June 2008

From time to time, I am asked to review books.  I don’t know why.  But the idea of being asked makes me feel good, so time permitting, I generally agree.  Frequently, the books are not very good.  This was, most decidedly, not one of those occasions.

Your Witness is a compilation of stories.  Stories about

Consider this a public service announcement.  Better yet, a heads-up on something you should be speaking with your clients about.

NPR ran a story this morning about document retention and the cost it adds to litigation.  Among the highlights of the story:

  • Ten years ago, a case with 300,000 pages of documents was huge.
  • Today,

I’m on vacation today with the whole family (meaning we are using the Suburban).  Stopped to get gas and blew the entire vacation budget.  Wow!  Anyway, got me wondering just how fast the price of oil has been increasing.

At the beginning of 2006, oil was $60 per barrel.  A year later, it was $75

The excuses are as numerous as they are legendary:

"I didn’t know the other side was actually going to take depositions."
"Who knew the court would actually want a brief on the summary judgment motion?"
"We’ve got no chance of winning the motion but it will help us ‘educate’ the judge."

Everybody has their favorites