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New York’s Highest Court: Pre-Certification Settlements Require Classwide Notice

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New York Court of Appeals holds that the state’s class action rules require notice of settlements to be sent to putative class members – even though no class has been certified....more

Your International Deposition Checklist (Updated 2017)

by Planet Depos, LLC on

For paralegals and their attorneys, a checklist for international depositions is an especially useful tool, as for many, international depositions are not an everyday occurrence. The checklist helps keep the scheduling...more

Bankruptcy Law Update: Preferences and Selected Bankruptcy Issues

Preference Claims: Elements: A preference is a transfer of property of a bankruptcy debtor that (1) was to or for the benefit of a creditor; (2) was on account of an antecedent debt; (3) was made while the debtor was...more

4 Things the Top E-Discovery Cases of 2017 Can Teach You

by Exterro, Inc. on

Two years on from the last round of FRCP amendments, the courts are still clarifying how these e-discovery rules will be interpreted. One lens through which we can better understand how the court is interpreting the...more

The 2017 Judicial Hellholes Report Is Out And Makes For An Interesting Read

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Each year the American Tort Reform Association (“ATRA”) publishes its “Judicial Hellholes Report” that focuses on litigation problems in state court systems and challenges for corporate defendants in the...more

Northern District Of Georgia Orders Cedent To Produce Information On Its Payment Of Claims

by Carlton Fields on

Defendant Golden Isles Reinsurance Company, Limited (“Golden Isles”) sought detailed information regarding individual claims Canal Insurance Company (“Canal”) submitted for reimbursement under the parties’ reinsurance...more

Donuts, Dust, And Dastardly Deeds

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Two items I read recently got me thinking about the disputes I often see in litigation. First, a recent news item reported that police arrested people for possession of donut glaze and drywall dust. The articles reporting...more

When a Park in the Sky Leads to a Lawsuit - Three Strategies for Success in High-Stakes Litigation

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

In 2002, New York City announced its support for preserving the High Line—turning an unused elevated railroad into a thriving park in the heart of Manhattan’s West Side. Fifteen years later, it is one of the City’s top...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

SCOTUS Implements New Electronic Filing Guidelines

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

At long last, the Supreme Court of the United States has joined the rest of the federal court system in adopting electronic filing. As of November 13, 2017, attorneys filing documents with the Court must submit their...more

10 Steps to Navigate the Labyrinth of E-Discovery for Small to Mid-Size Firms

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

The practice of exchanging discovery in federal litigation has ballooned to its own cottage industry within the practice of law. Many law firms tout expertise in the practice “Electronic Discovery Law.” Heady conferences...more

Georgetown E-Discovery Conference Recap: A “Must Attend” E-Discovery Educational Event

by Exterro, Inc. on

Are you looking to be educated by the best and brightest in e-discovery? Are you tired of conference sessions masked as educational but end up being vendor pitches in disguise? Do you want to learn beyond the theoretical? Are...more

Seventh Circuit: Class Action Limitations Tolling Stops Upon Dismissal, Regardless of Appeal

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Addressing the often confusing issue of when class action tolling ends, in Collins v. Village of Palatine, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit announced the adoption of a simple and uniform rule: The...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

Cross-Examining the Expert Witness in a PL Case: What Are the Relevant Facts & Data? (Part 2)

by Wilson Elser on

In the first part of this series, we examined how effective deposition questioning about an expert’s education, training and experience can ultimately call into serious question the expert’s qualifications to serve as an...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution and Crisis Management Newsletter - November 2017

by King & Spalding on

The Art of the Closing Statement - Insights from a leading advocate into the preparation and delivery of closing arguments - The closing argument is counsel’s final opportunity to address an adjudicator, arbitrator,...more

Web Exclusive: EEOC Trial Tactics Lead To Massive Sanctions Award

by Fisher Phillips on

After more than ten years of protracted litigation brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), including a stop at the U.S. Supreme Court, an Iowa federal district court recently upheld an award of nearly...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

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

Self-Help Ways To Increase Your Legal Bill

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

As most clients who have been through commercial litigation know, discovery is expensive. Unfortunately, in trying to reduce legal expenses, many times clients make mistakes that increase legal expenses and sometimes hurt...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

Does Arbitration Make Sense For Franchisors? A Litigator’s Perspective

by Mulcahy LLP on

Let’s face it; arbitration is not always the quicker, cheaper forum for parties to resolve their differences. Although arbitration does have the potential to be more economical and efficient than court, in practice, these...more

The Ramifications of a Less-Than-Thorough Investigation

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

An insurance carrier has declined to defend a claim asserted against its insured, arguably without meeting its obligation to investigate the claim. For whatever reason — a change in personnel, loss of a file, or some other...more

Litigating in Ontario

by Dickinson Wright on

As cross-border commerce has become commonplace for so many of our clients and with it the prospect and likelihood of their finding themselves considering or responding to litigation in Canada, there is a need to understand...more

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