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1. When most big firm associates start their first job after law school, they almost never have responsibility to serve as first chair in a case. What does it mean to be "first chair"?
2. A staple of big firm litigation groups are cases involving allegedly defective drugs, car components, or even defective glass. When these cases involve injuries to consumers, a special group of big firm litigators get involved, as this area of the law is a specialty. What is this specialty called?
3. No matter what type of litigation is involved, a massive amount of money is spent by the parties in the discovery phase of cases. To obtain relevant information from an opposing party in federal court litigation, what discovery tool do litigators use?
4. From time to time, third parties not involved in the litigation will be in control of evidence that the parties in the litigation desire to have. To obtain these documents, a party may serve a subpoena on the third party after giving notice to the other parties in the litigation. Under what Federal Rule of Civil Procedure are these subpoenas served?
5. As big firm litigation associates progress in their career, eventually they will move beyond simply drafting document requests and reviewing documents. One of the next developmental steps they will take is to defend a witness deposition. What is a witness deposition?
6. In many cases and especially in complex cases, attorneys and their clients will employ expert witnesses to testify regarding certain principles beyond the expertise and experience of a reasonable non-expert in the field. What United States Supreme Court case supplied the basic rules for U.S. District Courts to evaluate expert witnesses?
7. Most defending parties and their attorneys often believe that the court in which their case is pending should eliminate some or all of the plaintiff's case as a matter of law. In other words, the defendants believe that they are entitled to judgment in their favor and that there are no disputes of material fact regarding the key issues in the case. When this is raised by a motion prior to trial and is accompanied by affidavits, sworn testimony, and authenticated documentation, what kind of motion would the defendant be filing?
8. One ground on which a case can get dismissed quickly is if too much time has passed before the plaintiff filed its lawsuit. What is the name of the statute which requires cases to be filed within a certain time from the incident leading to the damages claimed in the complaint?
9. Most civil cases filed in federal court do not go to either a jury trial or a bench trial and, in fact, most cases settle. On occasion, a court will require parties to meet with a neutral person to discuss settlement. This process often includes exchanging position papers, technical conferences, and joint presentations of positions. What is this process called?
10. Discovery disputes are a major part of what litigators spend their time handling - and, in many cases, discovery disputes are what increase the cost of the case exponentially for the parties. Under what Federal Rule of Civil Procedure may a party be sanctioned for abusing the discovery process?
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