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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...

Case Study – Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc.

Sometimes, in the contentious world of trademark defense, a case can “boomerang” on a plaintiff.  That is, a plaintiff may sue an alleged infringer, and be met with a defense or countersuit that unexpectedly imperils the plaintiff’s mark...

This Month in U.S. Legal History – November

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 …

Major Differences Between the Japanese and American Legal Systems

The various legal systems in place around the world share certain features, but very few (perhaps none) are exactly alike. Indeed, as each system reflects the needs, cultures and traditions …

Legal English: “Statute of Limitations”

Today’s phrase, “statute of limitations,” is a noun referring to the time within which a legal action must be commenced after an actionable incident (or other triggering event) has taken place...

Case Study: Gideon v. Wainwright

In Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963), the U.S. Supreme Court held that criminal defendants in state courts, who could not afford their own legal counsel, had to be provided such counsel free of charge...