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Trials

  • October 10, 2018

    Expert’s Noncompliance Dooms Appeal Of $1.5M Crash Award

    An Illinois appeals court has affirmed a jury’s award of $1.5 million in a suit accusing a transportation company truck driver of negligently rear-ending a woman’s vehicle causing various injuries, saying the company’s expert witness was properly excluded because he “continuously and systematically disregarded” the court’s discovery orders.

  • October 10, 2018

    NJ Appeals Court Puts Doc Back On Hook After Tainted Trial

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Wednesday overturned a jury’s finding that a doctor did not harm a woman who died of gastric cancer, saying the trial court allowed the defense to sneakily use a motion in limine to improperly kill a claim.

  • October 10, 2018

    DOJ Rules Out Life Term Bids For Ex-Wilmington Trust Execs

    Federal prosecutors in Delaware reported an agreement Wednesday to scale back initial life sentence recommendations for four Wilmington Trust Corp. executives convicted of an estimated $196 million securities fraud in May, opting instead to seek prison terms topping out at 11¼ years.

  • October 10, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Upholds $20M Cialis Patent Verdict Against Lilly

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday upheld a $20 million verdict against Eli Lilly & Co. for infringing a German company's patent when marketing its erectile dysfunction drug Cialis to also treat enlarged prostates.

  • October 9, 2018

    Amputee Wins $4M After Wyo. Hospital Missed Health Risks

    A Wyoming jury on Friday found that doctors and nurses at a Sweetwater County hospital breached the standard of care in treating a man whose legs needed to be amputated because it failed to properly diagnose his condition, putting him on track to collect about $4 million. 

  • October 9, 2018

    Ill. Jury Awards $50M For Child's Oxygen-Deprived Birth

    An Illinois state jury awarded $50 million on Tuesday to a boy who suffered a severe brain injury after hospital physicians failed to diagnose and treat his oxygen deprivation during birth.

  • October 9, 2018

    Covil Corp. Must Pay $32.7M Over Tire Plant Worker's Death

    A North Carolina federal jury has awarded $32.7 million in a suit accusing Covil Corp. of causing a tire plant worker's mesothelioma death due to asbestos exposure, finding the defunct pipe insulation supplier failed to warn the worker of the dangers of asbestos in the products it sold.

  • October 9, 2018

    Starbucks, Dunkin' Can't Dodge Prop 65 Penalties Trial

    A California judge who determined coffee must carry cancer warnings under the state's Proposition 65 on Tuesday rejected separate bids by Dunkin' and Starbucks, with dozens of other coffee roasters, to pull the plug on an impending trial on Prop 65 civil penalties against the companies.

  • October 9, 2018

    Boston Scientific Merger Trial Fast-Tracked In Chancery

    A trial over the purported termination of a $275 million merger between medical device companies Boston Scientific Corp. and Channel Medsystems Inc. was expedited Tuesday when a Delaware Chancery judge said the proceedings would be scheduled for April.

  • October 9, 2018

    2nd Circ. Mulls Unsettled McDonnell Issues In Guinean Case

    A convicted former Guinean mining minister's attorney told an appeals court panel on Tuesday that the Supreme Court's McDonnell ruling should apply to foreign bribery law, leading one appellate judge to muse that the Second Circuit has yet to limit the ruling to specific laws.

  • October 9, 2018

    Hoops Recruit's Dad Tells Jury Cash Wasn't Only Factor

    The father of former University of Louisville recruit Brian "Tugs" Bowen told a Manhattan jury Tuesday that the hoops powerhouse was the right place for his son regardless of cash payments he received, as lawyers for three men accused of funneling illegal secret payments from Adidas to the basketball dad pushed the narrative that they had no criminal intent.

  • October 9, 2018

    Texas Atty Flagged After 'Attacks' On Judges' Integrity

    A Texas lawyer was referred for disciplinary action Monday after a state appeals court said that, in fighting to reinstate a $2 million jury verdict, his judicial recusal bid crossed a line by making "direct attacks" on the integrity of the judges and the court.

  • October 9, 2018

    Dorsey & Whitney Names New Managing Partner

    Minneapolis-based Dorsey & Whitney LLP on Tuesday named Bill Stoeri, a trial lawyer who has worked at the law firm for more than 30 years, as its new managing partner starting next year.

  • October 9, 2018

    Doc Guilty Of Insider Trading On Wife's Ariad Drug Info

    The ex-husband of an Ariad executive was found guilty of criminal insider trading Tuesday in Massachusetts federal court, marking a victory for prosecutors who said he saved more than $100,000 in trades based on meetings his wife had with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about an Ariad cancer drug.

  • October 9, 2018

    Conn. Jury Hands Boehringer 3rd Straight Pradaxa Trial Win

    Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals has won its third straight bellwether trial over the alleged bleeding risk of its blood thinner Pradaxa, after a Connecticut state jury rejected a man’s claims that the drug caused a life-threatening bout of internal bleeding.

  • October 5, 2018

    Veteran Med Mal Atty Joins Grant & Eisenhofer In Chicago

    Grant & Eisenhofer PA has added a veteran medical malpractice attorney to its Chicago office as an associate in its birth injury litigation practice group.

  • October 5, 2018

    Ariad Insider Trading Case Now In Boston Jury’s Hands

    The criminal trial of a Massachusetts doctor accused of insider trading headed into jury deliberations Friday, after prosecutors sought to drive home in closing arguments that he had used nonpublic information from his wife to make trades in stock of the cancer drugmaker Ariad.

  • October 5, 2018

    Gov't Role In Paul Weiss Probe Puts Deutsche Trial At Risk

    A New York federal judge signaled Friday that the Libor-rigging trial against former Deutsche Bank traders Matthew Connolly and Gavin Black may be in trouble, in light of "highly persuasive" evidence concerning the government's role in an internal investigation of the bank by Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • October 5, 2018

    Jury Awards Pa. Scientist $3M For Gender-Biased Firing

    A Pittsburgh federal jury on Thursday awarded a former PPG Industries Inc. scientist nearly $3 million in pay and damages, siding with her claims that her 2013 firing smacked of gender discrimination.

  • October 5, 2018

    Cancer Widow Seeks $27M From Tobacco, Auto Parts Cos.

    R.J. Reynolds, Philip Morris and an auto parts company should pay $27 million in damages for selling cigarettes and asbestos-laden brakes that combined to cause a man’s fatal lung cancer, counsel for the man’s widow told a Boston jury Friday during closing arguments.

Expert Analysis

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Opinion

    What I Learned As Lehman's Bankruptcy Lawyer

    Andrew Rossman

    I have spent nearly 10 years fighting in court for the rights of Lehman Brothers’ creditors. This arduous legal journey has yielded insights into weaknesses in our financial system and bankruptcy laws that could allow catastrophic losses to happen again, says Andrew Rossman of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Genetic Data Holds Opportunities And Risks For Litigants

    Kirk Hartley

    A recently published research paper concludes that a significant proportion of patients with malignant mesotheliomas carry inherited mutations in cancer-associated genes. Well-informed lawyers on both sides of the aisle can effectively use such data to materially alter the outcome of cases, say Kirk Hartley and David Schwartz of ToxicoGenomica.

  • NJ Trial Court Error Resulted In Years Of Litigation

    Lawrence Shapiro

    The New Jersey Appellate Division's reversal in Torah v. Aryeh should serve as a warning for trial judges faced with proceedings arising from an arbitration award. When statutes are involved, their language must be strictly followed, and although arbitration is preferred to litigation, it cannot be coerced or compelled, say Lawrence Shapiro and Nicole Miller of Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Series

    Winner's Playbook: Behind The Scenes Of The AmEx Case

    Evan Chesler

    In June, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a pivotal antitrust decision in Ohio v. American Express. Three partners at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP who represented AmEx explain how one of the most significant antitrust enforcement actions in recent history led to a landmark precedent for two-sided platforms.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.