Defense Counsel Journal

This publication provides topical and scholarly writings on the law, including its development and reform and the practice of law in the civil defense and insurance fields.

Articles from Vol. 80, No. 1, January

Defense Counsel Journal Board and Committee Vice Chairs
EDITOR AND CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF EDITORS Richard L. Neumeier, Esq., Morrison Mahoney LLP, 250 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210 MANAGING EDITOR Robert F. Greenlee, Esq., IADC, 303 West Madison, Suite 925, Chicago, IL 60606 BOARD OF EDITORS...
IADC Tenets of Professionalism
The International Association of Defense Counsel is aware that applicable rules or codes of professional responsibility generally provide only minimum standards of acceptable conduct. Since we aspire to the highest ideals of professionalism, we hereby...
In Unity There Is Strength: The Advantages (and Disadvantages) of Joint Defense Groups
We must indeed all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately. --Benjamin Franklin, at the signing of the Declaration of Independence IT IS NOT unusual today for counsel to be involved in cases with multiple defendants or...
Nothing Is Certain except Death and Taxes: But in the District Courts, Not Even Taxes Are Certain for E-Discovery Costs
UNDER the so-called "American Rule," parties in litigation are responsible for their own costs, with limited statutory exceptions. (1) Given this general rule, one losing party must have been stunned to recently receive a bill from the prevailing party...
Officers and Board of Directors
PRESIDENT Quentin F. Urquhart, Jr., New Orleans, Louisiana USA PRESIDENT-ELECT Molly H. Craig, Charleston, South Carolina USA VICE PRESIDENT OF CORPORATE Connie Lewis Lensing, Memphis, Tennessee USA VICE PRESIDENT OF INTERNATIONAL...
Recent Decisions on the FRCP Rule 26 Amendments Pertaining to Experts in Products Liability Cases
RECENT AMENDMENTS to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26 have led to a proliferation of Motions to Strike/Exclude Expert Testimony under the Court's responsibility as a gatekeeper of information that is to be considered by a jury. Keeping apprised of...
State and Federal Statutory and Regulatory Treatment of Hydraulic Fracturing
Legal Writing Contest. International Association of Defense Counsel Committee members prepare newsletters on a monthly basis that contain a wide range of practical and helpful material. This section of the Defense Counsel Journal is dedicated to highlighting...
The Emerging Battlefield: Should the Use of a Nonmonotonic, Non-Threshold Dose-Response Curve for Alleged Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Survive a Daubert/Frye Challenge?
IN Hormones and Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: Low-Dose Effects and Nonmonotonic Dose Responses, (1) the authors contend that the toxicological significance of alleged endocrine-disrupting chemicals ("EDCs") cannot be assessed using the traditional...
What Sets the IADC Apart?
In his recent book, Imagine--How Creativity Works, Jonah Lehrer studied the characteristics that have helped to make Pixar Animation Studios one of the most successful movie companies of all time. Since 1995, when Toy Story was first released, Pixar...
What Sets the IADC Apart?
In his recent book, Imagine - How Creativity Works, Jonah Lehrer studied the characteristics that have helped to make Pixar Animation Studios one of the most successful movie companies of all time. Since 1995, when Toy Story was first released, Pixar...
Will the Real Intended Third-Party Please Stand Up?
TRADITIONALLY, absent fraud or collusion, the only parties with standing to sue an attorney for malpractice were those in privity of contract with the attorney, that is, the lawyer's clients. (1) However, over the past several decades, the traditional...