gun Crazy, a sometimes surreal Bonnie-and-Clyde story with an introverted, pacifist gun lover (Barton Tare, played by John Dall) and an English femme fatale sharpshooter...more

How Employers Can Become Experts at Data Breaches: Preserving the evidence of a breach

by Bryan Cave on

The immediate reaction of many organizations when they discover that a system may be infected with a virus or malware is to remove, erase, and rebuild the potentially infected system as quickly as possible in an effort to...more

New Rules Tackle Authentication of Electronic Data

On December 1, 2017, two amendments to the Federal Rules of Evidence came into effect that impact how courts authenticate digital evidence. The addition of two categories to Rule 902’s list of self-authenticating documents...more

The New Rules Of Federal Evidence Have Arrived

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Earlier this year, I wrote about the then-proposed changes to the Federal Rules, and how those changes (if implemented), could impact electronic discovery. (February 15, 2017 blog) Well, the time has come — effective...more

New Federal Rules of Evidence 902(13) and 902(14)

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

You’ve got a case headed to trial in a few short months, and among your exhibits are a number of copies of web pages. You know you need to authenticate them to get them into evidence at trial (and also know your judge is...more

Business Litigation Report - November 2017

The Un-Crisis Crisis Law and Strategy Group - No Two Situations Are Alike—That’s the Challenge “How fast can you get to…” “Let’s see. I just got back from London. We’ll be there tomorrow.” As our founder John Quinn...more

Court Rejects Habeas Claim That Admission of DNA Evidence Violated Petitioner’s Confrontation Right

On Tuesday in Washington v. Griffin, 15-3831-pr (Katzmann, Kearse, Livingston), the Second Circuit affirmed the denial of a petition for a writ of habeas corpus on a Confrontation Clause challenge. At issue was whether it...more

7 Handy Tips for Scheduling a Deposition

by Planet Depos, LLC on

The process of scheduling a deposition can have several moving pieces, from counsel’s and the witness’s schedule to arranging for a court reporter, videographer, and/or interpreter. And then there’s finding an appropriate...more

The Propriety of Prosecutorial Bluffing

This year, the Innocence Project celebrated its 25th anniversary. With this milestone, Time magazine observed the increasing trend of exonerations of the falsely accused: “For the third year in a row the number of...more

Commercial Division Considers Default Clawback Provisions for Confidentiality Stipulations

The advent of large electronic productions has propelled a proposal to adopt new language in the standard confidentiality order used in the Commercial Division. This proposal is designed to protect parties against...more

Obtaining Additional Time for a Family Law Hearing: What You Need to Know

by Jaburg Wilk on

The Facts - In Reyes v. Neill 1, Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals addressed the question of whether the Court abused its discretion by failing to permit adequate time for the parties to present testimony and...more

Delaware Courts Continue to Define Appropriate Valuation Methodologies for Statutory Appraisal

Statutory appraisal actions remain one of the most closely watched areas of Delaware corporate law, and there have been significant developments in Delaware appraisal law. Recently, the Delaware Supreme Court provided...more

November 2017: Trial Practice Update

The Admissibility of Social Media Evidence. The rise of social media continues to have profound effects on litigation. Attorneys who embrace social media as part of an overall litigation strategy can reap substantial...more

If Evidence In Its Original Form Is No Longer Available – But A Copy Of That Evidence Is – Are Spoliation Sanctions Appropriate?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In Barcroft Media, Ltd. et al. v. Coed Media Grp., LLC, No. 16-CV-7634 (JMF) (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 28, 2017), Plaintiffs – providers of entertainment-related photojournalism and owners of celebrity photographs – interposed various...more

Harvey Weinstein and Sexual Harassment Law: “Me Too”

The reports of women who went on the record to accuse Hollywood businessman Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other abuses, evoked the following recent Twitter message by Alyssa Milano: “If you’ve...more

Golf, the Commercial Division, and Expert Disclosure: No Sandbaggers Allowed!

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Several weeks ago, we reviewed some of the newer Commercial Division Rules and reported on a couple recent decisions from Justice Shirley Werner Korneich of the Manhattan Commercial Division applying one of those Rules, Rule...more

The Pros and Cons to Camera Placements

by Planet Depos, LLC on

Video depositions can be beneficial to your case, as they can show the witness’s facial expressions, body language, changes in the inflection of the witness’s tone of voice and pauses before answering. To ensure the best...more

The First and Second Departments Split on What is Considered “Documentary Evidence” on a Motion to Dismiss Under CPLR 3211(a)(1)

CPLR 3211(a)(1) allows a defendant to “move for judgment dismissing one or more causes of action asserted against him on the ground that . . . a defense is founded upon documentary evidence.” The CPLR does not define the...more

Protection for Investigation Materials Remains in the Eye of the Beholder

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

One of the most problematic questions facing companies simultaneously undergoing a review by external counsel and responding to a government inquiry is whether the information shared with or created by counsel will be...more

Japanese Deposition Update: Travel Fees

by Planet Depos, LLC on

As many attorneys in the field know, the world of international law is constantly changing. Standards and practices recently adhered to may not be the norm today, as foreign jurisdictions frequently update their procedures...more

Social Media – “Exhibit A” in Litigation

by LeClairRyan on

A recent case from the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania illustrates in vivid detail the potentially disastrous litigation consequences for employees of making ill-advised postings on social media, including Facebook. It...more

Why Paralegals are the Key to E-Discovery Success or Disaster

by Exterro, Inc. on

Attorneys think they are the project managers, but in all reality 99.9% aren’t. Don’t just take my word for it, in the 2017 In-House Benchmarking Report, 42% of in-house legal survey participants said that attorneys were the...more

Not So Fast: Limits of "Settlement Negotiation" Protections

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Think Twice Before Assuming Your "Settlement Negotiations" May Not Be Used Against You - Most people who are involved in resolving disputes or negotiating deals for their businesses have seen documents labeled...more

Increasing Role of Objective Indicia of Nonobviousness in AIA Proceedings

by WilmerHale on

During inter partes review (IPR) proceedings, a patent owner facing a challenge to a patent’s claims on the basis of obviousness may seek to counter this challenge by presenting evidence of objective indicia of...more

5 Considerations when Choosing an Audio Transcription Provider

by Planet Depos, LLC on

Though it may seem like a simple process, there are several questions you should ask before hiring a transcriptionist to turn your audio file, whether it is a recorded hearing, meeting, or phone conversation, into a certified...more

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