Trials

  • February 29, 2016

    Jury Clears Edison In $32M Exxon Refinery Outage Trial

    A California federal jury on Monday cleared an Edison unit of allegations it negligently caused power outages at an ExxonMobil refinery that purportedly led to nearly $32 million in lost profits and other damages.

  • February 29, 2016

    Meritage Saleswoman Admits To False Trial Testimony

    A Meritage Homes Corp. sales associate, accused of lying in deposition and trial testimony in support of the homebuilder during a Fair Labor Standards Act class action, pled guilty Friday to giving false courtroom testimony and faces up to five years in prison.

  • February 29, 2016

    News Corp. Discloses $244M Antitrust Deal As Trial Begins

    As a trial opened Monday News Corp. agreed to pay $244 million to consumer-product makers like Dial and Heinz to settle claims that it monopolized the U.S. market for third-party, in-store promotions — a deal Manhattan U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III forced the media giant to detail in open court.

  • February 29, 2016

    Tyson Foods Wins Trial In Sales Director's Pay, Bias Suit

    An Arkansas federal jury on Friday sided with Tyson Foods Inc. in an equal pay and discrimination lawsuit brought against the company by a female sales director who claimed that she was paid less than her male counterparts and fired in part because she was a woman.

  • February 29, 2016

    Hip Implant Recipient Says $11M Jury Award Was Correct

    A recipient of an allegedly defective metal hip implant in an MDL bellwether trial has urged a Georgia federal court not to toss her $11 million verdict, saying that contrary to Wright Medical Technology’s arguments, the court’s decisions were proper.

  • February 29, 2016

    Trial Pros: Proskauer's Steve Bauer

    I had technical problems with the PowerPoint during the opening of a trial. When I got up for closing, I reminded the jury of these problems, and promised we had tested everything and it would work now. It didn't. And when we finally got the PowerPoint fixed, the poster board I had been using in the meantime fell on the court reporter, says Steve Bauer, co-chairman of Proskauer's nationwide litigation department and co-head of the firm's patent litigation group.

  • February 29, 2016

    Jury Begins Mulling SEC Insider Trading Case Over IBM Deal

    A New York federal jury began deliberations Monday in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission insider trading suit against two brokers stemming from a $1.2 billion IBM acquisition, after a defense lawyer said the case had “massive holes” due to the landmark Newman appeals court ruling.

  • February 29, 2016

    Trial Pros: Morvillo Abramowitz's Elkan Abramowitz

    I recently represented Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former chairman Steven Davis at a trial in New York State Supreme Court. This trial was particularly interesting from a defense perspective because, at most criminal trials, the prosecution argues that the defendant committed a crime, but at this trial the issue was whether what the defendants did was a crime at all, says Elkan Abramowitz of Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC.

  • February 26, 2016

    Smartphone War Nearing End With Apple's $120M Loss

    With no new patent suits filed between Apple and Samsung in recent years, and with the fight narrowed by the Federal Circuit’s reversal Friday of Apple’s $120 million patent infringement verdict against Samsung, experts tell Law360 that the long-running smartphone patent saga between two fierce competitors is drawing to a close.

  • February 26, 2016

    The Incredible, Shrinking Dewey & LeBoeuf Fraud Case

    The two ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executives facing charges left over from last year's jury trial each defeated 15 more felony counts, further diminishing the once-massive criminal fraud conspiracy case in the run-up to a much narrower trial — if there will be one at all.

  • February 26, 2016

    Trial Boutique Wilkinson Walsh Doubles Size In 4 Weeks

    The boutique launched weeks ago by two former Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP trial superstars has already hired a dozen more lawyers, doubling its head count since it opened its doors, the founders said in an exclusive interview Friday.

  • February 26, 2016

    10th Circ. Affirms $3M Wrongful-Death Verdict Against JB Hunt

    The Tenth Circuit on Thursday affirmed a $3.3 million verdict against JB Hunt over the death of a worker from complications after he was injured by a trucker delivering a load of chickens.

  • February 26, 2016

    Patent Co. Urges Fed. Circ. To Reinstate $2M Newegg Verdict

    A patent company that lost out on a $2.3 million payday from Newegg for its alleged violation of a patented data encryption system on Wednesday pushed the Federal Circuit to reinstate that jury award, arguing a Texas federal court erred by later finding there was no infringement.

  • February 26, 2016

    5-Hour Energy Maker Wins $10.6M In Long-Running TM Fight

    A Michigan federal jury awarded the maker of 5-Hour Energy a $10.6 million verdict in its trademark infringement suit against a rival that was selling a “six-hour” product, ending a suit that went on for eight years and saw one judge die of cancer and another get shot in Detroit.

  • February 26, 2016

    Fed. Circ. Stands By Nixing Cisco's $16M Patent Loss

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday stood by its decision to vacate a $16 million Wi-Fi patent infringement award issued against Cisco Systems Inc. following a damages trial, denying a rehearing request from an Australian government research organization that brought the suit.

  • February 26, 2016

    NY Sen. Stuck With Lying, Obstruction Jury Convictions

    A federal judge on Friday refused to overturn jury verdicts convicting New York State Sen. John L. Sampson of obstruction of justice and lying to federal agents in a corruption case over his embezzlement of real estate funds, finding enough evidence to convict him.

  • February 26, 2016

    Brokers Cashed In On IBM 'Lottery Ticket,' SEC Tells Jury

    A former Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP associate's unwitting tip about a $1.2 billion IBM acquisition wound up in the hands of two brokers, who traded on the information like it was a winning lottery ticket, a U.S. Securities and Exchange lawyer said Friday at the close of trial in New York federal court.

  • February 26, 2016

    5 Go-To Boutique Trial Firms

    Clients seeking top-notch representation at trial don't always need a BigLaw firm's multiple foreign offices, overwhelming manpower and the accompanying price tag. Oftentimes, a more nimble, specialized firm can do the trick, and that’s where the growing boutique trial firm industry comes into play.

  • February 26, 2016

    Trial Pros: Harness Dickey's Kara Fussner

    Several years ago, our client was on the stand explaining the lengthy process involved in creating his patented medical device. One of the jurors fell asleep and bumped an easel. It crashed down and, without missing a beat, our lead trial counsel who was examining the witness said, “Your testimony was so riveting, it put the easel to sleep,” says Kara Fussner, a principal at Harness Dickey & Pierce PLC who represented Octane Fitness in Octane Fitness v. Icon Health at the Supreme Court.

  • February 26, 2016

    Ill. Lawmaker Seeks New Trial After Witness Doesn't Testify

    Convicted Illinois state representative Derrick Smith, D-Chicago, took his case to the Seventh Circuit on Friday, arguing that he should be granted a new trial because he never got the chance to question the FBI informant that allegedly paid for his support of a state grant application.