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Hake Appointed Harvard Law School Lecturer on Law for the Winter 2020 Term

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William Hake (Partner-San Francisco) has been appointed to the faculty of Harvard Law School as a Lecturer on Law for the Winter 2020 term. For more than 25 years, Bill has taught Trial Advocacy at Harvard School of Law, as well as at Stanford University School of Law and for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA).

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Defending Unfair Trade Practices Act and Unfair Insurance Practices Act Claims

Dennis Rhodes (Of Counsel-San Francisco) authored “Defending Unfair Trade Practices Act and Unfair Insurance Practices Act Claims,” which appeared in the Winter 2020 edition of DRI’s In-House Defense Quarterly.

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Case Studies

$1 Million Punitive Damages Award in New Jersey Asbestos Case

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In a recent asbestos case before New Jersey’s Superior Court in Middlesex County, the court levied a $1 million punitive damages award against a manufacturer of products for residential and commercial boiler applications. . Punitive damages are designed to punish a wrongdoer for particularly egregious conduct and to deter that party from future misconduct.

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Claims against Accounting Firms Dismissed in Chinese Reverse Merger-related Case

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The decision in this case, one of the first addressing auditor scienter in the Chinese reverse merger context, will provide important precedent in future cases.

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