Michael Jackson’s production company “shifted money” in order to wrongfully withhold $30 million in royalties owed to Quincy Jones for work he did on "Thriller," "Bad" and "Off the Wall," an attorney for the Grammy-winning music producer said Tuesday during opening statements in a California jury trial.
Justice Stephen Breyer discusses the Supreme Court’s role as a check on executive authority and the global influence on U.S. courts, in the first of two articles based on an exclusive interview with the justice. This is part of a series of exclusive Law360 interviews with current and former Supreme Court justices.
Banking giants UBS AG and HSBC Bank USA NA have each agreed to pay $14 million to settle class action claims that they participated in a conspiracy with other banks to manipulate a benchmark interest rate used to set terms for swaps transactions.
General Motors began a new round of federal trials Tuesday over 2000s-era ignition switches that could cut cars’ power without warning, telling a Manhattan jury that a modified switch was a different animal from its more infamous predecessor and had no role in an Arizona man’s crash.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that Japanese electrolytic capacitor manufacturer Nichicon Corporation will pay $42 million and plead guilty to a felony count in California federal court for its role in a decade-long price-fixing scheme for the circuit board components.
Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane P. Wood issued a stern warning Tuesday to attorneys filing sloppy jurisdictional statements, striking a brief filed by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and another filed by attorneys for a pilots union as a reminder that briefs must be “complete and correct.”
Takata Corp. plans to recall 2.7 million more air bag inflators built between 2005 and 2012 and installed in Ford, Nissan and Mazda vehicles sold in the U.S., because tests have shown predictors of future explosions, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is indefinitely delaying the institution of higher maximum penalties for automakers who don’t meet fuel efficiency standards as the agency seeks further comment on the proposed change, according to two notices released Tuesday.
The Second Circuit on Tuesday reversed a lower court decision enforcing an Exxon Mobil Corp. subsidiary’s $188 million award against Venezuela that originally was worth $1.6 billion, ruling the judge erred in the way he allowed the company to proceed with its petition.
Drugmaker Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc. and its partner in developing the first generic of the blood thinner enoxaparin told a federal jury in Boston on Tuesday that rival Amphastar stole its breakthrough testing technology, costing the Massachusetts company nearly $1 billion.
Judge Janice Rogers Brown will retire from the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, paving the way for President Donald Trump to appoint a new member to the nation's second-highest court.
President Donald Trump on Monday announced plans to fill a key regulatory post at the Federal Reserve that will likely lead the way in efforts to roll back some of the post-financial crisis rules that have governed banks and other financial institutions.
One of the investors describing his struggle to get his money out of the hedge fund Martin Shkreli shuttered to run his new company Retrophin Inc. told the federal jury at Shkreli’s Brooklyn fraud trial Monday that the ex-pharma executive’s intense focus reminded him of the title character in the movie “Rain Man.”
The former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told an Illinois federal jury Monday that the ads AbbVie Inc. put out for its product AndroGel misleadingly promoted it for uses beyond what the regulator approved.
Harvard Law School professor and longtime mediator Eric D. Green has been chosen to serve as special master overseeing the handling of a nearly $1 billion restitution fund in the criminal lawsuit over Takata’s potentially deadly air bag inflators, a Michigan federal judge said Monday.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Monday release of a rule eliminating class action bans in arbitration clauses in credit card and other financial contracts is a risky gamble by the bureau’s director that Congress will not have time to nullify the regulation, experts say.
The California judge overseeing Johnny Depp’s multimillion-dollar professional negligence suit against his ex-business managers tossed their bid for a ruling that the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star had only himself to blame for his money woes on Monday, but allowed their promissory fraud counterclaim to proceed.
A California federal judge has preliminarily approved a revised deal for Wells Fargo & Co. to create a $142 million settlement fund to compensate a class of customers who allege they suffered financial losses from unauthorized accounts that were opened in their names.
Former New York state lawmaker William F. Boyland Jr.’s 14-year prison sentence for fraud and bribery can’t be undone by the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark McDonnell decision, the Second Circuit ruled on Monday, saying Boyland’s conduct was egregious enough to fall within even the newly heightened standards.
German authorities have arrested a former Audi employee in connection with Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal, according to media reports on Friday, although there is still no indication whether the man is Giovanni Pamio, who was criminally charged in the U.S. on Thursday for his alleged involvement in the fraud.
Ever consider applying for a judicial appointment in California? Get the lay of the land from Judge George Bird of the Los Angeles Superior Court and Kimberly Knill, a senior appellate court attorney for the California Court of Appeal. Additionally, hear what several recent appointees to the LA Superior Court thought of the judicial selection process.
When trial lawyers fail to recognize the unique challenges faced by in-house counsel, it jeopardizes not only the outcome of the case, but also the opportunities for future representation. These few simple strategies are hardly rocket science, but they are too often neglected, says Matthew Whitley of Beck Redden LLP.
Women leave law firms for many of the same reasons men do, but also face challenges including headwinds with respect to assignment delegation and social outings, as well as potential disruptions if they choose to have children. Firms can increase investment in talent management and improve retention and engagement of women attorneys, says Anusia Gillespie of Banava Consulting.
We are privileged to be part of an employment market that hosts employees from various generations. While “differences” may imply inherent conflict, intergenerational differences can actually be used to an advantage for organizations — especially law firms, say Najmeh Mahmoudjafari, founder of ImmigraTrust Law, and William Martucci of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.
It is increasingly necessary for law firms to implement strategies to improve efficiency, staffing and value to meet client needs. Haley Altman, CEO and co-founder of Doxly Inc., discusses how to successfully leverage analytical tools and emerging technology to increase profitability.
Face it, the American jury system is dying. The arguments Professor Suja Thomas makes in her new book deserve consideration by everyone interested in how our government actually works and how it might recapture the unifying communitarian experience of direct democracy and actual trial by one’s peers, says U.S. District Court Judge William Young of the District of Massachusetts.
Attorneys may not realize the breadth of services that their marketing, design and library teams offer. One of the things I like to do when attorneys start at our firm is give them a download of the kinds of problems we can solve for them so they know how to work with us most effectively, says Mike Mellor, director of marketing at Pryor Cashman LLP.
The ideologue’s main problem is believing in conformity of thought. They will now search for true believers, but fortunately very few judges harbor the dark, conservative uniformity desired. If they do find one, the Senate will not confirm, says James Brosnahan, a senior trial counsel with Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Some have claimed that emerging legal technologies and increasingly cost-conscious clients will mean the extinction of the legal profession as we know it. However, innovations in legal technology may actually benefit attorneys, allowing them to spend their time doing more meaningful work, say Abdi Shayesteh and Elnaz Zarrini of AltaClaro.
The verdict on Nov. 8, was not unanimous, especially when Secretary Hillary Clinton will end up with a popular vote advantage. Yet, it is a message of extreme magnitude from voters willing to overlook the serious flaws of a candidate because they could not reconcile themselves to ratifying the perpetuation of politics as usual, says Reuben Guttman, a partner of Guttman Buschner & Brooks PLLC and adjunct professor at Emory Law School.