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Trials

  • April 13, 2016

    Trial Pros: Leon Cosgrove's Derek Leon

    Judges and juries are people, so at trial try to have a conversation. Speak as though you’re telling a friend what the case is about over dinner, says Derek Leon, founding partner of Leon Cosgrove LLC.

  • April 12, 2016

    RJ Reynolds Wins Stay Of Engle Case Amid High Court Appeal

    A Florida appeals courts, in an issue of first impression, ruled Tuesday that a lower court erred in denying R.J. Reynolds an automatic stay while the tobacco company considers whether to review U.S. Supreme Court review of a $5.5 million decision against it in an Engle progeny case.

  • April 12, 2016

    Trans Ova Gets Part Of Verdict Axed In Sex-Selection IP Row

    A Colorado federal judge has vacated a jury's finding of willful infringement in its recent decision that Trans Ova owed at least $6 million to a biotech company that owns patents covering sex-selection technology for livestock, citing recent patent office decisions that cast doubt on some of the asserted claims.

  • April 12, 2016

    GM Judge Chalks Plaintiffs Atty Conflicts Up To 'Money, Ego'

    The New York federal judge dug deeper into the controversial accusations against the lead ignition switch plaintiffs counsel from the Georgia-based attorney known for exposing the defect and sparking the recall, attributing the conflicts between him and the heavy-hitting lead plaintiffs counsel to the "money" and "ego" at stake in the MDL.

  • April 12, 2016

    $118M MagCorp Verdict Wasn't A Compromise, Trustee Says

    A bankruptcy trustee urged the Second Circuit on Tuesday not to undo a $118 million jury verdict against industrial magnate Ira Rennert and his Renco over money extracted from magnesium company MagCorp before its failure, challenging the idea that the jury deciding the case may have relied on a compromise.

  • April 12, 2016

    Bondholders Say Lakahs Ignored Rules In Evidence Dispute

    Bondholders looking to drag Egyptian businessmen Ramy and Michel Lakah into arbitration over $100 million in defaulted debt told a New York federal court Monday that the brothers’ request to admit hundreds of facts years after discovery was closed was filed in bad faith, came too late and should be denied on several grounds.

  • April 12, 2016

    Ex-DirecTV Worker Can Try To Up $1.2M Award In Bias Row

    A California state appeals court on Monday revived an effort by a former DirecTV LLC employee who is disabled to seek damages beyond the roughly $1.2 million a jury decided she was owed on her discrimination claims against the company.

  • April 12, 2016

    Pa. Justices Snub $5M Building Defect Verdict Share Appeal

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Tuesday it would not hear an appeal of a decision affirming the $350,000 share that a Philadelphia engineering firm was saddled with as part of a $5 million verdict in a case over negligent misrepresentations about a historic condominium building’s structural flaws.

  • April 12, 2016

    Insurer Seeks New Trial In $5M Chicago Warehouse Fire Suit

    American States Insurance Co. on Monday sought a new trial or a reduction in a $5 million judgment an Illinois federal jury awarded a Chicago import company that alleged the insurer breached their contract by denying coverage for a 2007 warehouse fire.

  • April 12, 2016

    Smoker Wants $20M Damages Award Revived In Engle Case

    A smoker in an Engle progeny case on Monday asked a Florida federal judge to reinstate a $20 million punitive damages award against Philip Morris in light of a recent Florida state supreme court decision in another Engle case that held a smoker’s widow can seek punitive damages.

  • April 12, 2016

    MDL Leadership Sees A Crack In Glass Ceiling

    Women are beginning to break into the small, male-dominated world of plaintiffs' leadership in multidistrict litigation thanks to a growing chorus of influential voices calling for change, including a senior federal judge.

  • April 12, 2016

    Bank Must Pay Financier $3.25M In Contract Suit, Jury Finds

    A Florida federal jury has awarded $3.25 million to a financier who said that an international bank cheated him out of his fee for putting together all the pieces of a complicated $150 million bond issuance.

  • April 12, 2016

    $219M Terrorism Verdict Falls On Jurisdiction, 2nd Circ. Hears

    The Palestinian Authority told the Second Circuit Tuesday that a $219 million Anti-Terrorism Act liability verdict against it relies on New York district judge’s pretrial misreading of the Supreme Court's "at home" test for establishing general jurisdiction, while terrorism victims pressed to have the damages upheld on alternate grounds.

  • April 12, 2016

    Trial Pros: Kelley Drye's Bill Escobar

    In a high profile and very fast moving case in the Southern District of New York, the jurors complimented my work and even gave me a flattering (for a trial lawyer) nickname: “The terminator,” says Bill Escobar, former chairman of Kelley Drye Warren LLP’s national litigation practice group.

  • April 12, 2016

    YouTubers Hire New Attys After $20M Verdict In Fraud Row

    The co-owners of a video game-focused YouTube channel got permission to replace their counsel with attorneys from Dallas-based Friedman & Feiger LLP on Monday after being hit with a more than $20 million jury verdict in a fraud dispute.

  • April 12, 2016

    Truck Drivers Want To Split Trial In Rest Period Suit

    Penske truck drivers who delivered and installed Whirlpool appliances are asking for their wage-and-hour trial in California federal court to be split into two parts, one for liability and one for damages.

  • April 12, 2016

    Trial Pros: Fish & Tsang's John van Loben Sels

    During an important cross-examination on the first day of a big trial, sweat started running into my eyes and fogging up my new glasses so I could barely see my outline. Rather than freak out, I turned the removal of my glasses into a dramatic gesture, as if I had planned it all along, says John van Loben Sels, managing partner of Fish & Tsang LLP’s Silicon Valley office.

  • April 11, 2016

    Holland & Knight Adds 4 Partners In DC, Denver, Miami

    Holland & Knight LLP has snagged four new partners for its Washington, D.C., Denver and Miami offices, including litigators from McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Dentons, the firm said Monday.

  • April 11, 2016

    Insurer Owes For $31M Tar Cleanup, National Grid Tells Jury

    British energy giant National Grid told a New York jury Monday that ACE Ltd. unit Century Indemnity must pay for a $31 million pollution cleanup in Sag Harbor, as well as two other seven-figure cleanup projects on Long Island, scars of a gaslight era in which many towns made their own gas from coal.

  • April 11, 2016

    Wilson Sonsini Could Face Claims As Occam Deal Trial Opens

    The trial over shareholder claims targeting Occam Networks Inc.’s roughly $200 million sale to Calix Inc. kicked off in the Delaware Chancery Court on Monday, days after Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC settled aiding and abetting claims from suing stockholders, but it could face related cross-claims from Occam’s brass.