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The Supreme Court of the United States’ (SCOTUS) recent denial of a Petition for Writ of Certiorari involving the payment of attorneys’ fees and expenses confirms the importance of court forum, as well as keeping up to date on fee assessment and allocation trends, in multi-district litigation (MDL). 

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Recently, as I prepared to co-present on the topic “Ask the Trial Experts” during an upcoming DRI seminar, I wondered what types of questions we would encounter on this subject.  After giving it much thought, I suspected that a theme would emerge: instead of discussing our “wins” and favorable “war stories,” I suspected that we would discuss the unexpected issues that arose in trials in ways that we had not envisioned during the original trial prep. So expecting some   terrific questions from the audience, I thought that it would be helpful if I jotted down a few rules of the road that I follow when things don’t go quite as expected to share with the seminar attendees. I offer them here as well as we conclude this year and prepare for the next. I will add the caveat that these rule don’t always work! 

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Becoming certified as a minority business, woman owned business, or disadvantaged business enterprise through various agencies on the federal, state and local levels has many advantages.  Once a business obtains certification, the benefits to both the business and the business owners include preferential consideration for federal, state and local contracts; funding opportunities through grants and loans; marketing programs; and business development programs.  Although the benefits to obtaining certification are apparent, the certification process is detailed and requires careful consideration and attention to detail.  Below is a discussion of the various types of certification and the organizations that offer certification, as well as an overview of the certification process and the supporting documentation required for a business owner’s application for certification.

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How Former Justice Scalia's Empty Supreme Court Seat Is Impacting Major Decisions  - ABC News 5/23/2016
Rules for 'too big to fail' insurance firms coming soon: Fed official  - Reuters 5/23/2016
How Donald Trump Gained Power Over Senate Republicans With His Supreme Court List  - The Huffington Post 5/23/2016
UPDATE: $11.5M Verdict Includes $6M in Punitives against RJR for Nurse's Cancer Death  - CVN 5/23/2016
Early Spokeo fallout: Privacy defendants try to capitalize  - Reuters 5/23/2016
U.S. Safety Agency Extends GM Safety Oversight for Another Year  - Claims Journal 5/23/2016
A Heated Linguistic Debate: What Makes ‘Redskins’ a Slur?  - New York Times 5/23/2016
It's not illegal to fire someone for being 'too cute,' Manhattan trial court rules  - ABA Journal 5/23/2016
Gov. Doug Ducey signs legislation to expand Arizona Supreme Court  - The Arizona Republic 5/23/2016
Major Facebook Privacy Case Moves Toward Trial  - Courthouse News Service 5/23/2016
Suit Against Airbnb Alleges Racial Discrimination in Housing Rentals  - Insurance Journal 5/23/2016
Congress investigating state AGs for Exxon Mobil climate-change subpoenas  - ABA Journal 5/23/2016
Texas Voter-ID Law Faces Key Test in 5th Cir.  - Courthouse News Service 5/23/2016
SWIFT tells banks to share information on hacks  - Reuters 5/23/2016
Company sued by EEOC can collect attorney fees absent a ruling on the merits, Supreme Court rules  - ABA Journal 5/20/2016

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