Trials

  • November 3, 2015

    Kohler Fights $6M Generator Patent Award At Fed. Circ.

    Engine maker Kohler Co. should not pay more than $6 million in damages and attorneys' fees in rival Westerbeke Corp.'s patent suit, because a jury was wrongly allowed to consider a Westerbeke expert's testimony when determining the claimed invention's obviousness, Kohler told a Federal Circuit panel Tuesday.

  • November 3, 2015

    Enzo, Applera Spar Over Fate Of DNA-Test Patent Verdict

    Enzo Biochem Inc. and a unit of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. filed competing motions Monday, one asking a Connecticut federal court to revive a 2012 jury verdict that Enzo’s patent for labeling and detecting DNA was infringed, the other asking the court to find that it was not.

  • November 3, 2015

    Trial Needed In Cricket Wireless False Ad Suit, Judge Says

    A California federal judge denied a bid by AT&T subsidiary Cricket Wireless to force arbitration on customers who say the network falsely advertised its bandwidth and coverage area, telling both parties Tuesday to saddle up for a trial on whether the customers ever accepted a contract containing the clause.

  • November 2, 2015

    2nd Circ. Asked To Uphold Pregnancy Test Recall

    Pregnancy test maker Church & Dwight Co. Inc. asked the Second Circuit on Friday to affirm a court-ordered recall of a product that purports to measure pregnancy length made by a Swiss rival, as a lower court found that the company had intentionally spread false advertising on a wide scale.

  • November 2, 2015

    Ex-LA Times Writer Demands $12M As Bias Trial Closes

    The Los Angeles Times owes former sports columnist T.J. Simers $12.28 million, and not “a penny less,” for forcing him out after two decades due to his age and a disability, his attorney told a California jury Monday during closing arguments in the six-week discrimination trial.

  • November 2, 2015

    Lion Oil Wins Policy Limit Bout In $80M Exxon Rupture Row

    An Arkansas federal judge in an $80 million insurance coverage row over Lion Oil Co.'s losses stemming from the rupture of an Exxon Mobil Corp.-owned pipeline ruled Monday that certain coverage grants are subject only to the policies' total $700 million limit, an interpretation that insurers had earlier called "absurd."

  • November 2, 2015

    Sugar Cos. Blast 'Last-Minute' Filing For Corn Syrup Trial

    Sugar companies targeting Archer-Daniels Midland and other high-fructose corn syrup manufacturers said Monday their adversaries waited until too close to the start of an upcoming false advertising trial in California to seek clarification on whether they can use non-expert evidence on the use of the term "natural."

  • November 2, 2015

    Abbott, AbbVie Win Over Jury In Depakote Birth Defect Row

    An Ohio jury on Monday cleared Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie in a mother’s failure-to-warn suit blaming her child’s birth defects on the companies' epilepsy drug Depakote, following a 13-day trial.

  • November 2, 2015

    10th Circ. Upholds $3M Verdict In Boeing Contract Dispute

    The Tenth Circuit on Monday upheld a $2.9 million jury verdict a storage company had won in its suit claiming a partner edged it out of a jointly won Boeing contract, but also upheld a ruling withholding an $8 million punitive award.

  • November 2, 2015

    Insurers Seek Judgment In $80M Exxon Rupture Suit

    A group of insurers urged an Arkansas federal judge Monday to grant judgment in their favor in Lion Oil Co.'s suit over $80 million in business interruption losses stemming from the rupture of an Exxon Mobil Corp.-owned pipeline, saying the oil company can't prove its case.

  • November 2, 2015

    In $55M Suit, Judge Says Insurer Owes Builder At Least $2M

    A South Carolina federal judge ruled on Monday that a jury must decide a dispute between a builder and an insurer over who should pay a $55 million judgment for defective condo repairs, but found that Crum & Forster owes $2 million in coverage under policies that contradicted themselves.

  • November 2, 2015

    Reed Smith Atty Slams Ex-Clients In $25M Malpractice Row

    A Reed Smith LLP partner involved in a loan restructuring at the heart of a $25 million malpractice case against the firm testified Monday that a Philadelphia-area car dealership's owners waited until the last minute to say they wanted to preserve claims in a key release included in the deal.

  • November 2, 2015

    Sheldon Silver Graft Trial Kicks Off With Lengthy Voir Dire

    The kickbacks trial against New York political heavyweight Sheldon Silver began on Monday with Manhattan U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni guiding lawyers for the former New York State Assembly speaker and the prosecution through an extensive round of jury vetting.

  • November 2, 2015

    T-Mobile Beats $100M Prism Patent Suit After Sprint Loss

    A Nebraska federal jury decided on Friday that T-Mobile did not infringe two Prism Technologies network authentication patents, defeating Prism's bid for up to $100 million in damages four months after a jury in the same district found that Sprint infringed the patents and awarded Prism $30 million.

  • November 2, 2015

    Evidence Trimmed In Wright Hip Implant Bellwether Case

    Just days before trial in the first bellwether case in multidistrict litigation against Wright Medical Technology over an allegedly defective metal-on-metal hip implant system is set to begin, a Georgia federal judge on Friday pared down the potential evidence related to claims for punitive damages and previous complaints against the company.

  • November 2, 2015

    GM’s Ex-GC Called To Testify At Ignition Switch Trial

    Plaintiffs suing General Motors LLC in New York court over an ignition switch defect affecting millions of vehicles have subpoenaed the auto giant’s former general counsel to testify during the bellwether trial in January in what will likely be an attempt to tie GM’s lawyers to a cover-up of the problem.

  • November 2, 2015

    Morgan Stanley Denies Insider Trading In NY Trial Opening

    An attorney for Morgan Stanley on Monday denied claims by a Russian oligarch that the bank engaged in insider trading at the height of the 2008 financial crisis, kicking off a jury trial in New York federal court with more than $10 million in damages at stake.

  • November 2, 2015

    Jury Clears Reflectix In Thermal Insulation Patent Dispute

    Reflectix Inc. did not infringe four Promethean Insulation Technology LLC patents directed to thermal insulation technology, a Texas federal jury has ruled, finding claims in each of the patents invalid as well.

  • November 2, 2015

    All Eyes On Expert Testimony In Corn Syrup False Ad Trial

    The sugar industry will square off Tuesday against trade group Corn Refiners Association in the first high profile Lanham Act trial over the controversial sweetener high fructose corn syrup. Attorneys say that the trial marks an important false advertising dispute because there is enough lingering scientific controversy over the sweeteners that expert witnesses could play a major role in persuading the jury. Here, Law360 takes a look at the case in advance of the trial.

  • November 2, 2015

    Dueling Opinions Tee Up Appeal Over Pa. Risperdal Punitives

    A pair of dueling decisions by one state and one federal judge in Pennsylvania over whether two Johnson & Johnson units should face the prospect of punitive damages in drug injury cases has set up what attorneys say will be a critical appeal before the state’s Superior Court.