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Trials

  • October 4, 2018

    Cushman Appeals Attorneys' Fees On Top Of Age Bias Verdict

    Cushman & Wakefield Inc. asked the First Circuit on Thursday to overturn $280,000 in attorneys' fees that a Massachusetts federal judge handed a former employee, adding to the real estate company's appeal of a jury verdict finding the company fired the longtime computer engineer because he was aging and awarding him $1.28 million.

  • October 4, 2018

    Ex-NCAA Recruit's Dad Breaks Down In Tears At Fraud Trial

    The father of ex-University of Louisville basketball recruit Brian "Tugs" Bowen broke down in tears before a Manhattan jury Thursday as he began testimony as a witness against two former Adidas brand marketers and an aspiring agent accused of defrauding National Collegiate Athletic Association schools by paying athletes on the sly.

  • October 4, 2018

    Diverse Group Of Harvard Students Can Testify At Bias Trial

    A small, diverse group of Harvard College students and alumni can testify against claims that the prestigious school discriminates against Asian-American undergraduate applicants, receiving the blessing of a Massachusetts federal judge who will preside over the imminent bench trial.

  • October 4, 2018

    11th Circ. Affirms Ex-Mutual Benefits Atty's 10-Year Sentence

    An Eleventh Circuit panel on Thursday declined to overturn the 10-year prison sentence of Mutual Benefits Corp.'s former outside counsel, finding that the government presented sufficient evidence at trial to support fraud convictions for his role in a massive insurance investment scheme.

  • October 3, 2018

    Bard Says Vein Filter Risks Reasonable As Trial Wraps

    C.R. Bard Inc. closed out the third bellwether trial in its vein filter litigation on Wednesday with an argument that the implant’s occasional drifting and breakage were reasonable risks, while lawyers for the patient suing the device maker told a Phoenix federal jury that the company should have halted sales instead of slowly introducing a sturdier design.

  • October 3, 2018

    J&J Expert: Mesothelioma In Women Rarely Due To Asbestos​​​​​​​

    A Johns Hopkins epidemiologist testifying for Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday told a New Jersey jury that more than three-quarters of mesothelioma cases in women are not attributable to asbestos exposure, citing studies as the company defends against a woman's claims that her alleged exposure to asbestos in J&J’s baby powder caused her cancer.

  • October 3, 2018

    Sheldon Silver Skirts Prison Ahead Of 2nd Circ. Appeal

    Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will remain free on bail for a few more months while he appeals his bribery conviction, a Second Circuit appeals panel ruled Wednesday, just two days before he was supposed to report to prison.

  • October 3, 2018

    Developer Improperly Paid Fact Witnesses, Fla. Justices Hear

    Trial consulting firm Trial Practices Inc. asked the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday to reverse an attorneys’ fee award for a former client, arguing that he improperly paid fact witnesses and should not be awarded fees under the fee-shifting provision in the parties’ contract.

  • October 3, 2018

    PTAB Mostly Upholds Image Edit Patent In $4M Samsung Suit

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday upheld parts of an image editing patent that a Florida federal jury recently found Samsung owed more than $4 million for infringing with a face-swapping feature in its smartphones and tablets.

  • October 3, 2018

    NCAA Hoops So Shady Lack Of Murders Surprising, Jury Told

    A former Adidas consultant and an aspiring agent accused of paying basketball players on the sly to get them to commit to hoops powerhouses like the University of Louisville declared on a secretly recorded FBI video that their dealings with athletes were so shady they were "surprised there aren't more murders," a Manhattan jury heard Wednesday.

  • October 3, 2018

    Talc From EBay Wrongly Kept Out Of P&G Trial, NJ Court Told

    A New Jersey trial court improperly barred evidence about vintage talcum powder purchased on eBay in a suit alleging a woman developed mesothelioma from using asbestos-contaminated talcum powder sold by a Procter & Gamble Co. predecessor, her husband’s attorney told a state appellate panel Wednesday in seeking to overturn a judgment in the company’s favor.

  • October 3, 2018

    Royal Caribbean Faces 6-Figure Verdict For Ice-Skating Injury

    A Florida federal jury entered a nearly $700,000 verdict Tuesday in a negligence suit brought against Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. by a passenger who broke his ankle while ice-skating aboard one of its ships.

  • October 3, 2018

    Calif. Man Says Monsanto Can't Get Redo After $298M Win

    A school groundskeeper who claims Monsanto-made herbicides contributed to his cancer asked a California federal judge to leave intact the $298 million verdict a jury returned for him in August, saying both the causation and damages findings were on solid ground.

  • October 3, 2018

    2nd Circ. Pauses NYU ERISA Appeal For Unresolved Motions

    New York University workers’ bid to revive their suit accusing the school of mismanaging their retirement savings was put on hold Tuesday when the Second Circuit decided not to consider the appeal until after a newly assigned judge at the district court rules on unresolved motions.

  • October 3, 2018

    Greenwich Hit With $15M Bad Faith Award In Trespass Row

    A Kentucky jury has found Greenwich Insurance Co. must pay more than $15 million in compensatory and punitive damages to property owners after concluding the insurer acted in bad faith by refusing to cover an energy company's settlement of claims that it trespassed on multiple properties to extract natural gas.

  • October 3, 2018

    Furniture Co. Hit With Doubled Jury Award In IP Row

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday doubled to $7 million a jury award to a high-end furniture and lighting company after finding that a Canadian competitor's “multiple misrepresentations” in an infringement suit merited increased damages.

  • October 2, 2018

    Claims Trimmed In Bard Vein Filter Bellwether Home Stretch

    An Arizona federal judge nixed certain damages claims Tuesday in an ongoing Bard bellwether trial over its clot-stopping vein filters, while the device maker told a jury that a certain amount of malfunctioning is to be expected from them.

  • October 2, 2018

    Concrete Co. Settles Crash Claims After $12M Verdict

    Silvi Concrete has joined Bridgestone in settling a woman’s claims that the companies are responsible for the dismemberment she and her infant daughter suffered in a car crash, days after a Pennsylvania jury hit Silvi with a $11.7 million compensatory damages verdict in the case, the woman’s attorneys announced Tuesday.

  • October 2, 2018

    Deutsche Libor Trial Judge Eyes Internal Paul Weiss Probe

    The judge overseeing the trial of two former Deutsche Bank traders accused of benchmark rate rigging heard from a Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP partner on Tuesday who led an internal investigation into the German lender over alleged Libor misdeeds, in order to determine if evidence from purportedly compelled statements should be kept out of the jury’s view.

  • October 2, 2018

    Firm Beats $5M Malpractice Claim, Wins $150K For Fees

    An Iowa federal jury held on Monday that a Nebraska law firm didn’t commit legal malpractice while representing a man in a suit over ownership of an insurance marketing company, awarding the firm $150,000 on its cross-claim for unpaid fees.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Tom Mesereau Talks MJ, Cosby, Unconventional Choices

    Randy Maniloff

    Tom Mesereau may be recently recognizable as one of the attorneys who defended Bill Cosby, but his biggest claim to fame is successfully defending Michael Jackson in 2005. On the eve of what would have been the King of Pop’s 60th birthday, Randy Maniloff, of White and Williams LLP, spoke to Mesereau about his unconventional path to a remarkable career.

  • Opinion

    High Court Must Correct La. Judge's Failure To Recuse

    George Eskin

    The U.S. Supreme Court should agree to hear Lacaze v. Louisiana, a case involving an egregious conflict of interest for a judge who presided over a capital case. It is an opportunity to remind judges to disclose their known connections to cases before them, and recuse themselves when necessary, says George Eskin, a retired California Superior Court judge.

  • To Stay Or Not To Stay: Considering The '5-Year Rule'

    Karin Bohmholdt

    In Martinez v. Landry Restaurants, a California state appeals court recently held that the time period during which a federal appeal from an order remanding a case to state court is pending should be included when calculating the “five-year rule” for bringing a case to trial. This shows that all counsel should consider whether to seek a stay of proceedings where the case crosses jurisdictional boundaries, says Karin Bohmholdt of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Amgen Suit Shows Limitations Of Biosimilar Safe Harbor

    Julia Kolibachuk

    A Delaware federal court's ruling in Amgen v. Hospira last month may indicate a significant narrowing of the patent infringement exception for activities related to obtaining drug approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, say attorneys at Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Fiduciary Best Practices Helped NYU Win ERISA Class Action

    Arthur Marrapese

    In Sacerdote v. New York University — the first university 403(b) employee retirement plan fee case to go to trial — a New York federal court recently ruled in favor of NYU. Arthur Marrapese of Barclay Damon LLP summarizes the university's fiduciary practices and explains how they helped it prevail at the trial level.

  • A New Approach To Industry Custom Evidence In California

    Alan Lazarus

    In its ruling last week in Kim v. Toyota Motor Corp., the California Supreme Court broke with decades of precedent and allowed a manufacturer to use evidence of compliance with industry practice to show a design was not defective. This is a surprising but welcome statement of flexibility and realism in product liability cases, says Alan Lazarus of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.

  • New Pass-Through Deduction Will Pass Over Many Lawyers

    Evan Morgan

    A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • How Reckless Judicial Impeachments Threaten Rule Of Law

    Jan van Zyl Smit

    Judicial impeachment fever seems to be spreading through the states, with West Virginia legislators recently voting to remove their state's entire Supreme Court, and lawmakers in Pennsylvania and North Carolina threatening the same. These actions are a serious threat to judicial independence, says Jan van Zyl Smit of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.