Shell Oil Co. and BP Products North America asked the Second Circuit on Monday to revisit its decision to revive the Orange County Water District’s groundwater contamination claims, arguing that the allegations are too similar to a suit settled with the county district attorney to be valid.
The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday it wouldn't hear an appeal of a Second Circuit decision that refused to revive a suit from Transocean investors who claimed they were deceived about company safety practices by the owner of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig when Transocean merged with GlobalSantaFe Corp.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday said it would take up the question of whether Persian artifacts held in Chicago museums can be seized to satisfy a $71.5 million judgment won by victims of a 1997 Hamas bombing.
Johnson & Johnson on Monday grilled a toxicology expert who has repeatedly testified for women alleging the company’s talcum powder products caused ovarian cancer, questioning whether her expert report for the first talc trial in California misinterpreted information from studies she never read.
The California Supreme Court on Thursday rejected Monsanto Co.’s effort to stay a decision sending the herbicide glyphosate, a key ingredient in the company’s Roundup product, to the state’s list of cancer-causing chemicals, after a similar stay was rejected by a lower appeals court.
Despite a contentious confirmation hearing for Justice Neil Gorsuch, the U.S. Supreme Court term itself was mellow this year, with more unanimous cases and fewer controversial decisions. Still, there were a handful of business rulings that packed a punch.
One firm went undefeated at the U.S. Supreme Court this term. Another built on last year’s winning streak. And some high court powerhouses took their lumps. Here, Law360 breaks down how the firms most frequently seen at oral arguments performed this term.
Intellectual property cases took four of the top 10 spots on Law360's ranking of the U.S. Supreme Court cases that attracted the most amicus briefs this term, as disputes involving issues like patent exhaustion and offensive trademarks each generated dozens of amicus filings.
A Pennsylvania federal court on Monday denied Goodyear’s bid for sanctions in a case alleging that a defective tire led to a fatal truck accident, finding that the disappearance of a part of the truck in the accident was not a bad faith act meriting spoliation sanctions.
Ironshore Specialty Insurance Co. on Friday asked an Illinois federal court to let its coverage dispute suit over a $20 million judgment against pharmaceutical company Akorn Inc. proceed, calling Akorn’s recent attempts to dismiss or stay the case a meritless procedural ploy.
General Motors of Canada Ltd. can’t be pulled into court in Alabama just because it made an allegedly defective truck that was involved in a crash there, the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday by refusing to hear a German citizen’s appeal of a state court order saying the same.
An Illinois federal judge on Friday put her own spin on Sen. Mitch McConnell’s, R-Ky., now infamous rebuke of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. — "nevertheless, she persisted" — when she scolded attorneys representing AutoZone consumers in a proposed class action over allegedly defective Chrysler engine parts for sending unwanted emails.
Dunkin’ Donuts is misleading consumers by advertising steak sandwiches that do not contain steak and serving inferior beef patties instead, a proposed class action filed in New York federal court alleged Sunday.
The National Strength and Conditioning Association asked a California federal judge on Friday to rethink sanctions issued against it in a false advertising suit filed by CrossFit Inc., saying there’s no evidence that the organization intentionally withheld documents.
A U.S. Virgin Islands judge on Saturday ordered Takata Corp. to set aside $8 million to cover civil penalties and the cost to drivers who have to replace the potentially fatal air bags, a day before the company’s U.S. business filed for Chapter 11 protection.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a New Jersey attorney's bid to revive his pro se class action, which accused Nordic Naturals Inc. of misrepresenting the safety of its fish oil supplements but ultimately exposed him to frivolous appeal sanctions.
A New England Compounding Center pharmacist convicted of racketeering for his role in a deadly meningitis outbreak in 2012 will serve nine years in prison, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Monday.
A Louisiana federal judge on Friday refused to confirm that an environmental group has the right to pursue its lawsuit alleging Exxon Mobil Corp.’s Baton Rouge chemical plant violated the Clean Air Act, saying she needs more information before deciding the question.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected New Mexico’s attempt to sue Colorado over the Gold King Mine disaster, an incident that sent 3 million gallons of toxic mine water downstream from Colorado into New Mexico.
Fiat Chrysler urged an Illinois federal judge Friday to toss claims that certain vehicles are susceptible to hacking, saying the allegations are based on an unsupported hypothesis.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s policy on automated vehicles has sparked debate on a number of issues, but one remains unaddressed: How should self-driving cars make ethical decisions when an accident is unavoidable? The data shows that how moral algorithms are (or are not) regulated could impact the acceptance of driverless vehicles, says Todd Benoff of Alston & Bird LLP.
It was a privilege to spend a half-hour on the phone with the nation's foremost First Amendment lawyer. Floyd Abrams and I discussed his career, his new book and what he sees in his free-speech crystal ball. And he was a very good sport when I asked if it is constitutionally protected to yell inside a movie theater: “Citizens United is a terrible decision and should be set on fire,” says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.
Recent surveys show that law firms won't be able to rely on the flood of associates their business model demands as long as they require them to dedicate all day, most nights, every weekend and all holidays to firm business, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant GC at McKesson Corp.
The federal government’s unfolding enforcement priorities have galvanized state attorneys general into action. We expect this trend to continue, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent Bristol-Myers Squibb ruling dealt a blow to plaintiffs attorneys seeking to manufacture personal jurisdiction by joining the claims of resident plaintiffs with those of nonresidents in state court. But some have suggested that the ruling does not apply to federal courts. This is an argument with no legs, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & From LLP.
Despite legal education training and the focus on logic and reason by the courts, lawyers address emotional issues on a daily basis — albeit more indirectly. But a shift to consciously and strategically addressing emotions gives us a powerful tool to help our clients reach faster, better decisions, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.
The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether to hear a case concerning a medical device maker's right to introduce the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s review and authorization of its product into evidence. Such information should be a legitimate part of companies' full and robust defenses of their products, say Lisa Dwyer of King & Spalding LLP and Matthew Wetzel of AdvaMed.
The guessing game around Justice Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement is reaching a crescendo. Yet the speculation does more than fuel bookmakers’ odds. It draws attention to his pivotal role as the court’s swing vote, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California reaffirmed a causation requirement between a plaintiff’s claims and the defendant’s in-state conduct. After this ruling, the test for specific personal jurisdiction is simple: File suit where the defendant did something significant that caused the claim to arise, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Statutory damages guarantee a minimum recovery in each individual case where a violation may cause only nominal damage. But aggregated statutory damages in class actions can create a risk of staggeringly large awards, which may not be tax-deductible. Companies must know the law and take steps to minimize tax consequences, says Peter Robbins of Corbett & Robbins LLP.