Trials

  • April 21, 2017

    DynCorp Prevails In Ecuadorean Farmers' Herbicide Suit

    A Washington, D.C., federal jury on Thursday largely sided with DynCorp in a suit brought by six farmers representing a class of Ecuadoreans who claim the defense contractor poisoned them with herbicide while trying to destroy drug crops in Colombia.

  • April 21, 2017

    7th Circ. Skeptical Of Insurance ERISA Suit, Class Cert.

    A Seventh Circuit panel had serious questions about the certification of four classes containing 10 million Health Care Service Corp. customers and the claims underlying their suit Friday, with one judge grilling class counsel on how the insurer violated the law at the heart of the case.

  • April 21, 2017

    Ill. Court Orders New Med Mal Trial Over Dental Implants

    An Illinois appeals court overturned a defense verdict Thursday in a suit over an allegedly botched dental surgery, saying the trial included numerous abuses that gave the defense an unfair upper hand, including the use of a human skull as a stand-in for the plaintiff's skull without any basis.

  • April 21, 2017

    7th Circ. Upholds Blago's 14-Year Sentence On Second Appeal

    The Seventh Circuit upheld former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year sentence Friday, rejecting his request to be sentenced for a third time for his conviction on charges that he used the power of his office to shake down would-be political donors.

  • April 20, 2017

    Dewey Execs Rip Absent Chair, Demand MIA Witness Charge

    The two former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executives on trial for a second time over accusations of defrauding the defunct law firm’s lenders and investors on Thursday asked a New York judge to instruct jurors they can draw an adverse inference against the government for not calling Dewey’s former chairman to the witness stand.

  • April 20, 2017

    Wash. Jury Awards $82M Against Napa Over Asbestos Death

    A Washington state jury has awarded $81.5 million to a former frequent user of Napa-brand auto parts who died from asbestos-related mesothelioma that his widow blamed on the parts.

  • April 20, 2017

    ForceField CEO Cooperating In $131M Securities Fraud Trail

    The former chairman of efficient light products maker ForceField Energy Inc., whose stock fraud which cost investors $131 million, appeared in a New York federal court on Thursday after disappearing into law enforcement limbo, wearing prison togs and testifying against the last co-defendant in the securities fraud.

  • April 20, 2017

    Lynn Tilton Takes Stand At Chancery Zohar Trial

    Patriarch Partners LLC magnate Lynn Tilton took the stand Thursday in the Delaware Chancery trial with her so-called Zohar funds over the proper board makeup of three associated businesses, giving testimony that highlighted disagreements between the sides over how her business empire is structured.

  • April 20, 2017

    Fiat Dealership Won’t Get New Price Bias Trial

    A California federal judge on Thursday rejected a San Jose dealership’s bid to retry a $1.7 million antitrust suit accusing Fiat Chrysler of offering better incentives to local rivals, ruling that it was up to the dealership to prove that the incentives were not universally available.

  • April 20, 2017

    SpaceX's Cost Bid After Sex Bias Trial Win Throttled Back

    A California judge ruled Thursday that SpaceX was justified in requesting over $100,000 in litigation costs from a former SpaceX welder after defeating her claims of sexual harassment and bias at trial, but said he would “scale down” the amount to avoid scaring off future employee litigants.

  • April 20, 2017

    Judge Won't Delay Prevezon Trial Over Russia-Bashing Press

    A New York federal judge will not delay next month's trial in a dispute over proceeds of a $230 million Russian tax fraud that were allegedly laundered using Manhattan real estate, rejecting arguments that media statements by government witness Bill Browder would bias the jury.

  • April 20, 2017

    GSK Hit With $3M Verdict For Reed Smith Atty’s Suicide

    An Illinois federal jury on Thursday found GlaxoSmithKline liable for the death of Reed Smith LLP partner Stewart Dolin and ordered the pharmaceutical giant to pay $3 million to the attorney’s widow, reaching the conclusion that a generic version of GSK’s Paxil caused Dolin to take his own life.

  • April 19, 2017

    Farmers Agents Denied New Trial Over Bad-Contract Claims

    A California judge on Wednesday rejected a bid by Farmers Insurance Exchange agents to retry their claims that a “no cause” termination provision and other elements of their employment contracts are illegal, saying he'd correctly ruled after a bench trial that the agents' professional association couldn’t sue over individual members’ concerns.

  • April 19, 2017

    Disability Center's Ex-CEO Guilty Of Diverting Client Funds

    The former chief executive of a Florida organization that operated programs for the developmentally disabled was convicted by a Tampa federal jury Wednesday of scheming to divert clients' Social Security benefits.

  • April 19, 2017

    Informant In Schock Case Broke No Laws, Prosecutors Say

    The federal government denied any wrongdoing in its use of a criminal informant in its investigation of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., downplaying the results from the office manager-turned informant in a filing late Tuesday night in Illinois federal court.

  • April 19, 2017

    Jury Finds SEO-Extortion Convict Guilty Of Retaliation

    A Texas federal jury on Tuesday found a self-described "black hat search engine optimizer" guilty of retaliating against a Dallas-based mergers & acquisitions advisory firm by posting negative online reviews, after he had been sentenced to federal prison last year for extorting money from the firm by threatening to post them.

  • April 19, 2017

    Chancery Denies New Stay Bid As Tilton Trial Kicks Off

    As the Delaware chancery trial between Lynn Tilton of Patriarch Partners LLC and its so-called Zohar funds over the board makeup of three companies kicked off Wednesday, the presiding judge denied a new bid to delay the proceedings, this time from the firms whose ownership is disputed.

  • April 19, 2017

    VA Beats Wrongful Death Suit Over Blood Test Follow-Up

    A Veteran’s Administration clinic was not negligent in its treatment of a patient after an abnormal reading on a common blood clot indicator, a Florida federal judge has ruled, turning back a suit alleging the clinic’s response, a reduced blood thinner dosage, was insufficient and led to the man’s death.

  • April 19, 2017

    Ex-JPMorgan Exec Again Presses Judge To ID Secret Client

    A former JPMorgan executive who claims the bank fired her for flagging possible fraud has urged a New York federal judge to rethink rescinding an order that an anonymous bank client will be identified at trial and may be called to testify, saying the judge’s initial logic was sound.

  • April 19, 2017

    Shkreli, Ex-Katten Atty Get Fraud Trials Severed

    Former Retrophin Inc. CEO Martin Shkreli and his ex-Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP attorney will be tried separately, a Brooklyn federal judge ruled Wednesday, citing a “a serious risk” that Shkreli wouldn’t receive a constitutionally fair trial in a joint proceeding.

Expert Analysis

  • A Jury Consultant Reviews 'You, The Jury'

    Roy Futterman

    Following the premiere on Friday of a new Fox unscripted series, “You, The Jury” — in which millions of home viewers voted on the verdict in a murder trial — jury consultant Roy Futterman reviews the episode and considers how this show might affect actual jurors.

  • Crowdfunding For Legal Cases: 5 Trends Reshaping Justice

    Julia Salasky

    Most people have never had an opportunity to personally take part in a legal case that directly challenges laws or policies they don’t agree with. Now that crowdfunding is available for legal cases, people can engage directly with legal change in the community and be a check on the powerful, says Julia Salasky, CEO of CrowdJustice.

  • Opinion

    ABA Needs A New Model Legal Ethics Rule

    Kevin L. Shepherd

    Perhaps lost in the presidential post-election tumult was a report issued in late 2016 by an international body evaluating U.S. compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards. Considering repeated criticisms of the legal profession, the American Bar Association should seriously consider a new model legal ethics rule, says Kevin Shepherd of Venable LLP.

  • When Diversity Jurisdiction Fails, So Does Removal

    Carolyn Davis

    The Eleventh Circuit's recent ruling in Thermoset v. Building Materials Corp. of America is a reminder that a court can decide its jurisdiction at any time, even after judgment. Defendants must be wary of removing an action to federal court on diversity grounds if the diversity of each party is not firmly established, says Carolyn Davis of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • What Does Lateral Partner Success Look Like?

    Howard Flack

    In the final segment of his series on lateral recruitment, Howard Flack, a partner of Volta Talent Strategies LLC and former leader of the lateral partner recruiting team at Hogan Lovells, shares a number of factors law firms should consider when measuring lateral hire success.

  • Are Lateral Recruitment Opportunities Shaping Your Strategy?

    Howard Flack

    In the second installment of this series on lateral recruiting, Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC challenges law firms to ask themselves whether business strategies are determining lateral hires — or vice versa.

  • Weekly Column

    Talking 'Bull': Episode 18, Dressed To Kill

    Roy Futterman

    This week’s episode of Bull strays far from the “He’s a genius jury consultant” premise of the show. It is a whodunit that appears to be the result of someone getting a good deal on a script from "Murder She Wrote: The Lost Episodes," says jury consultant Roy Futterman in his latest review of the CBS series "Bull."

  • Natural Resource Damages: A New Angle In PCB Litigation

    Graham Zorn

    In an effort to use product liability theories to impose liability on manufacturers of products found in the environment, Washington state recently sued polychlorinated biphenyl manufacturer Monsanto in state court. This could signal a new era in PCB litigation, and should be closely watched by manufacturers and marketers of similar products, say Graham Zorn and Eric Klein of Beveridge & Diamond PC.

  • Lateral Partner Hiring: Time To Look In The Mirror

    Howard Flack

    The surveys that report lateral partner hiring as more or less a 50-50 proposition keep being published, and yet the lateral partner market is as robust as ever. So, what are firms looking at to measure their success and justify the level of investment they continue to make in the lateral market? asks Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC.

  • District Court Sabine Ruling: Bad News For Midstream Cos.

    Mark D. Sherrill

    The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has affirmed that Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation can reject some gathering contracts with midstream energy companies, for lack of valid covenants running with the land. The ruling is another unfavorable result for midstream firms dealing with distressed oil and gas producers, say Mark Sherrill and Stephany Olsen LeGrand of Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP.