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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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Chief Justice Roberts won't delay new wage rules for home health care workers during appeal  - US News & World Report 10/7/2015
Schrems: the law student who brought down a transatlantic data pact  - Reuters 10/7/2015
In Menendez case, Citizens United also on trial   - The Philadelphia Inquirer 10/7/2015
Criminalizing the second oldest profession, part 1: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)  - Inside Counsel 10/7/2015
VW CEO says recall to start in January, be completed end-2016  - Reuters 10/7/2015
Halliburton Offers Settlements Over Chemical in Wells to Property Owners  - Claims Journal 10/7/2015
Weil’s Anderson scores win for Michael Foods in antitrust MDL  - Inside Counsel 10/7/2015
Cleveland asks U.S. Supreme Court to overturn 'jock tax' ruling  - The Cleveland Plain Dealer 10/7/2015
UAW threatens strike at Fiat Chrysler U.S. operations  - Reuters 10/7/2015
Love Canal Remediation Claims Revived in N.Y.  - Courthouse News Service 10/7/2015
Lawsuit over DuPont Teflon-making chemical C8 goes to jury  - Reuters 10/7/2015
The Marilyn Monroe Estate sues AVELA for violation of trademarks  - Inside Counsel 10/7/2015
BP Settlement Allows Oil Giant to Write Off $15.3B as Tax Deduction  - Claims Journal 10/7/2015
New York opens inquiry into fantasy sports companies  - Reuters 10/7/2015

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