Trials

  • May 22, 2018

    Oakland Pol's Son Took Bribes For Public Contracts, Jury Told

    The son of an Oakland, California, politician raked in thousands of dollars to rig bids on public contracts for clients of his so-called public relations firm, an undercover informant told a California federal jury on Tuesday, calling the arrangement a "pay-to-play" scheme.

  • May 22, 2018

    TV Station, Helicopter Co. To Pay $40M To End Crash Suit

    Two men who suffered serious injuries due to a deadly TV news helicopter crash in Seattle in 2014 agreed to a $40 million settlement to resolve their personal injury suits against the TV station, the helicopter operator and the estate of the deceased pilot, their attorneys announced Tuesday.

  • May 22, 2018

    No Asbestos In J&J Talc Mines, SC Mesothelioma Jury Hears

    Johnson & Johnson’s talc mines in Vermont have been shown to be asbestos-free, a mineralogy and geology expert hired by the company told a South Carolina jury on Tuesday hearing the case of an attorney who died at age 30 from mesothelioma allegedly caused by her use of J&J baby powder sold by Rite Aid.

  • May 22, 2018

    Seyfarth Adds Former Arnold & Porter Patent Atty In NY

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced Monday it had snagged veteran patent litigator and former Arnold & Porter partner Scott Lindvall to head up the firm’s new intellectual property trial practice in New York, continuing the firm’s efforts to build up its IP practice.

  • May 22, 2018

    Hedge Fund Owner, Hotel Developer Resolve $2M Fraud Suit

    A hedge fund owner awaiting sentencing on related criminal charges has resolved civil claims in New Jersey federal court that he duped a hotel developer into giving him an almost $2 million investment — about half of which, he testified at trial, he thought he was permitted to spend on a residential mortgage for himself.

  • May 22, 2018

    Allstate Takes Kia Trademark Battle To 9th Circ.

    Allstate has kicked off an appeal to the Ninth Circuit in a lawsuit claiming Kia Motors Corp.’s “Drive Wise” brand infringed the insurer’s “Drivewise” trademark, blasting a trial judge for overturning a verdict handed down by “nine ordinary consumers.”

  • May 22, 2018

    NCAA Settlement Objector Asks 9th Circ. To Curb Attys' Fees

    A former Division I football player fighting the $42 million legal fee award in the NCAA’s $209 million settlement with scholarship athletes told the Ninth Circuit on Monday that class counsel can’t justify a bumper windfall in a “megafund” case.

  • May 22, 2018

    Convicted Judge Says Mortgage Fraud Case On Shaky Ground

    An Illinois state judge convicted earlier this year in a $1.4 million mortgage fraud scheme appeared in court on Tuesday to reset the date of her sentencing while she argues that the government had not proved she intended to commit fraud.

  • May 22, 2018

    Texas Gas Station Buc-ee's Wins TM Battle Over Beaver Logo

    The popular Texas-based convenience store chain Buc-ee's Ltd. won a court battle Tuesday when a federal jury in Houston agreed that a competitor's cartoon alligator logo was too similar to its cartoon beaver logo, siding with Buc-ee's on claims including trademark infringement.

  • May 22, 2018

    Book Authors Say Judge's Defamation Suit Ignores Context

    A Pennsylvania state judge’s “slanted” reading of a book about an infamous murder trial he oversaw fatally undermines allegations he was defamed by the authors as a defense-friendly hack and a drunk, the book's authors argued in a Monday federal filing.

  • May 22, 2018

    Ex-Manager, CEO Convicted In $9.7M Valeant Kickback Plot

    A former manager at Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and the CEO of a mail-order pharmacy whose close ties to the drugmaker led to a federal investigation were convicted by a Manhattan federal jury on Tuesday of scheming to bring about a tie-up between the companies in exchange for a $9.7 million kickback.

  • May 21, 2018

    Calif. Jury Says NCAA Didn't Defame Ex-USC Coach

    A California state jury found Monday that the NCAA did not defame a former University of Southern California assistant football coach sanctioned for his part in the Reggie Bush scandal, according to attorneys for the NCAA.

  • May 21, 2018

    Minn. Hospital Preserves Trial Win In Patient Stroke Suit

    A Minnesota appellate panel on Monday affirmed a verdict in favor of a hospital sued for causing a man’s stroke and seizure following emergency treatment, saying the trial judge properly allowed evidence that the man’s chronic alcohol abuse may have caused the stroke.

  • May 21, 2018

    Facebook Users To Get Online Notice Of Face-Scan Trial

    Facebook users will be notified of the looming trial in their biometric privacy class action on the platform itself, a California federal judge said Monday, though he scoffed at Facebook’s “hollow” contention the notice could take weeks to post, demanding proof it can’t be done faster.

  • May 21, 2018

    Litvak Is No Rescue For Ex-Nomura RMBS Trader, Feds Say

    Prosecutors on Friday ripped a renewed bid in Connecticut federal court for a new trial from a former Nomura Securities International Inc. residential mortgage-backed securities trader found guilty of conspiracy, saying the Second Circuit's recent reversal of ex-Jefferies Group trader Jesse Litvak's conviction has no bearing on this case.

  • May 21, 2018

    Jury Convicts Calif. Atty In $1.5M Pump-And-Dump Scheme

    A federal jury in Boston convicted a California attorney Monday of assisting his two brothers and a handful of others in a 2012 pump-and-dump scheme that reaped at least $1.5 million.

  • May 21, 2018

    Jurors Begin Deliberations In Convenience Store's Logo Row

    A panel of jurors on Monday in federal court in Houston deliberated for about two hours without deciding whether the popular Texas-based convenience store chain Buc-ee's had presented enough evidence to support its argument that a competitor's cartoon alligator logo was infringing its cartoon beaver logo.

  • May 21, 2018

    Chinese Drywall MDL Cases March Toward La. Trial

    A Louisiana federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation over allegedly defective Chinese drywall products has ordered cases covering nearly 1,000 affected properties in the state to move forward to trial in an effort to begin wrapping up the decade-long legal battle.

  • May 21, 2018

    High Court Won't Review Gutted $4.35M Licensing Award

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will not review a decision in which the Second Circuit slashed a fitness-wear company’s $4.35 million licensing-related jury award to $1.

  • May 18, 2018

    Fate Of Apple's $1B IP Fight With Samsung In Jury's Hands

    Following closing arguments Friday, the five women and three men of a California federal jury filed out of a San Jose courthouse for a weekend break with a billion-dollar question hanging in the air: How much in damages must Samsung pay Apple for infringing its smartphone design and utility patents?

Expert Analysis

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • How Vehicle Logging Devices May Fuel 'Reptile Tactics'

    Jennifer Parrott

    Many motor carriers are now required to equip their commercial vehicles with electronic logging devices. The vast amount of data these devices record will make it much easier for plaintiffs lawyers to pinpoint specific safety issues caused by motor carriers or drivers, and use such issues to appeal to juries, say Jennifer Parrott and Melody Kiella of Drew Eckl & Farnham LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • The Principal Purpose Test — A US Tax Court Preview

    Rusudan Shervashidze

    The IRS argument in a case pending before the U.S. Tax Court was similar to the principal purpose tests laid out by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the European Commission. To that extent, European and Canadian tax advisers who face application of a principal purpose test under domestic law or a tax treaty should take note of the court's ruling, say Rusudan Shervashidze and Stanley Ruchelman of Ruchelman PLLC.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • Employee Promotion Lessons From Hussain V. FedEx

    Jill Vorobiev

    While Federal Express succeeded at summary judgment and juries twice found in its favor in Hussain v. FedEx, the path to its recent victory was a long and likely costly one. Employers seeking to mitigate the risk of similar promotion-related discrimination claims should bear in mind the factors that led the Seventh Circuit to reverse the district court's summary judgment, say Jill Vorobiev and Adam Weiner of Reed Smith LLP.

  • The Future Of Design Patent Remedies Is Unclear

    Derek Dahlgren

    The Apple v. Samsung design-patent retrial — scheduled to begin on Monday — is an opportunity to clear up confusion on remedies. However, the complicated test that will be used for determining the article of manufacture presents the risk of creating more confusion, say Derek Dahlgren and Spencer Johnson of Rothwell Figg Ernst & Manbeck PC.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.