Trials

  • April 19, 2017

    Disability Center's Ex-CEO Guilty Of Diverting Client Funds

    The former chief executive of a Florida organization that operated programs for the developmentally disabled was convicted by a Tampa federal jury Wednesday of scheming to divert clients' Social Security benefits.

  • April 19, 2017

    Informant In Schock Case Broke No Laws, Prosecutors Say

    The federal government denied any wrongdoing in its use of a criminal informant in its investigation of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., downplaying the results from the office manager-turned informant in a filing late Tuesday night in Illinois federal court.

  • April 19, 2017

    Jury Finds SEO-Extortion Convict Guilty Of Retaliation

    A Texas federal jury on Tuesday found a self-described "black hat search engine optimizer" guilty of retaliating against a Dallas-based mergers & acquisitions advisory firm by posting negative online reviews, after he had been sentenced to federal prison last year for extorting money from the firm by threatening to post them.

  • April 19, 2017

    Chancery Denies New Stay Bid As Tilton Trial Kicks Off

    As the Delaware chancery trial between Lynn Tilton of Patriarch Partners LLC and its so-called Zohar funds over the board makeup of three companies kicked off Wednesday, the presiding judge denied a new bid to delay the proceedings, this time from the firms whose ownership is disputed.

  • April 19, 2017

    VA Beats Wrongful Death Suit Over Blood Test Follow-Up

    A Veteran’s Administration clinic was not negligent in its treatment of a patient after an abnormal reading on a common blood clot indicator, a Florida federal judge has ruled, turning back a suit alleging the clinic’s response, a reduced blood thinner dosage, was insufficient and led to the man’s death.

  • April 19, 2017

    Ex-JPMorgan Exec Again Presses Judge To ID Secret Client

    A former JPMorgan executive who claims the bank fired her for flagging possible fraud has urged a New York federal judge to rethink rescinding an order that an anonymous bank client will be identified at trial and may be called to testify, saying the judge’s initial logic was sound.

  • April 19, 2017

    Shkreli, Ex-Katten Atty Get Fraud Trials Severed

    Former Retrophin Inc. CEO Martin Shkreli and his ex-Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP attorney will be tried separately, a Brooklyn federal judge ruled Wednesday, citing a “a serious risk” that Shkreli wouldn’t receive a constitutionally fair trial in a joint proceeding.

  • April 19, 2017

    Tales Of Doom And Gloom Can Help Win Cases

    The use of negative themes in legal briefs may be more effective in swaying judges than positive ones, but could have the potential to backfire and shift the needle in the wrong direction, according to a paper published Tuesday.

  • April 19, 2017

    Texas Court Won't Revive $900K Trade Secrets Damages

    A Texas appellate court on Tuesday affirmed a trial judge’s decision to wipe out a jury’s $900,000 damages award to a life settlement firm in a trade secrets dispute with one of its former sales representatives, holding the firm didn’t show evidence establishing its damages.

  • April 19, 2017

    Honda Can't Topple $55M Seat Belt Defect Verdict In Pa.

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Wednesday upheld a $55 million jury verdict against Honda Motor Co. for allegedly ignoring a seat belt defect that a driver claimed led to his becoming paralyzed in a rollover, determining a trial court judge did not err in her jury instructions.

  • April 19, 2017

    Would-Be Lawyer Admits To Doctoring Verdict Slip

    A Massachusetts real estate broker and aspiring attorney was sentenced to a year in jail Tuesday for forging a verdict slip in an earlier larceny conviction to make it appear as if he had been found innocent.

  • April 18, 2017

    Jury Awards First Financial $1.2M In Poaching Row

    A San Jose, California, jury awarded $1.2 million in damages to life insurance and financial services marketing firm First Financial Security Inc. on Tuesday, finding its rival Freedom Equity Group LLC induced a breach of contract by hiring away 1,400 lower-level sales contractors.

  • April 18, 2017

    Schock Attys Say Feds Improperly 'Fishing' For Evidence

    Less than three months before the scheduled trial date for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., attorneys for the indicted politician are accusing federal prosecutors of "fishing" for more evidence both past the scope of the charges laid against him and cutting too close to trial.

  • April 18, 2017

    Trial Begins In Hedge Fund's Drawn-Out $300M Barclays Fight

    A unit of hedge fund Black Diamond Capital Management LLC on Tuesday urged a New York judge to find Barclays PLC liable in a roughly $300 million dispute over whether or not it defaulted on a derivatives contract in the height of the 2008 financial crisis, as the long-awaited bench trial kicked off.

  • April 18, 2017

    Dallas Corruption Case In Jury's Hands After 2-Month Trial

    A Texas federal jury will begin deliberations Wednesday in the trial of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, after hearing the government detail its theory that Price took $1 million worth of bribes from a consultant whose clients he helped win county contracts.

  • April 18, 2017

    Del. Chancery Rejects Bid To Halt Lynn Tilton-Zohar Trial

    A Delaware chancery judge on Tuesday denied a bid by Lynn Tilton of Patriarch Partners LLC to halt a trial over the board makeup of three companies whose ownership is disputed with the private equity firm’s so-called Zohar funds, ruling her request would only increase the litigation's complexity.

  • April 18, 2017

    Litvak Can't Get Conviction Thrown Out, Will Be Sentenced

    Jesse Litvak, a former Jefferies & Co. residential mortgage-backed securities trader found by a jury to have lied about bond prices to his customers, had his bid to overturn the verdict rejected Monday by a Connecticut federal judge who said there had been enough evidence to convict him.

  • April 18, 2017

    US Airways Defends $122M Fee Bid In Sabre Antitrust Suit

    US Airways on Monday defended its request for $122 million in attorneys' fees for its $15 million victory against trip-planning giant Sabre Inc. in a suit over a contract giving booking access to all of the airline's seats, saying the fees are reasonable and in line with Sabre’s own legal costs.

  • April 18, 2017

    DynCorp Willfully Disregarded Herbicide Effects, Court Told

    Defense contractor DynCorp., at trial over allegations that it poisoned farmers in Ecuador with herbicide while trying to eradicate drug crops in Colombia, should be hit with punitive damages because it acted with “an evil motive,” plaintiffs told a Washington, D.C., court Tuesday.

  • April 18, 2017

    MMA-Fighting Cop's Disability Suit Wins At Mass. High Court

    A Boston cop famous for his bare-knuckle mixed martial arts exploits will get another shot at his disability discrimination suit against the police department after the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday a jury and not the city must decide whether he can safely undertake armed street patrols.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    My Strangest Day In Court: When The Witness Attacked

    James J. Brosnahan

    Focused on my final argument notes, I nonetheless noticed a pause in the cross-examination of my client. Then I saw a flutter of activity out of the corner of my right eye, recalls James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Ruling On CFPB Could Upend Controversial Net Worth Sweep

    Sai Prakash

    The DOJ's recent challenge to the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau could have significant ramifications for another government agency — the Federal Housing Finance Agency, according to Sai Prakash of the University of Virginia School of Law.

  • NJ High Court Will Bring Welcome Clarity To Consumer Law

    Brian O'Donnell

    Although on the books since 1981, New Jersey's Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty, and Notice Act has only been aggressively utilized by the plaintiffs bar in recent years, so judicial authority interpreting the statute is still developing. Two cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court should provide needed guidance to litigants and courts, say Brian O’Donnell and Jeffrey Beyer of Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP.

  • Lawyers In Flow: Get Out Of Your Head And Into Your Case

    Jennifer Gibbs

    If Time Magazine is correct in that being a lawyer is one of the five worst high-paying jobs, it may be time for the legal profession to pull one from the playbook of musicians and professional athletes and seek to enter a state of “flow,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Calif. Supreme Court Clarifies 'Prevailing Party' Ambiguity

    Louie Castoria

    The California Supreme Court's decision in DisputeSuite v. Score this month resolved a division of authority among California's district courts of appeal regarding who the "prevailing party" is when a California contract case is dismissed on procedural grounds, but may be refiled in another state. This decision is a narrow one hinging on the fact that DisputeSuite will have its day in court in a distant, contractually agreed upon, ... (continued)

  • Satire

    A Law Firm Ranking Model By 'Fake News & Distorted Reports'

    Alan B. Morrison

    Suffering from law firm ranking fatigue? Bewildered by the methodologies? If so, you're in good company. Alan Morrison, associate dean for public interest and public service law at George Washington University Law School, wonders just how far law firm ranking efforts may go.

  • Suits Under NJ Consumer Act Overshoot Lawmakers' Intent

    Patrick McKey

    Norris Hite claimed that the terms of use on Lush Internet's website violated New Jersey’s Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act. But a federal district court found last month that Hite alleged no concrete harm and lacked standing to sue. Such lawsuits appear inconsistent with the legislative intent of the TCCWNA, say attorneys from Bryan Cave LLP.

  • Attack On Credits For Nuclear Plants Could Hit Renewables

    Gordon Coffee

    New York and Illinois have approved programs providing nuclear power plants with monetary credits for generating electricity without emitting carbon dioxide. Opponents have sued in federal court to nullify the programs. Although the lawsuits are narrowly targeted, an unfortunate consequence could be rulings that also annul renewable portfolio standards and renewable energy credits, says Gordon Coffee of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • The 11th Circ.'s Unfortunate Do-Over Christiansen Verdict

    Steven Boranian

    After the jury in the Christiansen v. Wright Medical Technology bellwether trial decided that the defendant’s product was not defective, the judge told the jurors that perhaps they did not "fully understand" and instructed them to try again. The Eleventh Circuit has now affirmed the plaintiff’s verdict, and the defendant has valid reasons to be unhappy, says Steven Boranian of Reed Smith LLP.

  • How New Expert Witness Rules May Impact Missouri Courts

    Dennis Harms

    Last month, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signed House Bill 153, enacting more stringent standards for admission of expert witness testimony in Missouri courtrooms. Litigators may need to rethink some current practices, including how to present certain evidence and whether to keep using “frequent flyer” experts, say Dennis Harms and Lawrence Hall of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard PC.