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  • January 18, 2019

    Qualcomm Exec Says Google, FTC Deal Was Royalties Model

    A Qualcomm executive took the stand Friday during a California federal bench trial over the Federal Trade Commission's allegations the company's "no license, no chips" practice violates antitrust laws, testifying that it modeled its standard-essential patent process after Google's 2013 consent decree with the FTC.

  • January 18, 2019

    Judge Rips Defense Theory In College Hoops Corruption Trial

    The New York federal judge who presided over last year’s college basketball corruption trial has criticized the defense team's focus on the fairness of NCAA rules that prevent college players from being paid, saying in a new opinion Thursday that the “amateurism and recruitment rules were not on trial” and expert testimony on the issue could have led the jury to rule on “perceived economic unfairness.”

  • January 18, 2019

    BNSF Worker Wins $3.5M In Rail Yard Injury Suit

    A Nebraska jury has awarded $3.5 million to a BNSF Railway Co. employee who lost his foot after train cars were moved on a track where he was working.

  • January 18, 2019

    Drug Distributors Can't Appeal RICO Ruling In Opioid MDL

    An Ohio federal judge on Friday blocked drug distributors from trying again to keep racketeering allegations out of a bellwether trial in the opioid multidistrict litigation, rejecting assertions that enormous damages associated with racketeering will hinder settlement talks.

  • January 18, 2019

    Jury Says Bombardier Didn't Infringe Jaguar 'Defender' TM

    A Michigan federal jury on Friday rejected Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.’s claims that the Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. off-road vehicle named the Can-Am Defender infringed the British automaker’s trademark for the Land Rover Defender.

  • January 18, 2019

    Pa. Judge Urged To Make J&J CEO Testify In Risperdal Trial

    A Pennsylvania state judge is weighing whether the CEO of Johnson & Johnson should be forced to take the stand at an upcoming trial over claims that labeling for the antipsychotic medication Risperdal failed to adequately warn about the risk of abnormal breast growth in adolescent boys.

  • January 18, 2019

    1st Circ. Sides With NPR In Push For Juror Addresses

    A First Circuit panel ruled Friday that the media should be allowed access to juror names and addresses after a trial concludes, siding with a National Public Radio station in Boston that was denied that information after the conviction of New England Compounding Center pharmacist Glenn Chin.

  • January 18, 2019

    Health Hires: Norton Rose, K&L Gates, Fox Rothschild

    In this round of Health Hires, Norton Rose Fulbright, K&L Gates LLP, Fox Rothschild LLP and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC all brought on new health care attorneys, and chronic wound care service provider Healogics named its general counsel.

  • January 18, 2019

    Trader Slams Prosecution's 'Nonsense' Claim In Euribor Trial

    A trader accused of illegally rigging a key interest rate benchmark did not act dishonestly when he submitted rates to benefit bankers’ trading positions, his attorney told a London jury on Friday, saying it is “nonsense” to suggest he flooded the market with cash to bolster huge financial trades.

  • January 17, 2019

    1st Circ. Nixes Ex-Puerto Rican Senator's Bribery Conviction

    The First Circuit on Thursday focused on the term “benefits” in overturning a jury's bribery convictions of a former Puerto Rican senator and a private security company's ex-president in a case that has gone to the U.S. Supreme Court and reshaped double jeopardy law in the process.

  • January 17, 2019

    NJ Atty Ducks Malpractice Suit Over Real Estate Proceeds

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Thursday refused to revive a malpractice action against an attorney over claims he mishandled proceeds from a real estate sale that were meant to pay off a mortgage, rejecting the buyer’s argument that a trial court improperly instructed jurors who ultimately sided with the lawyer.

  • January 17, 2019

    5th Circ. OKs $20.5M Award In YouTube Channel Profits Row

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday upheld a $20.5 million verdict in a partnership dispute over profits from a YouTube channel focused on video games, rejecting an argument from two partners in the channel that the lower court never had jurisdiction to hear the case.

  • January 17, 2019

    Ex-Comcast Worker Not Hampered By Harassment, Jury Says

    Cable giant Comcast scored a win Wednesday over a former dispatcher's claims that she was subjected to unlawful sexual harassment, with a Maryland federal jury concluding that the harassment the worker endured wasn't severe enough to have affected her job performance.

  • January 17, 2019

    Weinstein, Lawyer Officially ‘Part Ways’ After Split Rumors

    Less than a week after rumors of a split emerged, Harvey Weinstein and his criminal defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman formally announced Thursday that Brafman will be withdrawing as counsel for the disgraced movie mogul in the sexual assault case playing out in New York state court.

  • January 17, 2019

    Liberty's Win In Crash Suit Was Legit, NJ Panel Says

    A New Jersey appeals court ruled Thursday that there is no reason to disturb a jury’s verdict that Liberty Insurance Corp. is not liable to a customer who claimed he had ongoing injuries from a crash with an underinsured motorist.

  • January 17, 2019

    Iberia Avoids Major Damages In Trial Over Turbulence Injury

    Iberia Airlines avoided having to pay substantial damages to a Florida woman injured when a May 2015 flight from Madrid to Milan experienced severe turbulence, after a federal jury in Miami found Wednesday that the Spanish airline bore minimal responsibility.

  • January 17, 2019

    Gilstrap Won't Delay HTC's Royalty Row Trial With Ericsson

    U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap on Wednesday shot down HTC's request to delay an upcoming trial in its case alleging Ericsson overcharges for royalties on cellular and wireless standard-essential patents, saying the bid appears to be a "litigation tactic."

  • January 17, 2019

    Ticket Co. Shut Down After $4.5M Tech-Poaching Verdict

    A Manhattan federal judge ordered Seat Scouts LLC effectively closed Thursday after a jury smacked the ticket tech concern and its CEO with $4.5 million of damages, finding they pilfered technology from competitor Broker Genius Inc. that allows resale brokers to easily reprice sports and entertainment stubs.

  • January 17, 2019

    Smoker Finally Gets $27M Judgment Against Philip Morris

    A Florida federal court on Wednesday entered a $27 million judgment against Philip Morris USA Inc. for a now-deceased smoker, ending a four-year attempt by the tobacco giant to overturn a 2014 jury's $20 million punitive damages award.

  • January 17, 2019

    Trader Pushed Cash To 'Add Weight' To Euribor Fix, Jury Told

    A former trader working on the money markets desk at Barclays PLC, who is on trial for his alleged role in a conspiracy to game the financial system, manipulated the cash market to “add extra weight” to attempts to rig a key global interest rate benchmark, prosecutors told a jury in London on Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Legal Finance Can Benefit Insurance Coverage Disputes

    Andrew Lundberg

    Legal finance remains underutilized in the insurance space, but can be a transformative instrument for policyholders that allows for the aggressive pursuit of recovery on valid claims while reducing risk, improving accounting treatment and maximizing settlements and awards, says Andrew Lundberg of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Settlement Counsel Key For Efficient Mass Tort Resolution

    J. Stephen Bennett

    Team-based specialization in mass tort litigation defense allows each member to draw on individual strengths, maximizing their contribution. A core tenet of this approach is using settlement counsel to focus on strategic initiatives and end-game resolution efforts, separate from the heated battle lines of the litigation, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels.

  • Diversity's Next Step: Developing Minority Partners

    Chris King.jpg

    The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem.

  • 11 Military Leadership Principles To Build Winning Trial Teams

    Astor Heaven

    The “11 Principles of Leadership,” included in the Army Field Manual on Leadership in 1951, can easily be translated into strategies to build winning litigation and trial teams, says Astor Heaven of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • A Closer Look At CFTC's Loss In Market Manipulation Case

    Michael Brooks

    While the New York federal court's decision in U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Wilson may embolden defendants in CFTC and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission enforcement matters, the circumstances surrounding it should continue to serve as a caution to market participants, say Michael Brooks and Robert Pease of Bracewell LLP.

  • Arbitrators And Mediators Should Reflect Society's Diversity

    James Jenkins

    Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

    Judge David Barron

    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.

  • Why Apple Customers Lost A Suit Over Storage Capacity

    Jeffrey Edelstein

    A California federal court recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by Apple customers over the advertised storage capacity of iPhones and iPads. The case illustrates the importance of accurate advertising about the technical specifications of products, but also the need for plaintiffs to draft their complaints with care, says Jeffrey Edelstein of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 2

    Peter Jarvis

    Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.