Trials

  • November 17, 2017

    Scientists See No Solution As Talc Cases Test The System

    Cases alleging talcum powder causes ovarian cancer have exploded in recent years, with thousands of plaintiffs filing suit in hope of following the massive multimillion dollar verdicts against Johnson & Johnson in Missouri and California, but these claims carry no water in other courts, and experts researching the issue are divided on which side the science supports.

  • November 16, 2017

    FIFA Witness Estimates He Agreed To Pay $160M In Bribes

    A former sports media and marketing executive estimated Thursday during cross-examination in the FIFA corruption trial that he and his company had agreed to pay around 30 individuals approximately $160 million in bribes to control South American soccer marketing rights, the revelation of which provided a clearer picture of the scope of alleged corruption in international soccer. 

  • November 16, 2017

    Feds Likely To Give Menendez Trial Another Shot, Attys Say

    The government will likely pursue a second bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and a Florida ophthalmologist in the wake of Thursday's mistrial, with prosecutors and defense lawyers expected to pore over the first trial's record to prepare for the battle ahead, attorneys say.

  • November 16, 2017

    Katy Perry, LA Catholic Church Seek $6.1M In Convent Trial

    A California jury will decide if Katy Perry and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles are entitled to a combined $6.1 million in legal fees after a trial wrapped up Thursday over whether a developer intentionally interfered with Perry’s $14 million bid to buy a former convent by entering a side deal to buy the estate with a pair of nuns.

  • November 16, 2017

    Shkreli Auditor Says Investor Settlements Seemed Legit

    An auditor who did work for Martin Shkreli-founded Retrophin Inc. on Thursday told jurors in the trial of the controversial pharmaceutical executive’s former Katten Muchin attorney that he didn’t believe there was anything wrong with a series of settlements with investors in Shkreli's MSMB hedge funds that prosecutors say were fraudulent.

  • November 16, 2017

    Jury Should Hear Condo Defect Battle, Wash. Court Says

    A Washington federal judge Thursday declined to put a quick end to a dispute between a pair of insurers and a condominium association over liability for 30 years of rain damage, saying a jury will have to sort out the coverage.

  • November 16, 2017

    Xarelto Witness-Tampering Testimony Barred, For Now

    A Pennsylvania state judge said Wednesday that, for now, he would not allow jurors in an ongoing trial over injuries allegedly caused by the blood thinner Xarelto to hear from a Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. sales representative suspected of trying to influence a doctor’s testimony in the case.

  • November 16, 2017

    Zarrab Out Of Federal Lockup But Still In US Custody

    Reza Zarrab remains in federal custody, the U.S. government said Thursday, after news surfaced that the Turkish-Iranian businessman accused in Manhattan federal court of scheming to dodge American sanctions against Iran had been released from a detention facility on Nov. 8.

  • November 16, 2017

    Rite Aid Manager's $9M Award In Retaliation Suit Trimmed

    A California appeals court on Wednesday wiped out $5 million of a nearly $8.8 million wrongful discharge award a jury gave to a former Rite Aid manager it found was fired because of disabilities stemming from a store robbery, saying the company shouldn’t be punished for low-level leaders’ mistakes.

  • November 16, 2017

    Calif. Jury Awards E-Cig Maker $4.7M In 'Milk Man' TM Row

    A California federal jury has found that e-cig liquid maker Steam Distribution LLC must pay $4.7 million in damages to rival AOP Ventures Inc. for infringing on its "Milk Man" trademark, concluding that Steam hadn’t shown any of its sales of products branded with the mark weren't traceable to its infringement. 

  • November 16, 2017

    Railroads Get New Trial After Occupational Injury Verdict

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Thursday overturned a $600,000 jury verdict against CSX Transportation Inc. and other railroad companies over a former employee’s occupational injuries, granting the railroads a new trial on the basis that counsel for the employee introduced precluded evidence and made a prejudicial comment at trial.

  • November 16, 2017

    Payday Lender Convicted Of Running $220M 'Offshore' Racket

    The operator of an online payday lending firm was convicted by a Manhattan federal jury on all charges against him Wednesday over his alleged $220 million, yearslong campaign to deceive borrowers, regulators and even his own lawyers into believing that his companies were based offshore and not bound by U.S. law.

  • November 16, 2017

    Texas Med Center's Win In Sciatic-Nerve Injury Suit Upheld

    A Texas appellate court on Thursday sided with The Medical Center of Southeast Texas in a patient's appeal of a jury verdict favoring the hospital over claims that a nurse injured the patient's sciatic nerve while giving him an injection for pain in his hip, saying the jury had properly interpreted the evidence.

  • November 16, 2017

    Mistrial For Labor Boss, Hedge Funder In Union Graft Case

    A New York federal judge on Thursday declared a mistrial in the corruption case against New York City labor leader Norman Seabrook and Platinum Partners LP founder Murray Huberfeld, after the jury, having deliberated about 36 hours over six days, announced itself for a second time to be deadlocked.

  • November 16, 2017

    Auxilium Not Liable For Man's Heart Attack, Ill. Jury Finds

    An Illinois federal jury said Thursday that Auxilium's Testim did not cause a man's heart attack, handing the drugmaker a victory in its first trial in the multidistrict litigation over testosterone replacement therapy drugs.

  • November 16, 2017

    J&J, Talc Supplier Not Liable For Woman's Asbestos Illness

    A California jury on Thursday cleared Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier of any liability for a woman’s terminal mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer, holding that there was no evidence that the companies’ talcum powder was unsafe.

  • November 16, 2017

    Menendez Trial Ends With Hung Jury

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday declared a mistrial in the case of Sen. Bob Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist after jurors said they could not reach a unanimous decision on any charges, with the panel divided over whether the two men engaged in a bribery scheme or were just friends.

  • November 16, 2017

    J&J Slammed With $247M Verdict In Texas Hip Bellwether

    A Texas federal jury on Thursday hit Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. unit with a combined $247 million verdict in a bellwether trial over DePuy’s Pinnacle line of metal-on-metal hip implants, delivering the third consecutive nine-figure verdict in the multidistrict litigation.

  • November 15, 2017

    FIFA Defendant Threatened Witness At Trial, Prosecutors Say

    Tensions rose in the FIFA corruption trial on Wednesday as prosecutors asked a federal judge to place one of the defendants in jail during the trial after he allegedly made a “slicing motion across his throat” at a government witness who testified that the defendant and other soccer officials agreed to take millions of dollars in bribes.

  • November 15, 2017

    Auxilium's First Testosterone Bellwether Heads To Jury

    Auxilium knew that its testosterone replacement therapy drug Testim was not approved for men whose low testosterone was caused by their age but it promoted the drug for them anyway, turning their lives into “a vast experiment,” attorneys for a Testim user told an Illinois federal jury Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • Federal Claims Must Meet Diversity Jurisdiction Burden

    Jeffrey Odom

    The Third Circuit recently dismissed a plaintiff’s fear of cancer claims arising from a chemical spill, and found the diversity jurisdiction burden was not met. Defendants should look beyond the sensational facts of toxic tort claims and challenge the evidence presented at filing to determine whether jurisdiction is proper, says Jeffrey Odom of Lane Powell PC.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Perception Vs. Reality At Trial

    Martha Luring

    The long litigation life cycle for large, complex civil lawsuits provides ample time for clients and counsel to form strong opinions — often negative when based on adversarial exchanges — about the opposing trial team, their witnesses and their experts. Martha Luring of Salmons Consulting shares some common perceptions not always shared by jurors.

  • Countering Statutes Of Limitations With Equitable Estoppel

    David Newman

    There are only a few situations in which a New York plaintiff can avail itself of the discovery rule to delay the accrual of a cause of action. However, New York does offer parties a way to avail themselves of discovery-rule-like protections — the doctrine of equitable estoppel, say David Newman and Matthew Lippert of Sills Cummis & Gross PC.

  • Litigators, Wrangle That Data With Content Analysis

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    Content analysis offers scientific methods for making sense of large volumes of data generated by the internet. While content analysis is a nascent tool in litigation, its use by expert witnesses may transform the kinds of evidence considered by courts, say Lisa Tichy and Anna Shakotko of Cornerstone Research.

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Mixed Enforcement Signals For FHA Mortgage Lenders

    Douglas Baruch

    Two significant events in the last several weeks are forcing Federal Housing Administration mortgage lenders to scratch their heads in assessing the government’s intentions when it comes to pursuing fraud cases under the False Claims Act and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • Make Way For The 'Unicorns'

    Lucy Endel Bassli

    By "unicorn" I don’t mean the next great tech startup with a valuation of $1 billion. I mean the new breed of lawyers realizing that there are better ways to get their day jobs done, says Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel leading the legal operations and contracting functions at Microsoft Corp.