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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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Visa, MasterCard $7.25 billion settlement with retailers is thrown out  - Reuters 7/1/2016
Judge Wants Details on VW's 3-Liter Engine Fix  - Courthouse News Service 7/1/2016
Supreme Court to consider antitrust cases involving ATM fees  - ABA Journal 7/1/2016
What’s ‘All Natural’ Meat? Hormel Is About to Find Out  - Bloomberg 7/1/2016
‘Glaring’ conflict doomed $7.25 billion Visa/MasterCard settlement  - Reuters 7/1/2016
SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Thomas' Dissents Rise in Nixed Cases  - ABC News 7/1/2016
UPDATE 1-NuVasive settles spinal surgery patent fight with Medtronic  - CNBC 7/1/2016
Uber's $100M Deal With Drivers Questioned  - Courthouse News Service 7/1/2016
U.S. opens investigation in Tesla after fatal crash in Autopilot mode  - Reuters 7/1/2016
Oracle Loses $3 Billion Verdict for Ditching HP Itanium Chip  - Bloomberg 7/1/2016
UPDATE 2-U.S. doctors, hospitals paid billions by drug, device makers - gov't  - CNBC 7/1/2016
Bank of NY Mellon settles $312 mln claim tied to Sentinel fraud  - Reuters 7/1/2016
Greens Say Federal Regulators Quietly Permit Gulf Fracking  - Courthouse News Service 7/1/2016
Think Brexit Won’t Happen? A Trump White House Is Just as Likely  - Bloomberg 7/1/2016
BancorpSouth to settle U.S. charges of racial bias against home buyers  - Yahoo!News 6/30/2016

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