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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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Fantasy player files lawsuit against FanDuel, DraftKings  - USA Today 10/9/2015
Now, Volkswagen’s Injury Reporting Being Questioned  - Insurance Journal 10/9/2015
Los Angeles drops discrimination lawsuit against Citigroup  - Reuters 10/9/2015
Time might (or might not) be on your side: Laches survives as a defense in patent infringement suits  - Inside Counsel 10/9/2015
Volkswagen Chief in U.S. Blames Defeat Device on Rogue Engineers  - Courthouse News Service 10/9/2015
White Paper Outlines How Virtual Workers’ Comp Payments Could Reduce Fraud  - Claims Journal 10/9/2015
Appeals court rules 'Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town' can return to heirs of song's co-author  - US News & World Report 10/9/2015
Lawsuits against VW continue to be filed as company hires Jones Day for inquiry  - Inside Counsel 10/9/2015
Court Denies Copyright for Yoga Guru's Moves  - Courthouse News Service 10/9/2015
Sen. Harry Reid sues over exercise-band accident  - ABA Journal 10/9/2015
Proposed Fiat Chrysler UAW pact gradually ends two-tier pay: sources  - Reuters 10/9/2015
Handling cloud-based ESI in e-discovery: Best practices for corporate counsel  - Inside Counsel 10/9/2015
Judge Won't Combine Clinton Email Cases  - Courthouse News Service 10/9/2015
California oversight of oil well injection sites inadequate - state review  - Reuters 10/9/2015
Exclusive: Uber checks connections between hacker and Lyft: sources  - Reuters 10/8/2015

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