• May 23, 2017

    Latest J&J Pelvic Mesh Injury Case Kicks Off In Philly

    The latest in a string of cases over a Johnson & Johnson unit’s allegedly defective pelvic mesh kicked off in Pennsylvania state court on Tuesday, as a jury heard arguments a woman had been left facing chronic pain after being implanted with one of the products nearly seven years ago.

  • May 23, 2017

    Feds Drop Tax Fraud Case Against Dallas Politico

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday dismissed tax fraud charges against Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and related criminal charges against a Dallas political consultant who’d been accused of bribing the official, after federal prosecutors indicated they’re pulling out of the case.

  • May 22, 2017

    Dish Network Hit With $61M Treble Damages After TCPA Trial

    A North Carolina federal judge on Monday said Dish Network LLC “repeatedly looked the other way” when one of its marketers was making illegal telemarketing calls, trebling the $20.5 million damages awarded by a jury in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action trial.

  • May 22, 2017

    Ex-Cuomo Aide Says Campaign Work Off Limits In Graft Case

    A former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has asked a Manhattan federal judge to toss a graft case against him, arguing that public corruption statutes didn't apply while he was working on Cuomo's re-election campaign.

  • May 22, 2017

    Fed. Prosecutor To Join Cahill's White Collar Team In NY

    Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP has expanded its New York office’s white collar practice with the addition of a new partner who has over a decade of experience prosecuting securities fraud, racketeering and bank fraud cases as an assistant U.S. attorney.

  • May 22, 2017

    Texas Woman Seeks Dismissal In Law Firm Ripoff Case

    A Texas woman is seeking dismissal of her conviction for running a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme that involved tricking law firms into paying her and several co-conspirators proceeds of fake settlements, arguing Friday that a Florida federal court failed to comply with the Speedy Trial Act and violated her constitutional rights.

  • May 22, 2017

    SEC Slams Retrial Bid In $22M Oil Investment Fraud Case

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission scoffed Monday at a retrial request from a broker found to have sold $22 million in unregistered investment vehicles disguised as partnerships in oil and gas drilling, telling a Texas federal court he is merely repackaging an already-rejected reconsideration bid.

  • May 22, 2017

    Shkreli Wins Grand Jury Subpoenas In Securities Fraud Suit

    New York federal prosecutors must give Martin Shkreli copies of grand jury subpoenas that had been served to his former company, Retrophin Inc., as part of an upcoming securities fraud trial, a federal judge said Friday.

  • May 22, 2017

    Blagojevich Puts Case Before 7th Circ. For 3rd Time

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich asked the Seventh Circuit to take on his case for a third time on Friday, petitioning for the full court to reconsider whether his 14-year sentence is still appropriate given that several of his corruption convictions were thrown out.

  • May 22, 2017

    $60M Citibike No-Helmet Negligence Row Settles Before Trial

    New York City and Citibike have settled a rider's $60 million negligence lawsuit that was scheduled to go before a jury Monday, avoiding a trial that would have explored potentially uncomfortable questions about the city's decision not to require bike-sharers to don helmets.

  • May 22, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: McKool Smith's Ashley Moore

    I’ve seen seasoned lawyers in the courtroom who failed to listen effectively, which alienates the jury, destroys what could have been a devastating cross-examination, and sometimes frustrates judges who simply want their question answered, says Ashley Moore, principal at McKool Smith PC.

  • May 21, 2017

    Time On Tobacco’s Side In Engle Progeny Battles

    Lengthy appeals and a massive court backlog are taking their toll on Florida’s cigarette plaintiffs.

  • May 19, 2017

    Fla. Jury Adds $1.3M Punitives To Smoker's Engle Trial Win

    A Florida jury on Friday awarded a woman who developed lung cancer after smoking Philip Morris cigarettes $1.3 million in punitive damages, doubling down on its $1.1 million actual damages verdict in the case.

  • May 19, 2017

    Ex-NY Town Supervisor Found Guilty Of Muni Bond Fraud

    A New York jury found a former Ramapo Town supervisor guilty of fraud and conspiracy on Friday in what a Manhattan federal prosecutor has dubbed the first municipal bond fraud case.

  • May 19, 2017

    Toys R Us Won’t Face New Trial Over Girl’s Bike Crash

    A Maryland federal magistrate judge has denied a new trial to the family of a girl who lost multiple teeth after crashing an allegedly faulty bike assembled at Toys R Us, finding the girl’s reasons for a new trial insufficient.

  • May 19, 2017

    Pa. Jury Finds Clinic Not Liable In Appendicitis Death

    A Pennsylvania federal jury found Friday that a medical clinic and several of its staff aren’t responsible for the death of a woman who underwent surgery for appendicitis after allegedly being sent away from the clinic twice without treatment by an employee who wasn’t properly supervised.

  • May 19, 2017

    Hospira Comes Out $40K Ahead In Verdict Against GSK

    An Illinois federal jury concluded on Friday that both GlaxoSmithKline and Hospira were injured by the fallout over a troubled contract to manufacture a flu vaccine and awarded both parties damages, giving Hospira a slight edge of $40,000.

  • May 19, 2017

    Drivers Lose Bid To Block Subpoena In GM Ignition MDL

    A class action news website can’t ditch a subpoena issued by General Motors in multidistrict litigation over allegedly defective ignition switches, a New York federal judge ruled Friday, shooting down arguments from the drivers bringing the suit that the requested communications are privileged.

  • May 19, 2017

    Florida Jury Returns $100K Verdict Over Starbucks Spill

    A drive-thru mishap has proved costly for Starbucks Corp., as a Florida state court jury returned a verdict of more than $100,000 for a woman burned by a spill after the lid came off a cup of hot coffee as an employee handed it to her in her car.

  • May 18, 2017

    Judge Denies Schock's Request For Grand Jury Materials

    Former U.S. Rep Aaron Schock may not have access to the instructions given to and other materials viewed by the the grand jury that indicted the ex-congressman on 24 counts of theft and fraud last year, per an Illinois federal judge's ruling Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Mistakes That End Law Firms

    Randy Evans

    Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.

  • 'From Heaven To Hell' — Mineral Rights And Ancient Deeds

    Marcy Rothman

    Development of mineral rights can lead to title disputes, especially where conveyances to railroads are memorialized in ancient documents, with archaic expressions that do not correspond to modern usage. Ownership interests in any parcel crossed by railroad tracks could be affected, says Marcy Rothman of Kane Russell Coleman Logan PC.

  • Weekly Column

    'Talking Bull': Episode 21, How To Dodge A Bullet

    Roy Futterman

    In this column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series airing on CBS about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist. Spoiler alert ...

  • A Tale Of 2 States, And 2 Asbestos Verdicts

    Meghan Senter

    Two verdicts were handed down recently in mesothelioma lawsuits related to asbestos exposure. Both cases were heard in state courts, both involved a deceased plaintiff, and both were brought by the same firm. But the verdicts were very different, and illustrate how state-specific laws can be as damaging to a case as a bad set of facts, says Meghan Senter of Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Talking 'Bull': Episode 20, Make Me

    Roy Futterman

    In voir dire, the attorney passes around a candle for potential jurors to smell and opine on. He also has gun owners raise their hands, as if everyone in New York is Travis Bickle. But these are not the only inaccuracies in this week's episode of the CBS show Bull, according to jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman.

  • Federal Judges Are Tired Of 'Stock' Discovery Objections

    David Goldhaber

    With the latest amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure now behind us, federal court litigators should take stock of their “stock objections” and put them to rest. Several recent examples from federal courts make this abundantly clear, and state courts are sure to follow, say attorneys with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.

  • What Lawyers Should Know To Avoid Online Scams

    J. S. Christie Jr.

    Scams resulting in access to confidential information are probably a lawyer’s greatest technology and cybersecurity risk. But hackers are more likely to gain access to a lawyer’s computer systems through human error, usually responding to a scam, than a brute force attack, says J. S. Christie Jr. of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Herding Cats: Making The Most Out Of A Joint Defense Group

    Audra Dial

    Audra Dial, managing partner for Kilpatrick Townsend LLP’s Atlanta office, shares four strategies that she believes make multidefendant litigation more efficient — and ensure the joint defense group does not devolve into a leaderless group.

  • Negligent Undertaking Liability Only Goes So Far

    Michelle Yeary

    In Nelson v. Biogen, now before a federal court in New Jersey, the plaintiff's initial claims were preempted by state law. So he amended his complaint to add negligent undertaking, related to the defendants' contract with a government agency. It would represent an unprecedented expansion of liability to thereby create third-party negligence obligations to nonparties, says Michelle Yeary of Dechert LLP.

  • Web Servers: An Overlooked Cybersecurity Risk At Law Firms

    Jeff Schilling

    Many law firms use public-facing websites for business development and to streamline operational processes. While these sites are great for maximizing information-sharing, they could unknowingly be an unlocked gateway into a firm’s most confidential data, says Jeff Schilling of Armor Defense Inc.