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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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High court ruling helps federal workers file job bias claims  - The Washington Post 5/24/2016
2nd Circuit in Libor case v. banks: Rigging rates is price-fixing collusion  - Reuters 5/24/2016
After Obergefell: How the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage has affected other areas of law  - ABA Journal 5/24/2016
Bank of America $1.27 billion U.S. mortgage penalty is voided  - Reuters 5/24/2016
Virginia Republicans Lose SCOTUS Redistricting Spat  - Courthouse News Service 5/24/2016
Criminal Trials of Former Health-Care Executives Set to Begin  - Wall Street Journal 5/24/2016
Primary Insurer Must Exhaust Policy Via Payment to Pass Defense Obligation to Excess Insurer in N.H.  - Claims Journal 5/24/2016
Tom Brady's appeal of Deflategate suspension will focus on Goodell powers  - USA Today 5/24/2016
Bayer’s $62 billion proposed takeover of Monsanto would create world’s largest agribusiness  - The Washington Post 5/24/2016
Toyota recalls 1.6 million US vehicles for Takata air bags  - CNBC 5/24/2016
New Mexico is first to sue EPA, mine owners over toxic spill  - The Seattle Times 5/24/2016
Pelvic Mesh Maker Alleges Doctors, Lawyers, Litigation Funders Schemed to Inflate Damage Claims  - Insurance Journal 5/24/2016
Chicago, unions reach deal to rescue city pension fund  - Reuters 5/24/2016
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

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