Trials

  • December 1, 2017

    Vitamin Cos. Want New Trial After $6.8M IP Verdict

    Vitamin companies accused of patent infringement urged a California federal judge Thursday to grant them a new trial after losing a $6.8 million jury verdict in September, saying the evidence doesn’t support the jury’s finding.

  • December 1, 2017

    $106M Google Earth IP Suit Won't Get Full Fed Circ. Redo

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday rejected a German technology company’s request for a full panel to rehear its appeal of a jury’s finding that the mapping patent the company had accused Google Earth of infringing in a $106 million case was invalid as both anticipated and obvious.

  • December 1, 2017

    Feds Want Shkreli To Forfeit $7.3M, Wu-Tang Clan Album

    Brooklyn federal prosecutors on Thursday said former Retrophin CEO Martin Shkreli must forfeit $7.3 million following his August conviction on securities fraud and conspiracy charges and should hand over assets including his one-of-a-kind, $2 million Wu-Tang Clan album.

  • November 30, 2017

    Exec Says He Never Confirmed Receipt Of Bribes In FIFA Trial

    A former South American soccer executive who has testified to paying and keeping track of bribe payments to South American soccer officials said Thursday that he had no knowledge of whether three defendants on trial in the FIFA corruption case actually received the money marked for them.

  • November 30, 2017

    Jury Finds Japanese Auto Parts Co. Not Guilty Of Bid Rigging

    An Ohio federal jury on Wednesday found a Japanese company and its subsidiary not guilty of charges they were involved in a conspiracy to rig bids for automotive parts, reaching their decision in less than four hours on the 13th day of trial.

  • November 30, 2017

    Idaho Doc Gets 16 Years For Illegal Opioid Prescriptions

    An Idaho doctor convicted of 71 counts of illegally dispensing opioids, including to his mistress and to patients under 21, was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years in federal prison.

  • November 30, 2017

    Apple, Samsung’s ‘Gaming’ In $400M IP War Frustrates Judge

    U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh told Samsung and Apple on Thursday she’s frustrated with their litigation tactics as they prepare for a jury trial to determine damages for Apple in its $400 million smartphone patent war with Samsung, saying “everyone’s just gaming here and it’s frustrating.”

  • November 30, 2017

    Zarrab Tells Jury Turkish Banker Didn't Ask For Bribe Money

    Reza Zarrab testified Thursday that he never bribed Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla, telling a Manhattan federal jury that Atilla, who is accused of scheming to help Iran avoid U.S. sanctions, never asked for a dime even as Zarrab made lavish payments to the defendant's boss and to a Turkish minister.

  • November 30, 2017

    Singapore Biofuel Co. Lands $25.3M Verdict In Contract Suit

    A New York federal jury handed down a $25.3 million verdict to a Singapore biofuel trader Wednesday in its litigation accusing a Utah biodiesel fuel producer of breaching a purchasing contract, dealing a final blow to the American company, which failed to get the claims sent to arbitration earlier this year.

  • November 30, 2017

    J&J Can’t Escape $110M Verdict In Mo. Talc Cancer Trial

    A Missouri state judge on Wednesday upheld a jury’s $110 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson for allegedly selling ovarian cancer-causing products, saying the conduct on which the claims are based occurred in Missouri even though the woman who brought them is from Virginia.

  • November 29, 2017

    J&J Unit Workers Say Biz Knew Pelvic Mesh Device Risks

    Johnson & Johnson unit Ethicon was aware of potential complications related to a pelvic mesh product before its launch in 2005, company officials said in deposition testimony presented Wednesday to a New Jersey state court jury hearing claims that the business withheld such information from doctors.

  • November 29, 2017

    Wells Fargo Can't Arbitrate $1B Phony Accounts Suit Yet

    A Utah federal judge on Wednesday held off on deciding whether to force arbitration on several dozen of the Wells Fargo account holders behind a proposed class action seeking more than $1 billion in damages from the California-based bank for opening accounts without customer approval.

  • November 29, 2017

    Bribes Shown In Ledger, Juror Dismissed At FIFA Trial

    A former South American soccer executive told jurors he was instructed to pay and keep track of bribe payments to several South American soccer officials, including three defendants currently on trial, while separately, one of the jurors was dismissed for sleeping as the FIFA corruption trial continued Wednesday in Brooklyn federal court.

  • November 29, 2017

    Judge Blames Uber Deputy GC For Waymo IP Trial’s Delay

    A California federal judge blamed Uber’s deputy general counsel for a two-month delay of Waymo’s trade secrets trial over allegedly stolen self-driving car technology, saying in a hearing Wednesday that Uber’s failure to produce an ex-employee’s letter meant the lawyer may be “in trouble.”

  • November 29, 2017

    Ex-Rep. Reynolds Loses New-Trial Bid In Tax-Filing Case

    Former U.S. Congressman Melvin Reynolds will appear for sentencing in March after an Illinois federal judge on Wednesday declined to retry him on four counts of failing to file federal income tax returns on more than $400,000, saying he found enough evidence during trial to convict.

  • November 29, 2017

    Zarrab Tells Jury Bribes Erased Concerns About His Fame

    Reza Zarrab told a Manhattan jury Wednesday that he initially was deemed too famous to work with a Turkish bank in its effort to launder billions of dollars of Iran oil profits, but the gold trader-turned-government witness said he solved that problem by sending massive bribes to a high-ranking Turkish politician.

  • November 29, 2017

    Winner Of 'Madoff' Defamation Case Fights For $38M

    A Los Angeles real estate investor who won a $38 million defamation award against a former business tenant who created websites comparing him to jailed Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff asked the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to overturn an Arizona federal court’s dismissal of his lawsuit against the tenant’s insurer.

  • November 29, 2017

    Testimony Limited In Lance Armstrong Doping FCA Suit

    A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday limited the testimony of several experts in the U.S. Postal Service's False Claims Act suit against former cyclist Lance Armstrong, saying experts can't claim the postal service received no benefits from the sponsorship as a result of doping allegations or speculate on USPS' knowledge of the scheme.

  • November 29, 2017

    Feds Seek 30 Years For Fla. Eye Doc's $32M Medicare Fraud

    Federal prosecutors are seeking a 30-year prison sentence for Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, who was found guilty of overbilling Medicare by $32 million, telling the court Tuesday that a lengthy imprisonment is needed to account for his “truly horrific” crimes and to deter similar offenses.

  • November 29, 2017

    SEC Defends Fraud Claims Against Ex-Nomura Trader​

    The nation’s securities watchdog asked a New York federal judge on Tuesday not to dismiss its civil fraud claims against a former Nomura trader acquitted earlier this year on related criminal charges of exploiting counterparty opacity to inflate Nomura’s take.

Expert Analysis

  • Unreliable Expert Opinion Dooms California Talc Verdict

    Steven Boranian

    After the recent $417 million verdict against a talcum powder manufacturer in California, the trial court set the verdict aside, entering judgment for the defendants. The court’s order paints a clear picture of what happened: The jury, goaded by improper argument from plaintiffs counsel, ignored instructions and spun out of control, says Steven Boranian of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Being There: Defending Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • How Calif.’s Anti-SLAPP Law Affects Amended Complaints

    Felix Shafir

    Horvitz & Levy LLP partners Felix Shafir and Jeremy Rosen examine two complex subjects implicated by California's anti-SLAPP statute — whether the statute prevents a plaintiff from filing an amended complaint after an anti-SLAPP motion challenges the initial complaint, and whether anti-SLAPP challenges can be marshaled against amended complaints.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • Are 'Smart' Courts Smart Enough For IP Disputes?

    Junqi Hang

    Remote video appearance is already in use for certain trials, hearings, and arbitration and mediation proceedings. But the methodology of court remoteness and the concept of "smart" courts may not be able to accommodate intellectual property cases, which tend to be complex in subject matter, say Junqi Hang and Jingqiang Zhang of Dragon Intellectual Property Law Firm.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Get Real, But Get It Right

    Dawn Reddy Solowey

    At my first job out of law school, I handled prepublication review of stories for local TV news and newspapers. With little time for legal research, I had to know the rules cold, how to apply them, and how to make judgment calls when the answer was more gray than black or white, says Dawn Reddy Solowey of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • Federal Claims Must Meet Diversity Jurisdiction Burden

    Jeffrey Odom

    The Third Circuit recently dismissed a plaintiff’s fear of cancer claims arising from a chemical spill, and found the diversity jurisdiction burden was not met. Defendants should look beyond the sensational facts of toxic tort claims and challenge the evidence presented at filing to determine whether jurisdiction is proper, says Jeffrey Odom of Lane Powell PC.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.