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Trials

  • April 8, 2016

    Blankenship To Appeal To 4th Circ. In Mine Blast Case

    Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship will appeal a case that resulted in his conviction and one-year prison sentence for conspiring to violate mine safety standards before a deadly explosion six years ago, according to a notice filed with the Fourth Circuit on Thursday.

  • April 8, 2016

    Fed. Circ. Backs Adobe's Jury Win In DRM Patent Fight

    The Federal Circuit on Friday affirmed a California federal jury’s ruling that invalidated a Digital Reg digital-rights management patent because of obviousness, granting a win to accused infringer Adobe Systems Inc.

  • April 8, 2016

    Libor Traders Deny Blame For Barclays' 'Monumental Failing'

    Lawyers for several ex-Barclays bankers accused of rigging Libor told a jury Friday their clients were being prosecuted for doing something that was so routine at the bank that they couldn't have known it was wrong, making them "a few expendable traders being thrown under the bus."

  • April 8, 2016

    Texas High Court Denies Builder's Bid To Toss $715K Verdict

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday denied a bid by  homebuilder Zbranek Custom Homes Ltd. to overturn a jury verdict in favor of a home's leaseholder whose belongings were destroyed in a fire determined to be caused by Zbranek's negligent construction of an outdoor fireplace.

  • April 8, 2016

    DOJ Urges High Court To Find Juries Can Be Recalled

    The U.S. Department of Justice is urging the nation’s high court to stand behind a Ninth Circuit ruling that a judge can recall jurors after they’ve been dismissed, saying the suit over a Montana car crash has widespread implications in criminal cases as well.

  • April 8, 2016

    Trial Pros: Goodwin Procter's Elizabeth Holland

    I had the privilege of working with Paul Heller at Kenyon & Kenyon LLP before he passed away. He was a terrific trial lawyer with that perfect combination of personality and intellect, says Elizabeth Holland at Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • April 8, 2016

    Cabot Wants $4.2M Pa. Fracking Verdict Overturned

    Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. on Thursday asked a Pennsylvania federal judge to overturn a $4.24 million jury verdict awarded to two families who blamed the company’s natural gas drilling for contaminating their well water, saying the ruling was unsupported by evidence.

  • April 8, 2016

    Trial Pros: Bonifassi Avocats' Stephane Bonifassi

    In France, most trials don't have juries and lawyers are not supposed to prep witnesses, so knowing the judge is important. It is always useful, if you haven’t had an experience with a judge before, for lawyers and clients to attend some of the judge's hearings beforehand, says Stephane Bonifassi of Bonifassi Avocats.

  • April 7, 2016

    Rising Star: WilmerHale's Felicia Ellsworth

    WilmerHale partner Felicia Ellsworth has notched a win in the Supreme Court for Pom Wonderful, helped Cisco Systems wipe out a $74 million verdict in the Federal Circuit and fought fiercely in the courts for same-sex marriage rights, making the 37-year-old a clear choice to be named among Law360’s top trial lawyers under 40.

  • April 7, 2016

    Philip Morris Beats $1.8B Suit Over 'Lights' Marketing

    Philip Morris USA Inc. has notched a win against a Missouri class’s $1.8 billion false ad suit over the company's claims that Marlboro Lights were less harmful than regular cigarettes, with a St. Louis jury finding in favor of the tobacco giant, according to a Thursday press release.

  • April 7, 2016

    Intuitive Surgical Owes $300M For Bad Robot, Jury Told

    A woman seeking as much as $300 million over serious injuries she suffered during a robot-assisted hysterectomy urged a California jury Thursday to find robotics company Intuitive Surgical Inc. liable for her injuries, saying the device was defective and the company elected not to fix it.

  • April 7, 2016

    NY Judge Limits Scope Of Trial In BDC's $297M Barclays Fight

    A New York judge on Thursday limited the scope of a coming trial over claims that Barclays PLC breached a derivative agreement with a unit of Black Diamond Capital Management LLC and must return $297 million in collateral to the firm, saying the main issue is whether or not Barclays defaulted on its obligations.

  • April 7, 2016

    Judge Says 'Incomprehensible' EMC Patent Verdict Must Stand

    A Delaware federal judge has reluctantly ruled that a verdict that a company founded by two former EMC Corp. employees infringed EMC's patents must stand, even though some of the jury's findings are "logically incomprehensible," because the problem was not identified until it was too late.

  • April 7, 2016

    Fed. Circ. Sets New IP Trial Over J&J Expert’s False Claims

    The Federal Circuit granted Rembrandt Vision Technologies LP a new trial Thursday in a suit accusing a Johnson & Johnson unit of infringing its contact lens patent, saying a jury’s noninfringement verdict was “irretrievably tainted” by false testimony by J&J’s expert.

  • April 7, 2016

    Co-Conspirators Sentenced In $200M Tax Fraud Scheme

    Two co-conspirators were sentenced to prison Thursday in Pennsylvania federal court for their involvement in a complex $200 million corporate tax fraud scheme, according to a news release, and were ordered to pay a total of more than $161 million in restitution.

  • April 7, 2016

    RJ Reynolds Wins In $38M Engle Cancer Death Trial

    A Florida jury on Thursday found R.J. Reynolds not liable in a $37.5 million Engle progeny trial over the lung cancer death of a heavy smoker, saying his nicotine addiction led to his death but the company's cigarettes were not to blame.

  • April 7, 2016

    Uber Asks To Halt Driver Tips Trial Amid 9th Circ. Review

    The California federal judge overseeing the high-profile class action alleging Uber cheated drivers out of tips and misclassified drivers as independent contractors agreed Thursday to consider whether to put off the impending June trial as the Ninth Circuit mulls over Uber’s bid to decertify the megaclass.

  • April 7, 2016

    Abbott Prevails In $219M Whistleblower FCA Trial

    A Texas federal jury on Thursday cleared Abbott Laboratories of accusations it improperly marketed bile duct stents for off-label uses, in a whistleblower False Claims Act case that had sought $219 million in damages.

  • April 7, 2016

    CFTC Slams Trader’s 'Frankensteinian' Arg In Spoofing Suit

    A Chicago trader accused of “spoofing” has patched together a "Frankensteinian" argument to ward off a requested trading ban, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission told an Illinois federal court Wednesday amid a flurry of other motions over experts and witnesses.

  • April 7, 2016

    DA Slams Kane's Bid To Raise Selective Prosecution Claim

    Prosecutors told a Pennsylvania state judge late Wednesday that the state’s embattled attorney general did not have grounds to pursue arguments that she’d been selectively targeted for perjury charges.