MTS v. Kosack (8.13.18).pdf - 2018-19 Case Problem A civil case of negligence Midlands Television Studios Inc v Danny Kosack BY THE AMTA CIVIL CASE

MTS v. Kosack (8.13.18).pdf - 2018-19 Case Problem A civil...

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2018-19 Case Problem A civil case of negligence Midlands Television Studios, Inc. v. Danny Kosack B Y THE AMTA C IVIL C ASE C OMMITTEE M ICHAEL J. G ELFAND D ANIEL H AUGHEY M ACKENZI S IEBERT A BBE S TENSLAND K YLE W EST M ICHAEL D’I PPOLITO A LI F OREMAN A NDY H OGAN S AM J AHANGIR
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August 13, 2018 Dear Students and Coaches, Welcome to the 2018-19 collegiate mock trial season! My name is Will Warihay. I’m honored to serve as the president of the American Mock Trial Association until 2020. I am a former competitor, just like you, and I have been involved in mock trial for 15 years. As you embark on this season, I salute you for your choice to participate. Regardless of what you do after college—whether you go to law school or not—the public speaking and critical thinking skills you learn will benefit you no matter where life takes you. This season’s case I hope you’re as excited for Midlands Television Studios v. Kosack as I am. It showcases a different part of Midlands: celebrities, talent agents, and a very angry chimpanzee. It’s also a great example of how litigation looks when both sides have done things they probably shouldn’t have. Key rule changes The AMTA website has the minutes from this summer’s Board of Directors meeting, and we will soon release a revised Rulebook. Here are a few changes you should know: Limited evidentiary objections before opening statements and closing arguments are now permitted. See Rule. 8.12(1). Benchbooks are permitted. There are rules about their contents and appearance, so review Rule 8.14 and the Special Instructions. The Invitational Licensing Fee is now $6 per team per trial. We’ve formalized the Sanction Procedures regarding rule violations and alleged inventions of fact. See Rule 9.6. We increased the National Championship Tournament registration fee to $500.00 per team. This takes effect in 2020. AMTA continues to develop new ways to support its hosts Quite literally – without volunteers to host AMTA tournaments, we would not be able to do what we do. Over the past few years, we have added more incentives to host for AMTA: waiving the $450 School Registration and Invitational Case Licensing fees, increasing tournament stipends, and recruiting sponsors to provide extra money. I created a Judge Recruitment Committee , which will take a hands-on approach to judge recruitment. Recruiting qualified volunteer judges is the most difficult The American Mock Trial Association [email protected] Mail: c/o Tammy Doss American Mock Trial Association Webster Hall, Suite 212 3950 E. Newman Road Joplin, MO 64801 Tel: (515) 259-6625 Fax: (417) 659-5427 Officers William B. Warihay, Esq. President Dr. Frank Guliuzza III Past-President Melissa Pavely, Esq.
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