Trials

  • November 16, 2016

    RJ Reynolds Avoids Most Blame In $1M Lung Disease Verdict

    A Florida jury on Wednesday found that a longtime smoker is mostly to blame for her own debilitating lung disease, saying R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. is only partially responsible for the $1 million in damages she suffered.

  • November 16, 2016

    Gupta Jury Instruction Passed Muster, Gov't Tells 2nd Circ.

    Convicted insider trader Rajat Gupta attacked what he called U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff's unlawful jury charge in the Second Circuit on Wednesday, but the government refused to concede — as it did in another high-profile case — that jurors got faulty marching orders before convicting the former Goldman Sachs director.

  • November 15, 2016

    RJ Reynolds Owes $7M For Smoker's Lung Disease, Jury Told

    A longtime cigarette smoker suffering from lung disease urged a Florida jury on Tuesday to award her $6.8 million plus punitive damages from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., saying the company tricked her into using the dangerous product until she was hooked.

  • November 15, 2016

    Wal-Mart Drivers’ $170M Damages Math Flawed, Jury Hears

    A certified class of Wal-Mart drivers who claim the retailer owes $170 million for wage violations have their numbers wrong, an economist testified for the retailer on Tuesday, telling a California federal jury that the drivers’ figure relied on a flawed methodology.

  • November 15, 2016

    AIG Exec Tells Judge He Viewed $500M Deal As Legit

    An American International Group Inc. executive on Tuesday testified that he saw nothing improper about a $500 million purported reinsurance deal entered into between the insurer and a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. subsidiary in the early 2000s that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman claims was fraudulent.

  • November 15, 2016

    Pa. Court OKs Sanction, DQ In Closely Watched Med Mal Suit

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Tuesday upheld a trial judge’s decision to disqualify a Philadelphia-area defense attorney and hit her with a nearly $45,000 sanction in a long-running medical malpractice case that has captivated the region’s bar.

  • November 15, 2016

    Longview Tells Justices Directors Can't Ditch $95M Loss

    Longview Energy Co. on Monday told the Texas Supreme Court it should reinstate a $95 million judgment against a private equity fund and two fund-appointed directors that a jury found had stolen an opportunity to invest in the Eagle Ford shale.

  • November 15, 2016

    BNSF Worker Urges 7th Circ. To Rehear Verdict Reversal

    A former railway foreman asked the full Seventh Circuit on Monday to reconsider its decision to overturn an award for his firing and against former employer BNSF, saying his taking of 20 scrap ties would have been considered a nonevent by the company until it had to face paying medical bills for his on-the-job injury.

  • November 15, 2016

    Schaeffler Urges 8th Circ. To Reverse $20.6M Pollution Verdict

    Schaeffler Group USA urged the Eighth Circuit on Tuesday to revive its bid for a new trial after a $20.6 million verdict for a woman who was exposed to dangerous chemicals in the water supply that left her with life-changing injuries, saying the court should have asked for more evidence of exposure.

  • November 15, 2016

    MLB Stars Are Witnesses In Cuban Player Smuggling Trial

    Major League Baseball All-Stars Jose Abreu and Yoenis Cespedes are among more than a dozen major league players the U.S. government listed as witnesses Monday for the upcoming trial of a sports agent accused of smuggling ballplayers from Cuba.

  • November 15, 2016

    Philip Morris, RJ Reynolds Owe $10M To Smoker, Jury Says

    A Florida jury on Tuesday hit Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with $3 million each in punitive damages, bringing the total awarded to a longtime smoker who suffered from cancer and lung disease to $10 million.

  • November 15, 2016

    Jury Says PNY Gets Zero For CPA Firm's SanDisk Audit Lie

    A California federal jury on Tuesday found Miller Kaplan Arase & Co. knowingly made a false representation to PNY Technologies Inc. while auditing its patent licensing deal with SanDisk, but found the accounting firm hadn't caused SanDisk to stop doing business with PNY or to sue it, and therefore owed no damages.

  • November 15, 2016

    Energy Future's E-Side Set For 4-Day Trial

    The confirmation trial of the E-side of Energy Future Holdings Corp.'s massive Chapter 11 plan of reorganization will commence Dec. 1 and has been scheduled to run for four days, after a pretrial conference in Delaware bankruptcy court Tuesday.

  • November 15, 2016

    Insurer Must Pay In Dispute With Law Firm, 5th Circ. Says

    The Fifth Circuit upheld a jury verdict against a Houston law firm’s insurance company Monday over an underlying malpractice dispute connected to work for Dish Network, saying the jurors had reached a reasonable conclusion.

  • November 14, 2016

    Auditor ‘Cooked The Books’ For SanDisk, Calif. Jury Hears

    PNY Technologies delivered closing arguments before a California federal jury Monday in its malpractice suit against Miller Kaplan Arase & Co., saying the accounting firm didn't disclose its bias when auditing PNY's patent licensing deal with SanDisk and “cooked the books” for the other chipmaker.

  • November 14, 2016

    Jury Hands Doctor $20.3M Verdict In Medtronic Patent Suit

    Medtronic Inc. must pay $20.3 million in damages to a doctor who sued the medical device company for patent infringement, a Texas jury decided Friday.

  • November 14, 2016

    ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Wasn’t A Ripoff, Jury Told

    The hit 2008 movie “Kung Fu Panda” was the work of an executive with a kernel of an idea, multiple teams of writers and eight years of painstaking labor — not a Massachusetts cartoonist with an unsolicited pitch who now stands accused of fraud, a DreamWorks executive told a federal jury Monday.

  • November 14, 2016

    RJ Reynolds Prevails In $9M Engle Progeny Trial

    A Florida jury on Monday found R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. was not liable for a longtime smoker's severe lung disease, finding that the smoker developed the disease too early to qualify for Engle class damages against the cigarette maker.

  • November 14, 2016

    Tobacco Cos. Owe $4M For Woman's Lung Cancer

    A Florida jury slapped Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with a $4 million compensatory verdict over a longtime smoker's lung cancer and lung disease, also finding Monday that the cigarette makers owe punitive damages for conspiring to conceal smoking's dangers.

  • November 14, 2016

    Feds Blast Requests For New Trials In Law Firm Ripoff Case

    Federal prosecutors have urged a Florida federal judge to reject requests for new trials from a lawyer and a businesswoman convicted last month for their roles in an $8.8 million fraud scheme, saying they have failed to argue adequate grounds to overturn the jury's verdict.