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Trials

  • January 3, 2017

    Anthem Expert Faces Cold Bench At Merger Trial

    A Princeton University economist claiming Anthem Inc.’s $54 billion merger with Cigna Corp. won’t harm competition in the health insurance market met a cool reception Tuesday from a D.C. federal judge, who appeared skeptical of his analysis about market concentration during a bench trial.

  • January 3, 2017

    Arctic Cat Adds $1M More To $48M Patent Win

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday added almost $900,000 to a $48.5 million judgment against Sea-Doo maker Bombardier and set the ongoing royalty rate for using ATV maker Arctic Cat's patented steering technology at twice what jurors recommended.

  • January 3, 2017

    Jury Verdict Upheld In Amgen Cholesterol Drug Patent Row

    An effort by drugmaker Sanofi to reverse a March jury verdict upholding cholesterol drug patents held by rival Amgen died Tuesday when a Delaware federal judge denied Sanofi’s motions for judgment as a matter of law and for a new trial.

  • January 3, 2017

    Ex-AT&T Exec Can't Boost Damages From Discrimination Win

    A longtime AT&T customer service executive allegedly fired for his age is not entitled to $288,000 in liquidated damages on top of the $370,000 award he won at a jury trial in January 2016, a Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled.

  • January 3, 2017

    Oil Futures Trader Gets 10 Years For $1.4M Ponzi Scheme

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a New York-based oil futures trader to 10 years in prison for orchestrating a Ponzi scheme in relation to his operation commodity pool, which took more than $1.4 million from investors.

  • January 3, 2017

    1st Circ. Again Revives Boston Cops' Discrimination Suit

    A reasonable jury could find that the city of Boston discriminated against police officers by using a drug test that was more likely to yield false positives for black people, the First Circuit ruled last week.

  • January 3, 2017

    Lighting Distributor Wants Just 1-Year Fraud Sentence

    A lighting distributor who copped to a role in a $5 million fraud and kickback scheme in which contracts for LED light fixtures at Miami International Airport were directed to a single company in exchange for a share in the proceeds asked a federal judge on Tuesday to sentence him to just a year and a day, pointing to his cooperation, his intention to satisfy restitution and his family obligations.

  • January 3, 2017

    4-Year Mortgage Fraud Sentence Will Stand, DC Circ. Says

    The D.C. Circuit has affirmed the conviction and four-year sentence of a former paramedic trainer for mortgage fraud linked to a plan to open medical group homes, saying the trial court did not abuse its discretion in shooting down efforts to undermine a cooperating witness’s credibility.

  • January 3, 2017

    Ex-Pa. Rep. Fattah Pushes To Avoid Jail During Appeal

    Ex-Rep. Chaka Fattah is pressing the Third Circuit to delay the start of his 10-year prison sentence while he pursues what he expects will be a fruitful appeal over the dismissal of a juror who was found to have stymied deliberations only half a day after his corruption trial closed.

  • January 3, 2017

    1st Circ. Won't Revive FCA Suit Against Medtronic Unit

    The First Circuit last month upheld the dismissal of a False Claims Act suit against a Medtronic subsidiary, signaling concern that allowing the medical device fraud case to proceed to trial could allow a jury to usurp the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's regulatory power.

  • January 3, 2017

    Mintz Levin Lifer Jumps Ship For Rubin & Rudman

    Rubin & Rudman LLP has snagged a 27-year veteran of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC who has worked in securities and real estate to co-head its litigation department, it said on Sunday.

  • January 2, 2017

    White Collar Cases To Watch in 2017

    The coming months will provide a glut of trials and enforcement cases to watch as federal prosecutors attempt to broaden foreign bribery liability, navigate a new public corruption landscape, shield corporate monitorships and convince juries that some bond sales practices are crimes.

  • January 2, 2017

    Illinois Cases To Watch In 2017

    Illinois garnered national attention for several cases before Prairie State federal judges in 2016, but 2017 promises several rulings that bring the impact closer to home.

  • January 2, 2017

    Trials To Watch In 2017

    Trial watchers will have plenty to choose from heading into 2017, including a reprise of the Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP drama, a criminal fraud trial against former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, and a continuing stream of trials over General Motors' allegedly defective ignition switches.

  • December 23, 2016

    Texas Justices Take Up Construction Defect Coverage Case

    The Texas Supreme Court  agreed Friday to review a lower court's decision putting Great American Insurance Co. on the hook for a judgment against a policyholder in a construction defect lawsuit, a case that will test the scope of the high court's precedential ruling requiring that an insured's damages result from a fully adversarial trial.

  • December 23, 2016

    Chicago Alderman Pleads Not Guilty To Bribery Charges

    Chicago Alderman Willie Cochran plans to fight charges he accepted bribes and looted a charity fund for his ward, his attorney said at Cochran’s first appearance in Illinois federal court, adding that his client has no plans to step down while his case is pending.

  • December 22, 2016

    Ortiz Successor Faces Uphill Climb In Mass. Corruption Cases

    It has been a momentous week for allegedly corrupt Massachusetts public officials and the prosecutors who love to pursue them: Just two days after an appeals court in Boston reversed one of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s signature victories, Ortiz announced that she was stepping down.

  • December 22, 2016

    Juror Skin Color Matters For Challenges, NY High Court Says

    The New York Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that prospective jurors' skin color can be used to mount an anti-discrimination challenge to a prosecutor's peremptory strike, saying a lower court must grant a new trial after erroneously allowing a prosecutor to dismiss a "dark-skinned" woman from the jury box without further justification.

  • December 22, 2016

    Wis. Patient Loses Bid To Undo Eye Surgery Consent Verdict

    A Wisconsin state court of appeals on Thursday upheld a jury’s finding that a doctor provided enough information for a patient to consent to a risky eye surgery, denying the patient’s argument that a special verdict form was restrictive and the trial court wrongly excluded certain testimony.

  • December 22, 2016

    Merger Will Cut Costs, Boost Quality, Anthem Expert Says

    After combining with Cigna Corp. in a $54 billion merger, Anthem Inc. will be able to reduce medical costs and offer enrollees more attractive health insurance products, Anthem’s expert economist argued in D.C. federal court Thursday, defending the industry’s largest-ever tie-up from the Department of Justice’s antitrust challenge.