General Motors Co.'s $120 million settlement with attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia ending allegations that the automaker hid a potentially fatal defect in its cars represents a trend that's likely to grow of state attorneys general banding together to pursue product liability claims against manufacturers.
The Trump administration on Friday urged a California federal judge not to quickly restore funding for Affordable Care Act subsidies that reduce copays and deductibles, arguing that a new lawsuit from Democratic attorneys general is procedurally improper.
A shareholder of pharmaceutical company McKesson Corp. filed a derivative suit in Delaware recently saying the company’s board failed in its oversight of opioid sales even after incurring millions in fines for previous compliance failures.
Two groups of law firms were vying for the lead plaintiff’s counsel spot Friday in the Delaware litigation connected to Tangoe Inc.’s $256 million buyout, with a three-firm group led by Heyman Enerio Gattuso & Hirzel LLP competing with Andrews & Springer LLC and Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP.
An upcoming trial over patents for wireless home audio systems will be impossibly unwieldy if it includes all three patents that home audio giant Sonos wants to include, rival Denon told a Delaware federal court on Friday, saying Sonos flouted explicit instructions from the judge.
A Federal Circuit panel affirmed Friday a Delaware federal jury’s finding that a mapping patent Art+Com Innovationpool GmbH had accused Google Earth of infringing in a $106 million case was invalid as anticipated.
Allergan USA and Forest Laboratories sued Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. in Delaware federal court on Friday over intellectual property behind the gastrointestinal medicine Linzess.
Twelve states and Washington, D.C., on Thursday urged the Ninth Circuit to back a California law that would prevent the ownership of large-capacity magazines, saying that they aren’t necessary for the type of self-defense covered by the Second Amendment.
The Delaware Chancery Court can hear Dow Chemical's claims that Turkish paint company Organik stole its trade secrets by hiring its ex-employees, a judge ruled Thursday, finding that Organik's Delaware subsidiary gives the court jurisdiction.
Five months after the U.S. Supreme Court’s TC Heartland decision narrowed where patent suits can be filed, the Delaware federal court is emerging as the top district for patent owners to launch infringement cases, but its allure will depend on whether cases keep moving and empty seats on its bench are filled.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture asked a Delaware bankruptcy court Thursday to temporarily allow $34 million worth of claims in defunct Limitless Mobile LLC’s restructuring so that it can vote on a proposed Chapter 11 plan, saying an adversary proceeding challenging those claims “lacks merit.”
The Federal Circuit refused Thursday to reconsider a decision that a patent for a Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc. drug effective against certain kinds of lymphoma and myeloma was wrongly deemed invalid as obvious in light of prior art, in the company's infringement litigation against a number of generic-drug makers.
The owner of Romano’s Macaroni Grill won Delaware bankruptcy court approval Thursday to tap up to $3 million of a post-petition financing facility, kicking off what the casual restaurant chain hopes will be a quick case that swaps out second-lien debt for full equity in the company.
The liquidating trustee of defunct software developer Jumio Inc. told a Delaware bankruptcy judge Thursday that he should enjoin shareholder Bloso Investments Ltd. from pursuing a derivative action in the state’s Chancery Court over alleged misconduct by the company’s board that led to the bankruptcy filing in 2016.
Women’s footwear maker and marketer Aerogroup International Inc. and key lenders cobbled together a proposed $21 million interim financing blueprint in the company’s Delaware Chapter 11 late Thursday, heading off an end-of-week cash crunch and debtor-in-possession loan fight.
Philip Shawe, the co-founder of legal translation firm TransPerfect who is fighting its court-ordered sale, pushed the Delaware Chancery Court on Thursday to unseal filings from the custodian running the sale process, arguing he is taking "extreme liberties" with the judge's previous permission to keep some information under wraps.
Parker Hannifin Corp. and Clarcor Inc. on Wednesday accused the federal government of dragging its feet to challenge their $4.3 billion tie-up, urging a Delaware federal court to block enforcers’ bid to partially unwind the now-completed transaction.
The Third Circuit on Thursday denied a former Mary Kay beauty consultant's effort to revive a proposed class action accusing the company of forcing her and other independent contractors to purchase company merchandise, finding she had failed to counter contract language directing disputes to Texas court.
General Motors Co. on Thursday agreed to pay $120 million to settle investigations by attorneys general from 49 states and the District of Columbia into the company’s alleged concealment of a deadly defect in the ignition switches of its vehicles.
The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced President Donald Trump’s picks for a senior post at the U.S. Department of Justice, Chicago’s U.S. attorney and several trial judges Thursday, despite Democrats’ concerns about one judge’s defense of state voting maps in private practice.
In the past year, more than 50 publicly traded companies have amended their bylaws to address the potential for a so-called “placeholder slate” of directors nominated by activist shareholders. However, neither the bylaw amendments nor the placeholder-slate tactic has been tested in court, leaving their ultimate fate undetermined, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
Last week, the Third Circuit delivered a win for employees with its decision in Secretary U.S. Department of Labor v. American Future Systems, which said the company's rest break policy violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. And, in a fun Friday-the-13th twist, the court managed to cite the "Harry Potter" books while authoring its opinion, says Ashley Falls of Falls Legal.
Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.
Even though the U.S. Equal Pay Act is over 50 years old, the U.S. census released in September still finds that women make 80.5 cents to the dollar that men make. Cynthia Jackson and Sarah Beeby of Dentons review recent legislation addressing pay inequity in the U.S. and globally, and discuss recommendations for employers confronting these developments.
Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.
The Delaware bankruptcy court’s recent decision in Energy Future Holdings, granting a motion to reconsider a decision it made over a year ago and denying a breakup fee it had previously approved, is at once troubling and instructive, say Steven Wilamowsky and Sara Ghadiri of Chapman and Cutler LLP.
In U.S. v. Dish Network, currently on appeal to the Tenth Circuit, the district court awarded statutory damages of $280 million in favor of the U.S. and the four plaintiff states. Buried among the thousands of pages of interlocutory orders issued by the district court is a warning that should be heeded by all parties that are the subjects of governmental investigations, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.
When a witness says one thing in a deposition, but later offers an affidavit directly contradicting the prior testimony, with no credible explanation, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that the affidavit should be disregarded. James Beck of Reed Smith LLP offers a survey of significant medical product liability cases in which both plaintiffs' experts and plaintiffs themselves have contradicted their own prior statements.
In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.
In the 20 years since the U.S. Supreme Court endorsed the sham affidavit doctrine — precluding creation of “genuine” factual issues by witnesses contradicting their own previous testimony — it has been important in many medical product liability cases, and practitioners should be aware of significant examples, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.