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Litigation Update

The October 2014 Litigation update is now available. For past issues, see Litigation Update.

The State Bar Of California Litigation Section Presents A Full Day of Specialized CLE for Staff Counsel

The State Bar Of California Litigation Section Presents A Full Day of Specialized CLE for Staff CounselFriday, March 20, 2015

The State Bar of California
845 S Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA

You can now register online for this program. For more information, see A Full Day of Specialized CLE for Staff Counsel.

A Week in Legal London

Sunday, April 19 - Friday, April 24, 2015

Presented by The State Bar of California Litigation Section in cooperation with The International Law Section.

By participating in this one program you can fulfill your entire 3-year MCLE requirement! All this is possible through a combination of participatory and self-study credits, which include all mandatory subjects.

Register now!

In its 26th year, A Week in Legal London is proud to continue its tradition of mixing exciting new opportunities with exceptional legal destinations and interactions. As a result of the special relationships we have formed over many years, we are able to provide access to people and places the general public does not have. In addition to the profound interactions the program presents, A Week in Legal London also provides one-of-a-kind professional experiences. We will spend time behind the scenes with prominent judges, barristers and solicitors.

For more information, see http://aweekinlegallondon.com

We hope to see you in Legal London!

New Standing Committee on Food Law

The Food Law Committee is a newly-formed Standing Committee of the Litigation Section, one of three, devoted to advancing a neutral forum for education and discussion concerning the growing body of law focused on food litigation, regulation and policy. Our active members are drawn not only from leading California attorneys representing and advising consumers and companies in litigation and regulatory counseling matters, but also from academia, science, and the bench.

We are currently planning numerous webinars addressing topics such as "Food Court" litigation, Prop 65, China Update, and Food Fraud, to name a few. The Litigation Section's 2015 California Litigation Review will feature analysis of the top food law cases and developments for 2014, and we plan on delivering to our members a weekly blog of case law summaries.

Members of the Litigation Section interested in taking a leading role in this committee, or just registering for an email distribution list, can contact the 2014-2015 Chairs Christopher G. Van Gundy (Keller and Heckman) or  Robert S. Niemann (Keller and Heckman), or 2014-2015 Vice-Chairs Rob Bader (Goodwin Procter) or Julie Hussey (Perkins Coie).  

Past Litigation Section Chair Robert M. Bodzin of Burnham Brown is a committee member and the liaison with the Litigation Section Executive Committee. He can be reached at rbodzin@burnhambrown.com. State Bar Section Coordinator Mitch Wood oversees this committee on behalf of the Bar and he can be reached at Mitch.Wood@calbar.ca.gov.

Webinars

Getting the Edge in Arbitration - Fees & 998 Settlement Offers in Arbitration

WebinarThursday, March 19, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Learn the rules and procedures for how to win fees in your case. The speakers also will explain how to use CCP 998 Settlement offers in arbitrations.

Speakers: Jeff Dasteel and Martin Dodd.

California Proposition 65: Big Changes Coming To Warning Regulations?

WebinarFriday, April 3, 2015, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

The proposed Proposition 65 regulations would make significant changes to the language of Proposition 65 warnings and the methods by which warnings are communicated. This webinar will feature a moderator-led panel discussion by attorneys who prosecute and defend Proposition 65 cases. The panelists will discuss and share their views on the proposed regulatory changes.

Speakers:

  • Sarah Esmaili, Arnold & Porter LLP
  • Ann Grimaldi, Grimaldi Law Offices
  • Eric Somers, Lexington Law Group
  • William Verick, Klamath Environmental Law Center

Moderator: Richard Frank, University of California

Food Authenticity: Is this the Next Wave of Food Law Litigation?

WebinarWednesday, April 8, 2015, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

There has been recently a spate of "food authenticity" items in the news, from cumin recalls to herbal supplements and olive oil litigation in the "Food Court." Our panelists will explore the underlying legal issues and will provide context as to what your company should know.

Speakers:

  • Arthur S. Garrett, III
  • Michael Roberts
  • Christopher Van Gundy

The Public Relations Of Food Law

WebinarThursday, April 16, 2015, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Learn how to assess public relations before launching litigation or legislation, based on insider learnings from Unilever v. Hampton Foods and similar cases.

Speaker: Michele Simon is the author of Appetite for Profit and is a well-known commentator on food law media relations. She is the President of Eat Drink Politics and Of Counsel to Foscolo and Handel, The Food Law Firm.

Member Benefit -  "Giving a Deposition" Video 

Giving a Deposition” is a benefit of your membership in the Litigation Section. It will hopefully save you and your clients time and money, and allow you to prepare witnesses more effectively for their depositions.

The video is intended to be shown to witnesses who have not had their depositions taken before, or for whom a refresher course would be worthwhile. Through a series of vignettes, the video explains the deposition process and provides advice about how to answer questions carefully, truthfully, and in a manner that expedites the completion of the deposition. The video obviously does not replace diligent witness preparation by lawyers and staff, but facilitates deposition preparation so that the lawyer’s time can be spent on the merits.

For more information, see "Giving a Deposition".

Other News

2013 Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame Dinner

The Litigation Section is pleased to announce that Thomas J. McDermott, Jr. was inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

The reception and dinner in his honor and presentation of the award took place at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood on Saturday, June 22, 2013.

For more information, see 2013 Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame Dinner.

Advance Tapes: Special Offer to Litigation Section Members

Professor Steven FinzEvery two months, Professor Steven R. Finz issues a recorded talk in which he analyzes and discusses every decision published by the California state courts in the previous two months that is likely to be of interest to the busy litigator. The recordings in this series are titled Finz's ADVANCE TAPES on California Civil Procedure, Discovery, and Evidence, and are available as audio CD or audio tape.

The ordinary subscription price is $220 per year (six issues). But by arrangement with The Litigation Section, Professor Finz is making a special offer to Litigation Section Members. You can subscribe for half a year (three issues) for only $15. You'll also receive unlimited access to this website. . At the end of the introductory period, you will be given an opportunity to continue your subscription at a discounted price of $180 per year. BUT ONLY IF YOU SAY SO. Nothing will happen automatically.

For more information about this special offer, see Advance Tapes - Special Offer for Litigation Section Members.

E-Discovery Pocket Guide

In August, 2008, the Litigation Section of the California State Bar distributed to members its E-Discovery Pocket Guide which identifies specific issues and topics of which every California litigator, if not every lawyer, must be familiar and conversant. It includes ESI topics to discuss with clients, topics to discuss with opposing counsel at the meet and confer conference, and topics to cover in the initial case management conference with the court. The one page brochure is not exhaustive but illustrative of common issues and topics facing most civil litigators and courts.

California Litigation

California LitigationThe Litigation Section publishes California Litigation three times per year, under the supervision of the California Litigation Editorial Board. Each issue contains informative articles on themes of interest to litigators.

We have provided tables of contents from Volume 1, No. 1 to the present at California Litigation. And we have posted recent issues in our Members Only Area.

Copies of some back issues are still available. Please call 415- 538-2546 if you are interested in obtaining one or more.

California Litigation

California Litigation
 

California Litigation Review

California Litigation Review comes out annually and is sent to members of the Litigation Section as a benefit of membership. The Review provides an annual overview of developments of interest to California's civil litigators and a review of many areas of practice that we do not regularly encounter, but need to know!

We have  posted some back articles from  California Litigation Review in our Members Only Area.

For more information, see California Litigation Review.

Save Money with CEB

CEB Discount Program for Section MembersContinuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Litigation Section, you're eligible for:

  • 10% off selected CEB print or online books
  • A rebate on your section dues that can be applied to the cost of a CEB Gold CLE Passport or a CLE program ticket

A complete list of the products eligible for a discount is available on a CEB web page accessible through our Members Only Area. Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site.

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