Craig Ball is a very close friend. Also, in the area of electronically stored information (“ESI”) and litigation, he is as good an expert as you can find, in the world. His critique of the President’s lawyers reminds us that blindly copying forms will not serve our clients. Preservation Letter to Controversial Author Craig’s “Ball […]Read more "Preservation Letters Require More than Just Copying a Form"
In order to protect professionals from frivolous lawsuits, a Texas statute provides that lawsuits arising out of the provision of professional services (such as engineering or architecture) must include a certificate of merit. That certificate must include a sworn statement by a qualified expert as to the negligence or other error committed; failure to file […]Read more "Texas Statute Could Not Help Engineering Company, Because No Licensed Engineer Provided Services"
A recent development in a much watched environmental case pending before the Texas Supreme Court reminded me that the involvement of a non-party can add value in an appeal. A non-party that submits briefs, or in special cases participates in oral argument, is known as a friend of the court or amicus curie. State of […]Read more "Appellate Success, with a Little Help from Friends"
At least in the state of New York, the law where the courtroom sits determines the scope or existence of any privilege. Companies should not assume that courts in other locations will respect the privilege rules of their home state. They must also consider the privilege rules in locations where they may face litigation, rules […]Read more "Location of the Courtroom Determines Privilege Rules"
Baylor University was concerned that it was not in full compliance with federal law relating to complaints of sexual harassment and violence. Baylor also expected litigation. Baylor’s Board of Regents hired the Pepper Hamilton law firm to investigate Baylor’s procedures, policies and other “institutional response” aspects of Baylor’s compliance obligations. Baylor and Pepper Hamilton agreed […]Read more "Baylor Case: Public Statements Can Waive Privilege"
In Longview Energy v. Huff, the Texas Supreme Court determined that Longview’s evidence of revenue that others received due to an alleged breach of fiduciary duty did not entitle Longview to recover. Longview needed to prove ill-gotten profit, not just ill-gotten revenue. Instead of the nearly $100 million found by the jury, Longview gets nothing. […]Read more "Ill-Gotten Revenue Is Not Ill-Gotten Profit; Plaintiff Loses $100 Million Award"
By issuing In Re: State Farm, the Texas Supreme Court gave lawyers a manual for handling discovery disputes in Texas courts. The opinion lists seven factors for balancing the requesting party’s need for discovery with the responding party’s claim of burden and cost. The factors are: Likely benefit of requested discovery; Needs of the case; […]Read more "Texas Supreme Court Opinion is a Manual for Handling Discovery Disputes"