Trials

  • April 28, 2016

    Oracle, Google Again Rip Jury Instructions In $8B IP Row

    Oracle and Google on Wednesday both told the California federal judge overseeing the looming $8 billion copyright trial over Google's use of Oracle software code in its Android operating system that they're still not happy with his proposed jury instructions.

  • April 28, 2016

    Factory Manager Convicted Of Bribing Labor Investigator

    A California garment factory manager has been found guilty of trying to bribe a U.S. Department of Labor investigator into dropping an investigation into minimum wage and overtime violations, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • April 28, 2016

    Pharma CEO Says He’s An Honest Guy As SEC Trial Wraps

    Attorneys for the CEO of a pharmaceutical company admonished the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s “harsh and hurtful words” Thursday, saying the agency couldn’t prove their client was lying to investors while promoting an experimental medication made from goat’s blood.

  • April 28, 2016

    Judge Gilstrap Kills Website-Labeling Patents Under Alice

    Eastern District of Texas Judge Rodney Gilstrap has invalidated two patents on "digital labeling" of websites, finding that they claim only an abstract idea under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice standard, and knocking out a recent jury verdict that New Life Ventures Inc. infringes.

  • April 28, 2016

    $835M Dow Chemical Price-Fixing Settlement Clears Hurdle

    A Kansas federal judge granted preliminary approval Wednesday to an $835 million settlement between Dow Chemical and a class of purchasers of an ingredient used in foam products, amounting to three-quarters of a judgment imposed on Dow after trial, saying the agreement appears to fairly resolve the purchasers’ price-fixing claims.

  • April 28, 2016

    Ex-EMS Instructor Wants Attys' Fees After Sex Bias Verdict

    A registered nurse formerly employed by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio urged a Texas federal judge Wednesday to enter judgment adding nearly $84,000 in attorneys' fees to a jury's months-old sex discrimination verdict for $115,000.

  • April 28, 2016

    Navy Contractor's $5M Trade Secrets Win Pared For Jury Error

    A Florida federal court Thursday denied an information technology consultant's request for a new trial after a jury found it misappropriated a security access IT system from a U.S. Navy contractor, but reduced the $5 million award by $250,000 because of juror error.

  • April 28, 2016

    FCA Whistleblower Slams Hospice's Bid To Block Witnesses

    A False Claims Act whistleblower alleging Vista Hospice Care Inc. enticed fake referrals to boost enrollment in its program urged a Texas federal court Thursday to let two whistleblowers from another suit testify, saying their financial stake in the current case's outcome was legitimate.

  • April 28, 2016

    Merck Says Gilead Is Exploiting Atty 'Lie' In $200M Jury Loss

    Merck on Wednesday escalated a war of words with Gilead over accusations that a Merck attorney lied during a deposition over accessing confidential information, saying its biopharmaceutical rival wants to “exploit” the allegation as a “get-out-of-jail-free card” after a California’s federal jury’s recent $200 million damages award in the patent infringement case.

  • April 28, 2016

    Calif. Bar Discipline Chief To Resign, Ending Turbulent Run

    California’s top disciplinary trial counsel, Jayne Kim, announced her pending resignation Thursday following a tumultuous five-year tour.

  • April 28, 2016

    Investor's $38M 'Next Madoff' Defamation Award Upheld

    A Nevada federal judge on Wednesday upheld a $38 million jury verdict in favor of a Los Angeles real estate investor against a pair of former tenants and their company who created websites calling him "the next [Bernie] Madoff," saying the award was supported by evidence and wasn't excessive.

  • April 28, 2016

    2nd Circ. Upholds NY Politician's Corruption Conviction

    The Second Circuit on Thursday upheld a former New York City councilman’s conviction and sentence for his role in separate alleged corruption schemes, including a plot to bribe GOP leaders to allow a Democratic politician to run for mayor as a Republican, citing sufficient evidence and rejecting statutory arguments.

  • April 28, 2016

    Jury Strips Defect Claims Against Coty Over Exploding Wax

    Cosmetics company Coty US LLC escaped litigation brought by a woman claiming that Sally Hansen’s Lavender Spa Body Wax hair remover exploded on her after she microwaved it, with a Pennsylvania federal jury holding Wednesday that the product wasn’t defective.

  • April 28, 2016

    4 Tips For Breaking Down Patent Damages To A Jury

    Giving jurors the right amount of details when presenting patent damages arguments is tricky, but attorneys who enlist an expert early on, align the damages theory with the theme of the case and show how they did the math can make it look easy. Here, experts share tips for making patent damages more understandable to jurors.

  • April 28, 2016

    Trial Pros: Holland & Knight's Jesus Cuza

    After making sure the defendant's witness was completely locked into his version of the facts during cross-examination, I started confronting him with pictures that had been taken by our private investigator the day before and that clearly demonstrated the witness had perjured himself. I do not recall ever seeing any witness leave the witness stand the way that witness did, says Jesus Cuza at Holland & Knight LLP.

  • April 28, 2016

    Trial Pros: Sayles Werbner's Mark Werbner

    I was appointed to defend a man accused of murder in a gruesome gang-related shooting. After arriving at the county jail to meet my new client, I introduced myself as the court-appointed lawyer on his murder case. His response: “Which case?” says Mark Werbner of Sayles Werbner PC.

  • April 27, 2016

    22 Firms Win Top Marks From GCs On AFAs

    Twenty-two law firms are the cream of the crop when it comes to delivering alternative fee arrangements, according to a new report. Here’s what clients say sets them apart and how the firms say they make it work.

  • April 27, 2016

    9th Circ. Says Hostile Judge Tainted Health Care Fraud Trial

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday reversed the convictions of three people charged for their roles in a purported Medicare fraud and kickback scheme, saying the apparent hostility of a federal judge toward a defense attorney at trial and other errors may have influenced the jury’s verdict.

  • April 27, 2016

    Sumner Redstone Competency Trial Will Be Public

    A California judge on Wednesday said an upcoming trial challenging the mental capacity and care of Sumner Redstone should rightfully be open to the public, while at the same time agreeing to seal some of the former media heavyweight’s medical records.

  • April 27, 2016

    Hogan Lied To Hide Racist Sex-Tape Talk, Gawker Brief Says

    Gawker had alleged Hulk Hogan and his attorney repeatedly lied to the court to hide the wrestling legend's racist remarks in a video in his sex-tape case, according to a brief unsealed Wednesday, giving a glimpse of what the blog's promised appeal of Hogan's $140 million verdict might look like.