• April 25, 2018

    Ohio Doc On Hook For $1M For Child's Drug-Related Injuries

    An Ohio appeals court on Tuesday affirmed a jury’s $1 million verdict in a suit accusing a pediatrician of negligently prescribing a drug to a 6-year-old child and causing injuries, rejecting the doctor’s argument that the trial judge issued two improper jury instructions.

  • April 25, 2018

    Ambulance Co.’s Trial Win In Injury Suit OK’d By La. Court

    A Louisiana appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a jury’s decision to clear an ambulance service company driver of liability in a personal injury suit over a two-car collision, saying the driver did not act recklessly and therefore is entitled to immunity under a state law shielding emergency vehicle drivers.

  • April 25, 2018

    Sugar Co. Hit With 2nd Discrimination Verdict This Year

    A New York federal jury has returned a $2.35 million verdict against American Sugar Refining Inc. for racial bias against an employee in its Yonkers plant, less than two months after a separate jury hit the company with a $13.4 million verdict for sex discrimination.

  • April 25, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Says Merck Atty's Lies Doomed $200M Patent Win

    The Federal Circuit upheld a decision wiping out a $200 million patent verdict Merck won against Gilead concerning hepatitis C drugs, agreeing Wednesday that "dishonest and duplicitous" behavior by a Merck in-house attorney barred the drugmaker from asserting the patents.

  • April 25, 2018

    Proskauer Pulls Bid At 5th Circ. To Stay $1.5B Stanford Trial

    Proskauer Rose LLP on Wednesday withdrew a request that the Fifth Circuit pump the brakes on an April 30 trial setting in a $1.5 billion lawsuit brought by the receiver for the R. Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme, just a day after asking the appellate court for a stay of the trial court proceeding.

  • April 25, 2018

    8th Circ. Won’t Toss Weightlifting Mailman’s Conviction

    The Eighth Circuit on Wednesday upheld the felony conviction of a former postal service employee accused of lying to investigators about his weightlifting habits while collecting workers’ compensation benefits and claiming he couldn’t go back to work after a back injury. 

  • April 25, 2018

    HSBC Bankers Stick Up For Former Exec Ahead Of Sentencing

    More than two dozen current HSBC employees have urged a Brooklyn federal judge to go easy in sentencing their former colleague who was convicted of a foreign currency exchange fraud, a somewhat unusual situation since HSBC itself settled criminal claims over the scheme with the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • April 25, 2018

    GSK, Zofran Users Bicker Over Scope Of Patient Discovery

    Counsel for GlaxoSmithKline and families who claim its anti-nausea medication Zofran caused various birth defects argued in Boston federal court Wednesday over how many patients should be targeted for individual discovery in the multidistrict product liability litigation.

  • April 25, 2018

    Chiropractor Sues Defense Counsel After $6M RICO Loss

    A chiropractor found liable for $6 million in a civil RICO suit brought by Allstate Insurance Co. has sued his former defense counsel at Sayles Werbner PC in Texas state court, alleging his lawyer “strong-armed” him into paying a $300,000 flat fee on the eve of trial.

  • April 25, 2018

    Ill. Man Convicted Again Of Sending Bogus Returns To IRS

    A federal jury on Wednesday found an Illinois man guilty for a second time of charges that he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the IRS by filing fraudulent tax returns on behalf of a trust in his name.

  • April 25, 2018

    Wilmington Trust Loan Cover-Up Case Goes To Del. Jury

    A federal jury in Delaware took up criminal charges Wednesday against four Wilmington Trust Corp. executives accused of conspiring to hide hundreds of millions of dollars in bad loans, after a prosecutor said in closing that the case focused on false statements and disclosures.

  • April 25, 2018

    RIAA Says 9th Circ. Must Undo 'Blurred Lines' Ruling

    The powerful Recording Industry Association of America is urging the full Ninth Circuit to overturn last month’s ruling that the hit song “Blurred Lines” infringed Marvin Gaye’s iconic “Got to Give It Up,” calling the decision a “dangerous precedent for the future.”

  • April 25, 2018

    Ex-UBS Trader Acquitted Of Spoofing Scheme

    A New Haven federal jury on Wednesday acquitted a former UBS trader accused of scheming to manipulate the precious metals futures market with “spoofing,” a trading tactic that involves the use of allegedly deceptive bids or offers to feign the appearance of supply or demand.

  • April 24, 2018

    Case Against Ex-UBS Trader In Spoofing Trial Heads To Jury

    The trial of a former UBS AG trader accused of scheming to manipulate the precious metals futures market with a trading tactic known as “spoofing” headed to a New Haven federal jury Tuesday after prosecutors wrapped up their case by emphasizing the testimony, trading data and other evidence they’ve presented over the past week.

  • April 24, 2018

    FCA Investigator Disputes Boss' Statements In Libor Case

    An investigator for the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority testified in a marathon hearing in Manhattan federal court Tuesday that his boss at the financial regulator seems to have made a misrepresentation in the case of two former Deutsche Bank traders accused of rigging the London Interbank Offered Rate.

  • April 24, 2018

    'Doubt' Fatal To Wilmington Trust Exec Case, Defense Says

    Missing links, unsupported charges and reasonable doubt riddle the criminal fraud and conspiracy case federal prosecutors laid out against four Wilmington Trust Corp. executives accused of hiding hundreds of millions of dollars in past due loans, defense attorneys argued near the end of a trial in Delaware on Tuesday.

  • April 24, 2018

    11th Circ. Backs Sentences In $37M Gov't Contracts Scheme

    The Eleventh Circuit affirmed in a published opinion Tuesday the convictions and sentences of two men for their roles in a scheme to bribe military officials to obtain trucking contracts that paid out more than $37 million, finding the pair's arguments of trial court error unavailing.

  • April 24, 2018

    Autonomy CFO Atty Channels Johnnie Cochran At Trial’s End

    In rhymed closings that echoed the late Johnnie Cochran, counsel for Autonomy's ex-financial chief urged a California federal jury Tuesday to reject charges his client lied about the British software company’s financials, arguing the case boils down to a "battle of accountants," and "if the accountants disagree, [he] must go free."

  • April 24, 2018

    Buckley Sandler Picks Up White Collar Atty From Jones Day

    Buckley Sandler LLP has grown its white collar and complex civil litigation practices with a Jones Day trial litigator who helped represent former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell before the U.S. Supreme Court when justices reversed his bribery conviction in 2016, the firm announced Monday.

  • April 24, 2018

    No Retrial For Ex-Professor Who Called Sandy Hook A Hoax

    Jurors reasonably found that Florida Atlantic University did not violate a professor's speech rights by firing him after learning of a blog in which he said the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting was a hoax, a judge ruled Monday in refusing him a new trial.

Expert Analysis

  • Corporate Designee Practice Under NY V. Federal Rules

    Steve Kramer

    Your corporate client has been sued and it is a matter of time before a deposition notice is served. How to respond to the notice and plan for the deposition can depend upon whether the case is in federal or New York state court, with designation of subject matters being one of the greatest differences among the rules, says Steve Kramer of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Another Take On 'Take-Home' Asbestos Exposure In Calif.

    Theresa Mullineaux

    A California appellate court recently upheld a trial court’s summary judgment in a secondary exposure asbestos case where the plaintiffs could offer no admissible evidence that the decedent’s father worked around asbestos-containing materials. While this opinion is unpublished and uncitable under California rules, its legal theory can apply to other cases, says Theresa Mullineaux of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Insurance Considerations For Mass-Shooting Litigation

    Monica Sullivan

    Mass-shooting litigation raises a number of unique concerns for civil defendants, and it has become increasingly critical for all interested stakeholders to understand the scope of potential coverage afforded by commercial general liability policies, as well as specialized insurance products, say Monica Sullivan and Matthew Novaria of Nicolaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan LLP.

  • 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.