Trials

  • April 5, 2016

    Energy Future Wins $4B Battle Over Oncor Shares

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge upheld Energy Future Holdings’ right to compel Texas Transmission Inc.’s sale of its 20 percent, up-to $4 billion share in Texas-based Oncor's electric transmission and distribution system late Tuesday, heading off a multiday trial set to start Monday.

  • April 5, 2016

    Gawker Says $140M Hulk Hogan Sex-Tape Verdict Can't Stand

    Gawker urged a Florida judge to throw out wrestler Hulk Hogan's $140 million sex-tape verdict late Monday, saying the "grossly excessive" verdict was awarded by a biased jury and based on shoddy evidence.

  • April 5, 2016

    Health Network Wants Bellwethers Paused In Meningitis MDL

    A Tennessee health network is fighting for a delay in bellwether trials stemming from a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak, saying July-slated civil trials shouldn't start until after criminal trials scheduled for the fall have played out.

  • April 5, 2016

    Gibson Dunn Slapped With Firing Suit By Ex-Partner

    Former Gibson Dunn partner Peter Gray has sued the firm in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, alleging he was unfairly terminated following a U.K. court finding that he “deliberately misled” jurists despite being cleared of any intentional misconduct by an internal firm investigation.

  • April 5, 2016

    SFO Calls Libor Rig 'Stealing' As Barclays Trial Kicks Off

    U.K. prosecutors told a jury Tuesday that five former Barclays bankers had tried to rig Libor to boost their own trades in a way that was "no different from stealing" as the government kicked off its third trial over the alleged manipulation of the key benchmark interest rate.

  • April 5, 2016

    Trial Pros: Bracewell's Bryan Dumesnil

    Jean Frizzell with Reynolds Frizzell LLP is a great example of a lawyer that zealously represents his client while still demonstrating the level of professionalism upon which the practice of law was founded — and he has a pretty cool name, too, says Bryan Dumesnil at Bracewell LLP.

  • April 5, 2016

    Trial Pros: Munck Wilson's Jamil Alibhai

    Many complex cases are tried years after the underlying events occurred. Because of the passage of time and because the timing of events is so important, a timeline is always key for understanding the facts, for conducting discovery and for presentation to the jury, says Jamil Alibhai, chairman of Munck Wilson Mandala LLP's litigation section.

  • April 5, 2016

    Staples Says FTC 'Failed Utterly' In Antitrust Case

    Staples and Office Depot called the Federal Trade Commission case against their merger "fatally flawed" Tuesday, saying the government has not carried its burden and the companies would not call any witnesses in defense.

  • April 4, 2016

    Honeywell Can't Avoid Trial On Widow's Asbestos Claims

    A North Carolina federal judge on Monday kept alive negligence claims against Honeywell International Inc. brought by the widow of a former gas station employee who developed mesothelioma after working with asbestos-containing brakes, saying a jury should resolve whether the company's product warning labels were adequate.

  • April 4, 2016

    Philly DA Ordered To Hand Over Building Collapse Evidence

    The owner of a Philadelphia building facing civil lawsuits stemming from a 2013 collapse that killed six people can examine some physical evidence that relates to the previous criminal proceedings of the building’s contractor, who was convicted of manslaughter in October, a Philadelphia judge ruled Friday.

  • April 4, 2016

    Insurer Will Appeal $6.9M Contract Trial Award To 8th Circ.

    Fidelity National Title Insurance on Monday said it’s appealing to the Eighth Circuit a Missouri federal jury’s $6.9 million verdict in July that concluded the insurer breached its policy by failing to diligently defend a real estate investor against mechanic's liens and caused a valuable deal to fall through.

  • April 4, 2016

    Investor Reluctant To Assist Bank's Gov't Fraud, Witness Says

    The investment manager who took a $5 million loan from a now-defunct Pennsylvania bank and immediately invested it back into the bank only did so to help one of the bank’s leaders, his former adviser testified to a Pennsylvania federal jury Monday in a trial over an alleged scheme to defraud the government.

  • April 4, 2016

    DC Judge Questions How FTC Inked Staples Merger Challenge

    A D.C. federal judge questioned an expert for the Federal Trade Commission on one of the basic tenets for the agency's challenge of Staples' merger with Office Depot on Monday, continuing to express skepticism that the FTC was right that large companies would face higher office supply prices after the merger.

  • April 4, 2016

    J&J Witness Tells Jury Fired Exec Pursued Her

    Two different pictures of the relationship between a fired Johnson & Johnson executive who is suing the company for wrongful termination and the younger woman he mentored in the office emerged when the woman took the stand in a New Jersey courtroom Monday.

  • April 4, 2016

    Texas Jury Awards $20M In Video Game Partnership Row

    Two partners in a video game-themed YouTube channel were awarded more than $20 million in damages by a Texas federal jury on Friday that found the pair was wrongly shut out of their share of profits by two other partners.

  • April 4, 2016

    Jury Finds Tyco Not Liable In $60M Drug Heist Trial

    A Florida federal jury found Monday that security services company Tyco was not liable in pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly's insurer's negligence suit over the theft of $60 million in Prozac and Zyprexa from a Connecticut warehouse, instead putting the two brothers who perpetrated the heist on the hook for $20 million.

  • April 4, 2016

    Georgia High Court Leaves Intact $3.7M Seat Belt Verdict

    The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday unanimously declined to review a $3.7 million jury verdict against Key Safety Systems Inc. over a defective seat belt that caused the death of a woman in a rollover sport utility vehicle crash.

  • April 4, 2016

    Mexican Man's Status Can Be Cited In Injury Row: Ind. Court

    A construction company may bring up the immigration status of a Mexican native who filed a personal injury case in Indiana state court should he pursue a claim for future U.S. wages, as a jury could factor the possibility of his deportation when calculating his potential future earning capacity, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled.

  • April 4, 2016

    How To Land A Leadership Role In Multidistrict Litigation

    Plaintiffs attorneys trying to take the helm in multidistrict litigation probably won't stand a chance without the right blend of experience, reputation, people skills and, of course, loads of money. Here, veteran litigators share what it takes to score a spot on an MDL plaintiffs committee — along with some words of caution.

  • April 4, 2016

    Zimmer Wants Sanctions For Axed Suit In Knee Implant MDL

    Zimmer Inc. wants sanctions against a Detroit-area man whose case was selected for the second bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation over the company’s NexGen knee implants, telling an Illinois federal judge Friday that his decision to dismiss the case after it was chosen ignored multiple warnings against wasting court time.