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Huguette Clark Estate

Keeping Your Estate out of Litigation

Several media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and the British Telegraph, have featured stories on the estate of Huguette Clark. Clark was born in 1906, the daughter of William Clark, a wealthy businessmen. She was briefly married […]

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Supreme Court Deals a Blow to the Plaintiffs’ Bar

On April 17, 2013, the United States Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.  The case involved Nigerian nationals (the petitioners) residing in the United States who sued certain Dutch, British, and Nigerian corporations […]

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Patent World Waits for Monsanto Ruling

The United States Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in a key patent case involving so-called “self-replicating” products.  Monsanto Company is a Saint Louis-based business that develops agricultural technology.  One of its products is a genetically engineered soybean that is […]

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Big Law Firms De-emphasize Trusts and Estates

The New York Times recently reported that the prominent New York-based international law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton is terminating its trusts and estates practice group.  As the Times article notes, the same termination occurred at the famous law firm […]

Is That Really the Seafood You Ordered?

Oceana, a nonprofit group focused on preservation of the oceans’ ecosystem, recently published a two-year study in which it collected seafood samples from over 600 supermarkets and restaurants in 21 states.  The Oceana researchers were looking for inconsistencies in the […]

Class Action Suits Benefit Few Other Than Attorneys

For decades, class action lawsuits (CALs) have been criticized as vehicles for enriching trial lawyers at the expense of consumers.  The idea behind CALs is laudable; people who have suffered the same wrong from the same defendant can join together […]

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