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Texas Amended Rule 106 on Substitute Service: Have You Been Served?

Attempting to align the Texas legal system with current realities, effective December 31, 2020, Rule 106 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure is amended to allow substitute service by “social media, email, or other technology ….”  Indeed, any plaintiff faced with the previous options for substitute service (essentially, publication in a physical newspaper or … Continue Reading

Litigator’s Guide to Navigating Virtual Court Proceedings

With the “new norm” losing some of its “newness” as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, virtual court proceedings are becoming widespread across federal and state courts. Here are some important areas to consider before and during remote court proceedings. Test Your Technology At this point, many people have participated in a conference call in which one … Continue Reading

Zooming In on Remote Depositions during COVID-19 Pandemic

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, fully remote depositions have become necessary and employment lawyers are quickly adjusting. Below are some areas to consider when taking a remote deposition. Technology Court reporting services use various audio-video technologies, including Zoom, Cisco Webex, and other platforms, to connect participants in a remote deposition. Being comfortable on … Continue Reading

Using Data from Wearable Devices in Litigation

Millions of people across the globe use some type of wearable device that constantly captures data including health information, fitness levels, location, and much more. These devices, such as Fitbit and the Apple Watch, are often referred to as “wearables.” Experts estimate that over 300 million wearables are in circulation and that the number of … Continue Reading

$6.8 Million Award for Theft of Company Trade Secrets

A dental technology company has obtained a $6.8 million judgment against a former employee accused of stealing the company’s designs. The federal district court in Central California entered the judgment after finding the defendant, Jian Lu, liable for stealing trade secrets. Sirona Dental Systems Inc., et al. v. Jian Lu, No. 2:15-cv-08777 (C.D. Cal. Oct. … Continue Reading
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