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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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Uber Employment Cases Won’t Go to MDL  - National Law Journal 2/5/2016
Bank Julius Baer Hit With $547M Criminal Tax Evasion Penalty, Two Bankers Plead Guilty  - Forbes 2/5/2016
Michigan emails show officials knew of Flint water disease risk  - Reuters 2/5/2016
Researchers Examine Where BP Oil Spill Remains in the Gulf  - Claims Journal 2/5/2016
The political wars damage public perception of Supreme Court, Chief Justice Roberts says  - The Washington Post 2/5/2016
Clinton, Sanders show sharp differences in New Hampshire debate  - MSNBC 2/5/2016
Is Legal Tech Going Through an Identity Crisis?  - Bloomberg BNA 2/5/2016
Though CDC Probe Over, Chipotle Faces Criminal Investigation  - Claims Journal 2/5/2016
What to do about employees who come to work sick  - The Business Journals 2/5/2016
Energy Bill Derailed Over Funding for Flint  - Courthouse News Service 2/5/2016
Major Railroads Say They’ll Again Miss Safety Deadline First Set in 2008  - Insurance Journal 2/5/2016
Investor gets $450,000 fee for leading Kinder Morgan lawsuit  - Reuters 2/5/2016
Health wrap: FDA to reform painkiller approval process; Zika virus treatment may be available in a year   - The Economic Times 2/5/2016
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