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Margaret S. Williams, Jason A. Cantone, Emery G. Lee
October 28, 2019

This pocket guide was created to provide multidistrict transferee judges with an overview of the use of fact sheets. Fact sheets (either plaintiff or defendant) are one of many case-management tools available to transferee judges.

Melissa J. Whitney
May 15, 2019

This pocket guide was created to provide transferee judges handling multidistrict litigation (MDL) with an overview of the bellwether trial process. Bellwether trials are one of many case-management tools available to MDL transferee judges.

David A. Sanders
March 8, 2019

Social Security disability cases pose many challenges. In practice, federal court review of Social Security agency decisions differs widely from district to district and from circuit to circuit.

Melissa J. Whitney
June 1, 2018

Science tutorials have developed as a tool to assist judges in managing cases that involve complex science and technology. Such tutorials provide an early opportunity for the court to learn and ask questions about relevant science and technology outside the context of motion practice.

Catherine R. Borden
May 31, 2018

This pocket guide is designed for transferee judges managing MDL proceedings that involve multiple, related class actions.

Jayme J. Herschkopf
December 29, 2017

This guide summarizes issues related to third-party financing of civil litigation. It discusses how judges might manage cases involving litigation financing, including ethical issues, legal issues raised by financing agreements, and discovery issues related to such agreements. 

Ronald J. Hedges, Barbara Jacobs Rothstein, Elizabeth C. Wiggins
September 20, 2017

This third edition of the pocket guide on managing the discovery of electronically stored information (ESI) covers the December 1, 2015, amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and reflects the rise of new sources of ESI, particularly social media, and updates judges on how ESI may be

William ("Bill") C. Rooklidge, Martha K. Gooding, Philip Johnson, Noreen Krall
August 2, 2017

This guide focuses on case-management practices that may be helpful to the courts in the adjudication of patent infringement damages. It reflects the current state of the law and the courts' evolving case-management efforts.

Jason A. Cantone
July 10, 2017

This guide is intended to help state and federal judges organize and maintain an active state–federal judicial council. The guide identifies different topics that can be considered and activities that can be coordinated through a council.

Jayme J. Herschkopf
June 28, 2017

This pocket guide is designed to offer judges an introduction to the law and practice of securities litigation. It provides an overview of the types of legal and practical issues judges may confront in litigation arising under the securities laws, and, where possible, offers suggestions.

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