Archives for April 2014
by: Lynn Toops, Attorney
How much time do you think the average consumer spends reading the contracts they sign or agree to (and whether they realize it or not consumers sign or agree to contracts all the time)? In a study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University, researchers found American Internet users could spend on average 201 hours a year reading all the privacy policies presented to them by businesses. Given this information, it’s no surprise that many of us don’t take the time to read an entire contract. So what are we risking by not reading? Unfortunately, a lot. In these contracts, companies are constantly trying to take away a consumer’s right to a jury trial through forced arbitration or a consumer’s ability to bring a class action through a forced class action waiver.
by: Kelley J. Johnson, Attorney
Congratulations! You landed a great case with a great client. Unfortunately, the case is out of your jurisdiction. Do you still take the case? The answer is “yes” if you can find and hire effective local counsel. I have been fortunate in my career to be hired as local counsel and to have needed to hire local counsel myself. Based on my experience, here are a few hiring tips for those seeking local counsel: