Trials

  • February 17, 2017

    Tax Trial Over Cable Co. Sale Hangs On Diligence

    A Kentucky family suing the IRS to recover $15 million in alleged tax overpayments and civil tax evasion penalties stemming from the sale of their cable company will argue in court that the penalties are unprecedented given their efforts to conform to the law, according to a trial brief filed in Kentucky federal court Thursday.

  • February 17, 2017

    FDIC Can Split Colonial Trials Against Crowe Horwath, PWC

    An Alabama federal judge agreed Friday to split trials for claims by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. alleging that Crowe Horwath LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP acted negligently by failing to catch a $1.8 billion fraud scheme involving defunct former client Colonial BancGroup Inc.

  • February 17, 2017

    Prosecutors Slam Appeal Bids By Ex-Penn State Officials

    State prosecutors on Friday slammed a bid by a group of ex-Penn State University administrators to allow an appeals court to review child endangerment charges they’re facing from the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal before their scheduled trial date next month.

  • February 17, 2017

    White & Case Nabs Troutman Sanders Litigation Partner

    Global law firm White & Case LLP has hired as partner a trial lawyer from Troutman Sanders LLP who specializes in representing public and private equity firms in complex commercial litigation and intellectual property disputes, according to White & Case.

  • February 17, 2017

    Ex-JPMorgan Banker Gets 3 Years For Leaking Tips To Dad

    A former investment banker for JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Perella Weinberg Partners convicted of insider trading after he was accused of leaking confidential information about health care company mergers to his father was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday.

  • February 17, 2017

    Smoker's Actions Justify Limited Punitives, Engle Jury Finds

    A Florida jury awarded only $400,000 in punitive damages on Friday against Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds after finding they concealed facts important to the health decisions of a smoker who died of lung cancer in 1995.

  • February 17, 2017

    Merck Settles Long-Running Pay-For-Delay Suit

    Merck & Co. Inc. and Upsher-Smith Laboratories Inc. have told a New Jersey federal court they have settled their long-running MDL accusing them of pay-for-delay over the potassium supplement K-Dur.

  • February 17, 2017

    Jury Awards Family $4M In Trucking Crash Suit

    A Florida jury awarded $3.92 million on Friday to surviving family members in a suit against a trucking company and a staffing firm that resulted from a terrible 2012 highway crash, but attributed much of the fault to a drunk driver who is not a defendant.

  • February 17, 2017

    Bias Claims Against Judge In Infant Death Case Rejected

    The Massachusetts Appeals Court on Friday roundly rejected complaints that a judge was partial during a medical malpractice trial, leaving intact a jury’s defense verdict and sweeping aside bias allegations.

  • February 17, 2017

    Avis Says Insurer Owes Coverage For $23.5M Crash Verdict

    Avis has slapped its insurer with a lawsuit in New Jersey federal court alleging that the business has improperly refused to provide coverage in two personal injury actions, including one case in which a jury recently returned a $23.5 million verdict against the car rental company.

  • February 17, 2017

    NC Federal Jury Awards $5.2M Over Nursing Home Deaths

    A North Carolina federal jury on Thursday determined that a nursing home committed medical negligence that caused the deaths of three patients, with reckless disregard to their rights, and awarded their families $5.2 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

  • February 17, 2017

    Kimberly-Clark Wants Investor Suit Over Gowns Tossed

    A short stock drop that occurred after the airing of an episode of "60 Minutes" that delved into a two-year old lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark Corp. over the effectiveness of its gowns during the 2014 Ebola virus breakout can’t serve as the backbone of a securities fraud suit, the company told a New York federal court Thursday.

  • February 17, 2017

    Pharmacist Rebuts Key Testimony In Meningitis Murder Trial

    A defense attorney for a pharmacist accused of murder and health care fraud in the 2012 meningitis outbreak meticulously scrutinized testimony by the pharmacy’s quality control officer during cross-examination on Friday, suggesting inconsistencies about issues she brought to her boss and exaggerations about mold findings.

  • February 17, 2017

    Sprint Owes Comcast $1.5M Over SMS Patent, Jury Finds

    A Pennsylvania federal jury on Friday awarded Comcast $1.5 million in damages after finding that Sprint had infringed a patent the company held for text messaging operations.

  • February 17, 2017

    Cay Clubs Ex-CFO Fights Gov't Request To Clarify Order

    A former Florida real estate executive facing charges related to an alleged $300 million Ponzi scheme blasted the government’s request for clarity on a pretrial order, saying Friday he won’t be raising arguments the court has barred.

  • February 17, 2017

    Corruption Trial To Begin For Dallas County Commissioner

    A marathon corruption trial against longtime Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is accused of trading government contracts for cash, cars and land, will begin jury selection Tuesday, kicking off months of what's expected to be politically charged testimony.

  • February 16, 2017

    Witness Accused Of Misconduct At Ballplayer Smuggling Trial

    Signals are exchanged silently throughout baseball games, between catchers and pitchers and coaches and players around the diamond, but the suggestion that a ballplayer was receiving signals while testifying in the player smuggling trial of an agent and trainer raised tensions in a Miami courtroom Thursday.

  • February 16, 2017

    Jury Finds Chinese Scientist Guilty In Stolen Seeds Plot

    A Kansas federal jury on Thursday found a Chinese agricultural scientist guilty of three charges related to a conspiracy to steal cutting-edge rice seeds from a biopharmaceutical research facility in order to send them back to his native country.

  • February 16, 2017

    Trucking Firm Should Pay In Tragic Crash, Fla. Jury Hears

    A Florida jury was urged Thursday to award $15.2 million from a trucking company and a staffing firm to survivors of a terrible early morning crash in which a truck driver with a history of sleep issues ran into the stalled car of a family returning from a surprise birthday party.

  • February 16, 2017

    Punitives Phase Begins In Engle Trial Against PM, RJR

    The family of a smoker who died in 1995 began a trial for punitive damages on Thursday against Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds after being awarded millions of dollars in compensatory damages on Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Affirmed: Pharmacies Are Not Liable For Drug Labeling

    Jaclyn Setili

    Plaintiffs in the Lipitor multidistrict litigation in the Eastern District of Michigan alleged that the risks of taking Lipitor were not properly disclosed, by either the manufacturer or their pharmacists. But under the Federal Drug and Cosmetic Act, a pharmacy has no authority to unilaterally change a drug’s label, says Jaclyn Setili of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Texas Roadhouse Age Bias Trial Shows Relevance Of ADEA

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    Discrimination class actions seldom go to trial, let alone pattern-or-practice hiring cases like the recent case U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Texas Roadhouse. The lawsuit's testimony gives us a rare, close-up look at the possible areas of disconnect between formal corporate equal employment opportunity policies and the actual, on-the-ground realities, say Paul Mollica and Jahan Sagafi of Outten & Golden LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Myth Of The Forceful Mediator

    Jeff Kichaven

    When mediators rely on force to get cases settled, it doesn’t work. It’s time to suggest more productive ways for top-gun litigators and top-flight mediators to engage, says Jeff Kichaven of Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation.

  • Why The Supreme Court Must Revisit Personal Jurisdiction

    Grant Esposito

    In recent decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court has distinguished between general personal jurisdiction and specific personal jurisdiction. The standards are clear, but the results they produce apparently remain troubling to some state courts. The high court’s rulings in BNSF Railway Company v. Tyrrell and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. Superior Court of California may provide more guidance, say attorneys from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Gorsuch Would Lay McDonnell Douglas Test To Rest

    Alan Rupe

    The McDonnell Douglas test is to employment law what Socrates is to philosophy. And Judge Neil Gorsuch, now President Trump's nominee to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, is not a fan, say Alan Rupe and Jeremy Schrag of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.

  • Miami-Dade Civil Justice Initiative Is A Welcome Project

    Etan Mark

    Florida's Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court's new pilot program will hopefully revitalize the world of civil litigation as well as the state of modern discovery, which has been described with words such as "morass," "nightmare," "quagmire," "monstrosity" and "fiasco," says Etan Mark of Berger Singerman LLP.

  • Opinion

    Love And Law In The Age Of Trump

    Kevin Curnin

    Love is not a subject that lawyers typically devote themselves to professionally. But as we witness this historic transition to a new administration, lawyers in particular are reminded that love is tied, however imperfectly, to our cherished founding ideals, says Kevin Curnin, president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • The State Of The Litigation Finance Industry In 2017

    Christopher P. Bogart

    In the United States, the number of lawyers whose firms have used litigation finance has quadrupled since 2013. Even so, too many remain poorly informed, leaving them at a competitive disadvantage and prone to oddly persistent “alternative facts” about litigation finance, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital.

  • 6 Ways To Get More From A Limited Budget For Trial Graphics

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    With so many possibilities and variables, it can be difficult to adhere to a strict graphics budget when preparing effective visuals for trial. There are several things you can do to limit the cost of your visuals without sacrificing quality, says Marti Martin Robinson of Litigation Insights Inc.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 12, Stockholm Syndrome

    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 ...