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Authentication: Self-Authentication Methods

The federal rules of evidence recently changed specifically with the goal of modifying the authenticity requirements for certain ESI. Specifically, Fed. R. Evid. 902(13) and 902(14) were added to Rule 902 (the rule on self-authenticating documents), and these sections read as follows:

Minnesota Legal Ethics: Is it ok to Friend your Enemy?

Is it ok to friend your enemy in litigation? Probably not, if you're the lawyer. Remember, if you can't communicate directly with a represented party in real life, you also can't communicate through social media, e.g., requesting that they add you as a "friend." See Minn. R. Prof. Cond. 4.2. The rule reads as follows:

Trial Practice: Federal Privacy Considerations in the Age of ESI

As part of the e-discovery process, keywords can be used to search hard drives, e-mail storage, thumb drives, discs and servers. Keywords can be useful in identifying potentially relevant documents. But practitioners should be aware-particularly when permitting searches within their own systems-that privacy issues beyond the scope of the litigation may be implicated. Privacy concerns arise in the medical field, and in employment law, to name just two. Practitioners must be aware of the law that applies to their clients. Protective orders help to preserve privacy, but practitioners should also be aware of the laws that protect privacy in any database being searched. Competent representation requires this. Minn. R. Prof. Cond. 1.1 (2018).

Don't Miss the Mark: Choosing a Standard Character Mark or Stylized Logo in Your Trademark Application

Filing a trademark application with the U.S. Trademark Office can be a confusing endeavor for the uninitiated. And while the trademark office has gone to great lengths to teach users about the process through videos and how-to instructions, the variety of choices can sometimes leave users confused about the impact their decisions have on the long-term viability of their trademark. One such choice involves deciding which type of mark to apply for: a standard character mark or a stylized logo.

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