Discovery Rules: Changes in the Commercial Division

As lawyers and many clients know, discovery can be very expensive and time-consuming. The default for most attorneys is to ask for everything to make sure they have “covered the waterfront”;  after all, one does not want to miss an important document they may need for trial. In so doing, however, the cost can be astronomical and can far outweigh what is accomplished by actually securing voluminous documents or pieces of information.

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The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: Important Information About Protecting Trade Secrets

A company’s interest in protecting its trade secrets was recently acknowledged by the passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the “DTSA”), a federal statute that was signed into law in May 2016. The new statute enhances a company’s efforts to protect its trade secrets by strengthening the remedies that may have been previously available.

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Commercial Division in New York County Supreme Court Launches Mandatory Mediation Pilot Project

Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process in which adversarial parties engage in a negotiation with the goal of trying to arrive at a settlement acceptable to both sides. Mediation, at its most simplified, is a facilitated negotiation with a trained neutral mediator, who helps the parties identify and address the issues in dispute and helps them arrive at a mutually acceptable resolution.

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