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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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Perjury Probed in Hep C Drug Patent Verdict  - Courthouse News Service 5/3/2016
SCOTUS to mull Federal Circuit refusal to apply top court's copyright laches ruling in patent case  - ABA Journal 5/3/2016
Adult-Diaper Dispute Gets U.S. Supreme Court Review in Patent Test  - Bloomberg 5/3/2016
U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal in shareholder suit against BP  - Reuters 5/3/2016
Supreme Court Delivers A Victory For Supporters Of Seattle’s Minimum Wage Law  - The Huffington Post 5/3/2016
Nvidia settles feud with Samsung over graphics patents  - Reuters 5/3/2016
J&J Faces 1,000 More Talc-Cancer Suits After Verdict Loss  - Bloomberg BNA 5/3/2016
Suit says Starbucks puts too much ice in cups; rep calls it 'essential component' of iced drink  - ABA Journal 5/3/2016
Alles: Uber can't avoid the collective voice of one thousand drivers  - New York Business Journal 5/3/2016
Cheerleading Uniform Case Heads to High Court  - Courthouse News Service 5/3/2016
Supreme Court, without Scalia, leaning liberal for second year  - USA Today 5/3/2016
NYU prof is 0-for-3 at SCOTUS this term – which is just what clients want  - Reuters 5/3/2016
You don’t need unwitting party for conspiracy conviction, SCOTUS says  - ABA Journal 5/3/2016
Oprah Back in Court on 'Own Your Power' Slogan  - Courthouse News Service 5/3/2016
Colorado Supreme Court voids two city voter-approved fracking bans  - Reuters 5/3/2016

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