• Indo-US Legal Sector Redefined: Consulate General of India, New York, SEPC India, and Draft n Craft Join Forces.

      NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, June 29, 2023-The Indo-US Legal Sector – Redefining Relationships Conference, a groundbreaking event aimed at fostering collaboration and innovation between the legal communities of India and the United States, concluded today with resounding success. The conference, which commenced with a symbolic ceremony of lighting the lamp, brought together legal experts, industry leaders, and professionals from both nations to explore the evolving landscape of Indo-US trade relations and the challenges faced by legal practitioners operating in cross-border transactions.

      The event was organized by the Consulate General of India, New York along with the Services Export Promotion Council of India (SEPC) and Knowledge Partner, Draft n Craft, a leading alternate legal service provider.

      The conference kicked off with a captivating virtual address by Mr. Sunil H. Talati, Chairman of the Services Export Promotion Council of India (SEPC), who provided valuable insights into the future of Indo-US trade. His address shed light on the changing dynamics of trade relations between the two nations, setting the tone for the engaging discussions that followed.

      The first session featured an in-depth panel discussion titled “US Law Firms in India – Growth and Challenges.” Mr. Rakesh K. Sharma, Chairman of the Legal Sector at the Services Export Promotion Council of India (SEPC), Mr. Joseph I. Rosenbaum, Partner Rimon Law and Mr. Jay G. Safer, Partner Dunnington delved into the impact of the Bar Council of India (BCI) rules allowing foreign lawyers in India, the rule of reciprocity, and the challenges encountered by US law firms operating in India. The panel provided valuable insights into the opportunities and obstacles faced by legal professionals in this dynamic landscape.

      After a short break, the conference proceeded with a stimulating panel discussion on “Collaboration between Attorneys and Remote Paralegals – Gains & Pains.” Mr. Hal R. Lieberman, Partner, Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel, LLP, Mr. Steven Combs, Partner Combs & Greene, Ms. Anjali Pahwa, Senior Vice President – Legal at Draft n Craft and Ms. Anne Wolfson, Chair, Small Law Firms Committee, New York City Bar Association. The session thoroughly explored advantages and ramifications of virtualization post-pandemic, ethics, professional responsibility, compliances, and the role of alternate legal service providers. The panelists brought forth the emerging trends in this evolving landscape.

      The conference further enriched its participants with a third panel discussion on “Cross Border Transactional Disputes & Resolutions – Indo-US Perspective.” Mr. Rudyard W. Ceres, Partner, Smith Gambrell Russell LLP, Mr. Kevin Murphy, Partner, Wuersch & Gering LLP and Mr. Rishi Bhandari, Partner, Mandel Bhandari LLP, came together to explore general corporate and compliance issues in cross-border transactions, the protection of intellectual property rights, the strength of arbitration as a dispute resolution mechanism, and best practices in resolving disputes. Case studies were presented to illustrate the practical application of these concepts, providing valuable insights to the attendees.

      “The Indo-US Legal Sector Redefining Relationships Conference has set a new benchmark for collaboration, knowledge exchange, and partnership between the legal communities of India and the United States. The conference’s success can be attributed to the active participation and dedication of the esteemed speakers, panelists, and attendees.’ said Mr. Randhir Jaiswal, Consul General of India, New York.

      In addition to the enriching discussions, the conference also celebrated the outstanding achievements of those attorneys who have made notable contributions in establishing and growing the bond between the Indo-US Legal Sectors through the LawServe Award. Each awardee was recognized for their exceptional legal expertise and unwavering commitment to justice.

      Notable individuals recognized for their outstanding achievements include: Ms. Soumya Sharma, Senior Counsel at Allen & Overy LLP, Ms. Sharmistha Chakrabarti, Counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Mr. Anand Srivastava, Managing Partner at Dentons Link Legal, and Mr. Sanjay Chaubey from Law office of Sanjay Chaubey. A practicing lawyer for approximately 25 years in New York. President of Indo- American Lawyer Association and Co-Chair of India Committee New York State Bar Association and Executive Member of International Section of New York State Bar Association.
      Mr. Manish Kulhary, Consul Trade gave the vote of thanks and expressed his gratitude the participants.

      “As we move beyond this conference, let us carry forward the spirit of collaboration, dialogue, and innovation that defined our time together. Together, let us forge lasting partnerships, exchange knowledge, and continue the conversations initiated here, thereby redefining the relationship between the legal sectors of India and the United States.” said Mr. Rakesh K. Sharma, Chairman – Legal Sector Services Export Promotion Council of India (SEPC).


      About the Organizer:
      The Consulate General of India, New York, plays a crucial role in fostering bilateral relations between India and the United States. It serves as a key bridge between the Indian diaspora in the United States and the Indian government. The Consulate General actively promotes cooperation across various sectors and facilitates cultural, economic, and trade exchanges between India and the United States.

      About the Co-organizer:
      The Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) is a governmental organization under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. Its primary objective is to promote and facilitate the export of services from India. SEPC collaborates with stakeholders to enhance the competitiveness of Indian service providers in the global market.

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      Draft n Craft is a leading provider of legal, paralegal, and medical support services to US law firms. With a commitment to innovation and efficiency, Draft n Craft offers dedicated remote paralegals (DRPs) to law firms, empowering them to optimize their operations and improve client service. Their reputation as a trusted partner in the legal support industry is built upon their unwavering commitment to excellence.

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  • Indo-US Legal Sector – Redefining Relationships Conference to Unite Legal Professionals from India and the United States

      Indo-US Legal Sector – Redefining Relationships Conference to Unite Legal Professionals from India and the United States

      This partnership reinforces our commitment to advancing the legal sector and underscores our dedication to knowledge sharing and collaboration within the industry. We are excited to contribute to…”

      — Rakesh K Sharma, Chairman Legal SEPC and Founder at Draft n Craft

      NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, June 26, 2023/EINPresswire.com/ — The highly anticipated Indo-US Legal Sectors – Redefining Relationships conference is set to take place on Wednesday, June 28, 2023, at the esteemed Consulate General of India, located at 3 East, 64th Street, New York – 10065. This significant event aims to bring together legal professionals from India and the United States and is poised to redefine relationships within the legal sector.

      The Indo-US Legal Sectors – Redefining Relationships conference is a collaborative effort by the Consulate General of India, New York, and the Services Export Promotion Council of India (SEPC) along with Draft n Craft as its Knowledge Partner and various prominent speaking organizations. The SEPC, a governmental organization under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, is dedicated to promoting and facilitating the export of services from India. The Consulate General of India, New York, plays a vital role in fostering bilateral relations between India and the United States, creating avenues for cooperation across various sectors, including law. Draft n Craft, specializes in offering dedicated remote paralegals (DRPs) to US law firms, enabling them to optimize their operations and enhance productivity.

      This conference holds immense significance for legal professionals from both India and the United States. It serves as a platform to deepen engagement, promote dialogue, and redefine relationships between the two legal sectors. By attending this conference, Indian and US attorneys can gain valuable insights into each other’s legal system. It will cover burning topics like US Law Firms in India where the panelist will dive into the new BCI Rules allowing foreign lawyers in India. There will also be sessions on cross border transactional disputes and resolutions and on Alternative Legal Service Providers in the era of virtualization wherein Challenges and solutions related to collaboration between attorneys and remote paralegals will be discussed.

      “This partnership reinforces our commitment to advancing the legal sector and underscores our dedication to knowledge sharing and collaboration within the industry. We are excited to contribute to the conference’s success and engage with the esteemed professionals and thought leaders in attendance.” said Rakesh K Sharma, Chairman Legal Services at Services Export Promotion Council of India (SEPC) and Founder at Draft n Craft.

      The conference will feature a distinguished lineup of speakers from premier law firms and organizations such as New York City Bar Association, Rimon Law P.C., Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP, Smith Gambrell Russell LLP, Wuersch & Gering LLP, Draft n Craft, Mandel Bhandari LLP, Combs Greene LLP, and Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel LLP.

      With such a diverse range of speakers, attendees can expect thought-provoking discussions, insightful presentations, and invaluable networking opportunities.

      Prominent legal professionals from various law firms such as Allen & Overy LLP; Dentons Link Legal; and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP will be honored with the LawServe Award for their notable contribution in establishing and growing the bond between the Indo-US Legal Sectors.

      For further information about the conference, including registration details and the conference agenda, please visit the conference website at https://www.indiainnewyork.gov.in/ or email Consulate General of India, New York at commerce.newyork@mea.gov.in.

      About the Organizer:
      The Consulate General of India, New York, plays a crucial role in fostering bilateral relations between India and the United States. It serves as a key bridge between the Indian diaspora in the United States and the Indian government. The Consulate General actively promotes cooperation across various sectors and facilitates cultural, economic, and trade exchanges between India and the United States.

      About the Co-organizer:
      The Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) is a governmental organization under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. Its primary objective is to promote and facilitate the export of services from India. SEPC collaborates with stakeholders to enhance the competitiveness of Indian service providers in the global market.

      About the Knowledge Partner:
      Draft n Craft is a leading provider of legal, paralegal, and medical support services to US law firms. With a commitment to innovation and efficiency, Draft n Craft offers dedicated remote paralegals (DRPs) to law firms, empowering them to optimize their operations and improve client service. Their reputation as a trusted partner in the legal support industry is built upon their unwavering commitment to excellence.

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  • Importance of Medical Records Summaries in Mass Tort Litigation

      Mass torts cases are complex and often involve multiple plaintiffs who have suffered harm from the same product or action. In the USA, mass torts cases are increasing in number, with 17,242 cases filed in 2020. These cases involve extensive investigation, scientific analysis, and legal expertise to achieve efficient and consistent outcomes.

      One of the key challenges in mass tort litigation is coordinating the claims of multiple plaintiffs. As such, many mass torts involve a multi-district litigation (MDL) process, in which similar cases are consolidated and heard in a single court. The MDLs process allows plaintiffs to share resources, evidence, and expertise. However, MDLs can also be complex, time-consuming, and may involve significant costs and fees.

      Medical records summaries play a crucial role in mass torts cases, as they provide important information about a plaintiff’s injuries and medical history. In a study of 51 mass tort cases, it was found that medical records were the most frequently requested type of discovery. Medical records summaries are commonly used in mass tort cases to help attorneys quickly and efficiently review large amounts of medical records, identify key medical issues, establish causation, and develop effective litigation strategies.

      Medical records summaries can help attorneys build a strong case for their clients by providing a detailed overview of a plaintiff’s medical history, identifying key issues, establishing causation, and determining the extent of a plaintiff’s injuries and resulting damages. Medical records summaries can play a critical role in mass tort litigation by providing attorneys with a comprehensive understanding of a plaintiff’s medical history and identifying key issues that may be relevant to the case.

      Draft n Craft has been offering medical records summaries to law firms for over a decade now. Our team of experienced medical professionals is trained to review medical records and extract relevant information, such as diagnosis, treatment plans, and medication history. Different law firms may have different needs in terms of how they want to review the summary. There can be a specific format, some injuries or diagnosis may need to be highlighted so that attorneys do not have to look for those and they are readily presented in the summary.

      In conclusion, mass tort cases can have significant financial implications, with settlements often totalling in the millions or even billions of dollars. Given the stakes involved, the importance of medical record summaries in mass tort litigation cannot be overstated. By providing a detailed and organized overview of a plaintiff’s medical history, these summaries can help attorneys build a strong case and ultimately achieve a favourable outcome for their clients.

      To better understand what different formats can be produced or whether a hyperlinked summary be useful or not, feel free to reach out to me at danish@draftncraft.com or +1-646-367-6975

  • Care Plus and its Entities Agree to Pay $7.2 Million Against Anti-Kickback Allegations

      On April 13, 2022, Care Plus Management, LLC (“Care Plus”), its founders Paul D. Weir and John R. Morgan, MD, along with eighteen other anesthesia entities which were owned and operated by Care Plus, agreed to pay a whopping amount of $7.2 million as consideration to resolve allegations which claimed that they entered into kickback arrangements with referring physicians. It was alleged that Care Plus and its entities did so in exchange for the referral of the physicians’ patients for anesthesia services. Also, Weir and Morgan shared the revenue received from anesthesia services with the referring physicians and provided subsidies on drug supplies and equipment to the referring physicians’ outpatient surgical centers. United States ex rel. Douglas, et al., v. Care Plus Management, LLC, et al., No. 1:16-cv-4439-WRM (N.D. Ga. Apr 13, 2022)

      It is seen that anesthesia providers usually depend on hospitals and outpatient surgery centers for their income. If an anesthesia provider is able to enter into an exclusive agreement with such centers, it is guaranteed a steady stream of patient referrals. Thus, anesthesia providers compete aggressively for these contracts.

      The U.S. Government alleged that between the years 2012 and 2016, Weir and Morgan, through Care Plus, appeased physician owners of outpatient surgery centers to award these exclusive service agreements to them by offering partial ownership in the entities owned and operated by Care Plus. Under the terms of this agreement, the physician owners received compensation in the form of a portion of the revenue from the anesthesia services. The Government also alleged that Weir, Morgan, Care Plus, and its anesthesia companies subsidized the cost incurred by surgery centers for drugs, supplies, and equipment in order to induce the physician owners of those centers to grant exclusive anesthesia service agreements to Care Plus’s anesthesia companies. 

      As per the Government allegations, the arrangements violated the Anti-Kickback Statute, 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b(b), and caused the submission of false claims in violation of the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. § 3729, et seq. The Anti-Kickback Statute is a criminal statute that prohibits an exchange or offers to exchange of anything of value, in consideration to the referral of business reimbursable by federal health care programs. While under the False Claims act, a private citizen may bring suit for false claims on behalf of the United States and share in any recovery obtained by the government.

      The original complaint filed in 2016 included more than fifty medical entities operating across several states and numerous unnamed individuals. However, the U.S. Government and the State of Georgia intervened only against the Care Plus Parties. This case was investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, and the Georgia Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The settlement agreed upon by the parties resolved a lawsuit originally filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia under the qui tam or whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act.

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  • Copper Creek (Marysville) | Washington Court of Appeals on Effect of Bankruptcy Discharge on Statute of Limitations

      On April 11, 2022, the Court of Appeals of Washington, Division 1 granted the motion for reconsideration and withdrew its opinion dated January 18, 2022. Respondents had filed a motion for reconsideration, seeking reversal of summary judgment quieting title in favor of the Appellants (Copper Creek). Copper Creek (Marysville) Homeowners Ass’n v. Kurtz, No. 82083-4-I (Wash. Ct. App. Apr. 11, 2022). The Court held that the trial court erred in determining that the statute of limitations rendered the respondents’ deed of trust unenforceable.

      As per the facts of the case, in 2007, Shawn and Stephanie Kurtz bought a real property with a note of $303,472.00 which was secured by a deed of trust. Shawn was engaged in active duty in the United States military at that time and continued with the same till September 2020. The purchased property was within the Copper Creek (Marysville) Homeowners Association and Shawn and Stephanie Kurtz were obligated to pay annual assessments of $400. However, in January 2008, Shawn and Stephanie separated and the latter moved out of the property. Thereafter, the Kurtez did not pay on the note in either 2008 or 2009. In 2010, Stephanie filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection and included the property. On the debtor’s statement of intention, she noted the mortgage and her intention to surrender the property. She thereby received a discharge, which included the property. A year later, in 2011, Shawn filed a separate Chapter 7 bankruptcy and surrendered the property as well. He included Copper Creek as a creditor holding a secured claim for homeowner’s dues in the amount of $1,826.50. The bankruptcy was discharged after a few months.

      In 2008, Copper Creek recorded a notice of claim of lien against the property in the amount of $15,278.68 in assessments, fees, interest, and attorney fees and costs that had accrued on the property, and filed for judicial foreclosure to recover the delinquent assessments. In April 2019, Copper Creek and the Kurtzes entered an agreed order with the court for the appointment of a custodial receiver. Copper Creek recorded the order appointing the receiver with Snohomish County Superior Court. The receiver spent $22,470.24 rehabilitating the property and began renting it at a fair market value. After completion of the repairs, the Quality Loan Service Corporation of Washington (QLS) tried to enforce the terms of the note as secured by the DOT through nonjudicial foreclosure which prompted Copper Creek to bring the action to quiet title.

      Upon refusal, Copper Creek filed a motion to restrain the sale, and a complaint against the Kurtzes, respondents, and QLS for lien foreclosure, restraint of the trustee sale, wrongful foreclosure, and quiet title. It then filed a motion for summary judgment. The same was opposed by the respondents and a motion for judgment on the pleadings was filed. The trial court concluded that the SCRA tolling provision did not apply to the foreclosure action, which allowed the statute of limitations to run on the DOT. The SCRA tolls statutes of limitations in lawsuits involving service members.

      However, the Court held that the SCRA applied and tolled the statute of limitations until Shawn no longer had personal liability on the note. That occurred on July 13, 2011, the date of the discharge of his personal liability on the debt. Therefore, the statute of limitation began on all of the past installments on July 13, 2011. Further, the bankruptcy eliminated only Shawn’s personal liability on the note. The debt, the note, and the payment schedule remain unchanged. The notice of nonjudicial foreclosure was given on October 20, 2019, prior to the November payment coming due. Any outstanding installments prior to November 2013, were not enforceable in the foreclosure action due to the six-year statute of limitations. But, enforcement of the DOT was not barred as to the remainder due under the note. Thus, the trial court erred by quieting title in Copper Creek.

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  • Federal District Court, California Dismisses Class Action Suit for Lack of Specific Jurisdiction

      On April 01, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California ruled in dismissal of a class action lawsuit filed against Netgain Technology, on the ground of lack of personal jurisdiction over the business. Lee v. NetGain Tech., 21cv1144-LL-MSB (S.D. Cal. Apr. 1, 2022).

      The lead plaintiff was a resident of South Carolina, while Netgain Tech is a Minnesota-based company. Plaintiff filed the class action alleging a data breach that affected personal and medical information of patients at Caresouth Carolina, a community health center. The Netgain Tech was the cloud-hosting service for the health center along with many other organizations. As a patient of Caresouth, Plaintiff was required to provide Netgain and Caresouth with personal medical information and was given the assurance that the provided information would be kept safe from unauthorized access. However, on December 03, 2020, network servers of Netgain and Caresouth were infiltrated and access was gained to such network servers. Netgain had to pay a significant amount of money in exchange for a promise that the attackers would delete copies of the data that had been stolen. The same was conveyed to the Plaintiff through a letter on May 17, 2021.

      As the matter came before the Court, Netgain filed a motion to dismiss the putative class action for lack of personal jurisdiction under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(2).  The provision states that a suit may be dismissed by a district court for lack of personal jurisdiction.

      In response to the same, Plaintiff argued that it had filed the suit under specific jurisdiction. Specific jurisdiction exists where “the defendant’s suit-related conduct . . . . create[s] a substantial connection with the forum State.” Walden v. Fiore, 571 U.S. 277, 284 (2014). In order for a federal court to exercise specific jurisdiction over a non-resident defendant it considers following things: (1) The non-resident defendant must purposefully direct his activities or consummate some transaction with the forum or resident thereof; or perform some act by which he purposefully avails himself of the privilege of conducting activities in the forum, thereby invoking the benefits and protections of its laws; (2) the claim must be one which arises out of or relates to the defendant’s forum-related activities; and (3) the exercise of jurisdiction must comport with fair play and substantial justice, i.e. it must be reasonable.

      Plaintiff contended that Netgain conducted a major portion of its business in the state of California. Further, it also has an office and employees residing in California. Moreover, it circulates its advertisements and provides services to the residents of California. Therefore, Plaintiff argued that the District Court was the proper forum for the matter in hand.

      However, Judge Linda Lopez held that the Court was not an appropriate forum for the present matter. The Court stated that the complaint filed by the Plaintiff revolved around the allegation that Netgain failed to secure information of Caresouth patients. Therefore, the complaint had nothing to do with the company’s operations in San Diego, California. The Court also rejected the motion filed for jurisdictional discovery. It was filed with the reason to establish that the San Diego location was at least partially responsible for the alleged data breach. The same was dismissed by the Court for the reason that the Plaintiff had no evidence to support his claim.

  • Southern District of Florida Grants Motion to Dismiss in Mass Class Action

      On April 5, 2022, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida has granted motion to dismiss in favor of defendant Huntsman Corporation in Andres v. Raytheon Techs. Corp & Others Civil Action,No. 21-61757-Civ-Scola (S.D. Fla. Apr. 5, 2022). The case was brought by the son of Plaintiff John R. Andres against 51 defendants. Mr. Andres died because of malignant mesothelioma. Plaintiff’s son asserted that over the course of working with defendants, Mr. Andres handled and contacted with number of products containing asbestos which were highly dangerous and contributed to Mr. Andres’s death.

      On the contrary, Defendant Huntsman Corporation filed a motion to dismiss contending that they were not subject to personal jurisdiction in Florida. Defendant alleged that Plaintiff’s complaint has not made specific allegations concerning Huntsman’s business or conduct, instead the Plaintiff pled jurisdictional allegations common to all Defendants. For instance, the complaint comprises defendants, who were either Florida residents or had conducted business in Florida.

      In addition to this, Joe Hamor, an assistant treasurer to Defendant Huntsman, filed a declaration in favor of defendant. He asserted that Huntsman Corporation is only a holding company incorporated in Delaware with a principal place of business in Texas. Plaintiff in its reply stated that Huntsman has proper jurisdiction in Florida. Defendants targeted sale of its product as well as possessed a physical facility in Pensacola, Florida. Huntsman also owned the trademark to two products that are sold in Florida. These products potentially contributed to Mr. Andres’ alleged asbestos exposure.

      Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(2), a plaintiff seeking personal jurisdiction over a nonresident bears the initial burden of alleging sufficient facts in the complaint to establish a prima facie case of jurisdiction.

      After hearing the arguments, the court found that plaintiffs failed to contend a prima facie case of personal jurisdiction over Huntsman and allowed Huntsman’s motion to dismiss. The court also said that the plaintiffs had failed to prove jurisdiction by affidavits, testimony, or documents while submitting reply to Huntsman’s rebut.

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  • First Department Ordered New Trial in Personal Injury Damages Lawsuit

      On March 29, 2022, the Appellate Division, First Department, decided in Miller v. Camelot Communications Group, Inc., 2022 NY Slip Op 02091 (1st Dept. Mar 29, 2022) that the trial judge erroneously precluded the defendants from using the deposition transcript from the prior lawsuit and therefore ordered a new trial to be held on the issue of damages.  

      The facts state that on December 13, 2014, when Plaintiff Linda Miller, a pedestrian crossing the street on Broadway at an intersection, was struck by a van. She filed a case against the at-fault van driver and accordingly awarded for damages in the total sum of $4,030,000 for pain and suffering and for future medical expenses

      Approximately 18 months before this accident, Plaintiff sustained a head injury at Lincoln Center when an usher swung a door open and hit her in the head. Consequently, she filed a complaint against the Lincoln Center and claimed head-related injuries which included seizure and a concussion, dizziness and memory issues and pain in her neck and shoulder. The case was settled for an undisclosed sum in 2015.

      At trial in the new lawsuit, the defense attempted to introduce into evidence Ms. Miller’s deposition transcript from the Lincoln Center lawsuit (held just two months before the new accident). Plaintiff argued in favor of preclusion because the defense had failed to disclose that they intended to use the transcript. The judge in the new lawsuit precluded the defendants from using the transcript.

      Further, the defendant contended that most of the complaints (such as traumatic brain injury, right arm/shoulder, left knee – torn meniscus, right wrist – carpal tunnel syndrome; surgery, keloid scarring to face and leg, and depression – were largely due to impact on acting career) claimed by the plaintiff were related to her Lincoln Center lawsuit. On the contrary, Plaintiff asserted that after her prior accident she was physically and socially active. But the new accident greatly affected her health. She was largely sedentary, lost her career and was in constant pain, and was clinically depressed.

      Keeping all these arguments in mind, the appellate court ordered a new trial on the issue of damages and stated that the trial judge erred in giving the defendants a chance to use the deposition transcript from the earlier lawsuit.

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  • Supreme Court of Georgia Rules out Product Liability due to Third Party’s Wrongful Behavior

      The Supreme Court of Georgia on March 15, 2022, decided in Maynard v. Snapchat, Inc., Case that a complaint alleging a product liability claim could survive a motion to dismiss when a third-party user of the product engaged in intentionally wrongful behavior.

      In this case, Mr. Maynard filed a complaint about the injuries he suffered in a motor vehicle accident when Christal McGee rear-ended Mr. Maynard’s vehicle while driving over 100 miles per hour. In an inquiry, it was found that Ms. McGee was using a “Speed Filter” feature of the Snapchat app to estimate her speed and wanted to post it on her social media apps including Snapchat. Mr. Maynard alleged in his complaint that such applications are poorly designed and neglect user warnings.

      However, the Georgia Court of Appeals had upheld the dismissal of Maynard’s complaint, concluding that a manufacturer had no duty to design a product to accommodate a user’s intentional misbehavior. [See Maynard v. Snapchat, Inc., 357 Ga. App. 496, 500, 502 (851 SE2d 128) (2020)]. In addition to this, the Supreme Court of Georgia in its certiorari review concluded that the complaint stated a product liability claim.

      The Supreme Court of Georgia stated that it is the duty of every product manufacturer to provide adequate information regarding the product and protect users against any kind of harm. The manufacturers are also obliged to invent sensible designs to avoid such harm. 

      The court’s decision says more about Georgia’s minimal notice pleading standard than about Georgia’s substantive product liability law. Mr. Maynard rightly pled that the driver’s misuse of the Speed Filter was reasonably foreseeable, that the Speed Filter was defective, and that the defect was the proximate cause of his injury. He had adequately pled a product liability claim. Therefore, his complaint survived a motion to dismiss. 

      Further, the supreme court of Georgia also mentioned that when the case reaches the summary judgment stage, and the case is better framed by the evidence of what happened, they will have a clear idea about what Georgia law needs from a manufacturer when a product user engages in intentional misbehavior.

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  • Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA): Employers fate to be decided in 2022

      On December 15, 2021, the United States Supreme Court announced to review the most consequential PAGA case Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana, No. 20-1573 (Dec 15, 2021). The step has been taken after almost a decade. The Supreme Court repeatedly denied requests to decide the same issue and now finally agreed to review the rule prohibiting California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) waivers in individual arbitration agreements. In Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana, since 2014, the PAGA-only representative actions have flooded the courts and frustrated employers.  The argument presented was that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) should have pre-empted the current situation, an argument that the California Supreme Court has rejected. 

      It sure seems likely that a newly formulated conservative majority in the U.S. Supreme Court prompted this move.  A decision is expected in mid-2022. In other words, the Court will decide whether employers may limit PAGA actions by way of employment arbitration agreements with representative action waivers, the same way they limit class actions through class action waivers.

      PAGA allows a Court to award a penalty for each pay period that includes a wage-and-hour violation.  It does not include the damages for the underlying violation, just the discretionary penalty, which starts at $100 per employee per pay period, and increases to $200, and even $250 (or in extreme cases of knowing violations, $1000).

      This change is also focused on various lobbying groups (including the California Chamber of Commerce, the California Restaurant Association, the California New Car Dealers Association, and the Western Growers) who had made all the efforts to repeal PAGA so that no one can file a representative action in the shoes of the state and recover civil penalties (and hence related attorneys’ fees). This initiative entitled the Fair Pay and Employer Accountability Act of 2022, would place greater enforcement responsibilities on the DLSE (Division of Labor Standards Enforcement), and require sufficient funds for that purpose. The only purpose of this initiative is the attorneys who file PAGA claims or the state cannot recover any money. This initiative has a long road ahead, but if any employer would like to be proactive about PAGA, they can certainly support the lobbying effort or join the signature-gathering effort that will be required to get on the ballot in 2022.

      So, we can expect there may be some PAGA relief in 2022 and employers can only wish that this does not happen.

      Research and Writing By: Team Draft n Craft

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  • New Jersey Lawmakers Advance Bill To Allow Pandemic Insurance

      A New Jersey Assembly committee on Wednesday advanced legislation that would permit insurers to offer coverage to policyholders for losses stemming from a pandemic like the coronavirus outbreak under provisions that state regulators would have to review on an expedited basis.

      NJ Lawmakers Advance Bill To Allow Pandemic Insurance

      With businesses across the Garden State struggling to secure such coverage amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee approved A.B. 4551, which would enable insurance companies to offer a policy “rider” that would extend coverage for “global virus transmission or pandemic, or both.”

      The legislation, which was introduced in August, tackles a coverage issue that has sparked litigation in New Jersey state and federal courts after insurers refused to cover pandemic-related losses for businesses that took financial hits in the wake of government restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.

      The legislation, which was introduced in August, tackles a coverage issue that has sparked litigation in New Jersey state and federal courts after insurers refused to cover pandemic-related losses for businesses that took financial hits in the wake of government restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.

      The legislation would take effect immediately and apply to insurance policies issued on or after the date when the DOBI commissioner approves such a rider.

      Source: https://www.law360.com/newjersey/articles/1390340/nj-lawmakers-advance-bill-to-allow-pandemic-insurance

  • Tech groups criticize Florida’s social media law as Unconstitutional.

      Tech groups criticize Florida’s social media law as unconstitutional, setting the stage for legal action.

      Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a bill Monday aiming to punish social media companies for their moderation decisions. The law would fine Internet companies if they suspend political candidates in the run-up to elections. It also would also make it easier for the Florida state attorney general and individuals to bring lawsuits when they think tech companies have acted unfairly.

      Legal experts say they expect to see lawsuits challenging the measure. Eric Goldman, a professor at Santa Clara University Law School in California, described the bill as bad policy and warned that some of its provisions are “obviously unconstitutional” because they restrict the editorial discretion of online publishers. He said some aspects of the law also would be preempted by a federal Internet law known as Section 230 that shields Internet companies from lawsuits over posts, photos and other content shared on their services.

      The Texas Senate has approved legislation like Florida’s that would prevent large tech companies from blocking or discriminating against users based on their viewpoints or location within Texas. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has expressed support for that bill. North Carolina and Louisiana state lawmakers have introduced similar measures.

      Florida lawmakers created a special exemption for companies that own theme parks, which could apply to websites operated by Disney. Disney World is a major Florida tourist attraction, while Comcast owns Universal Studios Florida.

      Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/05/25/technology-202-tech-groups-criticize-florida-social-media-law-unconstitutional-setting-stage-legal-action/

  • New York ‘HERO’ Act requires employers to establish airborne infectious disease safety protocols.

      New York ‘HERO’ Act

      The New York HERO Act (S.1034-B/A.2681-B), a critical bill requiring businesses to have enforceable safety standards to prevent further spread of coronavirus and other airborne diseases, was signed into law by Governor Cuomo. Under the new law, employers are required to implement several workplace safety measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      The NY HERO Act, or the New York Health and Essential Rights Act, requires the Departments of Labor and Health to implement enforceable minimum standards for workplace safety. The regulations must include protocols on testing, PPE, social distancing, hand hygiene, disinfection, and engineering controls. Workers would also be given a direct role in monitoring and reporting violations through workplace health and safety committees and employees would be protected from retaliation for utilizing their rights under the law.

      After the NY DOL issues its model standards, each New York employer must choose to either adopt the model standard that applies to its industry or establish its own airborne infectious disease exposure prevention plan that equals or exceeds the model standard. Employers must also provide their airborne infectious disease prevention plan in writing to their employees, including their plan in their employee handbooks, and post their plan in a prominent location in the workplace.

      New York employers should watch for the NY DOL to issue model airborne infectious disease prevention standards by June 4, 2021, and should prepare to issue and post airborne infectious disease prevention plans and update their handbooks accordingly. In the meantime, New York employers should continue to comply with all state and local safety protocols as employees return to work.

      Source: https://www.lexblog.com/2021/05/25/new-york-hero-act-requires-employers-to-establish-airborne-infectious-disease-safety-protocols/

  • Cost-padding, profit shedding law firms! Are you one of them?

      Cost padding happens when a business deliberately inflates its costs than what it has incurred and then passes it over to its consumers. However, there are costs that get passed over by the businesses unintentionally due to the high operating expenses, can this be considered as cost padding as well?

      Legal Services - Draft n CraftEven if it is, yes, should your law firm really be worried if the additional expenses are anyways getting rolled over to your clients ultimately?

      In today’s time, operating costs has become inversely proportional to the profit. Higher the cost, the lesser the profit, and vice-versa.

      With the advent of technology and the increase in competition, it has almost become impossible to pass over these costs to the clients, as there is always a fear of losing them out to the competition. Therefore, cost-padding is eventually leading to profit-shedding because if you are not optimizing your expenses, your practice will be bearing the inflated expenses out of its profit margins, making it extremely difficult for it to survive in the longer run.

      Whilst managing the cost of operating business is easier said than done, it’s literally a serious challenge for law firms because it was not very long ago that they were just not being questioned on their costs by their clients at all.

      Outsourcing of monotonous and tedious tasks is one way of reducing your operating expenses. It will not only give you the cost benefits, but it will also lead to an increase in efficiency, help you operate in a 24*7 environment, and will help you manage the uneven work-flow effectively. Last but not the least, it will also allow you to accept more cases that you might have turned-down otherwise due to a lack of resources. All of this, however, will happen only if you collaborate with a reliable and experienced vendor.

       

      Draft n Craft has been serving US law firms for over 12 years and has collaborated with over 200 US law firms over the years. The company has been supporting both plaintiffs as well as defense law firms and is not only helping them manage their costs but has also been instrumental in developing credible processes which in turn is reducing their case cycles as well.

      So if you are one of those law firms who is looking to be a cost-shedding, profit-making practice, don’t just wait, please feel free to connect at info@draftncraft.com for a free consultation.

  • ABA Model Rule Amendments and Work Types for Legal Process Outsourcing

      Legal outsourcing has revolutionized the legal industry, offering law firms and legal departments a strategic advantage in today’s competitive landscape. By outsourcing legal work, firms can not only reduce costs but also tap into the expertise of highly skilled professionals, boosting the quality of their services.

      One of the key challenges in outsourcing legal work is maintaining confidentiality. Law firms must carefully select reputable vendors and establish stringent security measures to protect client data. Adhering to ethical standards is equally important, as lawyers have a duty to ensure that non-lawyer assistants comply with professional conduct rules. Quality control is another crucial aspect, requiring effective supervision and ongoing communication with outsourced teams to uphold the firm’s standards.

      Despite these challenges, the benefits of legal outsourcing far outweigh the risks. By embracing outsourcing, law firms can streamline their operations, optimize resource allocation, and focus on delivering exceptional legal services. Moreover, the evolving landscape of legal outsourcing is transforming the industry, driving the adoption of technology, remote work, and collaborative partnerships. In this fast-paced and increasingly interconnected world, law firms that embrace legal outsourcing gain a competitive edge, enabling them to deliver cost-effective, high-quality legal solutions while enhancing their overall efficiency and maintaining their ethical obligations.

      To navigate the landscape of legal outsourcing, it is essential to understand the regulatory framework, the types of work that can be outsourced, and the best practices for choosing a vendor, managing the relationship, and mitigating risks.

      ABA Model Rule Amendments:

      The American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct set the ethical guidelines for lawyers in the United States. In 2018, the ABA made several amendments to the rules that address the outsourcing of legal services. These amendments recognize that outsourcing can be a legitimate and ethical way for lawyers to provide affordable and efficient services to clients, but also impose some obligations and limitations.

      Here are some of the key amendments to the ABA Model Rules that relate to outsourcing:

      1. Rule 1.1 (Competence): Lawyers must provide competent representation to clients, which includes the duty to supervise non-lawyer assistants (such as paralegals, clerks, or vendors) and ensure that they work ethically and competently.
      2. Rule 5.3 (Responsibilities Regarding Non-Lawyer Assistants): Lawyers must make reasonable efforts to ensure that their non-lawyer assistants (such as vendors) comply with the ethical rules of professional conduct and must adequately supervise them to prevent misconduct or errors.
      3. Rule 1.6 (Confidentiality): Lawyers must maintain the confidentiality of client information, which includes taking reasonable steps to ensure that vendors or other non-lawyers who receive or have access to confidential information are bound by ethical duties of confidentiality. Lawyers must also obtain informed consent from clients before disclosing confidential information to vendors or other non-lawyers.
      4. Rule 7.1 (Communications Concerning a Lawyer’s Services): Lawyers must ensure that any communications about their services, including those involving vendors or other non-lawyers, are truthful and not misleading.

      These amendments suggest that lawyers who outsource legal work should carefully select and supervise vendors, ensure that vendors adhere to ethical standards, keep clients informed about the outsourcing, and protect the confidentiality of client information.

      In addition to understanding the regulatory framework and work types associated with legal outsourcing, it is important to explore the numerous benefits and transformative effects it has on the legal industry. Legal outsourcing is not only changing the way law firms and lawyers operate but also propelling the industry forward in terms of efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and access to expertise.

      Benefits of Legal Outsourcing for US Law Firms and Lawyers:

      1. Cost Savings: Legal outsourcing allows firms to lower operational costs by accessing skilled professionals, often at a fraction of the cost of in-house staff. This cost advantage is particularly significant for routine or repetitive work such as document review, legal research, or contract management.

      2. Access to Specialized Expertise: Outsourcing enables law firms to tap into a global talent pool, gaining access to experts in specific practice areas or jurisdictions. This access to specialized knowledge helps law firms provide high-quality service, even in areas where they may lack internal expertise.

      3. Enhanced Efficiency: By outsourcing time-consuming and resource-intensive tasks, lawyers can free up their own time and focus on strategic activities that require their expertise, such as client engagements, complex legal analysis, or courtroom advocacy. This leads to increased productivity and efficiency within the firm.

      4. Scalability and Flexibility: Legal outsourcing allows law firms to scale their operations quickly and efficiently, without the need to recruit, train, and manage additional in-house staff. This scalability is particularly valuable when handling large or time-bound projects, such as litigation cases or mergers and acquisitions.

      5. Improved Work-Life Balance: Legal outsourcing can help alleviate the workload and pressure on lawyers, ultimately contributing to a better work-life balance. By outsourcing routine tasks, lawyers can focus on more meaningful and fulfilling aspects of their work, leading to increased job satisfaction and reduced burnout rates.

      Transformative Effects on the Legal Industry:

      Legal outsourcing is not just a cost-saving measure; it is a catalyst for change that is revolutionizing the legal industry. Here are some of the ways outsourcing is transforming the working style of law firms and lawyers.

      1. Adoption of Technology: To facilitate collaboration with outsourced teams, law firms are embracing technology solutions that allow seamless communication, file sharing, and project management. This shift towards technology-driven workflows is making the legal industry more efficient, agile, and connected.

      2. Remote and Distributed Work: Legal outsourcing promotes remote and distributed work arrangements, allowing law firms to tap into talent from anywhere in the world. The COVID-19 pandemic further accelerated this trend, with many firms realizing the benefits of remote work and adopting flexible working models.

      3. Collaborative Partnerships: Legal outsourcing is fostering collaborative partnerships between law firms and service providers. Instead of a traditional client-vendor relationship, outsourcing encourages closer collaboration, transparency, and integrated workflows. This collaboration leads to improved work quality, increased innovation, and stronger client relationships.

      4. Upskilling of Lawyers: Legal outsourcing is prompting lawyers to evolve their skill sets. As routine tasks get outsourced, lawyers are forced to concentrate on higher-value work that requires advanced legal knowledge, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities. This evolution is driving professional development and further elevating the legal profession.

      5. Increased Global Competitiveness: Legal outsourcing enables US law firms to compete globally by delivering services across borders and time zones. This expanded geographical reach not only attracts international clients but also expands business opportunities, fostering growth and diversification.

      Work Types for Legal Process Outsourcing:

      Legal outsourcing can involve a wide variety of tasks and legal specialties. Some of the most common work types that are outsourced include:

      • Document Review: This involves reviewing and analyzing large volumes of documents in discovery or due diligence matters, to identify relevance, privilege, or other issues.
      • Legal Research and Writing: This includes researching and drafting legal memoranda, briefs, contracts, or other legal documents.
      • Patent and Intellectual Property Services: These services can include patent drafting, prior art searches, patent prosecution, and trademarks.
      • Litigation Support: This includes services such as e-discovery, forensic investigation, trial preparation, and expert witness services.
      • Contract Management and Administration: This involves reviewing, drafting, negotiating, and managing contracts for companies, including vendor contracts, employment agreements, or service level agreements.

      With all the above-mentioned services, Medical Retrieval and Review Support Services have emerged as a key outsourcing trend in the US legal market. With the ever-increasing volume of medical data involved in many legal cases, such as personal injury claims or medical malpractice suits, law firms are turning to outsourcing to streamline the complex and time-consuming process of medical record retrieval and review.

      Outsourcing medical retrieval and review support services offer several benefits for law firms, including faster turnaround times, improved accuracy, and reduced administrative burden. By leveraging the expertise of specialized medical retrieval vendors, law firms can access relevant medical records and summaries quickly and efficiently, allowing them to focus on core legal tasks and better serve their clients.

      Moreover, outsourcing medical retrieval and review support services promote compliance with regulatory requirements, such as HIPAA, by ensuring that patient confidentiality is upheld throughout the process. It also allows law firms to adopt technology solutions that facilitate secure file transfer, collaboration, and project management, further boosting efficiency and productivity.

      Medical retrieval and review support have become an essential component of many law firms’ outsourcing strategies, enabling them to manage the vast amount of medical data involved in legal cases while enhancing the overall quality of their services. As this trend continues to grow, law firms that adopt outsourcing solutions for medical retrieval and review can stay ahead of the curve, providing clients with exceptional legal services and staying competitive in a rapidly evolving industry.

      Choosing the right vendor for outsourcing legal work depends on several factors, such as the vendor’s expertise, reputation, infrastructure, security, and pricing. Lawyers should conduct due diligence and negotiate written agreements that spell out obligations, expectations, and remedies in case of a breach.

      Best Practices for Legal Process Outsourcing:

      1. Due Diligence: Thoroughly vet potential outsourcing partners to ensure they align with your firm’s standards and ethical considerations.

      2. Contractual Clarity: Clearly define the scope of work, confidentiality clauses, and ethical obligations in contracts with outsourcing partners.

      3. Client Communication: Maintain transparency with clients about the use of outsourcing, assuring them of the measures in place to protect their interests.

      4. Ongoing Monitoring: Implement mechanisms to continuously monitor outsourcing relationships, ensuring ongoing compliance with ethical standards.

      Furthermore, legal outsourcing is reshaping the legal industry itself. It is driving innovation and propelling the industry into a more interconnected and fast-paced future. Collaboration, technological advancements, and remote work arrangements are becoming the norm. By embracing these transformations, law firms can adapt to the changing landscape and continue to thrive in a competitive market.

      In conclusion, legal outsourcing brings a wide range of benefits to US law firms and lawyers. From cost savings and access to expertise, to enhanced efficiency and scalability, legal outsourcing is a transformative force that propels firms forward. By embracing outsourcing, law firms can adapt, innovate, and secure their place in the dynamic and ever-evolving legal industry.