Trials

  • January 17, 2018

    NJ Justices Won't Review Sony's Win In Exploding TV Suit

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has affirmed Sony Electronics Inc.’s trial victory in a suit over a purportedly combustible television, declining to review an appellate court’s finding that there was no evidence of juror bias, according to an order released Wednesday.

  • January 17, 2018

    7th Circ. Upholds Nurse's 6-Year Sentence For $15.6M Fraud

    The former manager of a now-shuttered Chicago-area home health care provider is still facing six years in prison for an “overwhelming and massive” scheme to defraud Medicare out of $15.6 million, after the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday affirmed all parts of her sentence.

  • January 17, 2018

    'Jersey Shore' Star, Brother To Plead Guilty In Tax Case

    “Jersey Shore” star Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino and his brother Marc Sorrentino have agreed to plead guilty in their criminal case over tax-related charges instead of going to trial next month, according to a government letter on Wednesday to a New Jersey federal judge.

  • January 17, 2018

    A Chat With Davis Wright CSO Mark Usellis

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The second conversation is with Mark Usellis, chief strategy officer for Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • January 16, 2018

    Nutmeg's Problems Were Extensive, SEC Accountant Testifies

    A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission official who helped examine defunct investment adviser The Nutmeg Group LLC’s investment records said Tuesday he’d never seen as many systemic problems with a newly registered entity as he found in Nutmeg.

  • January 16, 2018

    Mo. Court Affirms OBGYN's Win In Miscarriage Case

    The Missouri Court of Appeals on Tuesday affirmed a jury’s finding that a clinic did not cause wrongful death when a woman who had an IUD left inside her abdomen for years experienced three miscarriages, finding no error with the admission of evidence from chromosomal tests done of the clinic’s volition.

  • January 16, 2018

    Chicago Pays $115M To Woman Paralyzed At O'Hare Airport

    The city of Chicago has paid $115 million to a woman paralyzed from the waist down by a falling pedestrian shelter at O’Hare International Airport, with the deal ending the city’s challenge to a jury’s award of $148 million to the woman, her attorneys announced Tuesday.

  • January 16, 2018

    Uber Slams Waymo's Hidden-Evidence Claims As 'Whining'

    Uber has rejected Waymo’s claims that it intentionally withheld key discovery documents in a California federal lawsuit, telling Waymo to “stop whining, and try its case,” which alleges that Uber stole its self-driving car technology.

  • January 16, 2018

    Mass. Fed. Judge Bemoans 'Megatrials' As Resource Drain

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday criticized the increasing phenomenon of monthslong “megatrials” that clog up courts and drain resources from taxpayers and defendants alike, and refused to reconsider time limits in an upcoming bribery trial of former employees of proxy solicitation firm Georgeson.

  • January 16, 2018

    Departure Of Defense Counsel Leaves 2nd KIT Trial In Limbo

    The abrupt departure of the lawyer for financier and accused fraudster Irfan Amanat throws a wrench into his case, a Manhattan federal judge said Tuesday, three weeks after the financier's brother, Omar Amanat, was convicted of fleecing KIT Digital Inc. and accused of faking trial evidence.

  • January 16, 2018

    Apply McDonnell To Guinean Law, Ex-Minister Tells 2nd Circ.

    A former Guinea mining minister convicted last year of money laundering told the Second Circuit on Monday that U.S. prosecutors trampled his constitutional rights by not applying the limited definition of bribery in the Supreme Court's McDonnell decision.

  • January 16, 2018

    PGA Tour Determined To Avoid Good Faith Issue In Singh Suit

    After nearly five years of litigation with golfer Vijay Singh, the PGA Tour has made the latest in its string of determined efforts to avoid trial over whether the organization acted in bad faith by suspending Singh for using a deer antler spray supplement that turned out not to be prohibited.

  • January 16, 2018

    Mich. Court Affirms Dentist’s Trial Win In Malpractice Case

    A Michigan appellate court has affirmed a verdict clearing a dentist of malpractice in a case brought by a woman claiming a procedure removing her upper teeth had changed her appearance and caused bone loss, saying the patient hadn’t shown the pertinence of evidence excluded from trial.

  • January 16, 2018

    Calif. Man Cops To Conspiracy For $10.5M Homeowners Scam

    A California man who ran a "keep your home" operation called Capital Access LLC admitted to a count of wire fraud conspiracy in Sacramento federal court Friday after prosecutors accused him and two others of stripping borrowers of home equity and then depriving lenders of $10.5 million.

  • January 16, 2018

    Salvi Schostok Lands Ex-Hinshaw & Culbertson Litigation Atty

    Salvi Schostok & Pritchard PC has nabbed a 19-year veteran of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP as a litigation partner in Chicago, focusing on medical malpractice, product liability and trials work, the firm announced on Monday.

  • January 16, 2018

    NY's Silver Loses High Court Attempt, Clearing Retrial Path

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal by former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, meaning the former lawmaker’s spring retrial on corruption charges will likely proceed as planned.

  • January 12, 2018

    The Firms That Dominated In 2017

    Law360’s Firms of the Year rose above the competition with a combined 24 Practice Group of the Year awards after helping their clients win game-changing judgments and close record-breaking deals in 2017. Here’s a closer look at how they landed at the top.

  • January 12, 2018

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2017 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.

  • January 12, 2018

    Mueller's Team Seeks May Trial Date For Manafort, Gates

    Paul Manafort, the indicted former campaign manager to President Donald Trump, may face trial as soon as May, according to a filing Friday by the special counsel spearheading an investigation into the Trump campaign that also outlined plans for future evidence exchange.

  • January 12, 2018

    Ex-Bankrate VP Gets 5 Years Despite Cooperating With Gov't

    A Miami federal judge Friday handed a five-year prison sentence to a former Bankrate Inc. vice president of finance who admitted he schemed to lie about the rate-shopping company’s finances after he asked for leniency, citing his plan to testify against his former boss at an upcoming trial.

Expert Analysis

  • Taking And Defending Depositions You Can Actually Use

    Bethany Kristovich

    All too often, lawyers just think about “getting through” the deposition phase without fully taking advantage of the opportunity to develop their story. But following a few basic rules on the front end can help maximize the impact of a deposition at trial, say Bethany Kristovich and Jeremy Beecher of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • Why Sales Rep Witness Tampering Accusations Matter

    Ryan O'Neil

    In two recent product liability trials, plaintiffs have alleged that witnesses were improperly contacted by pharmaceutical and medical device sales representatives. Such allegations can be damaging to a case and to attorney credibility, and can divert precious resources midtrial, while sidelining the actual products liability claims at issue, say Ryan O’Neil and Anne Gruner of Duane Morris LLP.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • 17 Ways To Lose A Winning Argument In Court

    Richard Seymour

    Over the course of my recent research, I have been struck by the number of ways to lose a case besides, well, having a losing claim or defense. In particular, unknowing and unintended waivers that arise in litigation can bar a winning argument or defense because it was raised too late, says attorney, arbitrator and mediator Richard Seymour.

  • The Tide Could Be Turning On The Bare Metal Defense

    Rachel Farnsworth

    The Third Circuit recently vacated part of a ruling that turned on the application of the “bare metal defense,” the theory that a manufacturer of an asbestos-free product cannot be held liable for injuries caused by other manufacturers’ later-added asbestos-containing parts. Now the state law tide is turning in the same direction, says Rachel Farnsworth of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Roundup

    5 Most-Read Legal Industry Articles Of 2017

    2017 Trends

    What business of law topics piqued reader interest in 2017? Take a look back at the year's five most-read legal industry articles from Law360 guest authors.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • Diagnosing Juror Bias Against Foreign Witnesses

    Christina Marinakis

    In an effort to study jurors' attitudes toward foreign witnesses, a representative sample of over 1,000 jury eligibles across the U.S. were surveyed over the course of several years. The results revealed two important findings, says Christina Marinakis, director of jury research at Litigation Insights.