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Vioxx rulings painful to plaintiffs

The latest wave of Vioxx rulings appears to have dashed any lingering plaintiffs’ hopes as the pain-killer litigation winds down. And the decisions – especially one from the New Jersey Appellate Division – may make it harder to pursue other ...

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Building an effective trade-secret policy

The subject of trade secrets arises often in business, especially when employees move from one company to another – sometimes to a competing company. Depending on the position formerly held, an employee may be privy to information considered proprietary and ...

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Mediation can quickly resolve employment disputes

As companies’ internal alternative dispute resolution programs continue to grow, in-house counsel and human resources managers should consider adding mediation to their ADR options. As an alternative to arbitration at the pre-litigation phase, mediation offers many of the same advantages ...

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Standard for patent DJ actions clarified

If your company wants to initiate a suit for a declaratory judgment that a planned product will not infringe a patent of another, then it is necessary to demonstrate that your business has taken “meaningful preparations” to conduct potentially infringing ...

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Bankruptcy mediation on the rise

A decade ago, only a handful of bankruptcy courts around the country had mediation programs. But that’s changing. Long associated with family law disputes and litigation generally, mediation programs were slow to catch on in complex business cases, including those ...

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