courthouseiStock_000005854576_LargeMuch has been written in recent years about changes to the litigation landscape in Texas.  Clearly, the significant tort reform passed in this state, particularly the sweeping reforms in 2003, have greatly impacted the way litigation is pursued, and how cases are tried, in Texas.  Overall, filings in mass tort, toxic tort, product liability and catastrophic injury claims are well down from the mid-1990’s when torts, as much as oil, ruled the Lone Star State.

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Emergency Responses to Government Investigations:

“They Say They Have a Search Warrant. What Do We Do?”

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This webinar presentation will address proper response to government investigations, proactive approaches to avoiding common mistakes, and the detection of early warning signs.

Date & Time
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Noon – 1 p.m. (CDT)

Presenter
Jeff Jensen, Partner


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hard driveThere has been much discussion among in-house lawyers lately about controlling legal spend.  Much of the discussion is focused on soaring discovery costs related to the proliferation of electronic data.  As an eDiscovery attorney, I employ early case assessment strategies and tools, technology-assisted- review, and even low-cost outside staff attorneys to try and curtail the cost of discovery.  In the end, however, the effectiveness of these cost-reduction alternatives hinges on whether clients have done their part to reduce the volume of data upstream.
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Aaron Mann, a TMT commercial litigation partner, recently gave a presentation in London regarding the differences between litigating commercial disputes in the U.S. versus the UK.  The presentation was done in conjunction with Pinsent Masons, a global law firm with which Husch Blackwell has worked closely for a number of years.  Aaron joined Pinsent Masons partners Richard Twomey (commercial litigation) and Barry Vitou (corporate criminal defense) in the presentation for Pinsent Masons’ clients.

Discovery versus disclosure, the American Rule versus the English Rule, compensatory versus punitive damages, the two systems of litigation are similar at times and worlds apart at others.  This seminar gave the largely-British audience a glimpse of how commercial disputes are prosecuted in the U.S. and what that might mean for a foreign defendant who finds itself in a U.S. courtroom.
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A recent case out of the Northern District of California, Lanovz v. Twinings North America, Inc., highlights the evolving landscape that litigants are facing in class certification under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure Rule 23, including courts subjecting plaintiffs’ damages models to a more rigorous analysis.
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Adam Miller is presenting “Eat, Drink, but Be Wary: Plaintiffs’ New Attack on Chemicals in the Food Chain” today at the DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar. Plaintiffs allege a link between chemicals in food and various diseases. Their theories create unprecedented burdens on product manufacturers, essentially making them insurers of their products from