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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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Are there five SCOTUS votes to overturn the death penalty?  - ABA Journal 7/7/2015
BP agrees to record settlement in principle on Deepwater Horizon oil spill  - Inside Counsel 7/7/2015
Amazon must face trademark lawsuit over search results  - Reuters 7/7/2015
AstraZeneca and Teva Settle Allegations of Underpaying Medicaid Rebates  - Wall Street Journal Blog 7/7/2015
Industrial Explosion Suit Gets Green Light  - Courthouse News Service 7/7/2015
White-collar overtime proposal creates challenges for many businesses  - Inside Counsel 7/7/2015
$8.9 Million RICO Award Against Tech Firm  - Courthouse News Service 7/7/2015
Court upholds EPA in putting Chesapeake Bay on 'pollution diet'  - The Baltimore Sun 7/7/2015
BP Settlement Doesn’t Cover Claims by Insurers, Banks, Casinos and Others  - Insurance Journal 7/7/2015
In Supreme Court term, Obama wins big and loses small  - Reuters 7/7/2015
Law Firms Merging At Record Pace, Report Finds  - Bloomberg 7/7/2015
CUNA Mutual Group choses Passport from ELM Solutions for integrated legal GRC  - Inside Counsel 7/7/2015
Christian College Loses Challenge to Obamacare  - Courthouse News Service 7/7/2015
Aetna CEO addresses antitrust concerns over Humana deal  - Reuters 7/7/2015
Court Upholds Unpaid Internships with Educational Value  - Insurance Journal 7/6/2015

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