Michael Best is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Litigation Seminar for in-house counsel and business executives. Join us for our complimentary seminar covering the latest trends in litigation.
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration & Lunch
12:00 p.m. What Were They Thinking? Ten Tales of Lawyers Who Did Really Stupid Things and Paid the Price
Attorney Jonathan H. Margolies will provide a compendium of the worst and stupidest things lawyers got sanctioned for in the past year.
1:00 p.m. IP Update: Trade Secrets and False Advertising
Attorney Katherine W. Schill will address updates to cases decided under the Federal Defense of Trade Secrets Act along with the intersection of trade secrets and patents. Kathy will also discuss the use of the National Advertising Division (NAD) as a venue for false advertising claims. For the right cases, NAD may provide better options than the federal court.
2:00 p.m. Break
2: 15 p.m. Defending Against Privacy Litigation: Who’s Coming After Us for How We Handle Personal Information and Are We Insured for the Fight?
Attorneys Michelle L. Dama, Adrienne S. Ehrhardt, and Lee M. Seese will discuss defending privacy law enforcement by both the Federal Trade Commission and civil litigants in a landscape where more and more companies are obtaining and storing consumers’ and customers’ information. The speakers will also address insurance coverage that could assist in the defense of such proceedings, including types of insurance and issues that surround insurance coverage for maintaining customer information.
3:15 p.m. Procedure Hour
- Is It Proportional? Reflections on Two Years Under the Amended Rules Governing Discovery
- The 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure identified “proportionality” as a significant factor in determining what information is discoverable in litigation. Attorneys Marie G. Bahoora and Patricia Linn Jenness will provide an overview of the amendments followed by a discussion of fact patterns from real cases to explain how courts are applying the new rules in specific contexts. Marie will conclude with key takeaways for crafting discovery requests to maximize your chances of winning in the event the scope of the requests is challenged, and how and when to object to requests that are propounded in a way that properly invokes the new standards and increases your likelihood of prevailing in any discovery dispute.
- Class Action Update: What You Need to Know Now
4:15 p.m. Adjourn