Trials

  • December 2, 2015

    Sony Slams Move For New Trial In Shakira 'Loca' Suit

    Sony struck back at a small record label’s attempt to revive its copyright suit over a hit Shakira song, telling a New York judge the label’s bid for a new trial — which contended in part its attorney was plagued by an unspecified malady that sabotaged his work — was misleading.

  • December 2, 2015

    Yoga Guru's Attys Can't Wriggle Out Of Case Before Trial

    A California judge refused Wednesday to let a Los Angeles law firm stop defending Bikram Choudhury's Yoga College against allegations it fired an employee for investigating a rape allegation against the guru, saying an impending trial takes priority over the firm's concerns about getting paid.

  • December 2, 2015

    PNC To Appeal Funeral Scam Verdict To 8th Circ.

    PNC Bank on Wednesday said it would appeal to the Eighth Circuit a Missouri federal jury’s verdict in March finding the bank liable for more than $390 million in damages for its role as a trustee to a company that ran a massive Ponzi-like scheme involving pre-paid funeral contracts.

  • December 2, 2015

    Insurer Rips Contractor Over Gravel Verdict In 9th Circ.

    American Zurich Insurance Co. told the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday that a jury verdict requiring it to pay a contractor $2.77 million for refusing to cover the cost of extra gravel for an Alaskan school project amounted to a double recovery, claiming the contractor never paid for the gravel in the first place.

  • December 2, 2015

    Gov't Witness Teased Out Tipsy Adam Skelos' Digits For FBI

    Former AbTech Industries Inc. executive Bjornulf White concluded a nearly three-day stint on the stand Wednesday in the graft trial of New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam by grudgingly admitting he got Adam's undisclosed mobile number after a three-hour drinking session discussing a clean-water contract.

  • December 2, 2015

    Music Publisher Says Cox Complicit In User Piracy At Trial

    Cox Communications “turned a blind eye” to millions of illegal music downloads by its Internet subscribers so it could continue receiving service payments, a prominent music publisher told a Virginia federal jury Wednesday, kicking off a copyright trial that could extend infringement liability to Internet service providers.

  • December 2, 2015

    Bryan Cave, FBI Probed Ex-Atty's Maxim Deal, Jury Hears

    A top partner at Bryan Cave LLP took the witness stand Wednesday in the New York federal court trial of transactional lawyer Harvey Newkirk stemming from a failed bid to acquire Maxim magazine, saying the firm had launched an investigation into the deal and contacted the FBI amid fraud concerns.

  • December 2, 2015

    HP Blames 'Runaway Jury' For $6.5M Defamation, IP Verdict

    A Hewlett-Packard attorney told the Delaware Supreme Court on Wednesday that a "runaway jury" gave an unjustified $6.5 million award and $1.5 million in fees to a contractor last year after finding that HP defamed the contractor and misappropriated its trade secrets.

  • December 2, 2015

    NJ Justices Question Excluded Testimony In Harassment Case

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday weighed whether the testimony of a sexual harassment case witness that she lied to an investigator at her supervisor’s urging should have been admissible at trial, with a few of the justices suggesting the testimony was relevant.

  • December 2, 2015

    Pelvic Mesh Caused Irreversible Conditions, Pa. Jury Hears

    Counsel for an Indiana woman with pelvic organ prolapse told a Philadelphia jury Wednesday that a Johnson & Johnson unit's mesh rendered her unable to have sexual intercourse and caused bladder dysfunction, in the first pelvic mesh case to go to trial in the jurisdiction.

  • December 1, 2015

    Breaking Down Cox's Trial Over Subscriber Music Piracy

    A trial over whether Cox Communications is liable for online piracy committed by its Web users is set to begin Wednesday in Virginia federal court, with entertainment companies arguing that the Internet service provider didn't do enough to stop illegal downloads of copyrighted songs. Here, Law360 takes a look at the closely watched case in advance of the trial.

  • December 1, 2015

    Allstate Wage Class Action On Thin Ice As Trial Plan Fails

    A looming class action trial over allegations that Allstate shorted wages and issued inaccurate pay stubs for Golden State insurance adjusters faced serious questions Tuesday when a California judge rejected the adjusters' trial plan, criticizing its "arbitrary" use of statistical sampling.

  • December 1, 2015

    Recruiter Can't Dodge $4.5M Jury Award To Filipino Teachers

    The Ninth Circuit refused Monday to disturb a jury's $4.5 million award to a class of roughly 350 Filipino teachers who accused recruitment companies of demanding they pay massive processing and placement fees or face losing their jobs in Louisiana.

  • December 1, 2015

    Ex-Bryan Cave Atty Pegs Maxim Fraud Witness As Liar, Thief

    A lawyer for former Bryan Cave LLP counsel Harvey Newkirk on Tuesday attacked the credibility of the government’s star witness in a fraud trial stemming from a botched acquisition of Maxim magazine, portraying the cooperator as a con artist with an affinity for tall tales and fast cars.

  • December 1, 2015

    Skelos Judge Puts Jury Flap To Bed After Unusual Inquiry

    The question of whether jurors in the graft trial of former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam prematurely discussed evidence was put to rest Tuesday after a brief, but unusual, inquiry in which a Bryan Cave LLP partner who raised the issue was questioned and concluded she overheard reporters, not the jury.

  • December 1, 2015

    Justices Told Bad Jury Instructions Void Hacking Conviction

    A shipping executive convicted of hacking his former employer in order to launch a rival business told the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday that he should be acquitted because of incorrect jury instructions that substituted the word “and” for “or,” claiming the instructions tainted the case.

  • December 1, 2015

    Deadlocked Blankenship Jury Receives Allen Charge

    Jurors deliberating in the criminal trial of former Massey Energy coal magnate Don Blankenship are deadlocked and have been given the “dynamite charge” that commands holdout jurors to reconsider, according to Blankenship's attorney.

  • November 30, 2015

    National Oilwell Workers Denied New Trial On Racism Claims

    A Texas federal judge on Monday rejected allegations of attorney misconduct and shot down an attempt to get a new trial by eight African-American men claiming race-based employment discrimination against National Oilwell Varco.

  • November 30, 2015

    Clean-Water Exec Describes Adam Skelos Pay Demand

    A former executive at clean-water contractor AbTech Industries Inc. told jurors Monday in the graft trial of New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam that he pushed sharply back against “outrageous” demands to raise Adam's pay but was overruled by AbTech's CEO.

  • November 30, 2015

    Philip Morris Wants 'Jargon' On Verdict Form, Judge Told

    A deceased smoker's daughter heading into a wrongful death compensatory damages trial against Philip Morris USA Inc. has urged a California federal judge to block the tobacco giant's inclusion of purportedly confusing "legal jargon" in a proposed jury verdict form, calling it unnecessary.