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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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Fired workers increasingly add defamation claims to their lawsuits  - ABA Journal 5/27/2015
High court to consider appeal over exclusion of black jurors  - Associated Press 5/26/2015
This Is What The Latest Obamacare Supreme Court Case Is All About  - Huffington Post 5/26/2015
Barclays, others prepare for civil suits stemming from foreign exchange rate manipulation  - Inside Counsel 5/22/2015
4th Circuit says SCOTUS ruling didn't alter retaliation standard  - Reuters 5/22/2015
Banks hope to benefit from high court ruling on discrimination  - Reuters 5/22/2015
Actavis cannot drop old version of Alzheimer's drug -appeals court  - Reuters 5/22/2015
Court rules anyone can copy the iPhone's design  - CNN Money 5/22/2015
After Glitches in Test, Law Graduates Who Took Bar Exam Offered a Small Consolation  - The New York Times 5/21/2015
Senate Has Confirmed Just Two Judges in 2015  - Wall Street Journal 5/20/2015
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