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Trials

  • March 7, 2016

    5 Trials To Follow In 2016

    From legal industry intrigue to Silicon Valley showdowns, this year's trials have a little something for everyone. Federal prosecutors will take their second shot at a pair of former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executives in a slimmed-down criminal retrial, while Apple and Samsung enter a fourth trial in their sprawling war over smartphone patents. Here, Law360 takes a look at five of the most interesting trials that 2016 has to offer.

  • March 7, 2016

    Insurer Wants Owen Gleaton Sanctioned Over 'New' Docs

    Owen Gleaton Egan Jones & Sweeney LLP should be sanctioned severely for hanging on to more than 4,000 pages of evidence until just 11 days before trial in a professional liability suit brought against it by medical malpractice insurer First Professionals Insurance Co., a Georgia federal court was told on Friday.

  • March 7, 2016

    Trial Pros: Finnegan's Christine Lehman

    Though I need some time locked away in a quiet place to prepare for certain aspects of a trial, I prefer to work as a team. During one trial, the client asked me why the lawyers on the other side of the courtroom appeared to not like each other while our team so clearly did, says Christine Lehman, co-head of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP's International Trade Commission litigation practice.

  • March 7, 2016

    Trial Pros: Sullivan & Cromwell's Robert Giuffra

    An inexperienced cross-examiner will look for helpful answers in the witness’s deposition and then view the cross as simply asking the witness to agree with those answers. Big mistake, says Robert Giuffra, head of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's securities litigation practice and former chief counsel of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.

  • March 4, 2016

    Erin Andrews' Lawyers Rip Hotel Over Peephole Video

    Erin Andrews' lawyers beseeched a Nashville jury in closing arguments Friday to hold a local hotel accountable for an alleged cascade of privacy violations that allowed a stalker to film the sportscaster naked in her room and record footage that was later viewed by millions on the Internet.

  • March 4, 2016

    Judges Can't Recall Dismissed Jurors, High Court Told

    A car crash victim has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a Ninth Circuit holding that a judge can recall jurors after their discharge in order to correct a verdict that amounted to a legal impossibility, saying courts have no control over jurors once they're discharged.

  • March 4, 2016

    Audi Hit With $124M Verdict In Seatback-Failure Case

    A Texas jury has awarded $124 million to a family whose seven-year-old son was severely injured when their Audi was rear-ended and the driver's seatback fell backwards, allowing the driver's head to collide with his son's.

  • March 4, 2016

    For Whom The Bellwether Tolls: First Trial Loss Shows GM Plaintiffs Attorneys' Covert Battles

    In January, the first trial against GM over the carmaker's ignition switch defect abruptly ended midway. The result for plaintiffs attorneys was not just disappointing but embarrassing, and led to accusations that a behind-the-scenes dispute over legal fees had knocked what many considered a better case from the No. 1 spot in the bellwether lineup. Lance Cooper, the plaintiffs attorney credited for exposing the extent of GM's defect and cover-up, emerged as the loudest critic. He said the fee-sharing dispute and subsequent case-shuffling was wrong, and demanded lead counsel be removed from the multidistrict litigation. The presiding judge scoffed, and litigation experts say it may not be as black-and-white as Cooper claims.

  • March 4, 2016

    Dallas Anesthesiologist Found Guilty Of Health Care Fraud

    An anesthesiologist who allegedly defrauded health care benefits plans by submitting about $10 million in false claims has been found guilty by a Texas federal jury on seven counts of health care fraud, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

  • March 4, 2016

    Ex-Va. Gov. Gets Hearing Date In High Court Bribery Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday set a date for oral arguments in former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s appeal of his bribery convictions, several days after McDonnell filed a brief arguing that the laws he was convicted under are too broad.

  • March 4, 2016

    Ex-Rabobank Traders in Libor Scheme Say Prison Unwarranted

    Two former Rabobank traders told a New York federal judge Thursday they didn't deserve to serve any prison time for their connection to a scheme to manipulate Libor, saying they have already been punished enough for acts that were tacitly encouraged by the banking industry.

  • March 4, 2016

    8th Circ. Refuses Bid For New 'Popcorn Lung' Trial

    The Eighth Circuit on Friday refused to grant a new trial to a man who failed to convince an Iowa federal jury that a chemical in microwavable popcorn butter flavoring caused his serious lung disease, rejecting his contention that the lower court let jurors hear improper expert testimony.

  • March 4, 2016

    Jeffer Mangels Snags Former Alston & Bird IP Partner

    Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP on Friday said that it hired a new intellectual property partner from Alston & Bird LLP with experience handling patent and copyright litigation and trials, including disputes over medical devices, cellphones and software systems.

  • March 4, 2016

    ATopTech Seeks Quick Win In Synopsys Infringement Trial

    ATopTech Inc. urged a California federal court Thursday to toss its rival electronic design automation software maker Synopsys Inc.’s copyright infringement claims, saying Synopsys has not shown enough evidence in its trial for a reasonable jury to conclude that ATopTech stole its software or caused it to lose money.

  • March 4, 2016

    Is Hulk Hogan's Sex Tape News? That's For A Jury To Decide

    Wrestling icon Hulk Hogan's $100 million privacy trial starting Monday over news and gossip website Gawker's publication of his sex tape is a legal peculiarity that may test the limits of newsworthiness, experts told Law360.

  • March 4, 2016

    Texas Justices Deny Review Of Cotton Crop Sale Dispute

    A West Texas cotton farmer who was appealing a $400,000 jury verdict awarded against him in a contract dispute with a cotton broker was denied a review of the case Friday by the Texas Supreme Court, ending a fight over the enforceability of an oral contract.

  • March 4, 2016

    USPTO, Others Say Angiomax On-Sale Bar Shouldn't Apply

    The U.S. Patent and Trade Office, drug industry groups and intellectual property attorneys have urged the Federal Circuit to reverse a panel decision invalidating two of The Medicines Co.’s patents for the blood-thinning drug Angiomax, as the court prepares to consider questions about what constitutes an on-sale bar.

  • March 4, 2016

    Urban Outfitters’ Insurer Wants Say In Navajo TM Suit

    Urban Outfitters Inc.’s insurer on Thursday pushed to get its foot into litigation brought by the Navajo Nation over claims of tribal trademark infringement, telling a New Mexico federal court that it wants a say in directing possible damage payments once a verdict is handed down.

  • March 4, 2016

    'King Of Nursing Homes' Convicted In Medicare Fraud Scam

    A Chicago doctor became the seventh former Sacred Heart Hospital employee to be convicted for his role in a multifaceted Medicare fraud scheme after an Illinois federal jury found him guilty Friday of accepting kickbacks for referring patients to the hospital.

  • March 4, 2016

    Honeywell Asbestos Verdict Upheld By Calif. Appeals Court

    A California appeals court on Thursday upheld a state jury’s conclusion that a mechanic’s exposure to asbestos in brake linings made by Honeywell International Inc. was a substantial factor in causing his cancer, finding that an expert’s testimony that every exposure to asbestos can cause cancer was legitimately allowed.