Trials

  • January 8, 2016

    Defiant Dewey Execs Refuse Deals, Head For New Trial

    Two of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP’s former top executives have rebuffed government plea offers to spare them a second trial on charges of defrauding lenders and investors before the onetime megafirm collapsed, while the firm’s former chairman is set to walk without admitting wrongdoing.

  • January 7, 2016

    McAfee Beats TVIIM's New Trial Bid After Patent Win

    A California federal judge on Thursday rebuffed TVIIM’s attempt at a new trial accusing McAfee of infringing a patent on its security software, saying “the jury’s verdict is not contrary to the clear weight of the evidence.”

  • January 7, 2016

    Yoga Guru Joked Raping Was ‘Good For Business,’ Jury Hears

    An ex-employee of Bikram Choudhury who claims she was fired for getting pregnant testified Thursday in a former legal adviser’s sexual harassment and wrongful termination suit against the yogi, saying Choudhury once joked that he should “rape more girls” because it was “good for business.”

  • January 7, 2016

    Wyly Defends Offshore Trusts In $2.2B Tax Fraud Trial

    Business tycoon Sam Wyly, who is contesting a $2.2 billion tax fraud claim by the Internal Revenue Service, on Thursday testified in Texas bankruptcy court that he set up a system of offshore trusts after he had lost faith in U.S. banks.

  • January 7, 2016

    SAS Group Says Wis. Firm Should Be DQ'd From IP Trial

    Product distributor SAS Group Inc. urged a New York federal judge Thursday to disqualify Wisconsin intellectual property firm Boyle Fredrickson SC from representing a garden tool company in a copyright suit, arguing one of its attorneys will be a key witness as it tries to the prove the company acted fraudulently at the patent office.

  • January 7, 2016

    Insurance Co. Wants Out Of Day Care's $6M Sex Abuse Case

    RSUI Indemnity Co. filed suit Wednesday in Minnesota federal court claiming it doesn’t need to pay part of a $6 million verdict against a day care center in a child molestation suit, saying that a sexual abuse exclusion in the center’s policy bars payment.

  • January 6, 2016

    Sex Toy Maker Tells Jury Ex-Wife Ripped Off Intimate IP

    A sex toy maker and distributor on Wednesday took the stand in a California federal copyright trial and told jurors his ex-wife's rival sex toy company infringed his unique designs for girth-bolstering products by selling copies made with molds she was awarded during their divorce. 

  • January 6, 2016

    Yoga Guru's Wife Tells Jury His Abusive Speech Is An Act

    Bikram Choudhury’s wife testified Wednesday in a former legal advisor’s sexual harassment and wrongful termination suit against the yoga guru, saying she’d never known Choudhury to be sexually inappropriate with students or staff but knew he used demeaning language during training, which she called “a performance.”

  • January 6, 2016

    IRS Slams Wyly Offshore Scheme In $2.2B Tax Fraud Trial

    The Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday said the use of offshore trusts and shell companies by business tycoon Sam Wyly and his late brother was “one of the largest, most egregious tax frauds in the U.S,” meriting a whopping $2.2 billion tax bill.

  • January 6, 2016

    Judge Furman Vows To Make Sure GM Bellwether Doesn't Stall

    Manhattan U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman said Wednesday that he will keep a keen eye on timing as a closely watched, first bellwether trial over defective General Motors ignition switches starts up, warning litigants against any “side show,” excessive objections and anything that would waste a jury's time.

  • January 6, 2016

    Feds Fight Ex-Warner Chilcott Exec's Bid For Witness Info

    A former Warner Chilcott executive accused of conspiring to pay doctors kickbacks has all he needs to defend himself and challenge government witnesses, the federal government has told a Massachusetts federal court, slamming his request for additional discovery as based on nothing more than a hunch.

  • January 6, 2016

    Philly Risperdal Plaintiff Can't Get New Damages Trial

    A Pennsylvania state judge has shot down a bid for a new damages trial being sought by a Wisconsin man who won $500,000 from a Johnson & Johnson unit last month after a jury agreed that his use of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal had caused him to grow female breasts.

  • January 5, 2016

    Yoga Guru Threatened To Kill Fired Legal Head, Jury Told

    Yoga guru Bikram Choudhury threatened to have his former legal adviser killed after she made complaints about his sexually harassing behaviors, a California jury heard during opening statements Tuesday in the attorney's wrongful termination suit against Choudhury and his yoga school.

  • January 5, 2016

    Developer Can Testify At Own Peril In Hotel Row, Judge Says

    A Florida federal judge declined Tuesday to sanction a hotel developer for filing an allegedly fraudulent affidavit in a dispute with two Middle Eastern companies that claim he induced them into investing $12 million in a purported hotel project, but hinted that his inconsistent testimony may fare poorly before a jury.

  • January 5, 2016

    IRS Could Win Big In Wyly’s $2.2B Tax Claim Trial

    Billionaire business tycoon Sam Wyly on Wednesday will face off against the Internal Revenue Service over a $2.2 billion tax claim in Dallas bankruptcy court, in a case tax experts say should hammer home how serious the IRS is about punishing those who use offshore trusts to shelter income.

  • January 5, 2016

    Fishy Email Purge Spoils $21.5M Cruise Ship Injury Verdict

    A Seattle federal judge on Tuesday threw out a $21.5 million jury verdict awarded to a man who said a cruise ship door closed on his head and caused brain injury, saying that he deleted emails covered by a defense discovery request and hid one of his email accounts.

  • January 5, 2016

    LA Times Escapes Jury's $7M Award To Ex-Sportswriter

    A California state judge on Tuesday tossed a jury’s $7.1 million verdict to former Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.J. Simers over claims that he was forced out due to his age, after the newspaper argued that the verdict shouldn’t stand because Simers was never actually fired.

  • January 5, 2016

    GM Dumped Data On Consumers In Ignition MDL, Judge Told

    Consumers in multidistrict litigation over General Motors' alleged faulty ignition switches urged a New York federal judge Tuesday to forbid the automaker from using two massive databases in an upcoming bellwether trial, saying New GM won't say which "tiny part of the immense data compilation" it intends to use.

  • January 4, 2016

    Yoga Guru Can Pursue Atty Status Claim In Harassment Trial

    A California judge ruled Monday that yoga guru Bikram Choudhury can claim a former legal advisor engaged in the unauthorized practice of law as jury selection began in the ex-employee’s sex harassment and wrongful termination suit against Choudhury and his yoga school.

  • January 4, 2016

    Gov't Calls 'Shrimp Boy' 'Vicious Gangster' As Trial Closes

    Federal prosecutors called alleged Chinatown organized crime leader Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow a “vicious gangster” Monday during closing arguments in a California federal trial accusing Chow of orchestrating the murder of a San Francisco Chinese society leader before taking over as the organization's “dragonhead.”