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|Let Us Now Praise Opposing Counsel|
Donald W. Hudspeth; The Law Offices of Donald W. Hudspeth, P.C.;
May 15, 2013, previously published on May 2013Let us now praise opposing counsel. The good they do can live after them.
Roughly, seven out of ten cases the firm receives are in the conflict stage. The client is being victimized by a partner, ex-employee or contract party who is acting unlawfully; that is, creating legal claims. Often the...
|Out-of-State Attorney Severely Criticized for Taking Unfair Advantage of Client|
Terrence P. McAvoy, David L. Winnett; Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP;
May 8, 2013, previously published on May 1, 2013Plaintiff client was injured in Mississippi. Assisted by a Mississippi attorney, a Louisiana attorney represented the client in Mississippi and settled his case for $13.6 million, resulting in $4.6 million in attorneys’ fees. The client subsequently sued the attorneys for various torts that...
|A Birthday Wish for My Wife|
James M. Kane; Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry;
May 6, 2013, previously published on April 30, 2013This newsletter might be somewhat uncomfortable for some (lawyer) readers. It is uncomfortable for me. It also is not a particular legal or tax planning topic. Rather, it is about better dovetailing together both our professional and family lives.
|Professional Service Firms are the New Target of Cyber/Data Thieves|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
April 19, 2013, previously published on April 16, 2013What are you doing to protect sensitive personal information and protected health information of your clients and your employees?
|Avoid Getting Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Don’t Become a Client’s Surrogate in Communicating With the Government|
David F. Axelrod, Adam M. Galat; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP;
April 11, 2013, previously published on April 8, 2013Sometimes, even seemingly innocuous acts can cause intractable problems. In one recent tax case, United States v. Matsa, S.D. Ohio No. 09-297, 2010 WL 4117548 (Oct. 19, 2010), a simple letter from an attorney to the government concerning a records custodian’s document production caused the...
|Practice in a Flash: Helping Lawyers Hang a Shingle|
Christensen Jensen A Professional Corporation;
April 8, 2013, previously published by Utah Bar JournalPractice in a Flash is designed to support lawyers moving into solo or small firm practice because of economic circumstances that block traditional avenues of legal employment. It is an electronic platform that will provide new lawyers with basic practice forms, entry level CLE, and other helpful...
|Knowledge is Power: Strategic I.P. Management | Latin America|
Danny Grajales Pérez y Soto, Luis Carlos Pombo; B&R Latin America IP LLC;
April 3, 2013, previously published by B&R Latin America IP LLC Blog on April 2013With almost 500.000 annual trademark applications and reaching 50.000 annual patent applications, Latin America is a region that is increasingly giving importance to the protection of its innovative industries through the systems for Intellectual Property protection. However, as our practice and...
|Get Your Attorney Working With Your Designers | B&R Tips|
Danny Grajales Pérez y Soto, Juan Sebastián Salazar Gutiérrez; B&R Latin America IP LLC;
April 3, 2013, previously published by B&R Latin America IP LLC Blog on March 2013A common issue when providing legal representation and advice to start-ups and entrepreneurs is to find trademarks that were not created taking into account the legal side of the trademark’s wording and design.
|Out-of-Court Statements Made by Attorneys Are Subject to a Lesser Standard for Defamation|
Ronald L. Harrop, Rodney Janis, Sean M. McDonough, Anthony P. Strasius; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
March 28, 2013, previously published on March 21, 2013In DelMonico v. Traynor, No. SC10-1397 (Fla. February 14, 2013), the Florida Supreme Court expanded the potential liability of attorneys for defamation lawsuits. Traditionally, lawyers, judges and other judicial officers enjoyed absolute immunity for defamatory statements made in court proceedings...
|Florida Supreme Court Limits Use of Absolute Privilege as a Defense|
Terrence P. McAvoy; Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP;
March 28, 2013, previously published on March 20, 2013 The Florida Supreme Court held that the absolute privilege did not extend to an attorney’s alleged defamatory ex parte, out-of-court statements to potential, nonparty witnesses, limiting prior Florida cases. But the statements were nevertheless connected with or related to the subject of the...