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Trials

  • August 8, 2018

    Bowles Rice, Title Insurer Set For Trial In $41M Contract Row

    Bowles Rice LLP is headed to trial against a longtime partner, title insurer First American, after a federal court ruled Wednesday enough facts remain disputed about the law firm's share of blame around a $41 million settlement following the rocky construction of a coal power plant, whose title First American insured.

  • August 8, 2018

    Judge Slashes Jury Award By $2M After Victim's Father Dies

    A California federal judge on Wednesday trimmed $2 million from a jury’s $6.5 million wrongful death award in a suit that accused a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy of fatally shooting an unarmed schizophrenic man, saying the death of the man’s father during trial warranted the reduction.

  • August 8, 2018

    Judge Slashes $15M From Pelvic Mesh Verdict Against J&J

    An Indiana federal judge Wednesday conditionally reduced a $35 million verdict against a Johnson & Johnson unit awarded to a woman who was found to have been harmed by a pelvic mesh device — saying if she didn’t accept a $15 million reduction she’d face a new trial on punitive damages.

  • August 8, 2018

    Manatt Asks Calif. Court To Toss Recruiter's $335K Trial Win

    Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP urged a California appeals court Wednesday to find it doesn’t owe a legal recruiter $335,000 for connecting the firm with its now managing partner-elect, arguing a jury found the recruiter didn’t fulfill his deal with Manatt and there was no evidence that was the firm’s fault.

  • August 8, 2018

    Colo. HVAC Co. Hit With $1.7M Verdict Over Lack Of Permits

    A Colorado jury has rendered a $1.7 million verdict against Mile High Heating & Cooling, its owner and its manager after finding the company installed approximately 1,000 furnaces without obtaining building permits, the state attorney general said Wednesday.

  • August 8, 2018

    'Outercourse' Claim Fails In Stanford Sex Assault Appeal

    A California appellate court rejected a former Stanford University swimmer’s argument that his previous conviction for sexual assault with intent to commit rape should be overturned because he was only engaging in “outercourse,” ruling Wednesday that there was plenty of evidence that he had more than just “dry-humping” in mind.

  • August 8, 2018

    Jones Day Lands An IP Pro From Paul Hastings

    Jones Day has grabbed a “first chair litigator” in Silicon Valley from Paul Hastings LLP with nearly 20 years of experience in patent and technology work, the firm announced Monday.

  • August 8, 2018

    Arctic Cat, Bombardier Can’t Redo Snowmobile Patent Trial

    Bombardier and Arctic Cat each lost bids for a new trial in a snowmobile patent dispute when a Minnesota federal judge ruled Tuesday that there was sufficient evidence supporting a jury’s finding that Arctic Cat infringed one of Bombardier’s patents, and that the contested claims in two patents were invalid.

  • August 8, 2018

    Bribery Trial Judge Asks How $60K Cash Fits In 'Man-Purse'

    The Manhattan federal judge overseeing the bribery trial of former union boss Norman Seabrook was curious Wednesday about the $60,000 allegedly paid to Seabrook in exchange for a hedge fund investment, pressing a key witness on how that much cash could have been stuffed in a small-sized “man-purse.”

  • August 8, 2018

    J&J Urges Pa. Appeals Court To Undo $2.5M Risperdal Verdict

    A Johnson & Johnson unit pushed a Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesday to jettison a $2.5 million verdict on grounds that a trial judge improperly barred it from using a scientific article to challenge an expert’s opinion that the antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused an adolescent boy to grow breasts.

  • August 8, 2018

    Hospital Says Past Deal Might Trim $6.3M Med Mal Award

    A hospital that owes $6.3 million to the New Zealand Olympic snowboard team's former coach following a medical malpractice trial asked a Colorado federal judge to look at the terms of a confidential settlement the man previously reached with doctors, saying state law prohibits double recoveries.

  • August 8, 2018

    NJ Woman's Mesh Case Doesn't Belong In Pa., Ethicon Says

    Pennsylvania courts should not have been allowed to retain jurisdiction over a case involving injuries that a New Jersey woman suffered after having an implant of an allegedly defective mesh product manufactured by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Inc., a state appeals court heard during oral arguments on Wednesday.

  • August 8, 2018

    2nd Circ. Scolds Judge For Nixing Wage Suit Ahead Of Trial

    A New York federal judge incorrectly pulled the plug on a wage and hour class action by laundromat workers just a week before a scheduled trial after determining on her own accord they had abandoned their federal claims without giving them a chance to weigh in, the Second Circuit ruled Wednesday.

  • August 8, 2018

    JB Hunt Drivers Lose Class Cert. Ahead Of Calif. Wage Trial

    A California federal judge on Tuesday decertified an approximately 11,000-strong class of J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. drivers accusing the trucking giant of shorting them on wages, meal and rest breaks, saying there are too many variations in how the company's piece-rate compensation system was applied.

  • August 8, 2018

    9th Circ. Affirms Emirates Bank's Trade Secrets Trial Win

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday upheld a jury verdict in favor of banking giant Emirates NBD Bank PJSC, finding that financial technology firm InfoSpan Inc. had not shown that the jury was prejudiced or that it was not properly instructed during the trial over claims the bank stole InfoSpan's cellphone-based payment system.

  • August 8, 2018

    DLA Piper Adds Duane Morris Litigator In Miami

    DLA Piper has added a former Duane Morris LLP partner who has experience litigating intellectual property, business contracts, noncompete and construction disputes to its litigation practice group in Miami, according to the firm.

  • August 8, 2018

    Biotech Executive Convicted Of Fraud, Lying To Feds

    A Manhattan federal jury on Wednesday convicted biotech executive Patrick Muraca on charges of defrauding investors and lying to the FBI, rejecting his argument that he had merely been a sloppy accountant.

  • August 7, 2018

    Monsanto Owes $412M For Roundup 'Reckoning,' Jury Hears

    A school groundskeeper's attorneys asked a California jury to award $412 million in damages against Monsanto Co. during closing arguments Tuesday in a landmark trial over claims its Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides gave him lymphoma, calling it a "day of reckoning" for Monsanto, which has denied the alleged link to cancer for years.

  • August 7, 2018

    Misplaced Power Pole Caused Fatal Jet Crash, Jury Told

    Counsel for the children of a woman who died in a business jet crash told an Atlanta jury during Tuesday opening statements the crash wouldn’t have happened if industrial manufacturer Milliken & Company hadn’t broken its agreement with a neighboring airport and allowed the construction of the 72-foot power pole that the plane hit.

  • August 7, 2018

    Alleged Atty Killer On Hook For $5.75M Shooting Verdict

    A Missouri appellate panel on Tuesday affirmed a $5.75 million jury award in a suit against a businessman who shot a homeless man in a warehouse he owned and is now facing murder charges for gunning down the plaintiff’s attorney who handled that case, saying the trial judge had properly excluded certain evidence.

Expert Analysis

  • Sentencing May Change With 2 Kennedy Clerks On High Court

    Alan Ellis

    Should Judge Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, he and Justice Neil Gorsuch — both former clerks for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy — will likely lead the court to finally rein in "relevant conduct" for federal sentencing, say criminal defense attorneys Alan Ellis and Mark Allenbaugh.

  • The Future Of Authenticating Audio And Video Evidence

    Jonathan Mraunac

    The recent emergence of artificial intelligence-based technology has prompted serious concerns about the future integrity of recordings. Attorneys must think critically about standards for authenticating audio and video evidence as well as legislative and regulatory safeguards to discourage pervasive manipulation and forgery, says Jonathan Mraunac of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: A Flood Of MDLs

    Alan Rothman

    At its most recent meeting, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation considered and denied a petition for an MDL proceeding to centralize flood insurance claims arising from recent hurricanes. The decision shows the careful line the panel must walk when considering petitions featuring cases with a variety of circumstances, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter.

  • Opinion

    Law360's Global 20 Doesn't Acknowledge Global Networks

    Glenn Cunningham

    While I read with interest Law360's report analyzing the top 20 global law firms of 2018, I also noticed it doesn't tell the whole story. Global networks of independent law firms compare favorably with multinational firms in terms of geographic coverage, legal expertise, and awareness of local cultures and customs, says Glenn Cunningham of Interlaw Ltd.

  • The Millennial Juror’s Thoughts On IP

    Johanna Carrane

    Millennials represent more than 25 percent of the U.S. population and grew up immersed in technology. Anyone preparing to face a patent jury should consider how this age group feels about the patent world. Our analysis of 5,000 mock jurors showed two important overall conclusions, say Johanna Carrane and Lynn Fahey of JuryScope Inc.

  • Takeaways From 5th Circ. Wind Farm Scam Case

    Kip Mendrygal

    The misappropriation of funds charge can leave defense attorneys struggling throughout trial to distinguish personal expenses from legitimate business expenses. The Fifth Circuit's decision in U.S. v. Spalding sheds light on how to handle these situations, but also sets out the battles that attorneys won’t win, say Kip Mendrygal and Mario Nguyen of Locke Lord LLP.

  • The Opioid Epidemic: Who Will Jurors Hold Accountable?

    Christina Marinakis

    Hardly a day goes by where we don’t hear about another lawsuit being filed accusing pharmaceutical companies, distributors, hospitals and pharmacies of fueling the country’s addiction to opioids. But without any of these cases reaching a jury to date, it can be difficult to predict how jurors will react to these claims, says Christina Marinakis of Litigation Insights.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Genomics In Toxic Tort Cases: Part 3

    Kirk Hartley

    Genetic data and techniques are becoming ever more powerful tools for explaining when and how diseases arise. They can also have very strong evidentiary value, and in some toxic tort cases, genetic findings can provide conclusive answers for a judge or jury, say Kirk Hartley and David Schwartz of ToxicoGenomica.

  • Guest Feature

    Chris Dodd Talks Dodd-Frank, Nuremberg Trial, Hollywood

    Randy Maniloff

    Attorney Randy Maniloff recently sat down with former Sen. Christopher Dodd at his new office at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. The goal? To discover things we might not know about the author of some of the most important legislation of the last few decades.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Genomics In Toxic Tort Cases: Part 2

    Kirk Hartley

    The use of genetic testing in tort litigation is relatively new. Such testing may uncover one or more gene variants that help identify individuals at an increased risk of developing a disease. Whole genome sequencing can be the best and most appropriate approach for toxic tort civil litigation, say Kirk Hartley and David Schwartz of ToxicoGenomica.