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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.