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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.