Trials

  • August 20, 2015

    Ex-Massey CEO Can't Split Up Mine Explosion Trial, US Says

    The U.S. told a West Virginia federal judge Wednesday that ex-Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship cannot split up his criminal case because all three charges are related to an explosion that killed 29 workers after he ordered mine safety violations.

  • August 20, 2015

    5th Circ. Revives Damages For Houston Cop In Retaliation Suit

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday reinstated part of the $127,000 in damages a jury awarded a Houston police officer who claimed the department retaliated against him after his father sued for racial discrimination.

  • August 19, 2015

    Tribe, Chairman Argue Over Import Of Tribal Jury Verdict

    Attorneys for the Chippewa Cree tribe and its on-again, off-again chairman on Wednesday argued over the import of a tribal jury’s recent verdict in a dispute involving fraud-related claims against both parties, disagreeing on whether the jury had found the chairman liable for conspiracy.

  • August 19, 2015

    Arnold & Itkin Settles Dallas Businessman's Negligence Suit

    Houston personal injury firm Arnold & Itkin LLP has settled a negligence lawsuit filed by a Dallas businessman who said that the firms named partners advised him and two business associates to sue an energy company, in violation of a contract, leaving them on the hook for almost $2 million in damages.

  • August 19, 2015

    10th Circ. Reduces NM Man's State Contract Scam Sentence

    The Tenth Circuit on Wednesday upheld two convictions of a New Mexico man who a federal jury said took kickbacks in exchange for enabling a media consultant to win two rich state contracts, but remanded the case for a sentencing reduction.

  • August 19, 2015

    Former Exec Convicted Of Bribing Ex-Cleveland VA Director

    An Ohio federal jury on Wednesday found a former executive of a New York design firm guilty of bribing the former director of the Cleveland and Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center in exchange for confidential information about VA construction projects, according to court records.

  • August 19, 2015

    11th Circ. Grants Geico New Trial In $5M Bad Faith Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit granted Geico General Insurance Co. a new trial in a bad faith suit on Wednesday, agreeing with the insurer that a Florida federal court shouldn't have blocked evidence about developments in insurance law that overturned the coverage ruling in the case.

  • August 19, 2015

    Wells Fargo Bailed On Dewey Early, Lost Nothing, Jury Hears

    Jurors in the trial of the former top executives of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP on Wednesday heard how Wells Fargo & Co. bucked a trend among major banks and got out of business with Dewey early, potentially saving the lender tens of millions of dollars.

  • August 19, 2015

    7th Circ. Turns Down Blagojevich Appeal

    Former Illinois Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich will not get another shot in front of the Seventh Circuit to contest the bulk of his corruption conviction, the court said, with his attorney on Wednesday adding that he plans to take the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • August 19, 2015

    Werner Not Liable In Ladder Injury Suit, Jury Says

    A Texas federal jury on Tuesday said Werner Co. is not liable for a woman’s badly broken arm suffered when one of the company’s ladders collapsed beneath her, finding after a two-day trial that the product was not defective.

  • August 19, 2015

    Ex-Pa. County Official Can't Get New Trial

    A Pennsylvania federal judge Wednesday denied a former Lackawanna County commissioner’s bid for a new trial on bribery and extortion charges, rejecting his claims that his former attorneys had provided ineffective representation at his 2011 trial.

  • August 19, 2015

    NJ Court Backs Ex-Atlantic City Atty's Whistleblower Win

    Atlantic City, New Jersey's former solicitor won an appellate ruling on Wednesday that not only backed a verdict that her firing in 2007 breached the state's whistleblower law but also toppled the reduction of an $850,000 punitive damages award and a denial of attorneys' fees.

  • August 19, 2015

    Trial Ace: Jackson Walker's Chip Babcock

    When Jackson Walker LLP’s Charles L. “Chip” Babcock is asked to recall a meaningful moment in his career as a trial lawyer, what comes to mind is not defending prominent clients such as Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffet or notching precedent-setting First Amendment wins for print and broadcast journalists.

  • August 19, 2015

    Calif. High Court Upholds $5.7M Verdict Against Hospital Co.

    The Supreme Court of California has rejected a hospital holding company's petition to reverse a $5.7 million jury verdict against it in a case where the company’s former CEO caused a doctor to get arrested by planting a loaded handgun in his car as retaliation for a 2006 lawsuit.

  • August 19, 2015

    Judge In FedEx Drug Case Bashes Prosecutors, Delays Trial

    The California federal judge overseeing the criminal case accusing FedEx Corp. of colluding with illegal online pharmacies to deliver prescription drugs to addicts and drug dealers vacated a pending February trial date Wednesday and slammed prosecutors for being slow to hand over documents they didn't deem relevant.

  • August 19, 2015

    Ethicon Denied Retrial After $3M Bellwether Mesh Verdict

    A West Virginia federal judge refused to throw out a $3.27 million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson unit Ethicon Inc. in a bellwether pelvic mesh implant suit on Wednesday, saying the evidence at trial was sufficient to support the verdict.

  • August 19, 2015

    Fed. Circ. Wipes Out ABT's Thermostat Patent Win

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday threw out a $311,000 judgment ABT Systems LLC won against a Missouri electric company in a patent infringement trial over thermostat technology, ruling the patent was made obvious by previous inventions.

  • August 19, 2015

    Ex-Massey CEO Wants Wide Swath Of Evidence Off-Limits

    Former Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship, accused by federal prosecutors of securities fraud and creating safety failings at Massey Coal Co. that led to an explosion that killed 29 miners, asked a West Virginia federal judge on Tuesday to render certain evidence off-limits during his upcoming October trial.

  • August 18, 2015

    Trial Ace: Jackson Lewis' Vincent Cino

    Jackson Lewis PC Chairman Vincent Cino has a unique ability to dismantle plaintiffs and witnesses on cross-examination without turning off a jury — a quality that was on display when the Newark, New Jersey-born litigator went into a one-room courthouse in Montana and beat back a nursing home employee's wrongful discharge suit.

  • August 18, 2015

    Dewey Staffer Says She Didn't Think Book-Cooking Was Illegal

    As prosecutors begin to wrap up their case against the former leadership of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, the firm’s former director of revenue support on Tuesday told a Manhattan jury that she never believed the accounting tricks she used to inflate the firm’s bottom line were criminal.