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This is FindLaw's collection of Civil Litigation articles, part of the Litigation and Disputes section of the Corporate Counsel Center. Law articles in this archive are predominantly written by lawyers for a professional audience seeking business solutions to legal issues. Start your free research with FindLaw.

Civil Litigation
Civil Litigation Articles
  • Labor and Employment Update: Supreme Court Tackles Thorny Issues Under ADA
    Provided by Pepper Hamilton LLP
    This update covers Supreme Court rulings in regards to the definition of disability and when punitive damages may be awarded against employers in discrimination cases.

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  • Makeup Rule Upheld By Ninth Circuit
    Provided by Veronica Arechederra Hall of Littler Mendelson P.C.
    On December 28, 2004, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2-1 decision affirmed the dismissal of a female bartender's termination for failing to comply with her employer's dress and grooming standards, which included a requirement that female bartenders wear makeup. Jespersen v. Harrah's Operating Company, Inc., 9th Cir., No. 03-15045, 12/28/04. The decision upholds the right of employers to enforce reasonable dress and grooming standards as long as they do not impose unequal burdens on either sex.

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  • Class Action Fairness Act of 2005: New Bill Allows Some New Class Action Cases to Be Removed from State to Federal Court
    Provided by Christopher E. Cobey of Littler Mendelson P.C.
    On Friday, February 18, 2005, President Bush signed the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 ("the Act") into law. Amazingly, the Act, which its supporters say will curb the ability of plaintiffs' attorneys to abuse the class action procedure, was introduced, debated and passed by both houses of the Legislature in a mere three-week period.

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  • Conflicts of Interest
    Provided by Julius Melnitzer 0 of Lexpert
    Distrust plagues the financial markets. The blatant conflicts of interest between Enron and its various independent off-balance sheet special-purpose vehicles (Raptor, Condor, Chewco, etc.) staggers the imagination. The acquiescence of Arthur Andersen throughout the fiasco defies belief. It is thus no surprise that few issues are as sensitive as the question of "conflicts".

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  • Compensation Benchmarks for General Counsel
    Provided by James Wilber 0 of Lexpert
    As general counsel, you will need to examine a number of factors to determine whether you are paying your lawyers what they're worth. First, it is helpful to establish an argument for the existence of corporate law departments. This is a question regularly asked by corporate executives as they review their organizations, staffing and strategic direction. The typical reasons for maintaining an in-house law department include:

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  • The Business of Litigation Support
    Provided by Julius Melnitzer 0 of Lexpert
    Litigation support, it turns out, is no more confined to expert witness testimony than the solar system is to Earth. Earth is what we know most about and it's where our understanding begins. However, everything doesn't revolve around us and we're steadily becoming an incrementally smaller part of something much larger that's constantly expanding.

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  • Keeping The Lid On Legal Costs
    Provided by Richard G. Stock 0 and Lori Brazier of Lexpert
    In a recent survey of law department costs for a cross-section of Canadian corporations, 100 per cent of the general counsel reported a concern with rising legal costs.

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  • Corporate Scandals: Four Questions
    Provided by Daniel J. DiLucchio 0 and Marci Krufka of Lexpert
    With a few exceptions, in-house lawyers have fared much better than most other stakeholders in the many corporate scandals that have occurred this year. Accountants, CEOs, investment bankers and stock analysts have undergone much public scorn and scrutiny. We have heard about Nancy Temple, the Andersen lawyer whose revised memo provided the jury with sufficient evidence of intent to find Andersen guilty in its criminal trial.

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  • Online Billing: Submitting Legal Invoices Electronically
    Provided by Andrew T. Briscoe 0 of Lexpert
    Most legal invoices still get submitted the old fashion way, on paper. But some corporate law departments are beginning to request outside counsel law firms to submit their bills electronically. Is electronic billing just the latest fad, or is this an important new trend both law firms and law departments need to consider carefully?

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  • Corporate Counsel And The Corridors Of Power
    Provided by Richard G. Stock 0 and Lori Brazier of Lexpert
    The brain centre of CIBC is physically located on the 56th floor of Toronto's Commerce Court West, which houses the nine desks of CIBC's key executive management in a dramatic, open-plan concept space. No walls separate these corridors of power. The centre of this matrix, naturally, is chief executive officer John Hunkin. Several desks down from Hunkin is Michael Capatides, CIBC's executive vice-president and general counsel.

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