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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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U.K. Backs Brexit as Cameron Resigns After Historic Rupture  - Bloomberg 6/24/2016
Supreme Court upholds affirmative action program at University of Texas  - ABA Journal 6/24/2016
Split U.S. Supreme Court blocks Obama immigration plan  - Reuters 6/24/2016
Supreme Court sends off patent troll that challenged review rules with an 8-0 slapdown  - Ars Technica 6/24/2016
Authors, Backers of Dodd-Frank Criticize Court for Cutting MetLife ‘Too-Big-To-Fail’ Tag  - Insurance Journal 6/24/2016
Led Zeppelin did not steal 'Stairway' riff, jurors say  - Reuters 6/24/2016
VW to Pay $10B to Settle Emissions Claims  - Courthouse News Service 6/24/2016
Jeep Owners Sue Fiat Chrysler Over Shifter  - Wall Street Journal 6/24/2016
Arista infringes Cisco networking patents, U.S. trade agency rules  - Reuters 6/24/2016
House Democrats End Sit-In Over Gun Vote  - Courthouse News Service 6/24/2016
Wal-Mart Labor Group Asks Retailer to Sit Out of GOP Convention  - Bloomberg 6/24/2016
Lyft wins approval of driver settlement from U.S. judge  - Reuters 6/24/2016
Union Pacific at Fault for Oil Spill, Feds Say  - Courthouse News Service 6/24/2016
Google Link in Supreme Court Case Shows Struggle on Citation  - Fortune 6/23/2016
Get Ready: The Next ‘Citizens United’ Is Coming   - Politico 6/23/2016

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