Monthly Archives: January 2013

Erasmus on Trial Tactics




Erasmus of Rotterdam, who lived from 1467 to 1536, was one of the greatest figures of the Renaissance. Now recognized as the top scholar of his age, Erasmus was a Roman Catholic priest who was active in his efforts to reform … Continue reading




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Alexander Hamilton: A Short Life with Great Accomplishments




Even the casual student of American History knows the name of Alexander Hamilton, and many can identify his achievements as miltary hero and aide to George Washington, as co-author of The Federalist Papers which secured the ratification of the Constitution, … Continue reading




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Five Ways Trial Lawyers Can Defeat Patent Trolls in Litigation (UPDATED)




Patent litigation has become big business, and the threat of a large verdict for patent infringement has impeded innovation in many cases. As Margaret Cronin Fisk has documented, the three largest verdicts of 2012 — all for over $1 billion — … Continue reading




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Too Many Lawyers in Congress — or Not the Right Kind? (UPDATED)




April 26, 2013 Update: In the past few days, a number of legislators, both Republican and Democrat, have raised serious questions regarding apparent deficiencies in the Affordable Care Act. To the extent that deficiencies do in fact exist, here is … Continue reading




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Corporate Challenges to the HHS Mandate: An Analysis of the RFRA Issues




In a July 2012 post, I predicted how and why the Catholic institutions which had challenged the Mandate imposed on employers by the Department of Health and Human Services  to provide insurance covering certain contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs free of charge to their employeees … Continue reading




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Standard Fire v. Knowles: Class Counsel Cannot Stipulate Away Class Members’ Potential Claims to Avoid Removal




This post updates my prior post on Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles, in which I summarized the oral argument held before the Supreme Court on January 7, 2013. The first part below covers the oral argument, while the second discusses … Continue reading




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Ten Rules for Picking a Jury




In the trial lawyers craft, jury selection poses unique opportunities and challenges. Nothing is more important than this beginning stage of the trial, and the special skills needed to conduct an effective voir dire examination of a jury panel are of … Continue reading




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