Trials

  • February 25, 2016

    Tyson & Mendes Nabs Trial Pro In San Diego

    Tyson & Mendes LLP has hired an experienced trial lawyer as a shareholder, luring her away from a firm that bore her name.

  • February 25, 2016

    Eakin Ethics Trial Will Help Clear Cloud From Pa. Judiciary

    A Pennsylvania ethics court’s refusal Thursday to consider a mediated resolution to charges against state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin over purportedly offensive emails he exchanged with friends clears the way for a full trial that experts say could help restore public confidence in the state judiciary’s self-policing abilities.

  • February 25, 2016

    States Want Dish Sanctioned In Robocalling Trial

    Four states asked an Illinois federal court Wednesday to sanction Dish Network LLC in a massive Telephone Consumer Protection Act case over telemarketing calls, saying testimony in the bench trial showed the satellite giant knew of its customers’ state of residence but feigned ignorance during discovery.

  • February 25, 2016

    NY Jury Hits Fla. Atty With Money Laundering Guilty Verdict

    A Brooklyn jury needed just three hours on Thursday to find Florida attorney James L. Schmidt guilty of money laundering after a weeklong trial in which jurors heard a recording of the defendant saying "I know" when an FBI agent told him that they would be selling "worthless" fake Altmark Holdings Ltd. bond certificates to unwitting investors.

  • February 25, 2016

    Convicted Fraudster Gets 40 Years Over $3M Ky. Oil Scam

    A California man convicted by a jury of fleecing investors of $3 million by running a fake oil production business was sentenced Thursday in Kentucky federal court to 40 years in prison, receiving an enhanced sentence because he had already served 20 years for a similar scheme.

  • February 25, 2016

    Ex-Birdsall Exec Takes Plea On Eve Of Pay-To-Play Trial

    A former Birdsall Services Group executive on Thursday pled guilty to his role in a pay-to-play scheme in which the New Jersey engineering firm illegally funneled $1 million in political donations through employees, admitting to corporate misconduct just as his case was poised for trial.

  • February 25, 2016

    Trial Pros: Susman Godfrey's Bill Carmody

    Our trial was second on the court’s docket. If the first case had proceeded as scheduled, ours would have been bumped to a later date, which could have cost my client a decisive advantage. So over the weekend before trial I brokered a settlement of the first case on the Monday docket — and we ended up winning the case based on that preserved advantage, says Bill Carmody, head of Susman Godfrey LLP's New York office.

  • February 25, 2016

    Broker Says IBM Deal Was No Lock In SEC Stock Tip Trial

    A broker accused by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of trading on inside information about a $1.2 billion IBM acquisition testified in New York federal court on Thursday that he invested in the target company based on "market chatter," without knowing the deal was a sure thing.

  • February 25, 2016

    CalAmp Hit With $3M Verdict In Vehicle Tracking Patent Row

    A Florida federal jury on Wednesday awarded Omega Patents LLC nearly $3 million after finding that wireless communications manufacturer CalAmp Corp. infringed several patents covering vehicle tracking technology.

  • February 25, 2016

    Trial Pros: Kirkland & Ellis' Richard Godfrey

    My most unexpected event at trial took place just this past January in the GM ignition switch litigation when we received an unsolicited call from a witness we didn’t know existed, whose proffered testimony and documents established that the plaintiff and his wife had apparently been untruthful with respect to their claims, and lead to the plaintiff dismissing the suit, says Richard Godfrey, a senior litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • February 24, 2016

    Erin Andrews' Dad Tells Jury She Was Devastated By Video

    The father of sportscaster Erin Andrews choked up in front of a Nashville jury Wednesday as he described his daughter's devastation at being illegally videotaped naked in her hotel room by a man later convicted of stalking, reports said.

  • February 24, 2016

    Koch Bros. Group Donor Testifies He Got Death Threats

    A donor to the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity Foundation testified on Wednesday in a California federal trial over whether the state’s attorney general can demand the conservative group’s major contributor list, saying the public revelation that he donated drew death threats and boycotts to his business.

  • February 24, 2016

    'Survivor' Co-Creator, Atty Trade Barbs At $15M Trial Close

    Counsel for attorney Layne Britton and his former business partner, “Survivor” co-creator Conrad Riggs, each told a California jury Wednesday that his opponent has been lying for financial gain, during closing arguments on Britton’s breach of contract claim seeking $15 million of Riggs’ reality television profits.

  • February 24, 2016

    Ex-Stiefel Exec Tells 11th Circ. Jury Instructions Fell Short

    A former Stiefel Laboratories Inc. executive urged the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to overturn a jury's verdict that the company and its ex-CEO did not commit securities fraud by persuading him to sell his stock without informing him of its impending acquisition by GlaxoSmithKline PLC, arguing the jury instructions were inadequate.

  • February 24, 2016

    B&N Loses Bid To Reverse E-Book Infringement Verdict

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday refused to overturn part of a jury’s finding that Barnes & Noble infringed two e-book technology patents by Adrea but ordered a limited new trial to determine damages after a post-trial ruling invalidated part of one of the patents under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice decision.

  • February 24, 2016

    Citing Eddie Murphy Film, Judge Affirms $28M IP Verdict

    A Texas federal judge cleared the air about a comment she made during a trade secrets trial that ended with a $28 million judgment for Suncoast Post-Tension Ltd., saying in a ruling affirming the verdict that she was referencing the 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy "Coming to America."

  • February 24, 2016

    Insurer Gets $1M In Alleged Claim Mishandling Trial

    Guarantee Insurance Co. will ultimately score $1 million after a Florida federal jury concluded Wednesday that the company’s insurance agent and broker acted negligently in handling an underlying workers’ compensation claim, forcing the insurer to fork over its own funds to settle a resulting lawsuit.

  • February 24, 2016

    Fracking Judge Sees 'No Basis' To Allow Banned Evidence

    A Pennsylvania federal magistrate judge refused Wednesday to reconsider his ruling excluding landowners from using eleventh-hour exhibits introduced on the eve of trial in their long-running environmental contamination suit against Cabot, finding that despite claims of hardship, the evidence would nevertheless be "extraordinarily prejudicial."

  • February 24, 2016

    Toyota Dodges Second Shot At Acceleration Suit

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday ruled that the driver who lost the first-ever jury trial against Toyota Motor Corp. over alleged unintended acceleration defects in 2011 was barred from now pursuing fraud claims against the carmaker, because the allegations stem from the same set of already settled facts.

  • February 24, 2016

    Bernstein Litowitz Can't Keep Ex-Atty's Suit Under Seal

    The Second Circuit ruled Wednesday that Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP can’t keep under wraps a suit accusing it of forcing an attorney to resign after he questioned its allegedly unethical conduct in a securities class action against an information technology company.