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Trials

  • March 23, 2016

    Smoker's $3.8M Award Reversed Over Improper Trial Closing

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday reversed a $3.8 million award against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., ruling that attorneys for the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer made improper comments to a jury during closing arguments.

  • March 23, 2016

    Attys Tell 2nd Circ. $25M Mortgage Scam Trial Was Tainted

    Two attorneys on Wednesday urged the Second Circuit to overturn their trial convictions for an alleged $25 million mortgage fraud scheme that victimized Countrywide and other banks, citing misconduct by an FBI agent who participated in the investigation and alleged perjury by a key government witness.

  • March 23, 2016

    Trial Pros: Ulmer & Berne's Jeffrey Dunlap

    A trial attorney who has impressed me is David Schaefer of McCarthy Lebit. He is smart, creative, always prepared and good on his feet before a jury, says Jeffrey Dunlap, co-chairman of Ulmer & Berne LLP’s business litigation group.

  • March 23, 2016

    Trial Pros: Farella Braun's Bill Keane

    The biggest laugh I ever got before a jury was when I had an investment fraud victim describe attending a movie with the lead defendant, which the defendant himself selected: "Other People's Money" (starring Danny DeVito), says Bill Keane, chairman of Farella Braun & Martel LLP’s complex litigation department.

  • March 22, 2016

    Pom Trial Loss Gives Food Cos. Juice To Beat Labeling Suits

    Pom Wonderful's latest defeat in a false advertising suit against a rival, this time Coca-Cola, hands food makers battling consumer suits a significant weapon in the form of a rare jury verdict vindicating a food label that even Justice Anthony Kennedy once suggested could have fooled him.

  • March 22, 2016

    GM Atty Testifies He Didn't Warn Execs Of Ignition Defects

    A key General Motors in-house lawyer who helped settle lawsuits over a deadly ignition switch testified Tuesday in the second bellwether trial over such claims that he acted properly despite never alerting his bosses that the suits constituted a pattern deserving of more scrutiny.

  • March 22, 2016

    Hulk Hogan Sex-Tape Award Strikes Blow For Celebs' Privacy

    Hulk Hogan's $140 million trial victory over Gawker over the publication of a sex tape sends a clear message that even as celebrities are watched more intensely than ever before, pop culture icons are entitled to privacy in their most intimate moments.

  • March 22, 2016

    Unwired Planet Wins UK Patent Case Against Phone Makers

    The United Kingdom High Court ruled Tuesday that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. infringed a patent on 2G wireless technology held by licensing company Unwired Planet International Ltd.

  • March 22, 2016

    Apple Infringed Media Storage Patents, Fed. Circ. Told

    Smartflash LLC asked the Federal Circuit on Monday to affirm a Texas federal jury’s finding that Apple Inc. infringed its media storage patents, saying Apple's argument that the jury wasn't properly instructed about what prior art to consider falls flat.

  • March 22, 2016

    Merck Drug Patents Asserted Against Gilead Valid, Jury Finds

    A California federal jury said Tuesday that two patents held by Merck covering a key ingredient used in Gilead’s blockbuster hepatitis C drugs were valid, setting the stage for a potential $2 billion windfall for Merck as the case heads to the damages phase.

  • March 22, 2016

    Abbott Faces $219M FCA Trial Over Off-Label Stent Marketing

    A former Abbott Laboratories sales director on Tuesday told a Texas federal jury the company charged Medicare $219 million for unauthorized uses of its stents, as a decade-old False Claims Act whistleblower case kicked off a three-week trial.

  • March 22, 2016

    8th Circ. Upholds Ex-Fund Manager's $96M Ponzi Sanction

    The Eighth Circuit on Tuesday upheld a $96 million sanction against a former hedge fund manager who was found liable for funneling hundreds of millions of dollars into Thomas Petters’ $3.5 billion Ponzi scheme, ruling that the jury’s split decision in the case didn’t entitle him to a new trial.

  • March 22, 2016

    Mo. Jury Awards Woman $20.6M In Toxic Water Row

    A Missouri federal jury has awarded $20.6 million to a 28-year-old woman who accused a ball bearings manufacturer of extensively polluting the water near her childhood home with trichloroethylene, causing her a raft of health problems.

  • March 22, 2016

    Apple Pushes For Retrial Despite Samsung's High Court Case

    Apple urged the California judge overseeing an upcoming retrial over $400 million in damages it won from Samsung to go ahead as planned despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear Samsung’s appeal, saying Monday some damages in the smartphone patent dispute would be unaffected by the high court case.

  • March 22, 2016

    Ex-Warner Chilcott Exec Asks To Limit Scope At Kickback Trial

    The U.S. government is trying to proceed with an “impossible” case accusing a former Warner Chilcott PLC executive of conspiring to pay doctors kickbacks when there is no evidence against him, the former pharmaceuticals division head has told a Massachusetts federal court, asking for certain claims to be barred.

  • March 22, 2016

    Investment Adviser Sentenced In Banking Fraud Scheme

    An investment adviser convicted of misrepresenting his own assets and using financial information from his clients, including NBA legend Scottie Pippen, to get $3.2 million in loans was sentenced to three years in prison in Illinois federal court Tuesday.

  • March 22, 2016

    Trial Pros: Choate Hall's Eric Marandett

    Without question, the most unexpected thing I've seen at trial was an opposing counsel cry during his closing argument in a patent infringement case involving a dirt-sifting machine, says Eric Marandett, co-chairman of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP's litigation department.

  • March 22, 2016

    2nd GM Juror Dismissed For Sleeping During Ignition Trial

    A second juror has been dismissed for sleeping during the second General Motors ignition switch bellwether trial, leaving eight jurors in the New York courtroom of U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman on Tuesday afternoon just after the plaintiffs rested their case.

  • March 22, 2016

    Trial Pros: Ford & Harrison's Patricia Griffith

    Back in the '80s, after my first solo jury trial, the foreperson of the jury approached to tell me, “You sounded just like Matlock.” I think it was the Southern drawl but regardless, Matlock, though fictional, remains my ideal, embodying a measured, deliberate and logical trial presentation in a genteel package, says Patricia Griffith at Ford & Harrison LLP.

  • March 21, 2016

    Insurer Blames Tyco Security For $60M Eli Lilly Drug Heist

    Eli Lilly's insurer told a Florida jury Monday that Tyco Integrated Security LLC failed to protect a Lilly pharmaceutical warehouse in Connecticut and should shoulder the blame for a $60 million drug heist there by burglars who disabled the alarm system.