Trials

  • April 19, 2018

    NY Gun Atty's Wife Tells Bribe Jury Ex-Cop 'Broke His Heart'

    New York gun lawyer John Chambers had few male friends after transitioning from the female to the male gender, and it “broke his heart” when ex-NYPD cop David Villanueva snubbed him by not inviting him to the officer's 2015 wedding, the attorney’s wife told a jury hearing bribery charges against her husband Thursday.

  • April 19, 2018

    McDonnell Can't Be Plopped Onto Guinean Law, 2nd Circ. Told

    Prosecutors have urged the Second Circuit to reject a former Guinean mining minister’s bid to undo a money-laundering conviction, arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court’s McDonnell decision interpreting U.S. bribery law doesn’t apply to foreign statutes.

  • April 19, 2018

    Feds Want Graft Retrial Jury To Hear Of Platinum's Downfall

    Manhattan federal prosecutors Thursday signaled that they intend to chart a new course in the graft retrial of Platinum Partners LP co-founder Murray Huberfeld and New York City labor leader Norman Seabrook, by informing jurors of the aftermath of the scheme when the hedge fund imploded.

  • April 19, 2018

    Bayer, J&J Urge Judge To Ax Philly Xarelto Case Midtrial

    Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson units have urged a Philadelphia judge to throw out an ongoing trial alleging the companies didn't provide an adequate warning for blood-thinner Xarelto, saying there was no evidence a stronger label would have prevented a patient who took the drug from nearly bleeding to death.

  • April 19, 2018

    Lance Armstrong Pays $5M To Settle USPS Fraud Case

    Disgraced U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong said Thursday he has agreed to a $5 million settlement to end the long-running False Claims Act lawsuit by his former cycling teammate Floyd Landis and the U.S. Postal Service alleging he had defrauded the government by collecting millions of dollars while lying about doping.

  • April 18, 2018

    Hospital Says $47M Baby Injury Award 'Shocks Conscience'

    A Pennsylvania jury’s $47 million award last month to the parents of a baby badly disfigured after a doctor allegedly misdiagnosed a hemorrhage condition shortly after she was delivered “shocks the conscience” and should be reconsidered, attorneys for the doctor and hospital argued in a motion for a new trial filed Tuesday.

  • April 18, 2018

    Leverage Doesn’t Solve Problems, Time Warner CEO Says

    AT&T’s proposed purchase of Time Warner has nothing to do with gaining “leverage” over rival pay-TV providers and everything to do with tackling the real challenges facing modern television programmers, Time Warner’s CEO said in D.C. federal court Wednesday in a step-by-step attack on the U.S. government’s merger challenge.

  • April 18, 2018

    Judge's Killer Must Die, 11th Circuit Rules

    The Eleventh Circuit Wednesday agreed with a lower court’s decision to uphold the execution, scheduled for Thursday, of pipe bomber Walter Leroy Moody Jr., who killed an Eleventh Circuit judge in 1989, while disagreeing with the lower court’s reasoning.

  • April 18, 2018

    Judge Rips Ex-Autonomy CFO’s Defense In HP Fraud Trial

    A California federal judge criticized a defense offered by Autonomy's ex-financial chief as the government’s months-long fraud trial neared its conclusion Wednesday, saying his attorneys can’t tell a jury that Hewlett-Packard Co.’s own internal turmoil caused it to overvalue the British software company, because “even somebody dysfunctional can’t be lied to.”

  • April 18, 2018

    Gifts-For-Guns Jury Sees Accused Atty's Emails To Ex-Cop

    Gun-permit lawyer John Chambers' story that he is an honest man being betrayed by a corrupt New York City cop took on water Wednesday, as prosecutors showed jurors evidence of bribery, including emails placing the attorney at the heart of a system that "magically" got clients results.

  • April 18, 2018

    Flawed Verdict Sheet Merits New Med Mal Trial, Court Says

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Wednesday said flaws in jury instructions and a verdict sheet warranted a new trial over claims negligent care left a newborn girl with permanent brain damage, saying the errors led to an “inconsistent and unsound verdict” in favor of medical personnel.

  • April 18, 2018

    Fla. Appeals Court Reverses $5M Award But Asks For Clarity

    A Florida appellate court on Wednesday reversed a $5 million judgment awarded to a tow truck driver allegedly injured by battery acid spilled in a crash he helped clear, finding Florida’s pollution statutes do not allow for personal injury recovery but requesting the state’s high court to clarify the issue.

  • April 18, 2018

    Pa. Court Urged To Ax Appeal Over 'Abusive' $1M Sanction

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesday was urged in a pair of briefs to uphold a ruling dismissing a defense attorney's lawsuit claiming she was abusively targeted by her adversaries in a medical malpractice suit for a $1 million sanction that she successfully fought off.

  • April 18, 2018

    Murphy & McGonigle Nabs CFTC Atty For Securities Team

    A chief trial attorney at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission who helped litigate market manipulation claims against Arcadia Petroleum and nabbed nearly $4 million in disgorgement from a Ponzi schemer in Hawaii has left to join the securities team at Murphy & McGonigle PC, the firm announced this week.

  • April 18, 2018

    Insurer Must Pay Judgment In Absent Dr. Heart Attack Case

    A Maryland federal judge on Tuesday found Lancet Indemnity Risk Retention Group Inc. owes about $996,000 plus interest to a woman and her children after her husband died from cardiac arrest shortly after receiving treatment for chest pains from a doctor who didn’t take part in his own medical malpractice trial.

  • April 18, 2018

    Fla. Appeals Court Upholds $6.3M Philip Morris Verdict

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a $6.3 million verdict against Philip Morris USA Inc. for contributing to the smoking-related lung cancer that killed an Army veteran in 1995 and devastated his wife and daughter.

  • April 18, 2018

    Plastic Surgeon's Trial Win Upheld By Texas Court

    A woman who lost her malpractice case against a surgeon who allegedly removed excess skin badly and without her permission during surgery to reduce an abdominal bulge cannot get another trial, a Texas appeals panel ruled Wednesday, finding the trial court did not err in the questions it gave to jurors.

  • April 18, 2018

    Miami Auditor's Battle With City Not Over Even After Verdict

    Despite winning a nearly $1 million jury award earlier this week, a former city of Miami independent auditor who says he was fired for reporting securities violations will still have to battle the city on whether he should have gone to Miami’s Civil Service Board with his retaliation claim before filing suit.

  • April 17, 2018

    AT&T-Time Warner Will Hurt Small Cable Providers, CEO Says

    A small cable company’s CEO warned Tuesday in D.C. federal court that he’s already seen one merger between a pay-TV distributor and a television programmer impose competitively detrimental contract terms, and the same could happen with the merger between AT&T and Time Warner being challenged by the U.S. government.

  • April 17, 2018

    Breaking Down The Appeals In $1B VirnetX-Apple Patent War

    The nearly $1 billion won by VirnetX in patent trials against Apple Inc. exists under a cloud since the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has found the patents invalid. With appeals pending from the board's decisions and one of the trials, here's a look at VirnetX's arguments that the patents shouldn't have been reviewed, and Apple's efforts to flip the verdict.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Bankruptcy Lawyer's Trade Secret Cases Failed

    James Morsch

    Peter Francis Geraci — owner of a large consumer bankruptcy firm based in Chicago — recently lost two trade secret cases, illustrating just how difficult it can be to win a lawsuit for misappropriation against individuals employed by a rival, says James Morsch of Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • 11th Circ. Offers Key Guidance To Shipping Cos.

    Al Teel

    The Eleventh Circuit's recent ruling in Essex Ins. Co. v. Barrett Moving & Storage addressed the question of how to distinguish brokers from carriers under the Carmack Amendment. The opinion offers guidance for transportation and logistics companies on when the amendment applies to a particular shipment, says Al Teel of Burr & Forman LLP.

  • Why CPSC Sued To Recall Stroller That Met Standards

    Sheila Millar

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has sued the maker of strollers with a detachable front wheel, despite the agency's prior approval of stroller standards that permit the feature. The outcome will affect whether companies can rely on CPSC approval of, and companies' compliance with, such standards as a legal defense, say Sheila Millar and Nathan Cardon of Keller and Heckman LLP.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.

  • Roundup

    Dissolving Practice

    Dissolving Practice

    In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.

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    Dissolving Practice: How To Fix A Dysfunctional Law Firm

    Larry Richard

    I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.

  • What To Expect From The 2nd Criminal Spoofing Trial

    Jeffrey Brown

    Andre Flotron's upcoming criminal trial and the corresponding civil complaint demonstrate that regulators have the appetite to bring spoofing cases based largely on patterns observed in trade data. This data may be supplemented by the allegedly incriminating testimony of witnesses, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

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    Dissolving Practice: Partner Agreement Clauses That Can Help

    ​​​​​Leslie Corwin

    Given the competing public policies of protecting clients’ right to counsel of their choice, lawyer mobility, and the fiduciary duty partners owe to a dissolved firm, it behooves law firms to carefully review their partnership agreements to make sure they adequately spell out what happens in the unfortunate event that the law firm chooses to wind down, say ​​​​​Leslie Corwin and Rachel Sims of Blank Rome LLP.

  • The Time Is Right For New Jersey To Adopt Daubert

    Timothy Freeman

    The New Jersey Supreme Court may soon decide whether to adopt the Daubert standard for admissibility of expert witness testimony. The searching inquiry into the reliability of proffered expert testimony that is required by Daubert protects the integrity of the jury system by ensuring that jurors are not misled by unreliable evidence, says Timothy Freeman of Tanenbaum Keale LLP.