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Showing 5 posts from July 2015.

Lawyer Disqualification and the Celgard Decision

The Celgard decision (Celgard, LLC v. LG Chem, LTD., 2014 WL 7691765, 594 Fed. Appx. 669 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 10, 2014), has prompted a lot of discussion, some of it from Hinshaw. Other commentators have also weighed in, and one discussion in particular caught my eye, from Ronald Rotunda of Chapman University. You can find his article here, and it's worth reading, especially if you work in patent law or lawyering law.

Don't Sneak a Peek!

An attorney was reprimanded in Maine and censured in New York for looking at her opposing counsel’s notes while her opposing counsel and the presiding judge were outside of the courtroom.  More ›

"Economic Loss" Rule Bars Employee Data Breach Claims in PA

On May 28, 2015, a Pennsylvania court dismissed in its entirety a class action data breach case based two causes of action — negligence and implied contract — brought by employees against their employer because of a data breach. The Court sided with the defendant/employer and held that an employer’s only responsibility in a data breach of employee’s private information is to notify its employees of the breach under the State’s data breach law.  More ›

Troglodytes Beware -- Knowing how to Turn on your PC is not Enough!

More than one lawyer has (in some cases, proudly) stood up in a courtroom or announced in another public forum that computer-related tasks are beyond her and received sympathetic smiles or glances in response. No more. Recent ethics opinions and revisions to the comments to the Rules of Professional Conduct in at least two states suggest that such a statement may be argued to be an admission of incompetence, and that lawyers need to understand the use of technology in their practice — or enlist the services of someone who does.  More ›

Don't Let Your Career Go Up In Smoke

We’ve come a long way from Reefer Madness and Cheech and Chong and their marijuana-fueled antics in the 1980s.  Marijuana (specifically its key ingredient, THC) is now recognized to alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy and to lessen the pain and symptoms of chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis and glaucoma. Due to these benefits, 23 states and the District of Columbia have adopted legislation that permits the sale and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Four states — Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon — and the District of Columbia have gone a step farther and also legalized the recreational use of marijuana. More ›