ALFA International Publications

June 24, 2022
Preparing Your Soul for Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions It has kept all of us awake at night.  The biggest case on our desk may sink or swim based on the testimony of a particular company witness.  It may be an officer or manager whose testimony will bind the company.  It could be a current or former rank and file employee, which presents an even different set of concerns.  It goes without saying that t…
June 24, 2022
Until 2011, an individual possessing less than half an ounce of cannabis in Connecticut could have been charged with, and found guilty of, a class C misdemeanor and imprisoned for up to three months.[1]  However, in 2011, Connecticut decriminalized cannabis use, although one could still be charged with an infraction for possessing small amounts.[2]  More recently, on June 22, 2021, Governor Lamont…
June 24, 2022
Why Conduct a Mock Trial?[1] The emphasis in a trial is on advocacy and involves listening, questioning, thinking, and learning. Analysis and sound reasoning coupled with effective communication to a judge and jurors is paramount to success in a mock trial. The modern approach of conducting a mock trial provides attorneys with a great advantage of, among other things, assisting with case evaluatio…
June 24, 2022
Many companies and other organizations are turning to biometric data for security.  Biometrics are biological measurements and include fingerprints, retinal scans, handprints, and face scans.  These can allow access to computers, computer programs, and access into secured locations.  The use of biometric data has increased since 2020 as a way to reduce physical interactions.  The rise of two step …
June 24, 2022
There are four main types of data breaches. Make no mistake: one of them will personally affect each and every professional. Hacker attack:  An attempt to disable computers, steal data, or use a breached computer system to launch additional attacks. Cybercriminals use different methods to launch such a cyberattack, including malware, phishing, ransomware, man-in-the-middle (perpetrator positions h…
June 24, 2022
Expert witnesses in medical negligence cases – a practical guide The greatest impediment to securing the best expert(s) for your case is neither a dearth of experts nor the tools to locate them. The number one impediment is time or, rather, the limited time busy lawyers and their staff can spend finding and retaining experts.  This article is intended as a guide to assist busy lawyers and their bu…
June 24, 2022
Mitigating Professional Malpractice Risks: Legal And Ethical Challenges Of Mental Health And Substance Abuse Issues Everyone knows it exists, some choose to ignore it, but what exactly can we do about it? It is no secret that mental health and substance abuse issues are prevalent among professionals. These issues present many risks for professional liability insurers and employers. The most obviou…
June 24, 2022
Before the pandemic, jury verdicts were already trending upwards, often surpassing traditional expectations. Additionally, COVID has caused many businesses to change operational standards and, in many instances, has negatively affected the popular opinion of corporations. The question now arises: what is the correlation between COVID and the current trend of jury verdicts? RECAP: Jury Verdicts Pre…
June 24, 2022
Cyber coverage can be traced back to Errors and Omissions (E&O policies) issued to technology companies. These initial cyber coverages were usually added to E&O policies as “network security” or “internet liability” coverage. 1990s The earliest cyber liability insurance generally consisted of policies covering online media or errors in data processing. These policies excluded first-party c…
June 1, 2022
Personal Jurisdiction – Does Evolving Case Law Make it the “First Best Defense?” For most lawyers both in-house and in their firms, the law school civil procedure course is a distant (and perhaps not too pleasant) memory. International Shoe rings a bell, but why exactly? And yet, for everything there is a season, and the season for contesting personal jurisdiction is now. Early and correct asserti…