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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.