Trials

  • March 21, 2017

    Meras Says $12.5M Verdict May Be Mooted By USPTO Move

    Meras Engineering told a California federal judge on Monday that a jury’s $12.5 million verdict against it and a large-scale greenhouse tomato grower for infringing a rival water treatment company’s patent may be about to become moot since the patent itself may be tossed.

  • March 21, 2017

    Pa. Woman Awarded $400K For Eyelid Surgery Complications

    A Pennsylvania woman has been awarded more than $400,000 by a jury that found her eyes were disfigured by an eyelid surgery that should not have been performed had surgeons noticed an allegedly clear defect in the structure of her eyes.

  • March 20, 2017

    Boiron Buyers Say Jury’s False Ad Verdict OK’d Sugar Pills

    A class of Boiron homeopathic flu remedy buyers urged a California federal judge on Monday to toss a jury verdict clearing Boiron of false advertising claims, saying it went against the clear weight of evidence that the product was only sugar.

  • March 20, 2017

    Former SF Deputy Atty Gets $2M Whistleblower Firing Verdict

    A former trial attorney for San Francisco on Friday won a $2 million jury verdict in her case accusing City Attorney Dennis Herrera of firing her for making a whistleblower claim, which ultimately failed, about an alleged $10 million unnecessary sewer line repair scheme.

  • March 20, 2017

    Pa. Jurors Ready To Mull $116M Drug Refund Fraud Case

    A Pennsylvania federal jury will begin deliberating Tuesday whether a drug refund company defrauded customers, including the U.S. Department of Defense, out of $116 million they should have received for their unwanted medications, after a prosecutor hit back against claims that the company's conduct was sanctioned by its contracts.

  • March 20, 2017

    PwC Calls Jury Primer 'Finger On The Scale' In $2B Suit

    A New York federal judge told the parties in MF Global’s $2 billion professional malpractice suit against PricewaterhouseCoopers that he would develop a primer to explain the complex evidence issues to the jury despite the assertion by PwC’s attorney that it would put a “finger on the scale” in favor of the investment house.

  • March 20, 2017

    Fla. Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Allied Vets Atty

    Florida state prosecutors have declined to retry their case against a lawyer whose conviction for helping Allied Veterans of the World run a $300 million illegal gambling ring was overturned by an appeals court.

  • March 20, 2017

    Jury Says Student Was Harassed But Doesn't Award Damages

    A jury found in favor of a former University of Minnesota Ph.D. student Thursday on her claim of a hostile work environment stemming from sexual harassment by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scientist who was her mentor, but it concluded that her damages don’t have a monetary value.

  • March 20, 2017

    Dewey Execs Say State's Secrecy Warrants Dismissal

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executives Stephen DiCarmine and Joel Sanders asked a New York judge on Monday to dismiss all charges in the middle of their fraud retrial, saying prosecutors' failure to disclose details about witnesses' statements had crippled their defense.

  • March 20, 2017

    Arpaio Seeks Trial Delay, Citing Bar Mitzvah Of New Atty's Son

    Former Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio asked to put off a trial over whether he flouted a ban on profiling Latinos at traffic stops, saying on Friday the trial conflicts with a new lawyer’s son’s bar mitzvah ceremony, but the government shot back Monday that was a weak excuse to delay the proceedings.

  • March 20, 2017

    GSK Can’t Nix Expert Testimony In Atty Suicide Trial

    An Illinois federal judge refused Monday to strike a U.K. professor's testimony about antidepressant Paxil's alleged link to adult suicide, saying GlaxoSmithKline PLC will get the chance to rebut the professor’s assertions during the trial over a Reed Smith LLP partner’s death.

  • March 20, 2017

    Meningitis Murder Trial Judge Hones In On Intent To Defraud

    A federal jury deliberating right now in the racketeering murder trial over a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts drug compounder will have to decide whether its head pharmacist had the intent to defraud or mislead — or else must acquit the defendant on some counts.

  • March 20, 2017

    Feds Fight RE Investor's Bid For New Insider Trading Trial

    The federal government on Monday urged a Massachusetts federal judge to deny a real estate investor's bid for a new trial on charges he passed on insider information in a pending tire company merger, saying purportedly new evidence would do little to change his conviction.

  • March 20, 2017

    Ballard Spahr Snags SEC Trial Counsel For White Collar Group

    Ballard Spahr LLP has further expanded its Philadelphia securities litigation group with a former senior regional trial attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the firm announced Monday.

  • March 20, 2017

    Justices Won't Hear Wells Fargo Decertification Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a Second Circuit decision that district judges have the power to decertify a class after a jury verdict but before judgment, cementing the decertification of a class of mortgagers awarded $55 million at trial over late fees charged by Wells Fargo & Co.

  • March 20, 2017

    Posh NYC Cafe Gets Trial Date For Waiter Pay Class Action

    Former River Café waiters who say the pricey eatery in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood stiffed them out of millions of dollars in tips and other wages over eight years were given a trial date Monday in a long-running paycheck action targeting owner Michael "Buzzy" O'Keeffe.

  • March 17, 2017

    Jury Hands TEK $2.8M Win In Tire Repair Kit Patent Trial

    A California federal jury awarded TEK Global SRL $2.8 million on Friday in a case alleging that rival Sealant Systems International Inc. copied its patented design for tire repair kits that pump sealant into flat tires in order to steal its customers, according to an attorney for the prevailing party.

  • March 17, 2017

    11th Circ. Sides With Allstate Over Mostly Unpaid $11M Award

    The Eleventh Circuit affirmed a victory for Allstate in bad-faith litigation seeking to recover most of an $11 million judgment stemming from a car accident, saying Friday that a lower court didn’t abuse its discretion by rejecting the jury instructions requested by the man bringing suit for the victim.

  • March 17, 2017

    Dewey's DiCarmine Not In On Accounting Fraud, Jury Hears

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP Executive Director Stephen DiCarmine never ordered the firm's finance director to pull improper accounting moves, the state's star cooperating witness told a Manhattan jury on Friday.

  • March 17, 2017

    Trial Consultants Q&A: JuryScope's Johanna Carrane

    Fifteen years ago, to get up to speed in a case you would wait for that giant box of documents to arrive at the office and email was still really establishing itself as the most common form of communication. Because of the speed with which we can communicate today, it calls for a high level of responsiveness, says Johanna Carrane, president of JuryScope Inc.

Expert Analysis

  • New Business Opportunities In Shared Workspaces

    Philippe Houdard

    For decades, law firms have taken on considerable expense to acquire or rent opulent office space, often with the intention of signaling seriousness and reliability to their clients. But more recently, solo practitioners and established firms alike have started breaking tradition, says Philippe Houdard, co-founder of Pipeline Workspaces.

  • Calif. Courts Are Moving Away From NY Jury Trial Waivers

    Chauncey M. Swalwell

    A California Court of Appeal recently decided in Rincon EV v. CP III Rincon Towers that predispute jury trial waivers in agreements governed by New York law and involving Californian real property are unenforceable in California courts. We can expect to see parties seeking to void their jury trial waivers and attempts to bolster loan documents and other such agreements, say Chauncey Smalwell and Taylor Senske of Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • What The Intuitive Ruling Means For Medical Device Makers

    Erin Bosman

    In its recent ruling in Taylor v. Intuitive Surgical, the Washington Supreme Court saddled medical device manufacturers with a new duty to warn hospitals about risks their products may pose — and eroded exemptions from strict liability afforded to manufacturers of certain “unavoidably unsafe” products. This decision is an unexpected shift in the law for medical device manufacturers, say attorneys from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • How 401(k) Benefits Can Attract Millennial Legal Talent

    Nathan Fisher

    If today’s law firms are willing to rethink their perceptions of millennials, they may see greater success in attracting and retaining new talent by giving the younger generation the kind of retirement planning benefits they want and need, says Nathan Fisher of Fisher Investments.

  • GC Whistleblowing And Other Implications From Bio-Rad

    Matthew Solomon

    Many aspects of the whistleblower retaliation case against Bio-Rad Laboratories brought by former general counsel Sanford Wadler — including Wadler’s sizeable recovery and a series of plaintiff-friendly decisions — bring to the forefront significant issues relevant to public companies, directors and other corporate stakeholders, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • More Pricing Litigation On The Docket In 2017

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    The current wave of pricing litigation began nearly three years ago, and has already targeted more than 60 retailers in more than 100 lawsuits. In 2017, several cases are on appeal, others are starting the class certification or summary judgment phase, and some are slated for trial, portending possible major changes in case law, say Stephanie Sheridan and Meegan Brooks of Sedgwick LLP.

  • The Mistakes Lawyers Make When Copying And Pasting

    Robert D. Lang

    We all recognize that cutting or copying text from earlier works and pasting it into new documents saves attorneys time. However, with this increase in speed comes an increased risk of making, or not catching, errors, says Robert Lang of D’Amato & Lynch LLP.

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 15, What’s Your Number?

    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 ...

  • Jurors In Toxic Tort Litigation Take Genetics Seriously

    David Schwartz

    Can jurors grasp the role of genetics in personal injury claims alleged to arise from exposure to specific chemicals? A recent asbestos trial featured a discussion of the plaintiff's genetic mutations as a factor in her mesothelioma. Trial lawyers should be thinking about how juries understand cancer, genetics and disease causation, say David Schwartz of Innovative Science Solutions and Kirk Hartley of LSP Group LLC.