Trials

  • May 27, 2016

    5 Ways To Botch A Patent Trial

    Patent trials are a major undertaking with millions of dollars at stake and complex technology to sort through, so a blunder by an attorney presenting the case to jurors can be devastating. Here are some of the biggest mistakes attorneys make during patent trials and how to avoid them.

  • May 27, 2016

    Trial Pros: Paul Hastings' Blair Jacobs

    Among all of the people that I have worked with in a trial setting, Terry McMahon cared more about the people involved than anybody I have met. He cared at an incredibly intense and palpable level and this allowed him to create a compelling scene for his audience, says Blair Jacobs at Paul Hastings LLP.

  • May 26, 2016

    Thiel's Gawker Crusade Belies Business Of Litigation Funding

    Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel's admission this week that he secretly bankrolled Hulk Hogan's sex-tape lawsuit against Gawker has thrown a spotlight onto third-party litigation funding, though industry experts say the billionaire's personally motivated patronage differs dramatically from how the business typically operates.

  • May 26, 2016

    Ex-Staples Worker's $16M Age Bias Win Upheld On Appeal

    A California appeals court on Thursday upheld a $16 million age discrimination verdict awarded to a former Staples Inc. employee, saying the company's “high degree of reprehensibility” justified the jury’s grant of $13 million in punitive damages.

  • May 26, 2016

    Gov. Christie Nominates NJ Acting AG As Judge

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday nominated Acting Attorney General Robert Lougy for a judge position in the state's superior court system, just three months after promoting him to serve as the state’s top law enforcement official.

  • May 26, 2016

    J&J Seeks To Pause Hip Implant Trials After $502M Verdict

    Johnson & Johnson has asked a Texas federal judge to put upcoming bellwether trials on ice in the multidistrict litigation over allegedly defective Pinnacle hip prosthetics manufactured by its DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. unit, as it intends to appeal a whopping $497.6 million verdict.

  • May 26, 2016

    Fattah Pushed For Friend's Appointment, Sen. Tells Jury

    A U.S. senator was called into federal court in Philadelphia on Wednesday to testify for prosecutors accusing Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., of taking bribes from a friend in exchange for his ultimately unsuccessful efforts to secure an ambassadorship from President Barack Obama.

  • May 26, 2016

    Choudhury Rape Accuser Can View Yoga Guru’s Finances

    A former teacher trainee of Bikram Choudhury who claims the yoga guru raped her can make pretrial inquiries into his finances, a California judge ruled Thursday, saying that if she proves her allegations then she is likely to also win punitive damages.

  • May 26, 2016

    Monsanto Hit With $46.5M Jury Verdict In Mo. PCB Suit

    A Missouri state jury on Wednesday awarded $46.5 million to three people who claimed Monsanto Co. negligently handled toxic polychlorinated biphenyls that gave them cancer.

  • May 26, 2016

    Fox Rothschild, Not Attys, Takes $25K Sanctions In IP Suit

    A California federal judge on Wednesday granted Fox Rothschild LLP’s request to have the firm, rather than its individual attorneys, pay $25,000 in sanctions for modifying discovery documents in a copyright infringement suit that two clothing companies brought, and lost at trial, against the firm’s clients.

  • May 26, 2016

    Google Beats Oracle's $9B Copyright Suit With Fair Use Win

    Google won a high-profile jury verdict Thursday that its use of Oracle’s copyrighted Java software code in its Android mobile operating system was protected by the fair use doctrine, clearing the company of liability that could have reached $8.8 billion.

  • May 26, 2016

    Fed. Circ. Affirms John Deere Rivals' Win In $16M Patent Suit

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday upheld a jury decision that cleared several John Deere rivals accused in a $16 million suit of infringing one of the farming and construction equipment giant’s mower patents.

  • May 26, 2016

    Trial Pros: Cravath's David Marriott

    The best way to prepare for trial is to litigate the case from the beginning as if it will be tried. If you do that, then the best thing you can do on the literal eve of trial is to get a good night’s rest, says David Marriott at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.

  • May 26, 2016

    Ex-Barclays Trader Says Following Orders With Libor Requests

    A former Barclays swaps trader accused of manipulating Libor testified Thursday that he began asking the bank's rate submitter to adjust the benchmark because his new boss had told him to do so.

  • May 26, 2016

    $240M ACA Suit Against Goldman, Paulson Looks Trial-Bound

    A Manhattan judge said Thursday that bond insurer ACA Financial Guaranty's $240 million fraud suit against Goldman Sachs and hedge fund Paulson & Co. over a home mortgage debt security was almost certainly headed for trial, and prodded the sides to settle before untold additional lawyering dollars go down the drain.

  • May 26, 2016

    Trial Pros: Hopkins & Carley's Jeff Essner

    Howard Weitzman's approach to cross-examining hostile witnesses has become a major influence in the way I question an adverse witness, says Jeff Essner, managing shareholder of Hopkins & Carley.

  • May 25, 2016

    PG&E Says Gov't Lied To San Bruno Explosion Grand Jury

    Pacific Gas and Electric Co. on Tuesday told a California federal judge that prosecutors lied to the grand jury that indicted it for events surrounding the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion and asked that he toss the indictment, ahead of a trial set to begin next month.

  • May 25, 2016

    Google, Oracle Tangle Over 2nd Phase As Jury Deliberates

    As a California federal jury entered its third day of deliberating whether Google’s Android operating system infringes Oracle’s copyrighted Java code, the tech titans sparred Wednesday over whether the jury should decide if any such infringement was willful in a possible second phase of the trial.

  • May 25, 2016

    Gawker Denied New Trial In $140M Hulk Hogan Battle

    A Florida judge has denied Gawker's motion for a new trial over the $140 million a jury awarded in March to Hulk Hogan over Gawker's publication of snippets of a sex tape Hogan made.

  • May 25, 2016

    VirnetX Wants Apple's FaceTime Stopped After $625M Win

    VirnetX Inc. asked an Eastern District of Texas court Wednesday to enjoin Apple Inc. from continuing its FaceTime and iMessage features, while the tech giant sought to overturn its $625 million patent infringement verdict.