Trey Cox 2014-09-29 05:57:59
Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts is the authoritative treatise for federal court litigators. Its initial reputation was reaffirmed by the second edition, published in 2005, and again by its third edition, which is currently available. Litigator Robert L. Haig marshaled a group of 251 authors, including prestigious practitioners from across the nation and 22 federal judges. There are too many contributors to name them all, but the headliners include former U.S. Solicitor General Drew S. Days III; Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White; former U.S. Attorney General Benjamin R. Civiletti; and Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn of the U.S. District Court in Dallas. According to one calculation, the authors and their law firms have invested approximately $60 million of potential billable time researching and drafting their contributions to Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts. As a result, you can rest assured that the analysis in these pages is thorough, professional, and reliable because it comes from the minds of some of the most well-established thought leaders in today’s legal community. Not to mention that it is a bargain. At $1,434, you can have access to this treasure trove of knowledge for a fraction of the billable time that went into it. The 11-volume treatise contains 12,742 pages and 130 chapters. The first half deals with procedural topics all federal litigators will encounter, including personal and subject matter jurisdiction, removal, venue, joinder, pleadings, pretrial discovery, trials, judgment and appeals—and even a chapter on alternative dispute resolution. The second half contains 63 substantive law chapters that cover common topics in commercial litigation, including securities, antitrust, banking, contracts, insurance, sale of goods, intellectual property, professional liability, business torts, franchising, and energy. It is rare to see a single work delve into so many diverse subjects, much less one that charts the issues, pitfalls, and nuances of each area of law. Now for the new stuff. The latest edition includes 34 more substantive chapters covering a plethora of increasingly complex areas of law, such as coordination of litigation in state and federal courts, regulatory litigation with the SEC, commodities and futures, tax, and consumer protection. Also included is a number of entries related to criminal issues, which are valuable to civil litigators unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the intricate relationship between civil and criminal cases. White-collar crime, the interplay between commercial litigation and criminal proceedings, and money laundering are a few examples of the topics that are covered. The chapters conveniently include in-depth strategies that can be used throughout the entire process of litigation, from the inception of the case to its conclusion. Additionally, it includes practice aids, checklists, and forms at the end of each chapter, which by themselves hold up as an essential addition to any attorney’s library. Notably, these materials are also available digitally; the third edition includes a CD-ROM and can also be retrieved online, through Westlaw, providing access regardless of location. Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts is a monumental achievement. This body of work, with contributions from some of the most accomplished and knowledgeable practitioners today, is both an authoritative guide to navigating the complex world of federal litigation and a powerful arsenal of forms and checklists that will sharpen the efficiency of any law firm. Easily accessible, physically or digitally, it is sure to aid federal litigators at every stage of the litigation process. TBJ TREY COX, a partner in the Dallas firm of Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox, has spent nearly 20 years helping clients—from Fortune 500 corporations to entrepreneurs—resolve large, complicated, and often high-profile business disputes. His jury trial and courtroom experience have earned him double certification by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
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