Trials

  • July 19, 2017

    Judge Won't Order Forfeiture During Doc's $11M Fraud Appeal

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday denied the government's bid to begin forfeiture proceedings while a Florida ophthalmologist appeals his conviction and 10-year sentence for defrauding Medicare and private insurers of $11 million.

  • July 19, 2017

    $3.5M Wrongly Cut From Swine Flu Verdict, Wash. Court Says

    A Washington state appeals court on Tuesday restored $3.5 million to a family’s previously $16.7 million jury verdict over claims that a hospital failed to properly inform a pregnant woman showing symptoms of the swine flu of the condition, finding that an earlier settlement with another health care provider shouldn’t have been counted against the jury award.

  • July 19, 2017

    Whiteout IP Malpractice Suit Mostly Erased, But Trial Looms

    A D.C. federal judge nixed on Tuesday all but one claim from a legal malpractice suit alleging Kratz Quintos & Hanson LLP and Westerman Hattori Daniels & Adrian LLP gave a Japanese stationery company and its inventor bad advice in pursuing a whiteout dispenser patent, saying the sole remaining claim will go to trial.

  • July 19, 2017

    GM Ignition Switch Didn't Cause Driver's Crash, Jury Finds

    A New York federal jury found Wednesday that a General Motors ignition switch didn't cause an Arizona driver to rear-end another car in Tucson morning traffic, giving the automaker a win in the first of six planned bellwether trials.

  • July 19, 2017

    2nd Circ. Nixes Libor Convictions Over Forced Testimony

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday overturned the convictions of two former Rabobank employees charged with manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate, saying the case relied on compelled testimony, which cannot be used in U.S. criminal cases even when legally compelled by foreign authorities.

  • July 18, 2017

    Atty Blasts Quincy Jones' ‘Outrageous’ Royalty Bid At Trial

    An entertainment attorney testifying Tuesday in Quincy Jones’ suit against a Michael Jackson company over $30 million in royalties for work on “Thriller” and other albums called it “outrageous” for the producer to expect ticket revenue from a posthumous movie and live shows featuring video of Jackson.

  • July 18, 2017

    SEC Seeks To Lift Stay On Suit Against Ex-Dewey CFO

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a New York federal judge Tuesday it wants to forge ahead with its civil fraud case against ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP chief financial officer Joel Sanders after a jury convicted him of criminal charges earlier this year.

  • July 18, 2017

    Ford's Air Bags Not At Fault In Fatal Crash, Jury Finds

    A Florida jury on Tuesday rejected allegations that a Ford Mustang’s air bags were to blame for a single car crash that killed two men, finding for Ford hours after the automaker argued the driver’s decision to drive drunk was to blame for the accident.

  • July 18, 2017

    GM 'Concealment' Still In Full Force, Jury Hears In Closings

    In closing arguments Tuesday in a federal bellwether trial against General Motors over allegedly defective ignition switches, an Arizona driver argued that the trial itself has been part and parcel of a cover-up and "concealment" strategy that GM faithfully follows to this day.

  • July 18, 2017

    Shkreli Vowed To Make Trader's Kids Homeless, Jury Hears

    A former portfolio manager for one of Martin Shkreli's MSMB hedge funds on Tuesday told a Brooklyn federal jury of how the onetime pharmaceutical executive turned nasty when a dispute arose over the ownership of some Retrophin stock, with Shkreli telling the man's wife he wanted to make her and her children homeless.

  • July 18, 2017

    RJ Reynolds Splits Blame In $1.6M Lung Cancer Verdict

    A Florida jury on Tuesday found that a longtime smoker and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. were equally to blame for the lung cancer that ultimately caused her death, holding R.J. Reynolds is only partially responsible for a $1.65 million damages award.

  • July 18, 2017

    Jury Awards 11 Property Co. Workers $2M In Wage Row

    A California federal jury Monday awarded 11 Field Asset Services workers more than $2 million in total damages in the first of multiple class action trials that will determine how much the property servicing company must pay 200 workers for misclassifying them as independent contractors.

  • July 18, 2017

    Korean Scientist Found Guilty Of Laundering Bribes In US

    The head of South Korea's government-funded earthquake research program was found guilty of laundering bribery proceeds in the U.S. on Monday — the second such verdict against a foreign official this year.

  • July 18, 2017

    Pa. Panel Axes $38M Punitive Award In Work Shooting Suit

    A Pennsylvania appeals court Tuesday threw out a $38.5 million punitive damages award over a fatal workplace shooting after agreeing that a claim for outrageous conduct on the part of a security company had been improperly thrown back into the case in the midst of trial.

  • July 18, 2017

    Judge Made Right Calls In Spinal Injury Trial, Court Says

    A Missouri state appellate court declined to revive a patient’s suit accusing a medical center of failing to properly treat an abscess that compressed her spine, ruling that a circuit judge had been correct in handling evidence presented at trial and did not make inappropriate comments from the bench.

  • July 18, 2017

    Feds May Appeal 9-Year Sentence In Meningitis Outbreak Case

    Federal prosecutors said in a filing Monday that they plan to challenge the nine-year sentence of a pharmacist who was convicted of racketeering and fraud related to a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak.

  • July 18, 2017

    Jehovah's Witnesses Can't Revive Suit Against Pa. Hospital

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Tuesday affirmed a jury verdict favoring a Philadelphia hospital that had been sued over the death in childbirth of a Jehovah’s Witness who repeatedly refused to accept a blood transfusion, finding that an expert witness was appropriately precluded.

  • July 18, 2017

    Ex-FDA Head's Comments May Put Meningitis Cases In Peril

    Three pharmacy employees accused of skirting federal regulations in the runup to a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak urged a Massachusetts federal judge Tuesday to dismiss charges against them, pointing to testimony by a former FDA commissioner they say shows a lack of clarity on how their business should be defined for regulatory purposes.

  • July 18, 2017

    CSX Ordered By Jury To Pay $3.9M For Death Of Film Worker

    CSX Transportation Inc. was ordered to pay $3.9 million in Georgia state court on Monday after a jury found the railroad company 35 percent responsible for the death of a movie production worker hit by a freight train while setting up a shoot on a train trestle.

  • July 18, 2017

    DuPont Fights Do-Over Of Its $3.3M Patent Win

    DuPont Co. has objected in Delaware federal court to a bid by a specialty manufacturer to reverse or retry a $3.3 million jury verdict in its patent infringement victory over a thermal blanket coating used on aircrafts, according to a motion made public Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Questions To Ask Firm Before Accepting A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel experienced with alternative fee arrangements will have many war stories regarding successful — and less successful — fee arrangements. Asking outside counsel to share these experiences can provide useful insight into the strength of a proposed AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Opinion

    Why You Should Argue Your Appeal

    Stewart Milch

    Conventional wisdom says that oral argument is a mere formality; that in courts where judges read briefs in advance, their minds are made up and will rarely — if ever — change. But conventional wisdom notwithstanding, oral argument can be critical, says Stewart Milch of Goldberg Segalla LLP.

  • 6 Ways Teaching A Law School Class Can Benefit Lawyers

    Steven Allison

    Though teaching a law school class may be one of the last things on a busy practitioner's to-do list, it's a misconception that teaching will benefit only those who are looking to leave the practice of law and enter academia. It also offers several practical benefits, especially for more junior lawyers looking for stand-up experience, say Steven Allison and Samrah Mahmoud of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Spiral Dynamics And The Vanishing Jury Trial

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Over the past 20 years, the number of jury trials has been on a dramatic decline. What if the vanishing jury trial is evidence of an expected development of human consciousness — explained by a theory known as spiral dynamics? asks Jennifer Gibbs, a partner with Zelle LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Openings Before Voir Dire

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    This week’s idea for improving civil jury trials is remarkably simple: Allow counsel to provide complete opening statements to the entire venire before voir dire begins instead of after the jury is impaneled, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Client Before Proposing A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    The first step in assembling an intelligent response to a request for an alternative fee arrangement is for outside counsel to be certain they understand the primary reasons that the client is making the request, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • The Value Of Protective Orders In Product Liability Cases

    Alan Hoffman

    Agreed upon protective orders can play an important and beneficial role in product liability cases. But, as always, it is imperative to follow governing authority and local practice, whether in state or federal court, and tailor the proposed order and motion to approve accordingly, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • 3 Key Areas Legal Operations Teams Should Focus On

    Jaime Woltjen

    These days, legal operations directors can easily get stretched too thin between responsibilities like overseeing support staff and taking on office management responsibilities. Legal operations teams should focus their time and effort on outside counsel management, technology planning and analytics, says Jaime Woltjen of Stout Risius Ross LLC.

  • Recap

    What The Experts Said About High Court Rulings This Term

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    With the U.S. Supreme Court term now concluded, we take a look back at some first impressions from the experts when the most impactful decisions for corporate law were handed down.

  • A Broader Availability Of Administrative Proceeding Appeals

    Matthew Samet

    The California Supreme Court’s decision in Dhillon v. John Muir Health will clearly affect appellate review in administrative proceedings other than in the hospital context, says Matthew Samet, an appellate fellow with Horvitz & Levy LLP.