Trials

  • June 21, 2017

    Feds Flag Philly DA's Messy Finances In Corruption Trial

    Federal prosecutors shined a spotlight on Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams’ financial woes on the second day of his corruption trial Wednesday, as jurors learned how he struggled to pay bills even when earning almost $200,000 annually.

  • June 21, 2017

    Former Charity Manager Denies Iran Link In Forfeiture Trial

    A longtime financial manager for the Alavi Foundation, the Iran-linked charity being targeted by the U.S. in a billion-dollar asset forfeiture trial, asserted Wednesday that the Mideast power had no influence over the charity's management of the 36-story Manhattan office tower at the heart of the case. 

  • June 21, 2017

    Tyson Doesn't Change UniTek Wage Rulings, 6th Circ. Says

    The Sixth Circuit ordered the District of Tennessee to revisit a $3.8 million damages calculation in an overtime collective action by UniTek cable installers on Wednesday but otherwise kept intact the workers’ class certification and post-trial wins in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Tyson ruling.

  • June 21, 2017

    NC Court Orders New Trial In Botched Surgeries Dispute

    A North Carolina appeals court on Tuesday ordered a new trial on damages in a successful suit against a neurosurgeon in connection with several allegedly botched spinal surgeries, saying the trial judge was right to toss the jury’s finding that the patient contributed to her own death but wrong to reduce the original award.

  • June 21, 2017

    GSK Wins $235M Verdict Against Teva In Coreg Patent Fight

    Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. should pay GlaxoSmithKline LLC more than $235 million for willfully infringing a patent tied to the hypertension drug Coreg, a Delaware federal jury said.

  • June 21, 2017

    News Outlet Presses Judge For Meningitis Juror Names

    A Massachusetts federal judge is waiting too long to release the names of jurors in the first meningitis outbreak case to go to trial, a news outlet said Wednesday.

  • June 21, 2017

    Convicted Pharmacist, Feds Fight Over Sentencing Range

    Federal prosecutors and a pharmacist convicted of racketeering and fraud for his role in selling drugs that caused the 2012 meningitis outbreak continued to spar this week over the amount of money that should count against him for sentencing. 

  • June 21, 2017

    Zillow Gets $8.3M Infringement Verdict Chopped In Half

    A Washington federal judge Tuesday cut a real estate photography company’s $8.3 million copyright infringement award against real estate website Zillow in half, saying there was insufficient evidence anyone saw the vast majority of the photos.

  • June 21, 2017

    DOJ Wins Bid To Block $367M Radioactive Waste Cos.' Merger

    A Delaware federal judge on Wednesday blocked the $367 million merger of EnergySolutions Inc. and Waste Control Specialists LLC, siding with the U.S. Department of Justice in the government's bid to enjoin the deal between rival nuclear waste processors on antitrust grounds.

  • June 20, 2017

    ITT Opens $1B Asbestos Coverage Trial Against 25 Insurers

    Manufacturer ITT Corp. delivered opening statements Monday in a California bench trial seeking to put 25 excess insurers on the hook for about $1 billion in asbestos coverage liability, saying coverage is triggered when a claimant first inhales the cancer-causing asbestos fibers.

  • June 20, 2017

    7th Circ. Affirms Conviction For NBA Investment Adviser

    A Seventh Circuit panel issued a published decision Tuesday that affirmed the conviction of an ex-Chicago-area investment advisor who was accused of misrepresenting his assets and using financial information from clients, including NBA player Scottie Pippin, to secure more than $3 million in loans.

  • June 20, 2017

    Calif. Jury Hits TransUnion With Record $60M FCRA Verdict

    A California federal jury found Tuesday that TransUnion violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act when it conflated a class of consumers with similarly named terrorists and criminals from a government watch list, awarding statutory and punitive damages topping $60 million in what the plaintiffs' attorneys called the largest FCRA verdict to date.

  • June 20, 2017

    Feds' Witness Branded As Liar In American Realty Fraud Trial

    The federal government’s star witness in a New York fraud trial against a former American Realty executive was prodded Tuesday about her inexperience with a key earnings metric and grilled for lying in a lawsuit and to OSHA about her exit from the company.

  • June 20, 2017

    T-Mobile Says $4.8M IP Win Not Good Enough

    T-Mobile wants a Washington federal judge to erase a $4.8 million trial win against Huawei over alleged theft of trade secrets behind a phone-testing robot called Tappy, gambling that it will win even more if the case is tried again with modified jury instructions.

  • June 20, 2017

    ZeniMax Pushes For $1B Win Following Oculus Trial

    Video game developer ZeniMax Media Inc. on Tuesday told a Texas federal judge that Facebook-owned Oculus VR LLC can’t get a “do-over” or wipe the slate clean after a jury found Oculus infringed its intellectual property rights and pushed for a more than $1 billion judgment.

  • June 20, 2017

    Texas Ruling Clamps Down On Policyholders' Pretrial Pacts

    After the Texas Supreme Court let an insurance company retry a coverage dispute because an insured's underlying construction defect loss didn't result from a "fully adversarial" trial, policyholders will think twice about striking pretrial deals designed to eliminate their financial stake in litigation, attorneys say.

  • June 20, 2017

    Tristar Can't Scrap Class In Exploding Pressure Cooker Suit

    Tristar Products Inc. can’t decertify a class of consumers that claims its pressure cookers are explosively defective and worthless, an Ohio federal judge said Tuesday, finding that the cookers’ fluctuating price and the currently unknown number of cookers sold wasn’t enough to dissolve the class.

  • June 20, 2017

    Only Doctors Can Obtain Informed Consent, Pa. Justices Rule

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court revived a malpractice suit against a Geisinger Health System physician over a botched brain surgery, ruling that physicians must take personal responsibility for obtaining the informed consent of their patients in advance of medical procedures.

  • June 20, 2017

    Sprint Blasts Phone Reseller's Attys' Fee Bid For TM Claims

    Sprint told a Kansas federal judge Tuesday that a phone reseller doesn’t deserve attorneys’ fees for defending trademark claims that were ultimately dropped from litigation accusing the company of unlocking and selling the mobile phone giant’s devices without permission, adding that the request comes too late and it isn’t an exceptional case.

  • June 20, 2017

    Fraud Claims Trimmed In GM Ignition Bellwether Trial

    The New York federal judge overseeing GM ignition switch litigation on Tuesday axed fraud claims in a driver’s upcoming bellwether trial, since he bought his 2009 Chevrolet HHR secondhand from a dealership, but declined to nix his claims that the automaker failed to warn of the alleged defect.

Expert Analysis

  • 'Materialization Of Risk' In Securities Class Actions: Part 2

    Dorothy Spenner

    In the final installment of this two-part series, attorneys with Sidley Austin LLP discuss litigants’ and courts’ treatment of the "materialization of risk" theory at the class certification, summary judgment, and trial phases of a securities class action.

  • Opinion

    Big Business Lobby Tries To Hobble Litigation Finance, Again

    Allison Chock

    In its most recent petition advocating mandatory disclosure of litigation finance, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce simply rehashes the same arguments from its previous failed efforts to convince the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the dire implications of undisclosed funding relationships, say members of IMF Bentham Ltd.

  • 'Materialization Of Risk' In Securities Class Actions: Part 1

    Dorothy Spenner

    In this two-part series, attorneys with Sidley Austin LLP discuss how the "materialization of risk" theory plays out at the various phases of a securities fraud class action.

  • Rebuttal

    After The BNSF Decision, There’s No Place Like 'At Home'

    Richard Dean

    In its recent BNSF Railway decision, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that a company cannot be sued in a state where it is not “at home.” Contrary to the claims of the plaintiffs bar, this finding does not deprive plaintiffs of the chance for a remedy: it restores balance between the parties, say Richard Dean and Michael Ruttinger of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Talc Talk: 1 Of These Verdicts Is Not Like The Others

    Amy Rubenstein

    Last month a jury awarded a fourth verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a series of suits alleging that the use of talc caused ovarian cancer. But another recent case brought against the company resulted in a defense verdict. A closer look at these trials points to key reasons for the divergent outcomes, say attorneys with Schiff Hardin.

  • Opinion

    Let's Look At The Legal Bar For Treason

    Donald Scarinci

    While allegations of “treason” have been waged against President Trump on social media, the legal bar is far too high for him to face charges. Even if Trump collaborated with Russia to hack emails or shared classified information, he is not guilty of treason under the U.S. Constitution, says Donald Scarinci, founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • 8 Tips For Preparing On-Site Trial Support Budgets

    Adam Bloomberg

    It is much easier to estimate an on-site trial support budget if you can weed out the main issues that unnecessarily stack up extra hours. Adam Bloomberg, managing director of visual communications at Litigation Insights Inc., shares eight ways to reduce sticker shock for clients.

  • Juries Must Know About Products' Standards Compliance

    Albert Piccerilli

    In a recent case, the Pennsylvania Superior Court excluded defense evidence of a product's adherence to regulatory and industry standards. But such evidence is central to the issue of whether a product is unreasonably dangerous — and because juries are tasked with resolving that issue, the exclusion of this evidence makes little sense, says Albert Piccerilli of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.

  • Series

    The Return Of Attorney-Conducted Voir Dire

    Stephen Susman

    If we truly believe in providing litigants with a jury of one’s peers, we must adopt strategies to ensure that parties and their representatives have a say in selecting their jury. When only judges participate, the result is a less representative and less fair cross section of the community, say Stephen Susman, Richard Jolly and Roy Futterman of NYU School of Law's Civil Jury Project.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Identities Are Us

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    Lawyers faced with clients who can’t or won’t listen to their advice must consider that the core of this risky decision may be a person's inability or refusal to relinquish a prime identity in times of uncertainty, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.