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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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Supreme Court Urged to Review Assault Rifle Ban  - Courthouse News 9/2/2015
Kentucky Clerk Still Won’t Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses  - The Wall Street Journal 9/2/2015
EEOC accuses DU law school of discriminating against women professors  - The Denver Post 9/2/2015
State Department Asks for Single Judge to Coordinate Clinton Email Cases  - The Wall Street Journal 9/2/2015
Uber Drivers' Labor Class Action Headed to Trial  - Courthouse News Service 9/2/2015
Class actions and the separation of powers: a Spokeo debate  - Reuters 9/2/2015
'Raging Bull' decision could rouse patent holders to sue decades after alleged infringement  - ABA Journal 9/2/2015
Kmart pays $1.4 mln to settle U.S. charges over Medicare inducements  - Reuters 9/2/2015
The Billable Hour’s Slow Demise  - Bloomberg 9/2/2015
Lawyers need to move beyond ‘access to justice’ to close the legal services gap  - ABA Journal 9/2/2015
Big Oil Loses Fight Over Value of Alaska Pipeline  - Courthouse News Service 9/2/2015
EEOC: Female law profs at the University of Denver are underpaid, violating the Equal Pay Act  - ABA Journal 9/2/2015
Asset Managers Urged to Make Cyber Risk Top Priority  - Insurance Journal 9/2/2015
Risk and insurance lessons learned from the Ebola outbreak of 2014  - Inside Counsel 9/2/2015
Pennsylvania Judge Reverses Manslaughter Conviction due to Faulty GM Ignition Switch  - Claims Journal 9/2/2015

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