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Trials

  • March 4, 2016

    Ex-Va. Gov. Gets Hearing Date In High Court Bribery Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday set a date for oral arguments in former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s appeal of his bribery convictions, several days after McDonnell filed a brief arguing that the laws he was convicted under are too broad.

  • March 4, 2016

    Ex-Rabobank Traders in Libor Scheme Say Prison Unwarranted

    Two former Rabobank traders told a New York federal judge Thursday they didn't deserve to serve any prison time for their connection to a scheme to manipulate Libor, saying they have already been punished enough for acts that were tacitly encouraged by the banking industry.

  • March 4, 2016

    8th Circ. Refuses Bid For New 'Popcorn Lung' Trial

    The Eighth Circuit on Friday refused to grant a new trial to a man who failed to convince an Iowa federal jury that a chemical in microwavable popcorn butter flavoring caused his serious lung disease, rejecting his contention that the lower court let jurors hear improper expert testimony.

  • March 4, 2016

    Jeffer Mangels Snags Former Alston & Bird IP Partner

    Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP on Friday said that it hired a new intellectual property partner from Alston & Bird LLP with experience handling patent and copyright litigation and trials, including disputes over medical devices, cellphones and software systems.

  • March 4, 2016

    ATopTech Seeks Quick Win In Synopsys Infringement Trial

    ATopTech Inc. urged a California federal court Thursday to toss its rival electronic design automation software maker Synopsys Inc.’s copyright infringement claims, saying Synopsys has not shown enough evidence in its trial for a reasonable jury to conclude that ATopTech stole its software or caused it to lose money.

  • March 4, 2016

    Is Hulk Hogan's Sex Tape News? That's For A Jury To Decide

    Wrestling icon Hulk Hogan's $100 million privacy trial starting Monday over news and gossip website Gawker's publication of his sex tape is a legal peculiarity that may test the limits of newsworthiness, experts told Law360.

  • March 4, 2016

    Texas Justices Deny Review Of Cotton Crop Sale Dispute

    A West Texas cotton farmer who was appealing a $400,000 jury verdict awarded against him in a contract dispute with a cotton broker was denied a review of the case Friday by the Texas Supreme Court, ending a fight over the enforceability of an oral contract.

  • March 4, 2016

    USPTO, Others Say Angiomax On-Sale Bar Shouldn't Apply

    The U.S. Patent and Trade Office, drug industry groups and intellectual property attorneys have urged the Federal Circuit to reverse a panel decision invalidating two of The Medicines Co.’s patents for the blood-thinning drug Angiomax, as the court prepares to consider questions about what constitutes an on-sale bar.

  • March 4, 2016

    Urban Outfitters’ Insurer Wants Say In Navajo TM Suit

    Urban Outfitters Inc.’s insurer on Thursday pushed to get its foot into litigation brought by the Navajo Nation over claims of tribal trademark infringement, telling a New Mexico federal court that it wants a say in directing possible damage payments once a verdict is handed down.

  • March 4, 2016

    'King Of Nursing Homes' Convicted In Medicare Fraud Scam

    A Chicago doctor became the seventh former Sacred Heart Hospital employee to be convicted for his role in a multifaceted Medicare fraud scheme after an Illinois federal jury found him guilty Friday of accepting kickbacks for referring patients to the hospital.

  • March 4, 2016

    Honeywell Asbestos Verdict Upheld By Calif. Appeals Court

    A California appeals court on Thursday upheld a state jury’s conclusion that a mechanic’s exposure to asbestos in brake linings made by Honeywell International Inc. was a substantial factor in causing his cancer, finding that an expert’s testimony that every exposure to asbestos can cause cancer was legitimately allowed.

  • March 4, 2016

    Excess Judgment Needed For Bad Faith Claim, Del. Court Says

    The Delaware Supreme Court ruled Friday that a claim that an insurance company acted in bad faith by failing to settle a third party's insurance claim accrues only after a judgment against the policyholder for a sum over the policy limit becomes final, joining the majority of courts to have considered the issue.

  • March 4, 2016

    Consol Takes EEOC 'Mark of the Beast' Suit To 4th Circ.

    Consol Energy has asked the Fourth Circuit to review a $600,000 West Virginia federal jury verdict in a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission religious bias suit stemming from an employee’s departure over hand scanners he thought were the work of the devil.

  • March 4, 2016

    Trial Pros: Gibson Dunn's Marcellus McRae

    It is critical to keep in mind that every trial has two faces: what you thought the trial would look like before you started and how it looks after you started, says Marcellus McRae, senior attorney at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and former assistant U.S attorney with the major frauds section of the Los Angeles U.S. attorney's office.

  • March 4, 2016

    Fresenius Requests Stay In Dialysis MDL To Ink Settlement

    Fresenius Medical Care and plaintiffs with whom they reached a $250 million settlement in principle to end multidistrict litigation over the alleged side effects of the dialysis drugs GranuFlo and NaturaLyte have asked a Massachusetts federal judge to stay proceedings and push back trial dates while they finalize the agreement.

  • March 4, 2016

    Trial Pros: K&L Gates' John Pierce

    Most unexpected thing I've experienced during a trial? Being physically attacked by second-chair opposing counsel in court, says John Pierce, global leader for K&L Gates LLP's litigation and dispute resolution practice.

  • March 3, 2016

    Anglo-Dutch Tells Texas Court To Nix Interest On Atty Fees

    Anglo-Dutch Petroleum International told a Texas appellate court Thursday that a trial court wrongly awarded a “windfall” in interest on attorneys' fees to a lawyer who represented the company in its suit alleging two rivals disclosed confidential information, after Anglo-Dutch successfully appealed a verdict on the fee amount.

  • March 3, 2016

    Erin Andrews Jury Likely To Get Hotel-Privacy Case​ ​Friday

    Jurors will soon begin chewing over sportscaster Erin Andrews’ claims that a Nashville hotel enabled her stalker to capture secret video, after hearing Thursday from a final witness, former ESPN colleague Jesse Palmer, that the wildfire spread of the footage changed Andrews.

  • March 3, 2016

    Latham's Boston Office Mourns Associate Killed In SUV Crash

    Latham & Watkins LLP on Wednesday mourned the loss of a securities litigation and trial associate who was killed when an SUV crashed into a Newton, Massachusetts, pizzeria, knocking down a wall, injuring several people and killing at least one other person.

  • March 3, 2016

    GM Judge Shrinks Ignition Switch Claims In 2nd Bellwether

    The New York federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation over General Motors' faulty ignition switches and controversial 2014 recall shrank claims Thursday against the automaker in the case at the heart of the second bellwether trial in the litigation, involving the crash of a 2007 Saturn Sky in Louisiana that took place just weeks before the recall.