Trials

  • February 16, 2017

    Jury Finds Chinese Scientist Guilty In Stolen Seeds Plot

    A Kansas federal jury on Thursday found a Chinese agricultural scientist guilty of three charges related to a conspiracy to steal cutting-edge rice seeds from a biopharmaceutical research facility in order to send them back to his native country.

  • February 16, 2017

    Trucking Firm Should Pay In Tragic Crash, Fla. Jury Hears

    A Florida jury was urged Thursday to award $15.2 million from a trucking company and a staffing firm to survivors of a terrible early morning crash in which a truck driver with a history of sleep issues ran into the stalled car of a family returning from a surprise birthday party.

  • February 16, 2017

    Punitives Phase Begins In Engle Trial Against PM, RJR

    The family of a smoker who died in 1995 began a trial for punitive damages on Thursday against Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds after being awarded millions of dollars in compensatory damages on Wednesday.

  • February 16, 2017

    Nursing Home Operators Face Over $115M For Medicare Fraud

    A Florida federal jury on Wednesday found the operators of 53 skilled nursing facilities liable for more than $115 million in damages stemming from false claims they submitted to Medicare and Medicaid after pretending patients needed and received more care than they did.

  • February 16, 2017

    Boston Ex-Guitarist Can't Get Fees In Founder's TM Suit

    A former guitarist for the band Boston is not entitled to attorneys’ fees after a jury found he did not violate trademark claims brought by the group’s founder over the way he was billed as an “original member” in a subsequent band, a Massachusetts federal judge said Thursday.

  • February 16, 2017

    NJ Doc Off Hook For Legal Fees After $1M Malpractice Deal

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Thursday rejected a widow's bid for attorneys' fees in a medical malpractice action over her husband's care, saying she did not preserve her claim to recover the legal expenses when the parties agreed to a maximum judgment of $1 million regardless of a jury's award.

  • February 16, 2017

    King Of Pop's Ex-Manager Says Brands Lined Up Before Death

    Michael Jackson’s former manager Tohme Tohme took the stand at the IRS’ behest Thursday in the Los Angeles trial over the value of the late entertainer’s estate at the time of his death, testifying that Nike, Sony and others had licensing deals in the works when Jackson died.

  • February 16, 2017

    Dewey Ex-Finance Head Says Accounting Fix Was Wrong

    The former international finance director at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP testified in Manhattan criminal court on Thursday that one of two ex-Dewey executives facing a fraud retrial asked her to make accounting entries she thought were improper.

  • February 16, 2017

    Judge Suggests UN Bribe Indictment Gets By McDonnell

    Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng told U.S. District Judge Vernon S. Broderick on Thursday that the McDonnell precedent requires prosecutors to detail what official acts were taken in exchange for Ng's payments, but the judge intimated that he was unlikely to dismiss the high-profile bribery case on those grounds.

  • February 16, 2017

    Jury To Mull If Sprint Infringed Comcast Patent In $153M Row

    A Pennsylvania federal jury is poised to begin deliberating whether Sprint has been infringing a patent held by cable giant Comcast over text messaging operations, after closing arguments wrapped up in the $153 million case on Thursday.

  • February 16, 2017

    Billionaire Slams Stanford Receiver’s $88M Clawback Bid

    A Colorado billionaire who won a jury trial in an $88 million clawback suit aimed at recovering money invested in R. Allen Stanford’s $7 billion Ponzi scheme told a Texas federal judge on Wednesday the receiver for the fraud continues to use arguments rejected previously to force a judgment against him.

  • February 16, 2017

    Atty's Widow Can't Prove GSK Meant To Harm, Judge Says

    The Illinois federal judge overseeing a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the widow of a Reed Smith LLP partner said Thursday her complaint couldn't move forward on its claim that GlaxoSmithKline PLC had intended to harm its customers by failing to warn them about Paxil's ties to suicide.

  • February 16, 2017

    NY Judge Gives Nod To Ex-AIG Head’s $10M Deal

    A New York state judge on Thursday indicated he approved the nearly $10 million deal the state attorney general reached with former American International Group Inc. CEO Maurice “Hank” Greenberg and the insurer’s former chief financial officer, and will dismiss the long-running fraud case once the pair pay up.

  • February 16, 2017

    Fla. Supreme Court Declines To Adopt Daubert Standard

    The Florida Supreme Court declined Thursday to adopt a measure to bring state court standards for the admissibility of expert witnesses in line with federal courts, over concerns that doing so would undermine the right to a jury trial and inhibit access to the courts.

  • February 16, 2017

    Bugs And Hair Plagued Meningitis-Linked Pharmacy, Jury Told

    The Massachusetts compounding pharmacy linked to a deadly outbreak of meningitis was plagued with bugs, human hair and the chief pharmacist’s indifference to the problems, the company’s former quality control officer told a jury on Thursday during her former boss's murder trial.

  • February 16, 2017

    Hospital Slams Bids To Ax $10M Pepcid Patent Verdict

    A Boston hospital argued Wednesday that attempts by over-the-counter drug maker Perrigo Co. to overturn a $10.2 million Pepcid patent infringement verdict ignored the evidence presented to the jury.

  • February 16, 2017

    NYC Lawyer Evaluation Scale Makes 2nd Circ. Judge 'Queasy'

    The Second Circuit looked conflicted Thursday on whether a former New York City appellate lawyer's federal disability discrimination and retaliation claims merit a trial, with one judge appearing uncomfortable with a five-point performance review metric used to show the attorney the door in 2013.

  • February 15, 2017

    Ericsson FRAND Trial Enters Day 2 With TCL Expert

    A California federal judge overseeing the second day of a bench trial on whether Ericsson Inc. offered Chinese mobile phone developer TCL nondiscriminatory license terms for wireless technology standard-essential patents took the reins Wednesday in questioning TCL’s economics expert, pressing the witness on how to compare terms granted to other companies.

  • February 15, 2017

    Miami-Dade Gets New Judge In Toll Contractor's $58M Suit

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday granted a request from the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority for a new trial judge in a $58 million suit brought by the designer of the county's cashless toll system, after concluding that the quasi-agency's motion to disqualify was both timely and legally sufficient.

  • February 15, 2017

    Dr. Reddy's Generic Infringes Aloxi Patents, Judge Rules

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday found that Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Inc.’s planned generic version of Helsinn Healthcare SA’s anti-nausea drug Aloxi infringes three patents for the drug and rejected Dr. Reddy’s contention that two of those patents are invalid.

Expert Analysis

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Long-Arm Jurisdiction In Missouri And Beyond: Part 1

    Angela Higgins

    The U.S. Supreme Court has accepted certiorari in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California. This case is straight from the same playbook that has led dozens of out-of-state plaintiffs to sue out-of-state defendants in the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis, though Missouri has no legal or logical relationship to these plaintiffs’ claims, says Angela Higgins of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Cannot Stay Silent While Trump Belittles The Courts

    Alexandra Wald

    This is not the first time that a president has criticized the judiciary. But what is unique about President Donald Trump's attacks is that they target not just a specific decision, but the judiciary and its decision-making power altogether. Every lawyer, regardless of political persuasion, must speak up, says Alexandra Wald of Cohen & Gresser LLP.

  • Marketing Basics For Solo Practitioners And Small Law Firms

    Matthew Horn

    There is no question that solo practitioners and small law firms need to spend the majority of time on legal work, but in order to achieve sustainable growth, marketing should not be a secondary task “put-off” until you have some free time, says Matthew Horn, founder of Legal Services Link LLC.

  • Don't Overlook Pleading Challenges In State Pharma Suits

    John DeBoy

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s Twombly and Iqbal decisions released a torrent of challenges to the sufficiency of plaintiffs’ pleadings in federal court, including in pharmaceutical product liability cases. This strategy has been less common in state courts, but it can help pharmaceutical defendants narrow the scope of litigation and educate the court on important issues, say John DeBoy and Annie Wang of Covington Burling LLP.

  • Law Firm Margin Improvement: The Long Game

    Jack Diggle

    For all the lessons learned since 2008, it's surprising that margin management remains so tactical, rather than an ongoing strategic endeavor, for law firms. The firms that will survive and thrive must invest in ongoing margin-improvement capability, which will combine enhanced business- and change-management skills and take a long-term view to drive out the more difficult changes, says Jack Diggle of Elevate Services Inc.

  • Drafting Contracts In California? Watch DisputeSuite V. Score

    Louie Castoria

    Fee-shifting statutes sometimes encourage litigation, as in certain consumer protection and civil rights contexts, but the scope of one such law’s fee awards to “prevailing parties” in contract disputes may soon be redefined in a case heard last week by the California Supreme Court, says Louie Castoria, co-managing partner in the San Francisco office of Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 13, The Fall

    Roy Futterman

    In this weekly column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series airing on CBS about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist. Spoiler alert ...

  • Justice Gorsuch And Product Liability Litigation

    Eric Wolff

    What does the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court mean for product liability litigation? His Tenth Circuit record suggests that, if confirmed, he may have a significant effect on issues including admissibility of expert testimony, federal preemption and personal jurisdiction, says Eric Wolff of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • 2017 Check-Up: Is Your Law Firm Positioned For Success?

    William G. Johnston

    Over the next few weeks, a slow trickle of news about one measure of law firm success — law firm financial results — will gradually become a flood as more firms open up about their performance in 2016. Law firm leaders would be wise to focus on nine factors that determine success, says law firm management consultant William Johnston.