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for: ‘April, 2007’

Due Diligence in Drafting: Copyrights in Legal Documents

Imitation, it’s said, is the most sincere form of flattery. But copying a work — including a legal document — in which someone else holds copyright may not be perceived as simply flattering, and may lead to allegations of infringement and a suit for damages.  No one likes to reinvent the wheel. A smart lawyer confronted with […]

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Focusing the Penalty: New Limits on Punitive Damages

The latest in a series of United States Supreme Court cases limiting punitive damages forbids a state from using a punitive damages award to punish a defendant for harm inflicted on nonparties and charges state courts with responsibility, if requested, for shielding defendants from the risk that the jury might award punitive damages for harm […]

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Judicial Selection in Minnesota: A Special Report

On March 26, 2007, the Citizens Commission for the Preservation of an Impartial Judiciary (“Quie Commission”) released its report and recommendations concerning the method by which Minnesota judges should be selected in the wake of the United States Supreme Court decision in Republican Party of Minnesota v. White. The full text of the report, including the membership, minority […]

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Targeted Advertising: Getting the Cases You Want

In display ads, lawyers often include every type of case they handle — or every service they provide.  (And certainly, it’s important to offer a detailed list of services in your marketing materials so prospects clearly understand what you do.) Still, if you’re seeking specific types of cases, you’re in a stronger position when you advertise […]

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