Sep 30, 2009

Lawyer James Sokolove Seeks Permission To Set Up Shop in R.I.

Lawyer James Sokolove seeks permission to set up shop in R.I. | Rhode Island news | | The Providence Journal

According to the article in The Providence Journal:

"Sokolove is not seeking to practice law in Rhode Island, but instead open a branch of his Delaware-based firm here, court papers show. South Dakota is the only other state in which he does not have a presence.

A lawyer must be licensed to practice law in Rhode Island and be a dues paying member of the bar association to practice here. The state Supreme Court licenses lawyers to operate as limited liability corporations."

To read the full article on, click on: Rhode Island Law Office

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Sep 10, 2009

$6 Million Verdict Survives Judge's Error on Mid-Trial Jury Discussions

An article in the The National Law Journal and details key court opinion involving mid-trial jury deliberations. In the article by Sheri Qualters, the Massachusetts high court let stand a $6 million jury judgment in a personal injury case. As reported on
"The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts' July 16 unanimous ruling in Kelly v. Foxboro Realty Associates LLC, heard by six of the court's seven justices, said that the trial judge committed an error by allowing jurors to talk about evidence by themselves during a trial despite one side's objection. But the opinion, authored by Associate Justice Robert J. Cordy, also upheld the judgment and said the judge's decision to allow the juror discussions didn't harm the defendant's case."
To read the entire article, click on: Mid-Trial Jury Discussions. The article is free, but may require registration.