Trials

  • February 22, 2018

    Suzuki Hit With $12.5M Verdict Over Motorcycle Crash

    A Georgia state jury on Wednesday hit Suzuki Motor Corp. with a $12.5 million verdict in a trial over a motorcycle accident that broke a man’s spine and permanently injured him, finding that a defective front brake caused the 2013 crash.

  • February 22, 2018

    Texas State Sen. Found Guilty In Securities Fraud Scheme

    A Texas state senator who is also a San Antonio attorney was convicted by a federal jury Thursday of securities fraud and other charges stemming from his alleged role in a fracking-related Ponzi scheme. 

  • February 22, 2018

    GSK Has Duty To Warn About Generics, Widow Tells 7th Circ.

    The widow of a Reed Smith LLP partner who committed suicide after taking a generic version of GlaxoSmithKline LLC’s antidepressant Paxil urged the Seventh Circuit to preserve a verdict finding the company liable Wednesday, arguing GSK hasn’t shown it would have been barred from warning about the risks.

  • February 22, 2018

    Ga. Court Says Doc’s Murder Trial Needn’t Halt Civil Suit

    A Georgia appeals court ruled Wednesday that a criminal homicide case against a doctor is not reason enough to delay a parallel civil case that accuses the doctor of causing a woman's death by overprescribing medications.

  • February 22, 2018

    Menendez-Connected Eye Doc Gets 17 Years For $42.6M Fraud

    Dr. Salomon E. Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist who gained notoriety as a co-defendant with U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez in an unsuccessful bribery case, was sentenced Thursday to 17 years in prison and ordered to repay nearly $42.6 million on a conviction of massively overbilling Medicare.

  • February 21, 2018

    Texas Court Affirms $288M Judgment Against Credit Suisse

    A Texas state appellate court upheld on Tuesday a $287.5 million breach of contract award against Credit Suisse Securities USA in favor of a Highland Capital Management LP subsidiary over a bungled land appraisal ahead of a 2007 Las Vegas real estate deal.

  • February 21, 2018

    CEO Accused Of Tipping Ex-MLB Player Gets 2nd Mistrial

    A California federal jury deadlocked Wednesday in the retrial of a former medical device company CEO on charges connected to an alleged insider trading scheme that resulted in last year’s conviction of former Major League Baseball player Doug DeCinces, prompting the judge to declare another mistrial.

  • February 21, 2018

    Ex-Boston Guitarist Asks 1st Circ. For Redo In Bandmate Row

    A former guitarist for the band Boston urged the First Circuit on Tuesday to revive his breach of contract and abuse of process allegations against the band’s founder, as well as his bid for hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs and attorneys' fees, in their protracted dispute over use of the band's name, among other things.

  • February 21, 2018

    Meet The Forthright Judge Who Crushed A $350M FCA Verdict

    When a Florida federal judge nuked a $350 million False Claims Act verdict last month, the eye-popping reversal was announced in an opinion teeming with bare-knuckle prose — the sort of ruthless writing that has made the judge a local legal legend.

  • February 21, 2018

    Xarelto User Says Pa. Judge Wrongly Axed $28M Award

    A woman who won a $28 million verdict in a bellwether case over injuries allegedly linked to the blood thinner Xarelto has argued the Pennsylvania judge who threw out her damages award ignored evidence that additional warnings would not have changed her doctor's decision to prescribe the medication.

  • February 21, 2018

    Atty Suing Ogletree In $300M Bias Suit Moves To Buchalter

    Buchalter PC announced on Tuesday that the attorney who hit Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC with a $300 million gender bias class action has left that firm to join Buchalter’s labor and employment practice in its Orange County, California, office.

  • February 21, 2018

    5Pointz Owner Appeals $6.75M Graffiti Ruling To 2nd Circ.

    A New York City real estate developer who demolished the famed graffiti space 5Pointz filed an appeal Wednesday to the Second Circuit of a ruling last week that he must pay $6.75 million for his act of “revenge.”

  • February 21, 2018

    Justices Wary Of Tossing Wiretap In Drug Dealers' Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court balked Wednesday at granting new trials to twin brothers convicted on drug charges, even though the original orders authorizing police to wiretap their cellphones exceeded the court’s territorial jurisdiction.

  • February 21, 2018

    6th Circ. Backs Utility Atty In Work-From-Home ADA Row

    The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday upheld a jury verdict that an in-house attorney for a municipal utility for Memphis, Tennessee, was discriminated against when she was denied a request to work from home while on bed rest due to pregnancy complications, and rejected pleas for a new trial.

  • February 20, 2018

    ETE's Warren Defends Fairness Of $1B Private Unit Issue

    Energy Transfer Equity LP Chairman Kelcy Warren rejected claims Tuesday that self interest drove a $1 billion private securities initiative effectively closed to nearly 70 percent of ETE’s unitholders in 2016, during a trial in Delaware on a class call for damages and cancellation of the terms.

  • February 20, 2018

    Patient Says AbbVie's New Trial Needs To Be On All Claims

    A patient has urged an Illinois federal court to order a new trial on all of his claims rather than maintain its decision to hold a new trial on just one claim in the first bellwether case to reach a verdict in multidistrict litigation over testosterone replacement therapies including AbbVie Inc.’s AndroGel, noting the court determined the jury verdict awarding him $150 million in punitive damages was inconsistent.

  • February 20, 2018

    Expert Tells NJ Jury He Found Asbestos In J&J Talc

    An electron microscopist told New Jersey jurors Tuesday that he found asbestos in more than half of the 32 samples of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products he had examined during a trial over the mesothelioma a man says he developed as a result of his using J&J’s products.

  • February 20, 2018

    US Airways Defends $15M Antitrust Win In Sabre Appeal

    US Airways Inc. slammed travel-planning giant Sabre Holdings Corp.'s bid to duck a $15 million jury verdict in an antitrust suit, telling the Second Circuit on Tuesday that Sabre had significant market power and an anti-competitive contract, and the airline should be allowed to prove additional damages.

  • February 20, 2018

    Pa. Court Won't Junk Risperdal Verdict Against J&J Unit

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Tuesday rejected efforts by a Johnson & Johnson unit to challenge expert testimony relied on by jurors in finding that the antipsychotic drug Risperdal had caused a Maryland boy to grow female breast tissue.

  • February 20, 2018

    Graft Jury Won't See Video Of Cuomo Aide's Wife Teaching

    Video of Joe Percoco’s wife teaching at an energy company’s school outreach program is irrelevant to the bribery case against the ex-aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Manhattan trial judge ruled Tuesday, short-circuiting a fresh defense effort to blunt the charge that her “low-show” job was tied to illegal payments.

Expert Analysis

  • Considerations For Attorneys Using Artificial Intelligence

    Ben Allgrove

    Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.

  • PG&E Ruling May Mean More Challenges To Incentive Adders

    Paul Pantano Jr.

    The Ninth Circuit recently rejected the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s grant of incentive adders to Pacific Gas & Electric’s rate of return calculations for the utility's continued participation in the markets operated by the California Independent System Operator. The decision may open the door for more challenges to public utilities’ rate filings, say attorneys with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

  • How A Recent Tax Case Offers Guidance To Family Offices

    Mark Leeds

    In a recent case, Lender Management LLC v. Commissioner, the U.S. Tax Court ruled against the Internal Revenue Service after it asserted that the costs of running a family office were not deductible for federal income tax purposes. The decision provides a road map for other family offices on how to structure their operations, says Mark Leeds of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Acting For Trial Lawyers: The Power Of Vulnerability

    Michael DeBlis III

    Your willingness to let your guard down and render yourself “open” requires an enormous amount of courage. But the impact that vulnerability has on a jury cannot be underestimated, says actor and trial lawyer Michael DeBlis, discussing how tools of the stage can be used by lawyers in the courtroom.

  • 6 Mistakes To Avoid When Talking To Patent Jurors

    Dan Gallipeau

    On more than one occasion, I have seen patent counsel start the opening by saying to the jury, “This is a really complex case that will be hard to understand at times, but we will get through it together.” Sounds like preparation for a root canal, says Dan Gallipeau of Dispute Dynamics Inc.

  • Affirming The Joint Defense Privilege In Illinois

    Symone Shinton

    An Illinois appellate court has formally recognized that co-parties to a lawsuit who agree to share information pursuant to a common interest in defeating their opponent do not waive either attorney-client or work-product privileges when doing so. The decision clarifies exactly what the joint defense privilege is and, importantly, what it is not, says Symone Shinton of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • 10 Insights Into The West Virginia Supreme Court Of Appeals

    Elbert Lin

    From its architectural grandeur to its relaxed approach to time limits during oral argument, West Virginia’s highest court has many unique features that make it a special place to practice, says Elbert Lin, co-chair of the issues and appeals practice at Hunton & Williams LLP and former solicitor general of West Virginia.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • 'Throw' Your Mini-Opening To Get The Best Jury Possible

    Christina Marinakis

    In the hopes of piquing the interest of jurors and minimizing hardship requests, more and more judges are encouraging parties to make “mini-openings” prior to voir dire. You can use this as an opportunity to identify your worst jurors and get them removed from the panel — by previewing your case weaknesses and withholding your strengths, says Christina Marinakis of Litigation Insights.

  • How Courts Are Clarifying Ohio Law On Gas Royalties

    Martin Booher

    As gas production in Ohio increases, courts in the state find themselves dealing with disputes about leases between producers and lessors. An Ohio federal district court's recent decision defining at-the-well royalties brings state law in line with oil and gas law in other significant gas-producing states such as Pennsylvania and Texas, say Martin Booher, Michael Meuti and Kendall Kash of BakerHostetler.