5 Rules to Minimize Expert Contamination

181587139Attorneys risk expert contamination when they provide information to an expert about a case. Although you need to discuss the case candidly and openly with your expert, you don’t want to contaminate the expert with information on the case’s weaknesses and problems. Five simple rules will help you minimize the risk of unnecessarily imparting harmful information to your expert. Continue reading

What to Do about an Incompetent Interpreter

455104761A witness who would otherwise be incompetent because he or she can’t understand or speak English can be made effectively competent by using an interpreter. But what happens when the interpreter is accused of being incompetent? Continue reading

Plaintiffs: Reject §998 Settlement Offers at Your Peril

170446161Last week on CEBblog™, we discussed the consequences of a defendant rejecting a settlement offer under CCP §998 and then getting creamed at trial. But §998 is an equal opportunity statute with consequences for plaintiffs too. Continue reading

Defendants: Reject §998 Settlement Offers at Your Peril

170446161Here’s a cautionary tale for all those defense attorneys who don’t take §998 settlement offers seriously enough. Continue reading

Put Chambers Chat on the Record

117533578Right before the trial begins, trial judges routinely invite counsel into chambers to explore areas of agreement and disagreement, anticipated trial objections, and how certain matters will be handled at trial. These conversations may feel informal, but they are far from it—get any argument or decisions made in chambers on the record. Continue reading

Think Creatively about Settlement Options

462604973In the vast majority of cases, there are more options for settlement than meet the eye. Having more options on the table increases the likelihood of finding one that is mutually acceptable. This is your chance to get creative! Continue reading

Did the Trial Court Get the Factual Determination Wrong?

93566901Your client lost in the trial court. Should you appeal? A key basis for appeal is that the trial court’s ruling on a question of fact was erroneous. Here’s how to go about identifying a factual determination that might form the basis of an appeal. Continue reading

%d bloggers like this: