In the wake of a proposed settlement between credit card-issuers Visa and MasterCard and merchants that would allow vendors to pass along “swipe fees” to their customers, lawyers who accept “plastic” are grappling with the issue of whether such up-charges ...Read More »
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As high school football season gets underway, there’s a new consciousness about head injuries. That consciousness is altering procedures for detecting concussions and for requiring rest after injury. It’s also leading to litigation. Michael Rouchleau was a junior on the ...
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Smartphones are increasingly becoming not just useful tools for lawyers on the go, but potentially important factors in litigation. Requesting smartphone data as part of electronic discovery “is something lawyers should think about both from an offensive and defensive perspective,” ...Read More »
Even something so seemingly innocuous as a business card can present ethical issues for attorneys. For example, although the commonwealth of Virginia doesn’t specifically reference business cards in the Rules of Professional Conduct, lawyers have been cited for inappropriate use ...
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The U.S. Supreme Court solidified its pro-arbitration stance in its decision last month interpreting the Credit Repair Organizations Act. In CompuCredit v. Greenwood, the justices said the CROA was silent on whether claims can proceed in arbitration, despite a prohibition ...Read More »
Because the Credit Repair Organizations Act is silent on whether claims can proceed in arbitration, the Federal Arbitration Act mandates the parties’ arbitration agreement be enforced, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Jan. 10. A group of consumers brought suit ...Read More »
As electronic discovery continues to evolve, litigators are facing new challenges, including emerging technology and expanding amounts of data. Looking ahead to the coming year, lawyers should keep an eye on the following trends: Death of metadata As judges have ...
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Conferences, bar events and business dinners all provide lawyers with an opportunity to network and build relationships with colleagues and clients. But many attorneys dread the requisite small talk. Look at your calendar and you’ll see holiday parties coming up. ...Read More »
Whether pitching services to a potential client or trying to sway a jury, communication is essential for lawyers. The best way to get a message across that will stick with listeners, according to Connecticut-based author and marketer Bill Schley, is ...Read More »
The first meeting with a client can be a make-it or break-it scenario for attorneys. “The foundation for the entire attorney/client relationship comes from that meeting,” said Allison Shields, president of Legal Ease Consulting in Port Jefferson, N.Y., who coaches ...
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