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Trials

  • June 7, 2016

    Barclays Libor Riggers Get No Special Honesty Test, Jury Told

    Five former Barclays PLC traders accused of rigging Libor should not be judged by some special banking industry standard of honesty, prosecutors told a London jury as they began closing their two-month fraud trial Tuesday.

  • June 7, 2016

    Trial Pros: Kaye Scholer's Pam Yates

    Start cross-examination with a “gotcha” moment. The jury has just heard that witness’s story, and you need to dismantle it by hooking the jury’s attention — fast, says Pam Yates at Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • June 7, 2016

    Ex-Congressman Gets New Trial Date After Complaints

    Former House Rep. Mel Reynolds won't go to trial this month on misdemeanor tax charges after an Illinois federal judge on Tuesday pushed the date in response to Reynolds' flurry of court filings complaining about his inability to prepare while in pretrial custody.

  • June 7, 2016

    Insurer Wants $5M Warehouse Fire Verdict Extinguished

    American States Insurance Co. continues to press an Illinois judge to undo a jury’s $5 million award to Chicago Import Inc. after in the insurer denied coverage for a warehouse fire, saying Monday the court erred by barring certain of the insurer’s evidence while letting the importer present speculative opinions.

  • June 7, 2016

    Trial Pros: Kirkland & Ellis' Greg Arovas

    The story for each case needs to be one that can be told by the witnesses who are available for trial to tell it. The best story is one that captures the witnesses natural perspective about what happened and why it happened, says Greg Arovas at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • June 6, 2016

    Merck Atty's Lies Unravel $200M Patent Win Against Gilead

    Merck forfeited its right to enforce two patents covering an ingredient in hepatitis C drugs against rival Gilead due to “numerous unconscionable acts” before and during trial, a California federal judge ruled Monday in a stunning takedown of the drugmaker’s $200 million March jury verdict.

  • June 6, 2016

    Zillow Reaches $130M Trade Secrets Deal On Eve Of Trial

    Zillow Group Inc. will pay $130 million to end a Washington state court trade secrets suit brought by a News Corp. unit and the National Association of Realtors over whether a former executive revealed inside information, the company told investors Monday just as the trial was set to kick off.

  • June 6, 2016

    Comcast's $7.5M Patent Win Faulty, Sprint Tells Fed Circ.

    Sprint pressed the Federal Circuit on Monday to undo Comcast's $7.5 million trial win for the infringement of three internet call routing patents, saying the verdict was based on deficient theories and some interest was awarded for before two of the patents existed.

  • June 6, 2016

    Taco Bell Workers Want $7M Fee Bid Decided After Appeal

    Taco Bell workers who won at trial on claims they were shorted wages for meal breaks urged a California federal judge Friday to hold off ruling on their request for $7.3 million in attorneys’ fees, saying the matter is better left decided after appeal.

  • June 6, 2016

    Epic Says Tata Can Cut, Not Vacate, $940M Award In IP Suit

    Health care software provider Epic Systems Corp. asked a Wisconsin federal judge Friday to reject a motion from units of Indian superconglomerate Tata Group to vacate a $940 million verdict in a trade secrets case, but pointed out that state law could reduce the amount by $220 million.

  • June 6, 2016

    Texas Atty On Hook For $1.7M Fraud Settlement With SEC

    A Texas attorney lost his bid to wriggle out of a $1.77 million settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for defrauding investors in a fracking-water filtration venture, with a federal judge on Friday denying the lawyer's requests for a new trial or an amended judgment.

  • June 6, 2016

    Fla. Jury Awards Gay Employee $490K In Bias Dispute

    A Florida federal jury issued a nearly $490,000 judgment against a pest services company in a suit brought by a former employee who alleged that he was harassed and discriminated against for being gay and fired for complaining about the mistreatment.

  • June 6, 2016

    Dewey Moves From Courtroom Stage To Musical Spotlight

    The high-profile criminal case against top brass at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP is now the inspiration for a satirical musical set to be performed Wednesday at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP that will give attendees continuing legal education ethics credits.

  • June 6, 2016

    Golf Pal Urges 1st Circ. To Nix Insider Trading Conviction

    A man convicted of insider trading for passing along stock tips to his golfing buddies argued at the First Circuit on Monday that he should have his conviction thrown out because the jury was told it could find him guilty if he merely should have known that what he was doing was wrong.

  • June 6, 2016

    Northrop Trying To Delay Contract Trial, DynCorp Says

    DynCorp blasted prime contractor Northrop in Virginia federal court Monday for trying to avoid returning to state court with a lawsuit accusing the subcontractor of inflating its invoices related to a 2007 Afghanistan counternarcotics contract, arguing Northrop is merely trying to delay trial.

  • June 6, 2016

    Ex-Rep. Fears Judge's Bias Due To Mutual Link To Bill Clinton

    Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds asked the Illinois federal judge overseeing his misdemeanor tax case to recuse himself because of their shared connection to former President Bill Clinton, arguing the judge’s efforts to overcome a perception of favor could result in more punitive rulings.

  • June 6, 2016

    J&J Won't Have To Avoid New Ads Before Liver Damage Trial

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday nixed a bid by a woman, who is suing Johnson & Johnson over her sister’s death in multidistrict litigation over the alleged liver damage risks of various Tylenol products, to stop the company from running any new publicity campaigns before the first bellwether trial.

  • June 6, 2016

    Zimmer Gets $20M Knee Injury Verdict Trashed In Pa.

    A divided Pennsylvania appeals court stripped a knee-replacement patient of a $20 million verdict on Monday after ruling that the award against Zimmer Inc. and marketing firm Public Communications Inc. was excessive.

  • June 6, 2016

    GM Asks Judge To Drop Driver's Claims In Ignition Bellwether

    General Motors told a New York federal judge Friday that many of the claims in a driver’s suit serving as a bellwether case in multidistrict litigation over ignition-switch defects should be dismissed, contending that the driver did not buy her car from New GM, the post-bankruptcy entity that is being sued.

  • June 6, 2016

    Supreme Court Takes Up 2 Texas Death Penalty Appeals

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review two Texas death penalty cases that question the constitutionality of such sentences for individuals with intellectual disabilities and question when expert witnesses testify about a defendant’s proclivity for future violence based on race.