Trials

  • February 14, 2018

    Ex-UCLA Doctor Seeks $16M As Gender Bias Trial Wraps

    A former UCLA oncologist asked a Los Angeles jury on Wednesday for nearly $16 million in her suit alleging she was retaliated against for complaining about gender-based discrimination, while the school’s governing body argued that she made her own decision to leave the program.

  • February 14, 2018

    Calif. Court OKs Doc's Injury Verdict, Nixes $2.9M Fees Award

    A California appeals court on Tuesday affirmed a jury’s decision to award a medical technician $225,000 in a suit accusing a doctor of sexual battery, but reversed a trial judge’s award of $2.9 million in attorneys’ fees, saying a doubling of fees may not have been fair.

  • February 14, 2018

    Doc’s Trial Win Preserved In Case Over Botched Biopsy Death

    A Pennsylvania appellate court declined Wednesday to revive a suit brought by the husband of a deceased patient who blamed a bungled biopsy for his wife’s death, ruling that the trial court judge had decided correctly on several evidence-related questions regarding the trial.

  • February 14, 2018

    Judge Accused Of $1.4M Fraud Knew What To Say: Feds

    A Chicago circuit court judge had been an attorney and realtor for years when she allegedly orchestrated a $1.4 million mortgage fraud scheme involving two homes she owned, prosecutors told an Illinois federal jury Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2018

    Feds Want 11-Year Sentence For Armored Truck Fraudster

    Federal prosecutors on Wednesday urged a Virginia federal judge to sentence the CEO of a now-defunct military contractor to more than 11 years in prison for providing faulty armored trucks under federal contracts, arguing the tough sentence is warranted since the fraud endangered lives of American soldiers.

  • February 14, 2018

    Facing Punitive Damages, BofA Settles With Fired Worker

    Bank of America NA reached a confidential settlement late Tuesday night with a former client manager after a California federal jury found the bank had illegally blacklisted and defamed her, resolving the dispute before the jury could deliberate on the amount of punitive damages the bank would have to pay.

  • February 14, 2018

    11th Circ. Affirms 11-Year Stint For $80M Eli Lilly Drug Theft

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the 11-year sentence of a man convicted of stealing an estimated $80 million worth of pharmaceuticals from an Eli Lilly and Co. warehouse in Connecticut, saying there’s no evidence his lawyer was ineffective or that the lower court improperly calculated Eli Lilly’s loss.

  • February 14, 2018

    Leason Ellis Scores Ex-Venable IP Litigator In NY

    Leason Ellis LLP has added an intellectual property litigator with more than 35 years of experience in patent litigation, according to the firm. 

  • February 14, 2018

    Illumina Uses Mosaic Of Trial Assets To Score $27M IP Win

    No one factor propelled Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Illumina Inc. to a recent $26.7 million trial win over Ariosa Diagnostics Inc. in a long-running case over prenatal testing technology. Rather, it was a combination of assets that included the strength of Illumina’s patents and the expertise of hard-hitters on the Weil team.

  • February 14, 2018

    Fla. Court OKs Spa Customer's $814K Award, Adds Atty Fees

    A Florida appellate court upheld on Wednesday an $814,000 jury verdict in favor of a woman who said that a chemical peel at a South Florida day spa permanently exacerbated a pre-existing skin condition, ruling that the trial court was right to block the spa’s only expert witness and agreeing to add attorneys' fees to the award.

  • February 14, 2018

    Fla. Appeals Court Affirms $2M Award For Smoker's Widower

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a $2 million award to a man who sued tobacco companies R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris on behalf of his late wife who died of lung cancer, and allowed the widower to pursue punitive damages as well.

  • February 14, 2018

    Manafort And Gates Deserve Day In Court, Judge Says

    A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday expressed impatience with snags in setting a trial date for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Manafort's former business partner Rick Gates III, and also the extent to which the criminal case has so far been kept under wraps.

  • February 13, 2018

    Ex-Fugitive Beau Ordered To Testify At NJ Judge's Trial

    A New Jersey state judge on Tuesday ordered a fellow jurist’s former boyfriend to testify at her trial on charges of hindering his apprehension when he was wanted for armed robbery, declaring invalid his assertion of his constitutional privilege against self-incrimination.

  • February 13, 2018

    NJ Hedge Funder Defrauded By 'Lying And Stealing,' Jury Told

    A New Jersey hedge fund owner accused of stealing $4 million from two investors and buying luxury items, including a $1 million home and a roughly $100,000 diamond ring, did so by “lying and stealing,” a federal prosecutor told a jury Tuesday as closing arguments in the criminal case against Nicholas Lattanzio commenced.

  • February 13, 2018

    Brothers Guilty Of Airplane Loan Scam, Other Bank Schemes

    A Massachusetts federal jury found a pair of Chicago brothers guilty Tuesday on all charges in a multimillion-dollar scheme in which prosecutors say the pair used fake names to dupe banks, including Commerce Bank of Worcester, into loaning them money to furnish a lavish lifestyle.

  • February 13, 2018

    Finjan Drops IP Retrial Against Symantec Unit, Signals Deal

    Finjan Inc. announced Monday it had vacated a California federal patent infringement retrial set to start that day against a Symantec Corp. unit, saying it reached confidential settlement terms with its cybersecurity rival and expects by the month’s end to finalize a “definitive agreement.”

  • February 13, 2018

    Ex-NFLer's Business Partner Gets 12 Years For $10M Fraud

    A Richmond federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Virginia man who pled guilty to working with a former NFL player to dupe retirees, ex-coaches and other investors out of roughly $10 million must serve 12 years behind bars for his role in the fraud.

  • February 13, 2018

    1st Circ. Denies Bid To Stall Solodyn Pay-For-Delay Trial

    The First Circuit on Monday denied an attempt by Valeant Pharmaceuticals subsidiary Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. to stall a March trial slated to decide whether the company paid generic-drug makers to stay out of the market for acne medication Solodyn.

  • February 13, 2018

    Lobbyist Forced To Explain His Arrest To Graft Trial Jury

    Todd Howe, the lobbyist-turned-cooperator testifying at the bribery trial of a former aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was quizzed Tuesday over his arrest last week on a bail violation, telling jurors it stemmed from what he called a misunderstanding about his testimony.

  • February 13, 2018

    Shopper's Actions Not Harassment, Costco Tells 7th Circ.

    Costco Wholesale Corp. asked the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday to toss a jury’s finding it is liable after it allegedly failed to protect one of its employees from a customer’s harassment, arguing the customer’s purported actions weren’t enough to meet the Title VII standard.

Expert Analysis

  • How To Serve Your Blind Client Effectively

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Acting For Trial Lawyers: Emphasis And Impact Devices

    Michael DeBlis III

    As lawyers, we are very good at emphasizing the written word in our briefs through a variety of literary and stylistic devices, but we sometimes struggle to apply that same approach to the spoken word, says actor and trial lawyer Michael DeBlis.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • The Meaninglessness Of 'Disinterested'

    Richard Roth

    The Black Elk bankruptcy — related to the criminal indictment and upcoming trial of seven former Platinum Partners and Black Elk executives — involved a claimed disinterestedness that seems to indicate that the Bankruptcy Code’s disinterested requirement is something seasoned counsel can work around, says Richard Roth, a corporate and securities attorney.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • Recent Illinois Verdicts Reinforce Potency Of Remittitur

    Agelo Reppas

    As tort defendants and their insurers continue to face enormous exposure in catastrophic personal injury cases, they are recognizing that post-trial proceedings are critical to the success of any future appeal, as they represent a defendant’s lone opportunity to challenge a verdict as excessive in the court in which it was rendered, says Agelo Reppas of BatesCarey LLP.

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northe... (continued)

  • Weekly Column

    Acting For Trial Lawyers: Finding The Theme Of Your Case

    Michael DeBlis III

    Just in time for film award season, actor and trial lawyer Michael DeBlis discusses how some of the tools and techniques of the stage can be used by lawyers in the courtroom.

  • Lessons For Data Breach Lawyers From Product Liability

    Michael Ruttinger

    Lawyers in data breach litigation can learn from their contemporaries in more established fields such as product liability, where the law has developed well-established approaches to many of the same issues that will arise in the merits stage of data breach cases, says Michael Ruttinger of Tucker Ellis LLP.