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HTMLSubpoena Duces Tecum and Your Average Joe
Steven L. Young; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on January 24, 2014
Attorneys sometimes forget that members of the general public may not share our familiarity with the legal system. The service of a subpoena duces tecum (bring it with you under penalty of punishment) on a “civilian” can generate numerous questions. The subpoena is an imposing, formal...

 

HTMLPart 1: Local Counsel: Opportunity or Pitfall?
Sean M. McDonough; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on March 25, 2014
Occasionally, attorneys may get a call from an out-of-state attorney requesting them to serve as “local counsel” in a new lawsuit in their home town. Lead counsel explains, “Yeah, I just need you to file some papers, let me use your office for depositions once in a while, and tell...

 

HTMLIs There Anything “Good” about the “Good Samaritan” Rule?
Richard H. Rubenstein; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on October 15, 2014
Every first-year law student can recite the “Good Samaritan” rule: The ordinary bystander has no legal duty to rescue a drowning person, but if you voluntarily undertake the duty to rescue her, you must not be negligent in your efforts.

 

HTMLHere Comes the Sun...
Thomas M. DeMicco; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014
House fires have always been a major source of product liability litigation in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of house fires occur each year, resulting in billions of dollars in insurance claims. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there were 487,500 structure fires in...

 

HTMLThe King Can Do No Wrong. But Then Again ...
Lalit K. Loomba; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on June 24, 2014
At common law, municipalities were immune from liability in tort for the misfeasance of their officers and employees. This principle of “sovereign immunity” was often summed up by the phrase, “The King can do no wrong.” Sovereign immunity was not merely a defense to...

 

HTMLFCC Proposes $10 Million Forfeiture for Privacy Violations
Richard L. Reiter; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on October 30, 2014
On October 24, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed a $10 million forfeiture penalty against TerraCom, Inc. (TerraCom) and YourTel America, Inc. (YourTel) (collectively, the Corporations) for alleged data security violations. Although the FCC is currently unaware of any...

 

HTMLNew Jersey Seeks to Ban the Use of “Microbeads” in Consumer Care
Genese K. Dopson, Barbara Hopkinson Kelly, Erik M. Ortega; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on October 30, 2014
The New Jersey State Legislature has unanimously approved legislation to address the growing environmental concerns over personal care products containing microbeads, small non-biodegradable plastic particles used as abrasives in personal care products such as toothpaste. If enacted, New Jersey...

 

HTMLDaubert Déjà Vu
Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 8, 2014, previously published on July 15, 2014
On June 27, 2014, in In Re: Zoloft, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued an opinion excluding an expert in a case that bears a striking resemblance to the facts of Daubert v. Merrell Dow. We think Judge Rufe’s decision in Zoloft will serve as useful...

 

HTMLMy Structured Settlement Broker or Yours?
Philip Quaranta; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 8, 2014, previously published on April 1, 2014
We all have been in negotiations that involve structured settlement proposals, and almost all plaintiffs’ attorneys have relationships with structured settlement brokers. Inevitably, when it’s time to place a structured settlement, the plaintiffs’ attorneys insist on using the...

 

HTMLDoes Pennsylvania Permit Manufacturing Defect Claims Involving Medical Devices?
Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 8, 2014, previously published on September 17, 2014
I am writing to report about a recent dismissal of a manufacturing defect claim made against a medical device manufacturer in the USDC for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. This decision is favorable to our clients that are involved in defending medical devices. We believe this case may...

 


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