Several months ago I was retained as an expert witness on a fascinating, yet incredibly convoluted litigation. My role is to be the expert witness for one of the defendants, yet to get the holistic view of what transpired I must look at evidence relating to all the parties involved. It’s fascinating stuff, with a lot of moving parts.
It highlights that, in the United States, you can sue anyone/anything for any reason whatsoever. This case would never happen in Italy. First of all, no avvocato would take this case, and even if they did, the courts here would refuse to hear it. European law is much more practical in that respect.
One difficult adjustment has been the concept of billing by the minute. If I take a phone call regarding the case, I literally have to start a timer and enter each task separately. So if I reviewed patent documents from 6:00 until 6:47 pm, that gets an entry into the timesheet portal “Review documents re patent,” 47 minutes. I just had a 6 minute discussion with one of the attorneys, and had to document and enter that! Think about your day and if you had to time and isolate each task. It just seems needlessly complicated to me, but I guess that’s law!