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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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Anadarko Ordered to Pay $159.5 Million for 2010 Gulf Spill  - Bloomberg 12/1/2015
U.S. EPA finalizes 2016 renewables target at 18.1 bln gallons   - Reuters 12/1/2015
Can an Insurer Seek Reimbursement for Uncovered Defense Costs Directly From Cumis Counsel?  - Claims Journal 12/1/2015
High court rejects Mexican suit over Gulf spill  - The Salt Lake Tribune 12/1/2015
U.S. top court rejects Covidien bid to restore patent verdict against Ethicon   - Reuters 12/1/2015
Next Chance To Gut Campaign Finance Law Heads For Supreme Court  - The Huffington Post 12/1/2015
Late NFL Player, Announcer Gifford Had Brain Disease Tied to Concussions  - Insurance Journal 12/1/2015
On eve of MDL hearing, VW taps Sullivan & Cromwell, plaintiffs file yet more cases  - Reuters 12/1/2015
Widows Allege Railroad Knew of Defect Before Veterans Killed in Texas Parade  - Claims Journal 12/1/2015
New York to propose banking rules to prevent illicit financing - source  - Reuters 12/1/2015
Federal Reserve Votes to Retire AIG Bailout Tool  - Insurance Journal 12/1/2015
NSA halts bulk collection of phone records, but security and surveillance concerns remain  - ABA Journal 12/1/2015
American Airlines, union reach deal to hike agents' pay   - Reuters 12/1/2015
Yelp prevails in lawsuit over authenticity of its reviews   - Reuters 11/30/2015
Supreme Court Justice Intervenes in Native Hawaiian Election  - New York Times 11/30/2015

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