Trials

  • April 20, 2018

    Alnylam, Dicerna Settle Trade Secrets Case Ahead Of Trial

    With a trial looming, Dicerna Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced Friday it would shell out $15 million and close to a million shares of common stock to end Massachusetts state and federal court litigation with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. in which both sides accused the other of misappropriating trade secrets for technology related to RNA interference.

  • April 20, 2018

    Windups, Jury Charge Loom In Wilmington Trust Trial

    Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys shipped 173 pages of jury-instruction proposals Friday to a federal judge hearing a criminal case in Delaware against four Wilmington Trust executives accused of hiding hundreds of millions of dollars in bad loans, with the words “past due” appearing 159 times.

  • April 20, 2018

    GWB Scandal Figures Challenge Statute’s Reach In 3rd Circ.

    Two former associates of ex-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will call on the Third Circuit during oral arguments Tuesday to rein in prosecutors’ novel application of an anti-theft and anti-bribery statute to criminalize their alleged scheme to reduce local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge as an act of political revenge.

  • April 20, 2018

    Lawyers Spar Over Bid To DQ Atty In Corruption Case

    An attorney for an indicted former Massachusetts senator slammed a move by federal prosecutors to disqualify his co-counsel or examine his files related to defending the politician, telling a federal judge Friday what the government is asking for is unprecedented.

  • April 20, 2018

    Bayer, J&J Can't Nix Xarelto Case Midtrial, Patient Says

    A patient suing units of Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson over the blood thinner Xarelto pushed back Thursday against the drugmakers’ midtrial motion to throw out the case, saying testimony showed his prescribing doctors would have acted differently had the label included additional warnings.

  • April 20, 2018

    Lauded Trial Lawyer Billy Martin Joins Barnes & Thornburg

    Well-known in both the civil and criminal arenas, William “Billy” Martin has been named a partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Washington, D.C., office, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • April 20, 2018

    Passengers Slam ANA Trial Delay Bid In Flight Price-Fix Spat

    Airline passengers asked a California federal judge on Thursday to reject a request from All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd. to delay potentially until 2019 a jury trial in their proposed class action alleging the Japanese carrier participated in a conspiracy to fix prices for long-haul flights to Pacific destinations.

  • April 20, 2018

    Boeing Passenger Wins $1.5M Verdict In Midair Hole Trial

    A Costa Rican woman won a $1.5 million jury verdict for emotional and physical injuries she said she suffered after a harrowing 2010 flight during which a two-foot hole opened up in a Boeing plane at 32,000 feet, according to a judgment entered late Thursday in Massachusetts federal court. 

  • April 20, 2018

    The Big Picture: DOJ's Bid To Halt AT&T's Time Warner Deal

    Antitrust legal eyes are glued to the first U.S. Department of Justice court challenge to a purely vertical merger since the 1970s, a deal AT&T and Time Warner say they need just to stay competitive but which the government says will drive up consumers' TV bills by hundreds of millions of dollars. Here, Law360 looks at how we got here, the key issues to watch and the highlights of the trial so far. 

  • April 19, 2018

    AT&T-Time Warner Judge Returns To Deal's Arbitration Offer

    The D.C. federal judge overseeing the U.S. Department of Justice challenge to AT&T’s proposed $85 billion Time Warner purchase again asked Thursday about an arbitration offer key to defense efforts to appease government antitrust concerns, wanting to know what AT&T’s CEO envisions after that offer expires.

  • April 19, 2018

    Judge Unseals $2 Million Fee Request In Adderall Patent Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday unsealed a request from Shire PLC to bill a generic competitor $2 million after winning a patent infringement suit over its hit hyperactivity treatment Adderall XR.

  • April 19, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Nabs Pillsbury International Arbitration Pro

    An international arbitration pro with a background defending global corporations from U.S. regulatory probes has joined Greenberg Traurig LLP from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, the firm said Thursday.

  • April 19, 2018

    Proskauer Tells 5th Circ. It's Immune From $1.5B Stanford Suit

    Proskauer Rose LLP on Thursday told the Fifth Circuit that a Texas federal judge wrongly denied its bid to end a $1.5 billion suit brought by the receiver for the R. Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme, as the firm argues the attorney immunity doctrine should protect it from an upcoming trial.

  • April 19, 2018

    Driller Gets Approval Of $14.3M Award In Trade Secrets Fight

    A Texas appeals court on Thursday affirmed a jury’s verdict that awarded a driller $14.3 million in lost profits due to misappropriated trade secrets by a potential partner in a Montana oil and gas development project, though it threw out an award of $4.5 million in exemplary damages.

  • April 19, 2018

    Feds Fight For Cap On Paralyzed Native Alaskan's Award

    The federal government refused to concede the $3.25 million in noneconomic damages awarded to the family of a woman incapacitated by a stroke after she was treated at a federally run clinic for native Alaskans, urging the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to apply the state’s $400,000 limit on such awards.

  • April 19, 2018

    DOJ Slams DirecTV Bid To Exit AT&T-Time Warner Tie-Up Suit

    The U.S. Department of Justice hit back Thursday against DirecTV’s bid to escape the suit challenging its parent company AT&T’s planned purchase of Time Warner, telling a D.C. federal court that the satellite provider is a major part of why the deal is under fire.

  • April 19, 2018

    Invenergy To Pay $1 In Damages For Investor Sale Dispute

    Citing in part a corporate law doctrine of “efficient breach,” a Delaware vice chancellor on Thursday awarded Leaf Clean Energy Company just $1 in damages in an investment dispute with wind farm developer Invenergy Wind LLC that Leaf said should have triggered a $126 million cash-out.

  • April 19, 2018

    NJ Hedge Fund Owner Can't Escape Convictions In $4M Fraud

    A New Jersey federal court has knocked down a hedge fund owner's bid to overturn his convictions on charges of duping two investors into giving him about $4 million and spending most of it on a lavish lifestyle, finding more than sufficient evidence that he acted with fraudulent intent.

  • April 19, 2018

    Dallas TV Producer Can Keep $2.5M Win Over Tossed Tapes

    The producer behind syndicated television shows including “Cheaters” and “Stag: A Test of Love” can keep a more than $2.5 million judgment against his former landlord that had thrown away master tapes for several shows, a Texas appellate court held Wednesday.

  • April 19, 2018

    NY Gun Atty's Wife Tells Bribe Jury Ex-Cop 'Broke His Heart'

    New York gun lawyer John Chambers had few male friends after transitioning from the female to the male gender, and it “broke his heart” when ex-NYPD cop David Villanueva snubbed him by not inviting him to the officer's 2015 wedding, the attorney’s wife told a jury hearing bribery charges against her husband Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Trespass By Fracking: Pennsylvania Court Weighs In

    L. Poe Leggette

    Reversing a lower court's motion for summary judgment, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently held that trespass and conversion claims arising from a hydraulic fracturing operation are not precluded by the rule of capture. The case raises unsettling questions for oil and gas operators, say L. Poe Leggette and Jasper Mason of BakerHostetler.

  • Don't Misunderstand The Prop 65 Coffee Ruling

    Erika Schulz

    Press coverage of a recent high-profile Proposition 65 decision in California may prompt readers to conclude that coffee causes cancer; in fact, there was no such finding. But if the ruling stands, it could still have a big impact on coffee makers, so it is important for both consumers and companies to understand it fully, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • How CPSC Late Reporting Penalty Trends Are Evolving

    Eric Rubel

    Dollar amounts of U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission prelitigation settlements have increased over the past five years, as most recently shown by a record settlement with Polaris Industries for alleged reporting violations related to three recalls. But this track record has not been matched in recently litigated cases, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • What Makes CPSC's Polaris Settlement Special

    Heather Bramble

    For members of industry, consumer advocates and those worried about partisan deadlock, the recent settlement between Polaris Industries and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission may provide some faith in how the CPSC fulfills its important mission to keep consumers safe, says Heather Capell Bramble of Venable LLP.

  • Preempting Preemption: Device Cases After Shuker — Part 2

    Kip Petroff

    Preemption must be kept in mind as one approaches any medical device litigation; however, it need not be feared. Despite what some observers may say, the preemption shield is not as large as it might seem, and plaintiffs attorneys can still preempt the preemption defense with careful planning, say Kip Petroff and Caio Formenti of the Law Office of Kip Petroff.

  • Preempting Preemption: Device Cases After Shuker — Part 1

    Kip Petroff

    Device companies defend their products by pointing to surgeons’ off-label uses, as if that shields companies from product liability. But courts are increasingly looking carefully at the facts surrounding allegations of noncompliance with the conditions companies agreed to when obtaining premarket approval, say Kip Petroff and Caio Formenti of the Law Office of Kip Petroff.