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Author Archives: Correy E. Stephenson

Spoliation eye-opener

A recent e-discovery decision provides important lessons for lawyers and companies about spoliation sanctions. The defendant’s e-discovery failures in Victor Stanley Inc. v. Creative Pipe Inc. — known as Victor Stanley II ...

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Book Review: Hello, young lawyer: Welcome to the firm

Call it the non-fiction version of “The Firm” (without Tom Cruise). The American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section recently released “Introduction to Law Firm Practice,” by Michael Downey ...

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What now? ‘Twiqbal’ and affirmative defense

Should defendants be held to the heightened pleading standard articulated in the Twombly-Iqbal line of U.S. Supreme Court cases for plaintiffs’ complaints? U.S. District Courts across the country are split on the question.

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Clients seek gift-giving guidance

It’s been an unusual year for estate planners. The lack of a federal estate tax, and the uncertainty about whether it will return, has encouraged some clients to transfer their wealth by making gifts.

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Solos, small firms look to portfolio billing

Solos and small firms looking for ways to attract new customers and stabilize their income should consider an increasingly popular option: portfolio billing. Portfolio billing is an arrangement where a law firm takes on all the legal work ...

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A look at the ethics of Web 2.0 for lawyers

While many lawyers are taking advantage of abundant networking and marketing opportunities using Web 2.0 platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, they should be aware of a number of ethical pitfalls.

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Is the health care debate impacting jurors?

The national debate over health care covered a broad spectrum of topics and invited opinions from every citizen. And like any political issue, the debate will affect potential jurors, said Richard Gabriel ...

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