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New Supreme Court Decision Offers Guidance on Mass Tort Preemption Defense

After years of limited guidance, the Supreme Court has finally provided direction to lower courts on the issue of preemption when they delivered their opinion in Merck v. Albrecht. “Preemption” is a common defense used by defendants in pharmaceutical mass tort litigation. Through this defense, pharmaceutical companies argue that the state law causes of action are preempted by the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) control over drug and medical device approval and labeling. 

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Turn Law Firm Staff Training into Competitive Advantage

Law firms with dependable, excellent support teams are not serendipitous occurrences. Instead, high performing teams emerge from law firms that expertly hire experienced, promising people and provide them with ongoing professional training. 

Filed under: law firm services

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Offload the Workload: How Outsourcing Can Increase Profitability

Law firm profitability is not exactly languishing. Many law firms, especially larger ones, are making very comfortable margins. But law firms are rather like whales: if they stop moving, they sink.

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Ease and Responsiveness are Critical Success Factors in Law Firms

Legal software maker CLIO surveyed thousands of law firm clients in its Legal Technology: Future Horizons survey. One question asked the clients what was most important to them when choosing a law firm. The majority cited overall cost of services as their primary concern, but ease and responsiveness came in shortly after.

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