Litigation involving PFAS reflects the widespread use of these chemicals. With standards for drinking water and remediation under review, the EPA considering hazardous substances designation, and ongoing health and environmental studies, this litigation is expected to become even more complex. Hundreds of PFAS-related lawsuits, including a multi-district litigation for cases relating to fire-fighting foam, are pending in state and federal courts. PFAS is seemingly the fastest growing and evolving area of federal environmental regulation, and the resulting litigation is keeping pace.
With remote work seemingly here to stay, communication via texts, mobile apps, and collaborative platforms has become a necessity. The ease and ephemeral nature of these communications belie the permanence of the content when used as evidence in court. Even when seemingly deleted, the messages can be retrieved from the apps, devices, or the servers where the data can still reside. Text, app messaging, and collaborative platforms represent a relatively new category of potentially relevant evidence that must be accounted for and preserved during discovery.
A deposition is one of the essential building blocks of a civil litigators’ case. Weak deposition testimony can cause your case to collapse. But, with strong deposition testimony, you can build a case that will allow you to either reach a favorable settlement for your client or, ultimately, prevail at trial. Despite the importance of strong deposition testimony, many lawyers learn how to take or defend depositions with what amounts to on-the-job training. While real world experience is vital to taking better depositions, it is also important to learn (or be reminded of) some basic skills that will make your deposition examination more effective. Take this course to get on the fast-track to developing stronger deposition skills!
In an age of stepped-up compliance enforcement, it is more important than ever for accountants, their firms, and their counsel to revisit not only current best practices, but also the proper procedures for cooperating with a regulatory investigation. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from our roster of distinguished practitioners, general counsel, industry professionals, and SEC and PCAOB officials, as well as respected representatives from all of the Big 4 accounting firms.