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SCOTUSblog

SCOTUSblog

Covers the Supreme Court of the United States. By Bloomberg Law.

http://www.scotusblog.com/
  • Sep 22

    Monday round-up

    Monday round-up
    Briefly: At BuzzFeed, Chris Geidner discusses the possibility that, after the Justices first consider the seven petitions arising out of challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage at their September 29 Conference, the Court could ask…
  • Sep 19

    Petition of the day

    Petition of the day
    The petition of the day is: Carroll v. Carman 14-212 Issue: (1) Whether, when a police officer approaches a residence to conduct a “knock and talk,” the Fourth Amendment requires the officer to go to the “front…
  • Sep 19

    Argument preview: Able opponents trade arguments in high-stakes dispute over deadlines for filing class action

    Argument preview: Able opponents trade arguments in high-stakes dispute over deadlines for filing class action
    It is almost a joy to read the papers in Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi v. IndyMac MBS, Inc., with David Frederick squaring off against Ted Olson. The issue sounds tedious at first – whether the filing of a…
Rank this Week: 16

Information Governance Engagement…

Information Governance Engagement Area

Established with the goal of aggregating key compliance and electronic discovery news for further review, study, and consideration by legal and corporate professionals. By Rob Robinson.

http://infogovernance.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 20

    Unitization: E-Discovery’s Achilles’ Heel

    Unitization: E-Discovery’s Achilles’ Heel
    By Matthew AdamsBy now, it is common knowledge that an e-mail thread is generally organized with the oldest string of the communication at the end of the document, and the most recent string of the communication at the beginning of…
  • Sep 19

    Even A Judged Questioned Why Ask for Permission to Use Predictive Coding

    Even A Judged Questioned Why Ask for Permission to Use Predictive Coding
    By Josh GillilandI do not normally want to high five Federal judges, but Judge Ronald Buch, a Tax Judge in Texas, sure deserved one after his  Dynamo Holdings opinion.The discovery dispute can be summed up as a battle over backup…
  • Sep 18

    Innovation in eDiscovery? (Cartoon and Clip)

    Innovation in eDiscovery? (Cartoon and Clip)
    The Cartoon and Clip of the Week for September 18, 2014Keeping up with innovation in eDiscovery can be quite challenging given the various approaches, commentators and providers weighing in on each real or perceived innovation. This…
Rank this Week: 25

Conflict of Laws .net

Conflict of Laws .net

Covers news and discussion on the conflict of laws in private international law cases. Editor is Martin George of the University of Birmingham. Published in association with the Journal of Private International Law.

http://conflictoflaws.net
  • Sep 22

    Volume on German Case Law on Private International Law

    Volume on German Case Law on Private International Law
    The Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law as released the latest volume of its annual series on German case law in matters of private International law (“Die deutsche Rechtsprechung auf dem Gebiet des…
  • Sep 21

    Symeonides’ Codifying Choice of Law Around the World

    Symeonides’ Codifying Choice of Law Around the World
    For those readers that did not know yet, early this summer ‘Codifying Choice of Law Around the World’ (OUP, 2014) authored by Symeon Symeonides, was published. One can only agree with Lawrence Collins in the foreword to this book…
  • Sep 20

    Volume on Private International Law in Mainland China, Taiwan and Europe

    Volume on Private International Law in Mainland China, Taiwan and Europe
    Jürgen Basedow and Knut B. Pißler, both from the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, have edited a book on “Private International Law in Mainland China, Taiwan and Europe”. The…
Rank this Week: 49

ICT for Peacebuilding

ICT for Peacebuilding

Exploring the use of technology for conflict transformation, focusing on the use of information communications technology (ICT) for peacebuilding. From Sanjana Hattotuwa.

http://ict4peace.wordpress.com
  • Sep 17

    Technology: Progress and Potential

    Technology: Progress and Potential
    An article I wrote for Alliance for Peacebuilding’s Building Peace magazine is now up on the web. In it, I look at both the significant progress around technologies to share vital information before and during a conflict or disaster,…
  • Sep 17

    Technology: Progress and Potential

    Technology: Progress and Potential
    An article I wrote for Alliance for Peacebuilding’s Building Peace magazine is now up on the web. In it, I look at both the significant progress around technologies to share vital information before and during a conflict or disaster,…
  • Sep 4

    Lankacorps Fellows 2014 presentation

    Lankacorps Fellows 2014 presentation
    A presentation made at The Asia Foundation in Colombo to the 2014 cohort of the Foundation’s Lankacorps Fellows. Filed under: ICTs in general
Rank this Week: 54

How Appealing

How Appealing

Covers appellate litigation. By Howard J. Bashman.

http://howappealing.law.com/
  • Sep 22

    "Appeals court revives Connecticut synagogue suit"

    "Appeals court revives Connecticut synagogue suit"
    "Appeals court revives Connecticut synagogue suit": The Associated Press has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued last Friday.
  • Sep 22

    "Obama Won't Withdraw Boggs Nomination"

    "Obama Won't Withdraw Boggs Nomination"
    "Obama Won't Withdraw Boggs Nomination": Online today at Roll Call, Steven Dennis has a blog post that begins, "President Barack Obama still supports the nomination of Michael P. Boggs for a federal judgeship in Georgia, even though Sen.…
  • Sep 22

    "Chief Judge KOZINSKI, reluctantly dissenting"

    "Chief Judge KOZINSKI, reluctantly dissenting"
    "Chief Judge KOZINSKI, reluctantly dissenting": Today, Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski has introduced into the appellate lexicon the reluctantly dissenting opinion. Or, as the majority opinion in today's 6-to-5 en banc ruling…
Rank this Week: 59

Class Action Fairness Act Blog

Class Action Fairness Act Blog

Offers information, cases and insights on the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA). By McGlinchey Stafford.

http://www.cafalawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 63

Point of Law Forum

Point of Law Forum

Provides information and opinion on the U.S. litigation system. By the Manhattan Institute and AEI Liability Project. Contributors include Professors Michael Krauss, David Bernstein, Lester Brickman, Michael DeBow, Richard Epstein, Daniel P. Kessler and Stephen Presser.

http://www.pointoflaw.com/
  • Nov 27

    Chairman Schapiro's Troubled Tenure at the SEC

    Chairman Schapiro's Troubled Tenure at the SEC
    Chairman Schapiro announced yesterday that she will be stepping down as head of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in several weeks. Accompanying her announcement, was a nine-page list of her accomplishments during her nearly…
  • Nov 26

    The Philadelphia Story

    The Philadelphia Story
    The success of trial lawyers in Philadelphia has come at the expense of the Pennsylvania economy. Our own Jim Copland explains in an op-ed and at great detail in Trial Lawyers Inc. - Philadelphia....
  • Nov 25

    Senator-elect Warren's Quandary

    Senator-elect Warren's Quandary
    There has been a lot of speculation about whether Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren will get a seat on the Senate Banking Committee, a perfect forum to go after the financial industry. If Ms. Warren does get the coveted spot, she may...
Rank this Week: 90

Minnesota Litigator

Minnesota Litigator

Covers legal developments for civil litigators in Minnesota. By Seth Leventhal.

http://www.minnesota-litigator.com/
  • Sep 22

    “Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate…”

    “Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate…”
    Happy Monday. For all you trial lawyers, judges, and, most of all, parties to civil litigation, this post’s for you. The Italian poet, Dante, portrayed the gates of hell as having an inscription, the last line of which is the ……
  • Sep 19

    This is like a bucket of bullsh*t…

    This is like a bucket of bullsh*t…
    “Need a zinger for court?” If so, I suggest two things to you: (1) No, you don’t; and (2) If you must, why don’t you just think up a few yourself rather than paying Thomson Reuters well over $100 for…
  • Sep 19

    When Is Speculation Illegal “Gambling”? When is Risk-Sharing “Immoral”?

    When Is Speculation Illegal “Gambling”? When is Risk-Sharing “Immoral”?
    Imagine a business model where someone bets with you on whether or not you will be physically injured over a certain period of time and, if you are seriously injured during that time, then you “win” the bet and the ……
Rank this Week: 99

Day on Torts

Day on Torts

Covers issues relating to tort law, regulations, and trials. By John A. Day.

http://www.dayontorts.com/
  • Sep 22

    Tennessee Made-Whole Doctrine

    Tennessee Made-Whole Doctrine
    The Belmont Law Review published an article I wrote about the made-whole doctrine in its inaugural issue.  Here is a description of the article.     This Article proposes the adoption of the “Modified…
  • Sep 19

    Defamation and Public Figures in Tennessee

    Defamation and Public Figures in Tennessee
    The recent opinion in Byrge v. Campfield, et al., No. E2013-01223-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. Sept. 8, 2014) serves as a good reminder of Tennessee defamation law involving a public figure. In October 2008, Stacey Campfield, then a Republican…
  • Sep 17

    Tolling Agreements, The Savings Statute and Tennessee Law

    Tolling Agreements, The Savings Statute and Tennessee Law
    The Tennessee Court of Appeals recently issued an important decision regarding the interplay between the savings statute and tolling agreements. The facts of Circle C Const., LLC v. Hilson, M2013-02330-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. App. Jul. 29,…
Rank this Week: 135

California Punitive Damages

California Punitive Damages

Covers California punitive damages litigation. By Horvitz & Levy LLP.

http://calpunitives.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 16

    Seventh Circuit vacates $100 million punitive damages award against ConAgra

    Seventh Circuit vacates $100 million punitive damages award against ConAgra
    In 2012 we reported on a $100 million punitive damages award against ConAgra Foods, Inc. arising out of a fire in a grain elevator.  According to Reuters, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has reversed that punitive…
  • Sep 15

    New Mexico jury awards $65 million in punitive damages; Texas jury awards $15 million

    New Mexico jury awards $65 million in punitive damages; Texas jury awards $15 million
    I'm catching up on punitive damages news after being out of the office last week.  While I was out, the AP reported that a jury in New Mexico awarded $2.3 million in compensatory damages and $65 million in punitive damages in a lawsuit…
  • Sep 15

    Missouri Supreme Court strikes down punitive damages cap as unconstitutional

    Missouri Supreme Court strikes down punitive damages cap as unconstitutional
    Last week, Missouri's high court issued a unanimous published opinion holding that a statutory cap on punitive damages violates the Missouri Constitution. The statute in question provides that a punitive damages award against a single…
Rank this Week: 138

Class Action Blog

Class Action Blog

Covers consumer fraud, consumer protection, securities and antitrust class actions. By Meiselman, Packman, Nealon, Scialabba & Baker P.C.

http://classactionblog.mpnsb.com/
  • Mar 26

    Court Certifies Drivers’ Claims Against PJPA (Papa John’s Pizza)

    Court Certifies Drivers’ Claims Against PJPA (Papa John’s Pizza)
    The Court conditionally certified Meiselman Packman Nealon Scialabba & Baker P.C.’s federal lawsuit against PJPA, LLC a Papa John’s Pizza franchisee in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.  As a result of the…
  • Mar 14

    McDonald’s And Other Food Chains May Be Underpaying Employee

    McDonald’s And Other Food Chains May Be Underpaying Employee
    Many fast food restaurants require their employees to purchase uniforms and/or clean their uniforms at their own costs.  However, employees should be reimbursed for the cost of purchasing and cleaning their uniforms.  In a recent…
  • Mar 10

    Tom’s Natural Toothpaste May Not Actually Be Natural

    Tom’s Natural Toothpaste May Not Actually Be Natural
    Consumers in the U.S. rely on labels that say “natural” when purchasing products such as toothpastes.  Consumers are even willing to pay extra money to buy products that are labeled “natural”.  Unfortunately,…
Rank this Week: 145

Structured Settlements 4Real

Structured Settlements 4Real

Provides structured settlement information, provocative commentary, news and opinion about structured settlements and settlement planning. By John Darer.

http://structuredsettlements.typepad.com/structured_settlements_4r/
  • Sep 22

    Woodbridge Structured Funding Lawsuit v Genex Strategies, Inc. Update

    Woodbridge Structured Funding Lawsuit v Genex Strategies, Inc. Update
    With Genex Strategies Inc. will it prove to be the case of trying to "close the barn door after the horse has already bolted"? Lots of nips and tucks to information displayed on websites following... This is a content summary only. Please…
  • Sep 21

    Genex Capital Another "Selfie" Endorsement?

    Genex Capital Another "Selfie" Endorsement?
    1 of 3 reviews for Cash Future Payments within 2 months of the upload of the listing. Yet no other company, including more recognized companies and longer listed like JG Wentworth and Stone Street... This is a content summary only. Please…
  • Sep 18

    Whats the Difference between Plaintiff or Claimant, Defendant or Respondent?

    Whats the Difference between Plaintiff or Claimant, Defendant or Respondent?
    The are some differences in structured settlement documents between cases in claim or suit. The case caption will tell you whether the case is in suit. This is a content summary only. Please click on the title for the full content which…
Rank this Week: 182

Asset Search Blog

Asset Search Blog

Covers asset searches, fraud investigations, and legal strategies for recovering hidden assets. By Fred L. Abrams.

http://www.assetsearchblog.com/
  • Aug 21

    Recovering Assets By Identifying & Immobilizing Them

    Recovering Assets By Identifying & Immobilizing Them
    Identifying and immobilizing assets in a timely fashion can be paramount to asset recovery cases ranging from an ultra- high net worth divorce to a forced collection proceeding against a debtor. The abstract about “Suspending Suspicious…
  • Jul 22

    Recovering Illicit Assets Via Switzerland’s Mutual Legal Assistance Unit

    Recovering Illicit Assets Via Switzerland’s Mutual Legal Assistance Unit
    Mr. Pascal Gossin is the head of Switzerland’s Mutual Legal Assistance Unit, (hereinafter “the Unit”), which is part of the Federal Office of Justice.  Mr. Gossin was a fellow speaker at the Carmelite Chambers…
  • Jul 3

    Divorce & Hidden Money: Four Methods Spouses Sometimes Use To Conceal Asset

    Divorce & Hidden Money: Four Methods Spouses Sometimes Use To Conceal Asset
    This is the eighth post in the “Divorce & Hidden Money” series.  Like “Four Asset Concealment Tools” and “Four Ways Assets Can Be Secretly Transferred”, the post reveals methods a spouse may use to…
Rank this Week: 215

Appellate Law & Practice

Appellate Law & Practice

Covers appellate law and advocacy.

http://appellate.typepad.com/appellate/
  • Dec 10

    Giving it up.

    Giving it up.
     I am going to be discontinuing my participation in this blog in the next week or so.  If you want someone to blame, blame 1) non-lawyers; 2) furries; and 3) the victims rights/tort reform industry. 
  • Dec 8

    CA1: large law firm loses case on behalf of client

    CA1: large law firm loses case on behalf of client
     US Securities & Exch v. Tambone, No. 07-1384. This is a close case. On the one hand, the government is bringing an enforcement action regarding misleading prospectuses to sell mutual funds. On the other hand, the defendants are represented…
  • Dec 8

    CA1: It’s official. Everything is mail fraud.

    CA1: It’s official. Everything is mail fraud.
    US v. Hebshie, 07-2339 (12/4/08). This is a federal arson case. As you know, the framers of the constitution really envisioned the federal government prosecuting insurance fraud (or, as they say, “mail fraud”). The first says that pretty…
Rank this Week: 252

Civil Procedure & Federal Courts…

Civil Procedure & Federal Courts Blog

By Robin Effron, Cynthia L. Fountaine, Patricia Hatamyar Moore and Adam Steinman.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/civpro/
  • Sep 17

    Freer on the New General Jurisdiction

    Freer on the New General Jurisdiction
    Rich Freer (Emory) has posted on SSRN a draft of his article, Four Specific Problems with the New General Jurisdiction, which will be published in the Nevada Law Journal. Here’s the abstract: General in personam jurisdiction allows a court…
  • Sep 16

    Judicial Conference Passes Proposed FRCP Amendment

    Judicial Conference Passes Proposed FRCP Amendment
    The National Law Journal reports that the Judicial Conference passed the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure today. The amendments next to go the Supreme Court for approval.
  • Sep 12

    Proposed Rule 37(e): Failure to Preserve Electronically Stored Information

    Proposed Rule 37(e): Failure to Preserve Electronically Stored Information
    I mentioned yesterday that the proposed FRCP amendments include all three top priorities of the defense-oriented "Lawyers for Civil Justice," as stated on its web site: LCJ’s . . . current federal rulemaking agenda is focused on .…
Rank this Week: 289

Litigation and Trial

Litigation and Trial

Covers topics related to civil litigation. By Maxwell S. Kennerly.

http://www.litigationandtrial.com/
  • Sep 8

    To Practice Law Is To Be Afraid

    To Practice Law Is To Be Afraid
    © Max Kennerly. The original for this post is To Practice Law Is To Be Afraid at Litigation & Trial Lawyer Blog.When it comes to lawyer “war stories,” I agree with Philip Thomas: “The only stories about a lawyer…
  • Sep 4

    MedPage Today Parrots Drug Company Marketing As “Medical News”

    MedPage Today Parrots Drug Company Marketing As “Medical News”
    © Max Kennerly. The original for this post is MedPage Today Parrots Drug Company Marketing As “Medical News” at Litigation & Trial Lawyer Blog.I represent clients in the consolidated Actos litigation, and so I’m…
  • Aug 15

    What If Liebeck v. McDonald’s Was Just Another Case?

    What If Liebeck v. McDonald’s Was Just Another Case?
    © Max Kennerly. The original for this post is What If Liebeck v. McDonald’s Was Just Another Case? at Litigation & Trial Lawyer Blog.This week marks the 20th anniversary of the verdict in the Stella Liebeck…
Rank this Week: 285

The Briefcase

The Briefcase

Comments on Ohio law with an emphasis on criminal law. By Russ Bensing.

http://www.briefcase8.com/
  • Feb 28

    Friday Roundup

    Friday Roundup
    Big news from SCOTUS.  Not really.  The Potamac Nine did come down with a decision in a criminal case, Fernandez v. California.  The Highly Abbreviated Version of What Went Down:  the cops arrested Fernandez at his home,…
  • Feb 27

    My latest experiences with the burning bush

    My latest experiences with the burning bush
    I do a lot of appeals -- over 150, my BFF Lexis tells me -- and I'm constantly amazed at how much I still learn.  I've had two recent epiphanies.  The first is that the best time to start practicing for oral argument is just before…
  • Feb 26

    An unlikely story

    An unlikely story
    Every trial is a story.  The prosecution has a story.  The defense has a story.  Oftentimes, the defense story is nothing more than that the prosecution hasn't proved their story beyond a reasonable doubt. The prosecution's…
Rank this Week: 270

Legal Radar

Legal Radar

Offers news coverage on civil litigation. By Sue Kerry.

http://www.legalradar.com/
  • Sep 17

    Same Sex Marriage Future Bans Will Be Decided in Ohio

    Same Sex Marriage Future Bans Will Be Decided in Ohio
    A majority of presidential elections have been made in Ohio. The same may go to gay marriage bans as well. Justice Ginsburg said that the U.S. Supreme Court will closely monitor the 6Th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Cincinnati, as…
  • Sep 17

    Court Decides Fate on Moscow Confidentiality Breach

    Court Decides Fate on Moscow Confidentiality Breach
    John Moscow, an ex-prosecutor from New York, will be facing a hearing this week as to whether he breached his previous client’s confidentiality when he started fighting companies belonging to a Russian accused of making Manhattan properties…
  • Sep 15

    Death Toll on Defective GM Ignition Switch Now at 19

    Death Toll on Defective GM Ignition Switch Now at 19
    GM is now linked to 19 deaths as a result of defective faulty ignition switches in vehicles. The increased death number was revealed recently from a compensation professional retained by the car manufacturer, Kenneth Feinberg, who offered the…
Rank this Week: 311

Delaware Business Litigation…

Delaware Business Litigation Report

Offers case summaries of Delaware court decisions in business-related litigation. By Morris James.

http://www.delawarebusinesslitigation.com/
  • Dec 31

    Court Of Chancery Explains Scienter Requirement In Insider Trading Claim

    Court Of Chancery Explains Scienter Requirement In Insider Trading Claim
    Silverberg v. Gold, C.A. 7646-VCP (December 31, 2013) Under Delaware law, a so-called Brophy claim seeks to recover the profits made by trading on insider information. Showing that material insider information was available is not…
  • Dec 31

    Court Of Chancery Denies Advancement For Predecessor Liability

    Court Of Chancery Denies Advancement For Predecessor Liability
    Grace v. Ashbridge LLC, C.A. 8348-VCN (December 31, 2013) In general, a successor entity is not liable for its predecessor's obligations when there has been a fundamental change in the identity of the entity.  Here, the Court held…
  • Sep 17

    Does the Business Judgment Rule Protect a Board’s Stock Award?

    Does the Business Judgment Rule Protect a Board’s Stock Award?
    Authored By Albert H. Manwaring, IV This article was originally published in the Delaware Business Court Insider | September 17, 2014 In In re 3Com Shareholders Litigation, C.A. No. 16721 (Del. Ch. October 25, 1999),…
Rank this Week: 345

Trial Ad Notes

Trial Ad Notes

Offers news items and resources relating to trial advocacy, with a focus on Washington State. By Mary Whisner.

http://trialadnotes.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 7

    Conflicts Among Wash. Court of Appeals Division

    Conflicts Among Wash. Court of Appeals Division
    Unlike the federal circuits, the Washington Court of Appeals is a "unitary system"—one court that sits in three divisions, not three separate courts. But sometimes panels from two divisions disagree with each other, so there can be…
  • Jun 20

    Ethics of Advising Marijuana Users and Businesse

    Ethics of Advising Marijuana Users and Businesse
    Under RPC 1.2(d), a "lawyer shall not counsel a client to engage, or assist a client, in conduct that the lawyer knows is criminal . . ."  Does this cover lawyers advising clients under Washington's new marijuana law, when possession is…
  • May 21

    Perceptions of Justice—Olympia, June 9

    Perceptions of Justice—Olympia, June 9
    The Washington State Minority and Justice Commission presents a half-day program, Perceptions of Justice, reviewing a report on Washingtonians' perceptions of how they are treated by the police and the courts.June 9, 2014, 8:45 a.m.-noonOB2…
Rank this Week: 361

Electronic Discovery and Evidence

Electronic Discovery and Evidence

Offers a digest of cases, comments and other matters relating to electronic discovery and electronic evidence. By Michael Arkfeld.

http://arkfeld.blogs.com/ede/
Rank this Week: 341

Workplace Class Action Blog

Workplace Class Action Blog

Covers class action litigation issues, including class certification, discovery and defense strategies. By Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

http://www.workplaceclassaction.com/
Rank this Week: 377

Chicago IP Litigation Blog

Chicago IP Litigation Blog

Covers Northern District of Illinois intellectual property cases. By R. David Donoghue.

http://www.chicagoiplitigation.com/
Rank this Week: 398

Tort Talk

Tort Talk

Provides updates and trends in Pennsylvania civil litigation law. By Daniel E. Cummins.

http://www.torttalk.com/
Rank this Week: 445

Mississippi Litigation Review &…

Mississippi Litigation Review & Commentary

Covers developments in Mississippi civil litigation. By Philip Thomas.

http://www.mslitigationreview.com/
  • Sep 22

    Parties Settle in Caps Challenge Case

    Parties Settle in Caps Challenge Case
    Those legal nerds observers looking forward to the big oral argument Wednesday in the case where the trial judge ruled that Mississippi’s damages caps are unconstitutional will be disappointed with this: the Court cancelled oral…
  • Sep 22

    The Truth Hurt

    The Truth Hurt
    On September 16, 2014 the Mississippi Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of the Neilson v. Dawson defamation case. Here is the Court’s opinion. Here is a 2011 post on the case. The case originated from the book…
  • Sep 18

    More From the Lawyers Shouldn’t File Stuff Like this Chronicle

    More From the Lawyers Shouldn’t File Stuff Like this Chronicle
    As if getting crushed in the BP Oil Spill litigation wasn’t enough, District Judge Carl Barbier is calling out BP’s lawyers for cheating by sneakily exceeding the Court’s 35-page brief limit. My favorite article on the…
Rank this Week: 444

The Jury Room

The Jury Room

Covers juries, trial consulting, trial skills and litigation advocacy. By Keene Trial Consulting.

http://keenetrial.com/blog
  • Sep 22

    It’s 2014: Where are all the female subjects in surgical research?

    It’s 2014: Where are all the female subjects in surgical research?
    More than two decades after the 1993 Revitalization Act was signed (stating women and minorities must be included in NIH funded research), females are still under-represented in both “basic science and translational surgical…
  • Sep 19

    Social media has not killed “the spiral of silence”

    Social media has not killed “the spiral of silence”
    We’ve blogged a fair amount on the impact of the internet and social networking on jurors but here is something unexpected. People that engage in social media are less likely to discuss heated topics in the news, not more likely. This…
  • Sep 17

    The Disgust Scale: How have we missed this all this time?

    The Disgust Scale: How have we missed this all this time?
    We’ve covered a lot of the disgust research so it is curious to us that somehow we missed sharing the actual Disgust Scale with you earlier. The Disgust Scale was developed by the infamous Jonathan Haidt (his surname is pronounced…
Rank this Week: 416

Southern California Appellate News

Southern California Appellate News

Features news and resources for the Southern California appellate lawyer. By Nate Scott.

http://socal-appellate.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 19

    Justice Chin to speak in OC on Monday

    Justice Chin to speak in OC on Monday
    Justice Ming Chin will be discussing briefing writing and advocacy at the next OCBA Appellate Law Section on Monday, Sept. 22. Register here.
  • Sep 18

    2d DCA pro tem updates / LACBA ACS Kick-Off meeting

    2d DCA pro tem updates / LACBA ACS Kick-Off meeting
    The following are currently sitting on assignment:Judge Rita Miller of the Los Angeles Superior Court, will be sitting Pro-Tem in Division One until November 30, 2014 Judge John Shepard Wiley, Jr. of the Los Angeles…
  • Sep 17

    Busted for formatting trick

    Busted for formatting trick
    "Objection! Leading!"Yes, there are still courts that have page limits, not word counts. And yes, there are still lawyers that play formatting tricks to squeeze in extra text. And yes, they get in trouble, as in this order. (See Slate article…
Rank this Week: 451

New York Probate & Estate…

New York Probate & Estate Litigation Blog

Covers probate news, procedures and resources. By Philip M. Bernstein.

http://www.nyprobatelitigation.com/
  • Sep 15

    Not Everybody Needs A Trust

    Not Everybody Needs A Trust
    Every Spring, when the snowbirds have returned to New York, your lawblogger gets a rash of inquiries about trusts. Some folks are absolutely insistent but don't really have a good explanation for this. I usually ask at this point which…
  • Aug 23

    Power Of Attorney Not Always Easy To Use

    Power Of Attorney Not Always Easy To Use
    An article in today's New York Times sheds some interesting light on powers of attorney and their sometimes unforeseen drawbacks. Your lawblogger thinks it is well worth a look.
  • Aug 21

    Anna Nicole Smith Estate (Finally) Out Of Court

    Anna Nicole Smith Estate (Finally) Out Of Court
    The ABA Journal reports on the final failure of the Estate of Anna Nicole Smith to recover  hundreds of millions of dollars from the estate of her late husband J. Howard Marshall. Marshall, a Texas oil billionaire died at 89, a year…
Rank this Week: 432

the complex litigator

the complex litigator

Covers complex litigation and class actions. By H. Scott Leviant.

http://thecomplexlitigator.com/post-data/
  • Aug 12

    Luckey v. Superior Court says no to temporary judges for class settlement approval

    Luckey v. Superior Court says no to temporary judges for class settlement approval
    In Luckey v. Superior Court (July 22, 2014), the Court of Appeal (Second Appellate District, Division Three), the Court considered a writ following the denial of a stipulation to utilize a temporary judge to handle a class settlement…
  • Aug 12

    Misclassifcation of independent contractors gets a boost in Ayala v. Antelope Valley Newspaper

    Misclassifcation of independent contractors gets a boost in Ayala v. Antelope Valley Newspaper
    As I fill the backlog, we have yet another big decision from the California Supreme Court. In Ayala v. Antelope Valley Newspapers, 59 Cal. 4th 522 (June 30, 2014), the Supreme Court examined how the question of certification should be…
  • Aug 12

    Analysis of Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles LLC

    Analysis of Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles LLC
    Next up on the update list is Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles LLC (June 23, 2014). In Iskanian, a limousine driver filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of himself and similarly situated employees for his employer’s alleged…
Rank this Week: 422

Say What?! Judge Jerry Buchmeyer's…

Say What?! Judge Jerry Buchmeyer's weblog of classic legal humor.

Real life Texas Courtroom Humor. From U.S. Federal District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer (Northern District of Texas).

http://saywhat.texasbar.com/
  • Nov 21

    December 1997 - I Did a Buchmeyer

    December 1997 - I Did a Buchmeyer
    From Jeffrey Hirt of Houston, this excerpt from his examination of the present wife of his client:Q. Gina, how long have you known your stepdaughters?A. Actually, since before they were born. When Joan was still pregnant.Mr. Hirt: I'll send…
  • Nov 20

    September 2007 - That's How Vegas Work

    September 2007 - That's How Vegas Work
    Ryan Morris, who is a second-year law student at the University of Texas, was working for a small firm in Austin when he came across this excerpt in a deposition from a probate case where a party was testifying about his bank account:A. I…
  • Nov 19

    May 1985 - Were You in the Military Service?

    May 1985 - Were You in the Military Service?
    Q. How far did you get in the service? It was in the Army, wasn't it? A. Yes, sir, the Army. Q. How far did you get? A. Over to the South Pacific.
Rank this Week: 471

eDiscovery Daily Blog

eDiscovery Daily Blog

Provides eDiscovery news, analysis and educational tips. By Trial Solutions.

http://www.ediscoverydaily.com/
  • Sep 21

    eDiscovery Daily is Four Years Old!

    eDiscovery Daily is Four Years Old!
    Believe it or not, it has been four years ago this past Saturday since we launched the eDiscovery Daily blog! Now is your chance to catch up on some posts that you may have missed!       Related…
  • Sep 18

    Is Technology Assisted Review Older than the US Government? - eDiscovery Trend

    Is Technology Assisted Review Older than the US Government? - eDiscovery Trend
    A lot of people consider Technology Assisted Review (TAR) and Predictive Coding (PC) to be new technology. We attempted to debunk that as myth last year after our third annual thought leader interview series by summarizing comments from some…
  • Sep 17

    eDiscovery Throwback Thursdays – How Databases Were Used, Circa Early 1980s, Part 5

    eDiscovery Throwback Thursdays – How Databases Were Used, Circa Early 1980s, Part 5
    So far in this blog series, we’ve taken a look at the ‘litigation support culture’ in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, we’ve covered how databases were built, and we started discussing how databases were…
Rank this Week: 563

Expert Witness Blog

Expert Witness Blog

Covers Daubert, expert witness marketing, and expert witness testimony. By JurisPro Expert Witness Directory.

http://www.expertwitnessblog.com/
  • Sep 20

    Automotive Expert Witnesses & Recall

    Automotive Expert Witnesses & Recall
    Automotive expert witnesses may consult on auto defects, auto engines, automotive components, and automotive recalls. In the news, General Motors Co. is recalling some 2011-2014 Chevrolet Express compressed natural gas vehicles. About 3,200…
  • Sep 17

    Business Expert Witness On Coming To Grips With Risk

    Business Expert Witness On Coming To Grips With Risk
    In Coming to Grips with Risk, business expert witness Shelley Lee Boyce writes that "Your tolerance for risk is an important factor in how you allocate your investment portfolio among different investments." While investments are subject to…
  • Sep 15

    Cross-examining the Expert Witness by Dean Brett Part 1

    Cross-examining the Expert Witness by Dean Brett Part 1
    In How to prepare to cross-examine an expert witness, attorney Dean Brett writes on what he describes as "one of the trial attorney's most difficult tasks." Throughout my years as a trial attorney, I have found that one of the most…
Rank this Week: 599

Federal Civil Practice Bulletin

Federal Civil Practice Bulletin

Covers federal civil practice and procedure. By Washington & Lee University School of Law, Professor A. Benjamin Spencer.

http://federalcivilpracticebulletin.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 590

TortDeform

TortDeform

A civil justice defense blog. By the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy.

http://www.tortdeform.com/
  • May 20

    The Politics Behind Tort Reform

    The Politics Behind Tort Reform
    Hello, and welcome back after that fifteen-month intermission. I've been too busy helping people to blog about the forces that want to prevent me from helping people. To dip my toe back in the blogging water, I thought I'd give a…
  • Feb 17

    The value of a human life and damage cap

    The value of a human life and damage cap
    Even if we go with the Bush-era figure of $6.8 million, you’re far above the often-proposed cap of $250,000 for noneconomic damages.  I’m morally opposed to ANY damage cap because I don’t believe that you can set a flat rate on every…
  • Feb 9

    Business Litigation vs. Malpractice Litigation–Let’s Get Some Perspective

    Business Litigation vs. Malpractice Litigation–Let’s Get Some Perspective
    Which is a greater tragedy: A child dying at the hands of an incompetent doctor, or a toy company ripping off the design of a doll from another toy company?  Brian Wilson discusses how out-of-whack our priorities are regarding…
Rank this Week: 583

Juries

Juries

Discusses jury-related issues.

http://juries.typepad.com/juries/
  • Sep 22

    Fed. Ct. Seeking to Curtail Post-Trial Juror Contact

    Fed. Ct. Seeking to Curtail Post-Trial Juror Contact
    One federal court in Louisiana is considering imposing some of the toughest restrictions in the country on post-trial juror contact and discussions. The proposed changes include: - Requiring attorneys to obtain permission from the court prior…
  • Sep 19

    Juror's Internet Research Leads to New Trial for Death Row Inmate

    Juror's Internet Research Leads to New Trial for Death Row Inmate
    This is the second time that I have seen a death row conviction overturned because of a juror's improper use of the Internet. The first case, Dimas-Martinez v. Arkansas, involved a juror who could not stop tweeting about the trial....
  • Sep 19

    Juror's Internet Research Leads to New Trial for Death Row Inmate

    Juror's Internet Research Leads to New Trial for Death Row Inmate
    This is the second time that I have seen a death row conviction overturned because of a juror's improper use of the Internet. The first case, Dimas-Martinez v. Arkansas, involved a juror who could not stop tweeting about the trial....
Rank this Week: 674

DRI Today

DRI Today

Features civil defense attorneys' perspectives on employment law, intellectual property, and product liability. From DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar.

http://forthedefense.org/Default.aspx
Rank this Week: 672

The Appellate Gourmet (c)

The Appellate Gourmet (c)

Covers the many flavors of appellate issues and law. By Dorothy Easley.

http://appellategourmetappealsinflorida.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 703

Louisiana Law Blog

Louisiana Law Blog

Insight and information on Louisiana law, litigation and legal culture. By Kean Miller.

http://www.louisianalawblog.com/
  • Sep 15

    Louisiana Second Circuit Holds that Routine Nonsurgical Medical Treatment Does Not Require Compliance with the Louisiana Uniform Consent Law

    Louisiana Second Circuit Holds that Routine Nonsurgical Medical Treatment Does Not Require Compliance with the Louisiana Uniform Consent Law
    By Karen M. Fontana William McDougald et al. v. St. Francis North Hospital Inc. No. 48,955 (La. App. 2nd Cir. April 9, 2014) 137 So.3d 1233 writ denied 2014-0815 (La. 6/3/14), 140 So.3d 1191. In this medical malpractice wrongful death action,…
  • Aug 28

    Electing Portability – It’s Not Too Late to File

    Electing Portability – It’s Not Too Late to File
    By Wendy B. Horton The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 was signed into law on December 17, 2010, and included a key provision – providing for “portability” between spouses of…
  • Aug 25

    Protection of Trademarks from Cybersquatter

    Protection of Trademarks from Cybersquatter
    By Bill Caughman In 1999, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) adopted the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) which established a system for dispute resolution between owners of…
Rank this Week: 664

Beyond Structured Settlements

Beyond Structured Settlements

Covers 468B settlement funds, factoring, medicare set-aside arrangements, settlement planning, special needs trusts and structured settlements. By Patrick Hindert.

http://s2kmblog.typepad.com/rethinking_structured_set/
  • Sep 2

    Potential "Game Changing" S2 PLR

    Potential "Game Changing" S2 PLR
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a Private Letter Ruling (PLR-143928-13) dated August 29, 2014 approving favorable tax treatment for a structured settlement annuity with annual payment adjustments based on the performance of the…
  • Aug 29

    Wendie Howland Interview - 3

    Wendie Howland Interview - 3
    In two prior S2KM blog posts (Part 1 and Part 2), Wendie A. Howland, MN, RN-BC, CRRN, CCM, CNLCP, LNCC, a nationally recognized life care planning expert, has helped to explain why life care planners increasingly impact multiple overlapping…
  • Aug 27

    Wendie Howland Interview - 2

    Wendie Howland Interview - 2
    The increasing number, importance and roles of life care planners represents a significant development impacting several overlapping markets including structured settlements, personal injury settlement planning, special needs planning, and…
Rank this Week: 705

ClassActionBlawg.com

ClassActionBlawg.com

Features class action news, commentary, and analysis. By Paul Karlsgodt.

http://classactionblawg.com
Rank this Week: 716

Angel Reyes Blog

Angel Reyes Blog

Covers lawsuits, verdicts, culture and politics.

http://www.angelreyesblog.com/
  • Jul 30

    Robotic Surgery by da Vinci - Masterpiece or Major Mistake?

    Robotic Surgery by da Vinci - Masterpiece or Major Mistake?
      Most of us have experienced the anxiety and frustration of a computer, smartphone, iPad or other device malfunctioning. But what would we do if our lives depended on an electronic device performing perfectly?    
  • Jul 9

    Jury Awards $285,000 in Bellwether Fosamax Lawsuit

    Jury Awards $285,000 in Bellwether Fosamax Lawsuit
      This past Monday, a New York federal judge denied Big Pharma’s Merck & Co Inc.’s attempt to avoid paying $285,000 to plaintiff in a multi-district lawsuit based on the fact that the bone drug Fosamax causes jaw…
  • Jul 8

    Monster Overdose: Are Energy Drinks Killing Teens?

    Monster Overdose: Are Energy Drinks Killing Teens?
    Alex Morris died suddenly this year from cardiac arrest at the age of 19. He habitually drank two cans of Monster Energy® drinks each day for two years. His mother Paula believes energy drinks were the cause and immediately filed a…
Rank this Week: 700

California Civil Litigation

California Civil Litigation

Covers recent decisions of the California Courts that are of interest to the civil litigation practitioner. By Pamela Fasick.

http://californiacivillitigation.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 15

    Big Change in the Parol Evidence Rule

    Big Change in the Parol Evidence Rule
    The California Supreme Court Discards the State's Idiosyncratic Interpretation of the Fraud Exception Riverisland Cold Storage, Inc. v. Fresno-Madera Production Credit Association (No. S190581, January 14, 2013) The California Supreme Court…
  • Oct 27

    A Judgment Without Previous Notice of Lawsuit

    A Judgment Without Previous Notice of Lawsuit
    I Was Informed There's a Judgment Against Me But I Never Heard of Any LawsuitIt's relatively unusual for a person who had no notice that they had been named as a defendant in a civil action to be informed that there is a civil judgment…
  • May 11

    Hospital's Suit For Reimbursement Is Not Preempted by ERISA

    Hospital's Suit For Reimbursement Is Not Preempted by ERISA
    Court of Appeal Reverses a Judgment Sustaining a Demurrer by Blue CrossCoast Plaza Doctors Hospital v. Blue Cross of California (B205892, May 11, 2009)11 p.
Rank this Week: 709

South Carolina Appellate Law Blog

South Carolina Appellate Law Blog

Follows the opinions of the South Carolina appellate courts, the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. By Womble Carlyle.

http://southcarolinaappellatelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Dec 13

    Closing Out

    Closing Out
    Well, I have left private practice and have taken a job with the US Attorney's Office. In light of my career change, this blog is shutting down. Thanks to everyone who dropped by for the latest SC legal news. Merry Christmas.
  • Dec 1

    Constitutional issues with Clinton appointment???

    Constitutional issues with Clinton appointment???
    "No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been increased during…
  • Nov 19

    Billy Wilkins' return to the courtroom as a lawyer meets with succe

    Billy Wilkins' return to the courtroom as a lawyer meets with succe
    From the Greenville News:William W. “Billy” Wilkins successfully argued against a motion in a shareholder suit against South Financial that asked for a temporary restraining order barring retirement payments to retired CEO Mack Whittle as…
Rank this Week: 649

Federal Criminal Lawyer Blog

Federal Criminal Lawyer Blog

Covers legal topics such as appeals, drug crimes, internet crimes, white collar crime, and federal criminal trials. By Kish & Lietz.

http://www.georgiafederalcriminallawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 736

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We…

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)

Edited by University of Miami School of Law Professor Michael Froomkin, The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)–JOTWELL–invites law professors to join us in filling a telling gap in legal scholarship by creating a space where legal academics will go to identify, celebrate, and discuss the best new legal scholarship.

http://jotwell.com/
  • Sep 22

    Descendibility: The Neglected Stick in the Bundle

    Descendibility: The Neglected Stick in the Bundle
    David Horton, Indescendibility, 102 Calif. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming, 2014), available at SSRN.Alexander Boni-SaenzShould the right to transfer an asset after death extend to kidneys, personal injury claims, or frequent flier miles? In…
  • Sep 19

    A Map Through the Punitive Damages Forest

    A Map Through the Punitive Damages Forest
    Yehuda Adar, Touring the Punitive Damages Forest: A Proposed Roadmap, 1 Osservatorio Del Diritto Civile E Commerciale [The Civ. & Com. L. Observer] 275 (2012), available at SSRN.Sheila ScheuermanThe questions raised by punitive damages…
  • Sep 17

    Next Up, Incest

    Next Up, Incest
    Anthony C. Infanti, Big (Gay) Love: Has the IRS Legalized Polygamy?, N.C.L. Rev. Addendum (forthcoming, 2014), available at SSRN.Lily KahngGay marriage opponents love to fear monger about the slippery slope of extending marriage beyond…
Rank this Week: 743