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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

Maine WC Appellate Division Confirms Work Search Evidence Alone May Be Sufficient to Prevail on Petition for Review

by PretiFlaherty on

In Pelletier v. Gerald Pelletier, Inc., Me. WCB App. Div. No. 17-34 (October 30, 2017), the Employee appealed from a decision denying his Petition for Review through which he sought an increase in partial incapacity benefits....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

California Mediation Confidentiality May Apply to Third Party “Participants” Retained to Provide Analysis

by Snell & Wilmer on

California Evidence Code section 1119 governs the general admissibility of oral and written communications generated during the mediation process. Section 1119(a) provides that “[n]o evidence of anything said or any admission...more

Is the Frye Standard Making a Comeback in Florida?

On July 11, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court accepted jurisdiction of a case in which it is expected to finally decide, conclusively, whether Florida courts are to apply the Frye or Daubert standard to determine admissibility...more

4 Tips to Avoid Costly Visa Headaches

by Planet Depos, LLC on

Travel abroad is an exciting venture that conjures up all kinds of exotic images, whether they consist of swaying palm trees, bell towers soaring above breathtaking cathedrals, or mist-laden fields of heather dotted with...more

Retaliation 101

by McAfee & Taft on

A recent opinion from the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals involving Tulsa’s American Airlines facility serves as a reminder of the kind of evidence required to establish retaliation....more

Third Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Defendant in Titanium Dioxide Price-Fixing Case

by McDermott Will & Emery on

WHAT HAPPENED: ..On October 2, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit unsealed its opinion in Valspar Corp. v. E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co., No. 16-1345 2017 WL 4364317 (3d Cir. Sept. 14, 2017) in which the...more

You v. The Mic: Mitigating Microphone Mistakes

by Planet Depos, LLC on

It’s the middle of your depo, and you pull your mic off, creating a loud sound on the record. You take a quick glance to the left and see the videographer giving you a stern look. You’re embarrassed, but don’t worry — this...more

Instructional Materials Not Always Sufficient to Show Induced Infringement

by Jones Day on

In a recent Initial Determination, Administrative Law Judge Shaw concluded that the Complainant’s reliance on marketing and instructional materials was not sufficient to prove inducement of infringement of a claimed method....more

The Bank Rejects Fosamax Folly

by Reed Smith on

Look what just fell into our lap. Our blogging about the favorable California Risperdal preemption decision last week shook loose from that same case a subsequent denial of reconsideration of a summary judgment motion in...more

Circuit Sidesteps Interesting Suppression Questions in Body-Packing Case

The Second Circuit issued a published opinion on September 11, 2017 in United States v. Pabon, No. 16-1754 (Cabranes, Livingston, Pauley), a case arising from an interesting set of facts involving the warrantless arrest of...more

PTAB Disqualifies Reference for Failure to Show Public Accessibility

by Jones Day on

The PTAB’s recent final written decision denying a finding of unpatentability in ABS Global, Inc. v. Inguran, LLC, Case IPR2016-00927, Paper 33 (PTAB Oct. 2, 2017) highlights the importance of obtaining affidavit evidence to...more

Recording Conversations with Your Cellphone: with Great Power Comes Potential Legal Liability

by Varnum LLP on

In the cellphone age, nearly everyone walks around with a multi-tasking recording device in their pocket or purse, and it comes in handy for many of our modern problems: Your dog suddenly started doing something adorable?...more

Second Circuit Overturns Convictions Of Former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos And His Son Based On Supreme Court's McDonnell...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 26, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned the political corruption conviction of the former majority leader of the New York State Senate, Dean G. Skelos, and his son, Adam B....more

What Evidence is Required to Implement Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Policies in Safety Sensitive Workplaces?

by Field Law on

On September 28, 2017, the Alberta Court of Appeal issued its decision on Suncor Energy Inc v Unifor Local 707A, which considered the degree of evidence required to justify a random alcohol and drug testing policy. By way of...more

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