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Don’t Forget to Read Your Pleadings

World Wrestling Entertainment is punching back in a class action lawsuit filed by several of its former wrestlers. However, the WWE’s recent court filings take aim at the plaintiffs’ attorneys as much as the plaintiffs’ legal claims. The case provides us with a timely example of the ramifications of failing to carefully read pleadings before filing.

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Confidentiality Provisions: From Shield to Sword?

Mediation may provide an efficient and effective path toward settlement. But, as we discussed in prior posts, settlements sometimes unhinge or litigants may have a change of heart. Despite the tools that we previously recommended to avoid this scenario, a litigant may ultimately conclude that her settlement was not the best option and turn on her attorney with a malpractice claim. Given that mediation sessions are confidential (whether by agreement or law or otherwise) and discussions during mediation cannot be utilized at trial, some attorneys on the wrong end of a malpractice claim have attempted to use the confidentiality shield as a sword. Does this work? Read on to find out.

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Big Brother in the Office – New Methods of Employee Surveillance

Employers will implement various tools to increase productivity and efficiency, to generate profit and to create a comfortable office environment. Some employers are utilizing new surveillance systems in the office to achieve these goals; an issue that was recently addressed in the New York Times. Today, the run-of-the-mill security camera is passé; instead, new technologies track seemingly unlimited data about employees, including the amount and nature of employee interaction with co-workers, clients and customers. This is particularly popular in restaurants, retail stores, and other businesses where customer-service is a key to profitability. But is it legal? Is it appropriate for your office? Read on to find out.

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Lack of Leg Waxing License Puts Coverage at Risk

The majority of professional liability lawsuits target attorneys, accountants, and physicians. But, there are a series of so-called “miscellaneous professionals” who also face malpractice exposure: marketing consultants, recruiters, travel agents…and even leg waxing professionals. Many professionals are licensed by the state to practice in their chosen field and the failure to obtain such a license may void any professional malpractice coverage.

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