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Meet John Doe

John Doe got sued this week. He must screw up a lot, because he’s always getting sued. Actually, whenever a lawyer needs to file a claim and isn’t sure quite whom to tag, she’ll file a suit against John Doe, ...

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A deposition from hell

If you’ve ever been trapped in a deposition from hell, you have company. Here’s the tale of some lawyers who take up 10 pages of a transcript trying to define “photocopy.” Really. It’s a public records case from Ohio, reported ...

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A welcome development

Today is National FOI Day. March 16 is James Madison’s birthday, and that’s the reason this date was chosen, in a nod to the Father of the Constitution, as the day to observe the importance of freedom of information. The ...

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Walking on Sunshine

This week (March 13-19) is Sunshine Week, an initiative to promote open government and freedom of information. March 16, this Wednesday, is National FOI Day – and that day was chosen because it is James Madison’s birthday. The week is ...

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Headline of the day

No matter what your view on the controversy surrounding federal funding of National Public Radio, you’ve got to tip your hat to the headline-writers at the Wall Street Journal. The latest news in the continuing story — NPR President and ...

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Who’s got the power?

Mediators will tell you one of the key questions to ask before a mediation session is, “Who’s going to be there?” It’s vitally important to have someone at the session who has the authority to settle the case, if the ...

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