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Feb 21, 2017

Commentary: Explaining litigation through similes

Have you ever tried to explain the civil litigation process to a client through metaphor or simile? In my experience, there are some comparisons that are apt, and some that are not. Litigation is not like poker In Abraham Lincoln’s day, lawyers would wait until trial to reveal their evidence, which likely made for good […]

Oct 1, 2016

General counsel survey predicts more disputes

If your company or client views spending on litigation as a bad thing, which it no doubt does, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Litigation Trends Annual Survey will be quite depressing to them. It predicts an increasingly litigious environment, more regulatory disputes, more class actions, more labor disputes and more intellectual property disputes. For all its bad […]

Jan 6, 2014

Which way is the wind blowing in ST project?

The status of a planned wind turbine project in the Southern Tier remains unclear. The development company, which prevailed in the latest round of litigation, plans to proceed, according to Laurie S. Bloom, who represents Ecogen Wind LLC. But the attorney for the Steuben County town of Prattsburgh, Edward P. Hourihan Jr., said Friday the […]

Oct 28, 2013

DOMA guidance could spur new litigation

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a statutory provision banning the recognition of same-sex marriages for federal purposes in June, business owners and their attorneys have been awaiting guidance from federal agencies as to how that ruling would change rules governing everything from tax exemptions to employment medical leave. But recent guidance issued […]

Apr 23, 2013

Document review work fades as computers take over

Discovery for major litigation once meant junior attorneys would spend thousands of hours doing the mind-numbingly repetitive work of sifting through documents, identifying the ones that had to be produced for the pending lawsuit. For clients, it usually meant sky-high bills to pay all those junior attorneys to do all that tedious sorting. Enter “predictive […]

Aug 31, 2011

Deadline approaches for certain fen-phen claims

(Dolan Media Newswires) — A Dec. 31 deadline in the fen-phen litigation faces certain individuals who may be eligible for additional cash payments from the $4.8 billion nationwide class settlement involving the recalled diet drug. Drug maker Wyeth has agreed to make payments to class members with certain qualifying medical conditions if those conditions occur […]

Aug 4, 2011

Discovery expanded in Yaz, Yasmin litigation

Discovery in the multidistrict litigation over the birth control drugs Yaz/Yasmin has been expanded beyond the 24 selected bellwether cases. Judge David R. Herndon, who oversees the litigation in the U.S. District Court ...

May 31, 2011

Philadelphia firm opens office in Rochester

Rochester attorney Bernadette Catalana has become of counsel to the Philadelphia-based law firm of Lavin, O’Neil, Ricci, Cedrone & DiSipio, which has opened a local office. Catalana is an experienced litigator who focuses her practice ...

Mar 15, 2011

Rochester firm cited for frivolous defense

A Rochester firm, recently slapped with a $10,000 fine, is evaluating its next step, but believes it will be vindicated. Monroe County Supreme Court Justice William P. Polito found that Hagelin Kent LLC engaged in frivolous defense of an accident client ...

Feb 7, 2011

Nixon Peabody achieves favorable conclusion

LaserMax announced today a favorable conclusion of patent infringement litigation initiated in January 2009 by Crimson Trace against three of LaserMax’s product lines in Portland, Ore.

Dec 30, 2010

The next big civil rights case: Anna Nicole Smith?

The battle over the fortune of the late Texas tycoon J. Howard Marshall, who married former Playboy playmate and model Anna Nicole Smith shortly before his death, is heading to the U.S. Supreme Court for the second time.

Dec 28, 2010

Darvon, Darvocet mass tort is massive

Plaintiffs’ personal injury attorneys are gearing up to initiate an onslaught of litigation against makers of the popular painkillers Darvon and Darvocet. After the voluntary withdrawal of the drugs ...

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