Trials

  • June 30, 2016

    Judge Sinks Late Bid For $100M Egypt Bond Debt Trial Delay

    A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday turned aside an eleventh-hour bid by Egyptian businessmen Ramy and Michel Lakah to delay a trial that will decide if they may be held liable in arbitration to debt investors including UBS AG for $100 million in bond debt that the two brothers controlled.

  • June 30, 2016

    Trial Pros: Akin Gump's Sean O’Donnell

    Winning the popularity contest with the jury by having likeable and credible witnesses can be just as important as streamlining your presentation, says Sean O’Donnell at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • June 30, 2016

    Trial Pros: Buchanan Ingersoll's Greg Krock

    Find a moment during trial to take a deep breath, smile and enjoy it — there's nothing wrong with acknowledging that trial work is fun, says Greg Krock, chairman of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC's oil and gas litigation practice group.

  • June 29, 2016

    Judge Nixes PG&E Bid To Ax Evidence In Pipeline Blast Trial

    A California federal judge on Wednesday refused a bid by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to block a swath of evidence from its criminal trial over claims it deliberately mishandled records of a San Bruno pipeline, leading to a deadly 2010 explosion, calling it premature and chastising the utility for seeking to revisit a prior order.

  • June 29, 2016

    6th Circ. Says Judge Can Poll Jury On Sentencing Guidelines

    The Sixth Circuit found Wednesday in an issue of first impression that an Ohio federal judge did not err in taking the opinions of the jury into consideration in his decision to hand down a minimum sentence to a man convicted of child pornography distribution.

  • June 29, 2016

    Lawyer Shouting Match Erupts At Ex-AXA Broker's $20M Trial

    A trial to decide broker Steven S. Novick's $20 million contract beef against two AXA units was punctuated Wednesday by accusations that evidence was improperly altered and a shouting match between Novick's counsel, Michael S. Finkelstein of Finkelstein & Feil PC, and two Epstein Becker & Green PC lawyers representing the financial giant.

  • June 29, 2016

    Jury Didn’t Hear Defense In $9M Coverage Row, Insurer Says

    A Missouri federal court abused its discretion and wrongly excluded Fidelity National Title Insurance's key defense argument, costing the insurer nearly $9 million in damages and attorneys' fees after a jury concluded Fidelity failed to defend a real estate investor against mechanics' liens, the insurer told the Eighth Circuit Tuesday.

  • June 29, 2016

    Patent Holder Brief A Paper Caper, Sprint Tells Fed Circ.

    Sprint accused patent-holding company Prism Technology of attempting to “paper over” errors in a Nebraska trial that resulted in a $30 million infringement judgment against the wireless carrier, telling the Federal Circuit Tuesday to toss the award.

  • June 29, 2016

    When To Cut An Underperforming Partner Loose

    In an environment where clients have many options for counsel and little tolerance for waste, it’s become more important than ever for law firms to trim the fat. Here, experts offer their advice on when it’s time to cut an underperforming partner loose.

  • June 29, 2016

    Trial Pros: Andrews Kurth's Paul Mitchell

    Before I start actually working with witnesses on their testimony, I try to take them to the courthouse to watch part of a trial, preferably in the same courtroom and before the same judge as the case we will be trying, says Paul Mitchell at Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • June 29, 2016

    Bombardier Says Jury Got It Wrong In Jetski Patent Row

    Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. asked a Florida federal court Tuesday to nix a jury’s decision that the company infringed Arctic Cat Inc.’s jetski safety patents, saying the reasoning behind the $46.7 million award is flawed.

  • June 29, 2016

    GM Continues Bid To Peel Claims From Ignition Bellwether

    General Motors on Tuesday urged the New York federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation over ignition-switch defects to ax duty to warn and fraud-based claims brought by the driver in an upcoming bellwether trial, saying she cannot save the allegations against New GM, the post-bankruptcy entity being sued.

  • June 29, 2016

    Trial Pros: Fowler White's Christopher Knight

    I've always admired Robert Roth of Reed Smith LLP for his attention to detail and his uncanny ability to prove his case and support his defenses through the opposition's witnesses, says Christopher Knight, managing shareholder of Fowler White Burnett PA.

  • June 28, 2016

    EMC Gave Up Trade Secrets In Earlier Suit, Pure Storage Says

    Data storage company EMC Corp. can't claim confidentiality for information it voluntarily turned over to a Delaware court in a patent dispute, competitor Pure Storage Inc. told a Boston federal judge Tuesday in a separate fight over trade secrets and false advertisements.

  • June 28, 2016

    Acclarent Didn't Tell FDA About Adverse Events, Jury Told

    Medical device maker Acclarent Inc. never told regulators that half the patients in a 2007 study for a sinus clearing device developed infections, even though that information should have been turned over, a federal jury in Boston was told Tuesday.

  • June 28, 2016

    How To Become The Firm Every GC Wants To Hire

    Some law firms have perfected the art of pleasing general counsels, a skill that wins them the love of clients and allows them to score new cases and deals. Here, we look at a new report that delves into the intricacies of making clients happy.

  • June 28, 2016

    Emigrant Bank Violated Fair Housing, Human Rights Laws: Jury

    A New York federal jury on Monday held that Emigrant Savings Bank violated the Fair Housing Act and the New York City Human Rights Law after minority homeowners alleged they were targeted for high-cost loans that the bank knew they were likely to default on.

  • June 28, 2016

    The 24 Firms GCs Love The Most

    Some law firms have honed their ability to serve clients so well that their relationships with general counsels have entered a sort of utopian existence where they earn glowing recommendations from clients and consistently win work. Here, find out which 24 firms have reached a state of “clientopia,” according to a new report by BTI Consulting Group.

  • June 28, 2016

    Feds Deny Deleting Christie's Texts In Bridge Scandal Case

    U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman has blasted accusations by a defendant in the so-called Bridgegate case that his office spoiled evidence, telling a federal judge Monday that the government never tampered with a purportedly deleted text message exchange between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and another official.

  • June 28, 2016

    Nistica Cleared In Optic Filter IP Suit In Retrial After Deadlock

    A California federal jury cleared Nistica Inc. on Monday in fiber-optics rival Finisar Corp.’s suit accusing it of infringing patents in optical network filters, after a previous jury reached a partial deadlock in another trial.