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The Role of Social Media in the Practice of Law

Social media platforms present a wealth of opportunities to modern businesses, and those in the legal industry are no different. As a lawyer, not only can your social media profiles …

Legal English – “Sua Sponte”

Sua sponte” is a Latin phrase translating to “of his, her, its or their own accord.” The phrase is used to refer to actions by an official body, such as a court, when it takes an action that is not based on a request made by another party.  That is, it takes the action without...

This Month in U.S. Legal History – December

Each month of the year is packed with legal events of historical significance. Here are some of the most memorable and important legal events that have taken place in the U.S. …

Legal English – “Appellate”

“Appellate” is an adjective referring to courts or entities with the power to review the decisions of other courts or entities. “Appellate” can be used to describe the entity itself, documents filed with the entity, procedural rules governing the entity and more...

Case Study – Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut. Retirement Plans and Trust Funds

Securities fraud allegations are all too common for large enterprises. And in the resulting litigation, the moment of class certification is often a critical one. Once a class is certified, any potential damage recovery can increase by several orders of magnitude...

Legal English – “Summary Judgment”

A “summary judgment” is granted in cases where there is no dispute regarding the material facts and one party is entitled to judgment as a matter of law. Typically, summary judgment is sought via a motion made by one party or the other before trial. The goal...