Law firms taking over cases from prior counsel may see extra incentive to negotiate fee-sharing deals following a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that, for the first time in the state, gave the green light to non-contract-based claims from predecessor firms looking to get paid for work on old cases.
A natural products retailer said Saturday it is recalling three brands of powder made with kratom, a plant used as an opiod substitute, after it learned that samples tested positive for the salmonella organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections.
A Virginia federal jury hit Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. with a more than $37 million verdict on Friday in favor of a man who became a quadriplegic in a 2014 accident when his cement truck crashed due to a tire suddenly deflating.
Holland & Knight LLP has hired away a litigation partner from Thompson & Knight LLP in Dallas in a move it says will bolster its complex commercial litigation practice.
Shell, BP and Sunoco entities have agreed to pay $196.5 million to resolve New Jersey’s contamination claims over a gasoline additive that seeped into groundwater throughout the state, in the latest settlements in the 11-year environmental litigation against dozens of companies, state authorities said Monday.
Manning & Kass Ellrod Ramirez Trester LLP launched a Dallas office in early March with two partners from California experienced in general litigation, workers' compensation and military and veterans' issues, but plans to expand by hiring local talent.
The Fifth Circuit upheld the dismissal of a Louisiana-based restaurant operator’s suit seeking about $1 million from its insurer to cover property damage on Friday, finding that a forum-selection clause in the insurance policy requires the litigation to be in New York rather than Louisiana.
An Indiana federal judge on Friday tossed the second bellwether case in multidistrict litigation over alleged safety risks associated with Cook Medical Inc.’s vein filters, noting the patient allegedly injured by the filters should have brought the suit years earlier than he did.
It’s more of a norm than a rule. Its use has shifted over time, often with political winds. But the once-obscure Senate tradition is now front and center in the boiling debate over the future of the judiciary.
More federal judges are skipping the golf course to head back to the courtroom upon taking senior status, and they're playing an increasingly vital role in a strained system.
Although President Donald Trump set a record with the number of circuit judges he named during his first year, experts say that's not the whole story. Here’s our data-driven look at what the White House faces in its quest to reshape the appeals courts.
After granting preliminary approval earlier this week to a class action settlement over allegedly misleading cable packaging, a Cook County judge on Friday granted the parties' joint motion for sanctions against a man who tried intervening to stop the deal, finding he'd lied about having purchased a cable in the first place. Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified an attorney class counsel will seek to bring sanctions against. The error has been corrected
Apologizing for his “less than rudimentary” math skills, a California federal judge stepped down from the bench and scrawled a calculation on the back of a poster-board demonstrative Friday, seeking to understand a Monsanto expert’s highly technical testimony supporting the company’s bid to end litigation alleging its Roundup weed killer causes cancer.
Hockey players accusing the National Hockey League in multidistrict litigation of hiding the effects of concussions on Thursday urged a Minnesota federal judge to strike 11 expert reports filed by the league Wednesday in a larger expert testimony dispute, calling the move an attempt to dodge word limitations.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday tossed a suit alleging Dr. Reddy’s caused the government to be billed for prescription drugs sold in packages not tested for child safety, saying the whistleblowers can’t bring claims under the False Claims Act because they haven’t alleged any factual falsehoods.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration fired off warning letters Friday to three medical scope makers implicated in a major outbreak of “superbug” infections, accusing them of shirking commitments to conduct safety studies.
Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa, Bracewell LLP, Miles & Stockbridge PC, Polsinelli PC and Sidley Austin LLP are among the firms that have seen their life sciences and health teams grow in the last few weeks.
Parties Thursday on both sides of vehicle fuel efficiency multidistrict litigation against Hyundai and Kia told the full Ninth Circuit that a panel's ruling that the lower court should have weighed variations in state laws before approving a $200 million settlement clashes with precedent and will hinder nationwide settlements.
A California federal judge on Thursday for the second time tossed a consolidated putative class action accusing Quaker Oats Co. of falsely advertising its instant oatmeal as having real maple syrup, rejecting arguments that maple is a sweetener and subject to certain federal regulations.
An Indiana federal jury on Friday slammed a Johnson & Johnson unit with a $35 million verdict in favor of a woman who claimed she was harmed by a pelvic mesh device, finding that the mesh implant was negligently designed and the company failed to warn of its risks.
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.
A California appeals court's recent decision in Apple v. Superior Court explicitly holds that the Sargon standard applies when a party seeks to admit expert opinion evidence. Practitioners should seek to preserve this issue for appeal and urge the California Supreme Court to resolve it, say Peter Choate and William Dance of Tucker Ellis LLP.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently held that a finding of spoliation requires both the negligent and intentional loss or destruction of evidence, and awareness at the time that the evidence could help resolve a dispute. This strict interpretation of the doctrine of spoliation follows a trend in Massachusetts litigation, says Alexander Zodikoff of Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP.
Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle PC.
Despite decades of research on safe temperature thresholds for car seat heaters, some automakers are still designing heaters to work in higher temperature ranges, still manufacturing heaters that get much hotter than their design specifications and still forgoing simple countermeasures that their peers have been implementing since the 1980s, say Sean Kane and Ellen Liberman of Safety Research & Strategies Inc.
Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.
Establishing a causal link between allegedly wrongful conduct and the quantity of damages asserted can be challenging. Fortunately, increasing volumes of real-world data are available to the damages expert, and natural experiments based on such data can be effective in showing causality and estimating damages, says Niall MacMenamin of Analysis Group Inc.
Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.
Retail and consumer products companies can no longer afford to ignore blockchain as a passing trend. From tracing the source of a defective item, to verifying products' authenticity, to simplifying international shipping, to streamlining consumer loyalty programs, blockchain is increasingly becoming a valuable tool, say Scott Kimpel and Mayme Beth Donohue of Hunton & Williams LLP.
An Illinois appellate court has formally recognized that co-parties to a lawsuit who agree to share information pursuant to a common interest in defeating their opponent do not waive either attorney-client or work-product privileges when doing so. The decision clarifies exactly what the joint defense privilege is and, importantly, what it is not, says Symone Shinton of Greenberg Traurig LLP.