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Sweden has a reputation for pleasant, good-looking people, catchy pop music, small, sweet meatballs, and stylish, reasonably priced furniture. But I visited Malmo and Lund when I was studying law in Copenhagen and I can also tell you Sweden can be very cold. And that frost may not just reflect the Nordic climate, but extend

Image credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eclipse#/media/File:Solar_eclipse_1999_4.jpgPart of my work involves reading court decisions to keep abreast of how judges decide the types of cases I handle. Below, I share some thoughts on recent decisions.Court Applies Strict Liability Despite Contributory Negligence Claim A court may find a defendant liable to a plaintiff, even in situations where the plaintiff bears

Parties to a litigation file statements to a judge (or judges) to argue why their side should win whatever issue is under consideration. But outsiders may also be able to submit arguments to the judge, asking the judge to consider the consequences of their decision and raising issues that the parties may not have included.

Lawyers have a duty to ensure that the statements they make are true and to present evidence in support of their clients cases. Carrying out that duty often requires lawyers to investigate facts themselves. Over time, many develop the ability to gather an impressive amount of information. But an attorney also faces limits of what

In addition to the opening statement, a closing argument can be a dramatic part of a trial. It provides a conclusion for all of the evidence presented. The whole trial appears to be building to that moment. But they are not off-the-cuff ruminations about life and justice. Strict rules govern how they work and

Cyprus is home to approximately a million people, but it is also an important producer of ships, a tourist destination, and a financial services hub. It has historical ties to Greece, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, and is a member of the European Union. Its unique and outsized role in international commerce makes it a

Image credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick’s_Day#/media/File:St._Patricks_Day_Parade_(2013)_In_Dublin_Was_Excellent_But_The_Weather_And_The_Turnout_Was_Disappointing_(8566201364).jpgPart of my work involves reading court decisions to keep abreast of how judges decide the types of cases I handle. Below, I share some thoughts on recent decisions.Court Affirms Dismissal of Lawsuit Against Different Defendant Citing Res JudicataOnce a lawsuit is over, a plaintiff may face obstacles in trying their same lawsuit

Many lawsuits allege that a defendant sold a product that was either defective or that did not work as advertised. These lawsuits expose defendants to a lot of liability, and so many companies get insurance to pay for the inevitable litigation that ensues from making and selling a product. Litigating these cases requires both a