Category Archives: Litigation Tips

Halliburton and the Fraud on the Market Presumption: A Bad Day for Defense Counsel in the Supreme Court




In Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., No. 13-317 (June 23, 2014), the Supreme Court dealt a serious blow to securities class action defendants. In that case, six justices refused to overrule the presumption of reliance recognized under the … Continue reading




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How Social Media Can Land You in Court




With the nearly ubiquitous use of Facebook, twitter, and other social media, the use of postings on such sites has invited their use in both criminal and civil litigation. The danger from such posts is accentuated by the lack of … Continue reading




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How to Lose Cases: Litigation Dangers From Emails and Other Internal Business Documents




During World War II, defense workers were warned not to talk about their work because “a slip of a lip can sink a ship,” an expression so familiar that it led to a hit song of the same name by … Continue reading




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Are the Food Industry and the NFL the New “Big Tobacco”?




With tobacco and asbestos litigation on a steeply declining arc, leading plaintiffs’ lawyers have turned their sites to other defendants. Two recent targets have been the food industry and the National Football League. Participants in the food industry have been sued on … Continue reading




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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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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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