Author Archives: Eric T. Berkman

School can’t enforce mandatory arbitration provision

An employer could not enforce a mandatory arbitration provision included in its handbook to block a lawsuit by an employee who claimed she suffered retaliation after requesting maternity leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, a U.S. District Court ...

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Complex patent case decided by pre-screened jurors

Any attorney who has tried a case involving complex concepts knows that presenting the evidence in a way that jurors fully comprehend is no simple task. But lawyers say a recent trial in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts that featured a novel approach to jury selection offered a far different experience for those involved.

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1st Circuit overturns fee award

A judge erred by using federal guidelines to determine the amount of attorney fees to be awarded in the settlement of a multi-district class action that involved no underlying issues of federal law, the 1st Circuit has ruled.

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