Trials

  • March 23, 2017

    Drivers Say GM Can't Exclude Valukas Report Facts In Trials

    Drivers in multidistrict litigation over GM’s alleged ignition switch defect slammed the automaker's bid to exclude from upcoming trials a set of admissions made to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the key investigatory “Valukas report,” saying Wednesday that such a move would break with prior rulings and that the evidence is critically relevant.

  • March 23, 2017

    MF Global, PwC Settle $2B Malpractice Claim

    MF Global and PricewaterhouseCoopers have settled a $2 billion professional malpractice case in New York federal court to the "mutual satisfaction of the parties," the litigants said Thursday.

  • March 22, 2017

    Jury Awards Calif. Mining Families $100M For County's Plot

    A California federal jury on Tuesday awarded two gravel mining families over $100 million on their claims that Sacramento County officials violated their constitutional rights by maliciously forcing them out of business to aid mining rival Teichert Construction.

  • March 22, 2017

    11th Circ. Affirms $2.1M Verdict In Wright Hip Implants Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit has affirmed a $2.1 million jury verdict in favor of a patient who won the first bellwether trial against Wright Medical Technology over its allegedly defective metal hip implants, supporting the trial judge's decision to order the confused jury to conduct further deliberations.

  • March 22, 2017

    Measure To Cut, Standardize Illinois Court Fees Advances

    A bill aimed at reducing Illinois court fees passed a key legislative hurdle Wednesday, although sponsors say the legislation needs more work before it can be voted on by the full General Assembly.

  • March 22, 2017

    Ex-PSU Admins Regret Not Reporting Sandusky, Jury Hears

    A pair of ex-Penn State University administrators testifying under newly inked plea agreements in the case against former school president Graham Spanier told jurors on Wednesday that they regretted their decision not to report a suspected child abuse incident involving Jerry Sandusky in 2001.

  • March 22, 2017

    Law Profs Back Bid To Unseal $500M Oculus Case Transcript

    In the aftermath of a $500 million verdict against the virtual reality company Oculus, two law professors and the Electronic Frontier Foundation on Tuesday requested that a Texas federal court unseal portions of the trial transcript related to the jury’s finding of copyright infringement.

  • March 22, 2017

    Walters Jury Hears 'Bat Phone' For Prostitutes, Not Trades

    A defense team seeking to clear gambler Billy Walters of insider trading began a no-holds-barred cross-examination Wednesday of former Dean Foods chair Tom Davis, showing a Manhattan federal jury records of calls the star government witness made to escort services across the country.

  • March 22, 2017

    Ex-MLBer Says Notes Show 'Sloppy' Insider Trading Probe

    Former Major League Baseball player Doug DeCinces urged a California federal judge to allow him to present investigation notes, including ones from an interview with the government’s chief witness, to show "biased and sloppy investigative work by law enforcement agents" as DeCinces fights insider trading charges that he received nonpublic merger tips about a friend’s medical device company.

  • March 22, 2017

    Jury Convicts Drug Return Co., CEO In $116M Fraud Case

    A Pennsylvania federal jury on Wednesday convicted a drug refund company, its CEO and its chief financial officer on charges that they stole $116 million worth of refunds from pharmaceutical manufacturers and then obstructed a subsequent investigation into the scheme.

  • March 22, 2017

    Ex-VC Worker Gets Liquidated Damages After $1.2M Win

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled Tuesday that a former employee of a venture capital fund is entitled to liquidated damages on top of a $1.26 million jury verdict in a suit over compensation under a severance agreement, finding that liquidated damages and prejudgment interest aren’t mutually exclusive.

  • March 22, 2017

    Pharmacist Convicted Of Racketeering, Cleared Of Murder

    A Massachusetts pharmacist was convicted Wednesday of a wide-ranging racketeering scheme for selling deadly drugs, but was cleared of murder charges stemming from the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak.

  • March 21, 2017

    Toshiba Unfairly Swayed Jury In Patent Trial, IV Says

    Intellectual Ventures has urged a Delaware federal judge to find that a patent it asserted against Toshiba Corp. isn’t invalid and grant a new trial in its memory chip technology infringement case, saying a recent verdict went against evidence and Toshiba’s trial conduct biased the jury.

  • March 21, 2017

    Tequila Co. Founder Tells Jury Aykroyd's Vodka No Influence

    The founder of a tequila company accused by Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka of ripping off its unique skull-shaped bottle on Tuesday defended her creation before a California federal jury, testifying she'd never even heard of Crystal Head Vodka when she designed her bottle.

  • March 21, 2017

    Sabre Can't Overturn $15M Loss In US Airways Antitrust Row

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday denied Sabre’s bid to dismantle a $15 million jury verdict handed to US Airways that found the travel technology company restrained trade through unfavorable contract terms, saying Sabre had not presented sufficient facts to undermine the evidence that led to the verdict.

  • March 21, 2017

    Ex-PSU Boss's Reporting Failure Enabled Sandusky, Jury Told

    Ex-Penn State University president Graham Spanier went to trial in Harrisburg on Tuesday facing arguments that his failure to report a suspected child abuse incident involving Jerry Sandusky more than 15 years ago had allowed the former coach and now-convicted child molester to continue victimizing young boys.

  • March 21, 2017

    Ex-Dean Foods Chair Lists Years Of Insider Tips To Gambler

    New York federal prosecutors in the insider trading trial of prominent gambler Billy Walters led their star witness, a former Dean Foods chairman and current government cooperator, through his litany of shame as he told the jury he had tipped inside information to Walters so many times that he couldn’t count.

  • March 21, 2017

    Ex-Dewey Atty Tells Jury Of $6.9M Fee Error On Firm's Books

    A former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP lawyer and current Barnes & Thornburg LLP partner on Tuesday told a Manhattan jury of his discovery of a $6.9 million discrepancy on the law firm’s books, while a defense attorney jabbed at his credibility over Twitter-related sanctions in a separate action.

  • March 21, 2017

    Apple Wants Unwired Planet’s Docs Ahead Of Patent Trial

    Apple Inc. on Monday urged a California federal court to compel Unwired Planet LLC to turn over documents related to a patent trial in the U.K., arguing that the information is relevant to an upcoming California trial between the parties over wireless and voice recognition patents.

  • March 21, 2017

    Food Co. Wants Triple Damages After Fake Jam Verdict

    Specialty food importer Dalmatia Import Group Inc. told a Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday that it is entitled to triple damages on some claims after a jury last month awarded it more than $2.5 million from two former manufacturing partners that infringed its trademark and counterfeited its signature jam spread.

Expert Analysis

  • How The Most Profitable Law Firms Structure Their C-Suites

    Anita Turner

    The most successful Am Law 200 law firms have evolved from being partner-run to being run by a group of highly skilled professionals reporting to firm shareholders. The data collected from our recent survey indicates this model is generally conducive to increased profitability, says Anita Turner, senior director at Colliers International.

  • Will Pena-Rodriguez V. Colorado Apply To Civil Cases?

    M. Christian King

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week in Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado that no-impeachment rules must yield to the Sixth Amendment's right to an impartial jury in a criminal investigation. Though Pena-Rodriguez has much to recommend to the civil side of the jury system, the analysis in the opinion may not be easily extended, say M. Christian King and Wesley Gilchrist of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Settlement Strategy: What Does The Client Really Want?

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    The best outside counsel think like the client. That includes understanding the client’s perspectives and goals with regard to reaching a settlement — because “good results” mean different things for different clients. Outside counsel must ask themselves the right questions, and know the answers, to shape a client-focused settlement strategy, say Kate Jackson of Cummins Inc. and Patrick Reilly of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • MF Global-PwC Fight Could Set Troublesome Precedent

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    The glaring misperception created by the mere filing of MF Global’s case against PricewaterhouseCoopers is that the audit firm had or should have some responsibility for MF Global's collapse. In addition, certain hallmarks of a framework for a potential claim against accounting firms are absent here, says Jacob Frenkel of Dickinson Wright PLLC.

  • Gorsuch's Views On 'Legal Tourism' Could Shift High Court

    Jan Dodd

    The confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is scheduled for March 20. A month later, the high court will hear arguments in Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. Superior Court of San Francisco County. Gorsuch’s Tenth Circuit record offers surprising insights into how he might rule on this and related matters, say Jan Dodd and Lesley Holmes of Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP.

  • In The Associate Lateral Market, All Law Firms Are Not Equal

    Darin R. Morgan

    When associates contemplate a potential lateral move, there is a common misconception that all law firms are the same. It may seem that one law firm is just like the next, but if you dig deeper, you may discover unique attributes at some firms that may be more appealing and improve your professional satisfaction significantly, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Reflections From A Mock Trial

    Lora Brzezynski

    Nerves were high on the day of the trial. While technically client interests were not at stake, our reputations were still on the line. We were not only presenting our case in front of our newly acquainted colleagues, but also for partners at our firm, expert witnesses, federal judges and in-house counsel — potential employers and clients, say attorneys with Dentons, sharing their recent mock trial experience.

  • Circuit Splits: A Hidden Trap In 'Federal Question' MDLs

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    A recent ruling in the Camp Lejeune North Carolina Water Contamination Litigation shows how multidistrict litigation venue selection can have major consequences when jurisdiction is based on a federal question. Lawyers must note that a transferee court will apply its own circuit’s law, even in defiance of local interpretation of local law in a transferor venue, say Eric Klein and Graham Zorn of Beveridge & Diamond PC.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 16, Free Fall

    Roy Futterman

    In this weekly 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 ...

  • State And Local Tax Scoreboard: 2016 Year In Review

    In this videocast, Charles Capouet and DeAndre Morrow of Eversheds Sutherland tally significant state and local tax litigation wins and losses, and share observations on 2016 cases, including results for income tax apportionment and sales tax manufacturing exemption controversies. They also recap Avnet v. Washington Department of Revenue.