A Lower-Cost Alternative To Litigation

Law360, New York (June 3, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT) -- I will never forget what I heard a federal judge declare during a routine motion call a couple of years ago. The judge was in the process of setting a date several months in the future for an evidentiary hearing. Counsel for one of the parties stated that the date suggested by the judge would not work because that counsel had a trial scheduled in another case around the same time. The judge responded quickly but courteously, “No, you don’t.”

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