The Manhattan federal judge overseeing Joe Percoco's criminal corruption trial strongly hinted Thursday that she is considering dismissing extortion counts against the former “right-hand man” to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo accused along with three businessmen in two bribery schemes.
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Judge Mulls Tossing Extortion Counts Against Ex-Cuomo Aide

The Manhattan federal judge overseeing Joe Percoco's criminal corruption trial strongly hinted Thursday that she is considering dismissing extortion counts against the former “right-hand man” to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo accused along with three businessmen in two bribery schemes. Read more »

Menendez-Connected Eye Doc Gets 17 Years For $42.6M Fraud

Dr. Salomon E. Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist who gained notoriety as a co-defendant with U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez in an unsuccessful bribery case, was sentenced Thursday to 17 years in prison and ordered to repay nearly $42.6 million on a conviction of massively overbilling Medicare. Read more »

Man Will Die From J&J Talc-Caused Mesothelioma, Jury Told

An occupational medicine expert told a New Jersey jury on Thursday that a man alleging Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder contains asbestos faces a painful death from mesothelioma, and that the disease was caused by his daily use of J&J’s products. Read more »

Calif. Law Firm, Ex-Partner Take Web Domain Row To Jury

A boutique securities law firm urged a California federal jury in closing arguments Thursday to find a former partner hijacked SyndicationLawyers.com and other web domain names after leaving the firm, while she argued nothing in her partnership agreement requires her to give up domain names she purchased on her own. Read more »

Jury Awards $53M To Brothers Injured In Truck Collision

A California jury awarded nearly $53 million on Wednesday to a pair of brothers whose pickup truck was hit by the driver of a CRST Inc. commercial truck that crossed over the center line of a two-lane highway. Read more »

Suzuki Hit With $12.5M Verdict Over Motorcycle Crash

A Georgia state jury on Wednesday hit Suzuki Motor Corp. with a $12.5 million verdict in a trial over a motorcycle accident that broke a man’s spine and permanently injured him, finding that a defective front brake caused the 2013 crash. Read more »

Texas State Sen. Found Guilty In Securities Fraud Scheme

A Texas state senator who is also a San Antonio attorney was convicted by a federal jury Thursday of securities fraud and other charges stemming from his alleged role in a fracking-related Ponzi scheme.  Read more »

WHITE COLLAR

Prosecutors Rip Acquittal Bid By Soccer Bosses In FIFA Case

Brooklyn federal prosecutors on Wednesday pushed back against post-trial acquittal attempts by two South American soccer presidents convicted in December of racketeering conspiracy and other charges brought as part of the wide-ranging FIFA corruption case, deeming their arguments legally baseless. Read more »

DOJ Fights Ex-State Street Exec's Bid To Sever New Charge

The U.S. Department of Justice urged a Massachusetts federal court on Wednesday not to split a freshly filed charge against a former State Street executive into a separate trial, saying the new charge goes after the same scheme only targeting a different victim. Read more »

PRODUCT LIABILITY

GSK Has Duty To Warn About Generics, Widow Tells 7th Circ.

The widow of a Reed Smith LLP partner who committed suicide after taking a generic version of GlaxoSmithKline LLC’s antidepressant Paxil urged the Seventh Circuit to preserve a verdict finding the company liable Wednesday, arguing GSK hasn’t shown it would have been barred from warning about the risks. Read more »

PERSONAL INJURY & MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Sam's Club Can't Escape $1M Verdict Over Woman's Injury

Sam's Club again lost its challenge to a $1 million verdict for a customer left scarred and limping after injuring her leg at a New Jersey store, with a state appeals court saying Thursday that the business failed to show the award constitutes a miscarriage of justice. Read more »

Va. Supreme Court Overturns Patient’s $652K Med Mal Verdict

The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a jury verdict which found a doctor liable for injuries suffered by a woman due to an alleged botched hysterectomy, saying the patient failed to present any evidence at trial that the doctor proximately caused her injury. Read more »

Ga. Court Says Doc’s Murder Trial Needn’t Halt Civil Suit

A Georgia appeals court ruled Wednesday that a criminal homicide case against a doctor is not reason enough to delay a parallel civil case that accuses the doctor of causing a woman's death by overprescribing medications. Read more »

PEOPLE

Crowell & Moring Adds Ex-DOJ Gov’t Contracts Trial Atty

A former Covington & Burling LLP and U.S. Department of Justice attorney, who has successfully defended a $1 billion contract on behalf of PAE Government Services Inc. before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, has joined Crowell & Moring LLP’s government contracts group. Read more »

Sills Cummis Nabs 5 Locke Lord Litigators

Sills Cummis & Gross PC has added to its Newark, New Jersey, office a group of five former Locke Lord LLP litigators led by renowned product liability attorney James E. Tyrrell Jr., known for representing powerhouses like Monsanto Co., ExxonMobil Corp. and others, the firm announced Wednesday. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Overcoming The Mistrust Of Science In An Alt-Fact Age

You cannot fight alternative facts with facts alone. But with a combination of inoculation, changing the narrative, and building common ground between the jury and your experts, you should be able to significantly lessen their impact, says Kirstin Abel, managing partner at Bodyfelt Mount LLP and vice chair of the Trial Techniques and Tactics Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel. Read more »

The Continuing Evolution Of Personal Jurisdiction

It was anticipated that last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Bristol-Myers Squibb would have immediate and significant impacts nationwide. Those impacts have been seen at the state level in recent months, as evidenced by several trial courts dismissing out-of-state plaintiffs’ claims where specific personal jurisdiction could not be established, says Kevin Penhallegon of Miles & Stockbridge PC. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Ex-Foley & Lardner Partner Gets 3 Years For Insider Trading

Former Foley & Lardner LLP real estate partner Walter “Chet” Little was sentenced on Thursday to three years in prison for insider trading, following his admission that he cashed in on confidential merger information about the law firm’s clients. Read more »

Calif. Panel Says Ex-Perkins Coie Atty Must Arbitrate Claims

A former Perkins Coie partner must arbitrate claims the law firm dipped into his wages without permission, a California appellate court said Wednesday, reversing a lower court's ruling that his work contract was unconscionable and its arbitration provision wasn't binding. Read more »

White House Atty: Chevron Deference A Priority For Judges

President Donald Trump has prioritized rolling back the "administrative state," White House Counsel Don McGahn said Thursday, and part of that is looking at potential judicial nominees' experience with government regulation and major guideposts like Chevron deference. Read more »

Feature

SEC Case Exposes Justices' Rift Over 'Legislative History'

The Supreme Court’s long-running tensions over the use of legislative history as a way to interpret law broke out into public view Wednesday in a case over the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower provisions, as Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Clarence Thomas clashed over the value of a Senate report. Read more »

Feature

How Cannabis GCs Are Leading The Way In A Legal Gray Area

As a once black-market industry continues to grow in both legitimacy and size, and with it, a corresponding surge in legal needs, the first generation of general counsel at state-legal U.S. marijuana companies are on the front lines of the new and volatile field of cannabis law. Read more »

Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

Williams & Connolly earned a spot on this week's legal lions list after the law firm secured a U.S. Supreme Court opinion in favor of its client narrowing the definition of the term "whistleblower," while Jones Day ended up on the legal lambs list after a federal judge dismantled its client's $2.5 billion jury verdict in an infringement suit over a hepatitis C drug patent. Read more »

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