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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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BancorpSouth to settle U.S. charges of racial bias against home buyers  - Yahoo!News 6/30/2016
First settlement reached for EEOC case alleging sexual-orientation discrimination  - ABA Journal 6/30/2016
Facebook wins privacy case against Belgian data protection authority  - Reuters 6/30/2016
Appeals Court Asks If Sound Recording Rights Can Be Divested Like Magic Tricks  - The Hollywood Reporter 6/30/2016
Judge blocks new 'persuader rule' requiring disclosure of lawyer advice to employers on union issues  - ABA Journal 6/30/2016
As states regulate cash advances to plaintiffs, litigation funders cheer  - Reuters 6/30/2016
PG&E Knew Pipeline Data Was Flawed, Feds Say  - Courthouse News Service 6/30/2016
Trump Campaign Broke Law by Soliciting Foreign Donations, Groups Allege  - Bloomberg 6/30/2016
Federal judge rules Ohio can purge inactive voters  - Yahoo!News 6/30/2016
Children’s Deaths Prompt Ikea Recall of 29M Dressers in the U.S.  - Claims Journal 6/30/2016
Cafe Countersues Muslim Women It Ejected  - Courthouse News Service 6/30/2016
Visa countersues Wal-Mart in debit card PIN vs signature case  - Reuters 6/30/2016
Brexit, Climate Change and Clean Air  - Insurance Journal 6/30/2016
U.S. Virgin Islands to withdraw subpoena in climate probe into Exxon  - Reuters 6/30/2016
Post-Scalia Court Has Liberals Winning, Conservatives Venting  - Bloomberg 6/29/2016

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