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The Common Scold is named after a cause of action that originated in Pilgrim days, when meddlesome, argumentative, opinionated women who displeased the Puritan elders were punished by a brisk dunk in the local pond. Believe it or not, the tort lasted until 1972, when State v. Palendrano, 120 N.J. Super. 336, 293 A.2d 747 (N.J.Super.L., Jul 13, 1972) pretty much put it to rest. But the thought of those feisty women, not afraid of a little cold water, has always cheered me up and inspired me. I first used the moniker as the name of my humor column at the University of San Francisco School of Law many moons ago, and revive it now for this blawg!


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FOUR OF FOUR

Fashion As promised, here's some background on the fourth LTN Award we presented during LegalTech New York.

For "Most Innovative Use of Technology During a Trial," the judges selected Latham & Watkins, citing partners John Lynch and Mark Beckett, both of the firm’s Paris office. Beckett acts as global chair of the international arbitration and litigation practice group; Lynch is global co-chair of the litigation department.

Said the judges: "Lynch and Beckett designed and used high-impact multimedia presentations in international arbitration with impressive results."

The two men represented an Italian fashion designer, in a dispute over a licensing agreement and joint venture. "Although the designer was well known in couture fashion circles, one of the challenges the trial team faced was to demonstate the extent of the designer’s organization, the breadth of her distribution, and the fact tha she was recognized throughout the world," explains the firm.

To demonstrate the designer’s standing "in a quick and memorable manner," the team used a combination of animation, magazine video footage, photographs, and the client’s signature club music.

"The team also gathered, organized and digitized case data, and constructed an interactive case timeline, showing the various phases of the joint venture relationship (from "romance" to "honeymoon" to the "divorce").

As a coup de grace, the client was so impressed, she asked for a personal copy for marketing purposes!

Photos: Lynch (top), Beckett (below).

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