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There are significant differences litigating in civil and common law jurisdictions. These differences are often counter-intuitive to the U.S. attorney. Civil law jurisdictions have no discovery, no depositions, and no motion practice. Extensions of time are seldom granted and can be etched in stone. What is even more perplexing is that the plaintiff must present all of the evidence in the complaint and so must the defendant in the answer. There are nuances in the various civil law jurisdictions. Caselaw is advisory and therefore not binding on a court as precedence.
Topics to be addressed include:
- Pitfalls a U.S. lawyer should know
- Managing foreign counsel
- Civil law litigation strategies
- How to combine civil law and common law legal strategies
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