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Pool Float Lawsuit Rings a Bell . . .

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SwimTime coverLast summer, USPTO patent judge and NITA author Ryan H. Flax wrote our very first case file on patent law, SwimTime Corp. v. Water-Fun, Inc., a complex case involving the alleged design infringement of pool floats.

Yes. Pool floats.

So, imagine our surprise here in the Publications Department when, a year later, we came across a story in Jezebel (hey, no judging!) about a complex case involving the alleged design infringement of . . . pool floats.

The Pool Float Frenzy Has Unleashed Legal Drama

Judge Flax’s response to the weird Venn diagram of “life imitates art imitates life” overlapping with “it’s déjà vu all over again”?


And thanks to Judge Flax, yes, we did.

Demonstratives: Making Effective Graphics for Trial

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demonstratives2-finalAuthor John Cleaves latest ebook, Demonstratives: Making Effective Graphics for Trial, teaches the reader step by step how to develop a consistent theme or “brand” throughout your demonstratives so they have their own look and feel that jurors can readily identify as your side of the case. Likewise, he creates a variety of timelines that tell and sell your client’s story in the order it happened, make your important quotes look like they were created by a professional graphic artist, transform data charts, and so much more!

If you have often wondered how you can use tools such as PowerPoint to your advantage by learning how to visually bring your case to life, then this ebook is right for you. This ebook’s functionality is optimized on an iPad because it enables you to pinch-zoom the graphics to view the details, but it may also be downloaded to your desktop and viewed with Adobe Digital Editions.

Available in eBook here.

Fulbright v. Americraft Industries and Parker, Fourth Edition

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Fulbright4thIn NITA’s latest edition of Fulbright v. Americraft Industries and Parker, a high-school football star, John Fulbright, is thrown from his motorcycle and severely injured when it collides with a Cadillac that just pulled out of a parking lot. Most of the witnesses say Fulbright was speeding and not wearing a helmet, but a 14-year-old boy says otherwise. There is evidence that the Cadillac’s driver, Andrew Parker, an Americraft employee, had been drinking. Fulbright claims he became an epileptic as a result of his injuries. There is not a helmet law in the State of Nita. This latest edition contains four witnesses for both the plaintiff and the defendants.

Retail Price: $38

Order Here in Print or epub (ipad, Kobo, Nook, Sony )

Advanced Negotiation and Mediation Theory and Practice, 2nd Edition

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AdvNego2dIn the latest edition of Advanced Negotiation and Mediation Theory and Practice, Paul Zwier and Thomas Guernsey present a strategic planning and integrated systematic approach to negotiation. This approach recognizes that both adversarial and problem-solving strategies have distinct advantages which lawyers will combine styles and strategies to achieve the best results for. Including an outlined plan to implement effective negotiation techniques using up-to-date situations, the authors break down the counseling process into stages and show readers what information the client needs to make an informed decision. In the second edition, readers will find updates include: new and expanded template for case evaluation, a new section on creative solutions, a new section on forgiveness, new ideas of integrating negotiation theory in mediation settings, expanded discussion on ethics, examples from products liability cases, and a new discussion of creative peacemaking from international conflicts.

Retail Price: $75

Order Now: Print, Epub (ipad, Kobo, Nook, Sony) , or Mobi (Kindle)

Strange v. Wrigley, Third Edition

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Strange3dAuthor Andrew P. Rodovich delivers a compelling case file centered around the issue of self-defense. In this personal injury case, the plaintiff, William Strange, drinks at a local bar and then believes he is entering his friend David Cunningham’s home. However, to William’s surprise he walks into the defendant, James Wrigley and his wife Kathy’s home instead. James shoots him twice, claiming self defense. Now, William is suing to recover for his injuries. This case file is a good practice for the beginning student in developing basic trial skills.

Retail Price: $38.00

Purchase now in Epub (ipad, Kobo, Nook, Sony).

NITA’s team of practicing lawyers, professors and judges from around the nation dedicates its efforts to the training and development of skilled and ethical legal advocates to improve the adversarial justice system. NITA's Goals are to:
  • Promote justice through effective and ethical advocacy.
  • Train and mentor lawyers to be competent and ethical advocates in pursuit of justice.
  • Develop and teach trial advocacy skills to support and promote the effective and fair administration of justice.
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