Articles in Litigation

Off the Beaten Path: How Far Does a Municipality’s Duty To Maintain A Sidewalk Extend?

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INTRODUCTION Lawsuits against municipalities for trip and falls resulting from sidewalk deficiencies are hardly a novelty. However, despite the growing number of cases relating to such trip and falls, there is still no cemented (pun intended) definition of the term “sidewalk”, and a concrete (yet another appropriate pun) determination of the physical boundaries of a sidewalk has still not emerged. Read More

Scotland’s courts embrace the new

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David Armstrong, a Partner in our Dispute Resolution and Litigation team, considers the recent changes in Scottish litigation and the positive impact of the ongoing improvements. Over the past year or so, we’ve seen a number of measures designed to modernise litigation in Scotland. Although some of these changes are still in the pipeline, taken together the effect of them Read More

Are your clients in accordance with the new GDPR?

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On May 25th, 2018, the new European legislation relating to the processing of personal data, the so called GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), enters into force. Did you know this legislation may also apply to your clients? The GDPR applies to companies and authorities that process personal data regarding activities in a EU-establishment, but also to processers and controllers established Read More

UPDATE: U.S. SUPREME COURT DENIES CERT. IN INDIAN RESERVED GROUNDWATER RIGHTS CASE

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The U.S. Supreme Court today (November 27, 2017) upheld a key decision affecting Native American tribal rights. Last March, we posted regarding the remarkable Ninth Circuit decision in Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Coachella Valley Water District (849 F.3d 1262 (2017)), in which the Ninth Circuit affirmed that the federal “reserved rights” doctrine for water established in the Read More

Case study: Significant litigation success for our client defending a commercial claim

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John Bett, Partner in our Commercial Disputes and Litigation team explains how our litigation experts successfully secured a six-figure sum for our client in a rare motion for an interim payment to account of an award of expenses. There is no denying that litigation can, at times, be a costly and time-consuming exercise. In raising proceedings, the pursuers (claimants) at least Read More

The Legal Challenges of Sexual Harassment in the Modern Workplace

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It seems you can’t open a newspaper or watch a television news show today without seeing coverage of a sexual harassment case. At Procopio, we’ve assisted many employers who have faced employee complaints of sexual harassment. Fortunately, there are many steps an employer can take to navigate such situations to both comply with the law and improve employee relations. But Read More

DUTCH COURTS GO DIGITAL

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On 1 September 2017 new (KEI) legislation entered into force in the Netherlands, which consists of a complete overhaul of the way legal proceedings take place in the Netherlands. From 1 September 2017 litigation and legal proceedings will only take place in a digital form through a web application (mijnrechtspraak.nl) for every claim of € 25.000 or more. Every attorney Read More

Judge Strikes Down New DOL Rule on Overtime and White Collar Exemption

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Remember last November when a federal judge put a temporary hold on significant changes to federal labor laws affecting millions of workers and their employers? We wrote about it here. Last week, the judge issued a final ruling that struck down the proposed changes, which would have required employers either to substantially increase the pay of millions of workers or pay Read More

Understanding the practical and legal challenges of blockchain

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Businesses around the world are increasingly considering the use of blockchain, a rapidly emerging technology used to store, convey and safeguard information of all kinds. Having first emerged as the foundation for digital currencies like Bitcoin, blockchain technology is now also being used by financial services companies. However, blockchain’s utility in recording, securing and sharing information is causing its use Read More

Millennium Case May Strengthen IP Portfolios of Pharma Companies

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In a precedential decision that may bolster certain patent claims in the life sciences, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on July 17, 2017, held in Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Sandoz Inc. that the lyophilized D-mannitol ester of  bortezomib, --the active ingredient in Velcade®—was non-obvious. To read entire article please visit here. Read More