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Trials

  • June 8, 2016

    RJR, Philip Morris Slam Use Of Engle Findings In 11th Circ.

    R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris told the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday that the landmark Engle tobacco class action’s findings are “useless” for establishing a Florida man’s strict liability and negligence claims, arguing that allowing him to rely on the determinations would violate their due process rights.

  • June 8, 2016

    The 25 Law Firms GCs Recommend To Their Friends

    A select group of 25 law firms has nailed down the art of pleasing GCs, garnering unprompted word-of-mouth recommendations from their clients for more than five years running.

  • June 8, 2016

    Trial Pros: Wolf Greenfield's Mike Rader

    I had gotten hold of a 1988 textbook, authored by the complainant’s expert, which called into question his trial testimony. I safeguarded that book like gold and insisted that it be transported inside a large manila envelope so that the other side would not see it until the moment I was ready to use it for impeachment, says Michael Rader, co-chairman of Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC's litigation practice group.

  • June 7, 2016

    Insurer Wins Bid To Cancel Policy On Ex-Ponzi Execs

    Continental Casualty Co. prevailed in a five-year effort to rescind an accountants’ professional liability policy issued to Ponzi-scheme tainted Marshall Granger & Co. LLP when a New York federal jury found Friday the insurer didn’t unreasonably delay in its suit to cancel the coverage.

  • June 7, 2016

    Boiron Flu Remedy ‘Expensive Sugar,’ False Ad Jury Hears

    Boiron Inc. is peddling “very expensive sugar” as a flu remedy, a California jury heard Tuesday at the start of a false labeling trial over claims that a certified class of Boiron customers was duped by the homeopathic remedy maker into buying a product with zero medical benefit.

  • June 7, 2016

    J&J Unit Says $8.3M Hip Implant Verdict Inconsistent

    Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy urged a California appeals court Tuesday to scrap an $8.3 million jury verdict in favor of a retired prison guard who alleged he was injured by DePuy's ASR XL metal hip, arguing the jury's findings were irreconcilably inconsistent.

  • June 7, 2016

    Trial Kicks Off Over Sanofi's IP Claims Over Generic Multaq

    A three-day bench trial over pharmaceutical company Sanofi SA's claims that several drugmakers infringed its patents for heart rhythm medication Multaq by filing regulatory applications for generic versions kicked off Tuesday in Delaware, with the focus squarely on the proposed labeling for the medication.

  • June 7, 2016

    Abbott Settles Depakote Suit As Jury Deliberates

    Abbott Laboratories Inc. reached a settlement with a woman in Missouri alleging that the drugmaker's seizure and bipolar disorder drug Depakote caused a severe spinal condition in her son while the jury in the case was out deliberating Monday.

  • June 7, 2016

    Ocwen Investigation Docs Admissible In FCA Row, Judge Says

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday determined that banking documents related to a state government investigation into Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC's financial practices, which the company claims to have “inadvertently disclosed” to relators bringing a pair of False Claims Act suits, are not privileged and can be used at trial.

  • June 7, 2016

    Northrop Gets Short Reprieve From State Court Trial

    A Virginia federal judge on Tuesday gave Northrop Grumman just over a week before its case against DynCorp, alleging inflated invoices related to a 2007 Afghanistan counternarcotics contract, must return to state court, ruling a brief pause is called for under federal rules.

  • June 7, 2016

    Lewis Brisbois Hires 6-Attorney Team in Houston

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has added six lawyers to its Houston office, including three partners and three associates who are joining the firm’s labor and employment group, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • June 7, 2016

    NuVasive Can't Shake $28M Unfair Competition Verdict

    A California federal judge on Tuesday rejected device maker NuVasive Inc.'s bid to throw out a nearly $28 million unfair competition verdict awarded to spinal device distributor Madsen Medical, saying the verdict was properly supported by evidence and based on appropriate jury instructions.

  • June 7, 2016

    Ex-Execs Blame FDA Rules In Off-Label Fraud Trial

    Former executives of Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Acclarent Inc. told a Massachusetts federal jury Tuesday that the real impetus for their trial on fraud charges is a government desire to crack down on off-label promotion, saying opaque and contradictory rules on off-label medical devices combined with bureaucratic infighting to hinder innovation.

  • June 7, 2016

    GM Says Jury Should Hear Driver Didn't Have Seat Belt On

    General Motors asked a New York federal judge on Monday for permission to tell a jury that a driver suing over a deadly ignition-switch design wasn't wearing her seat belt when she crashed, saying the evidence is fair game under Virginia law.

  • June 7, 2016

    US Bank Lays Out Liability Case Against UBS After $2B Trial

    Trustee U.S. Bank told U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel Monday that it presented "comprehensive evidence" at a trial that wrapped in May to prove UBS AG breached contractual promises it made to investors when it created massive home loan securitizations worth $2 billion and that the Swiss bank should be required to pay up.

  • 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.