Trials

  • November 24, 2015

    RJ Reynolds Persuades Jury Ex-Smoker Doesn't Have COPD

    R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. beat a former cigarette smoker's $1.9 million Engle progeny suit Tuesday after convincing a Florida jury that she did not have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as she had claimed.

  • November 24, 2015

    'Stressed Out' Juror Wants Out Of Sheldon Silver Graft Trial

    A juror in the corruption trial of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver asked to be excused from the panel shortly after deliberations began Tuesday, citing her discomfort and stress stemming from her "different opinion/view" of the case.

  • November 24, 2015

    Bryan Cave Partner To Be Asked About Skelos Jury Concerns

    The Bryan Cave LLP partner who has raised concerns about jurors prematurely discussing evidence in the graft trial of former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam will be back in court next week so that U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood can ask her about what she heard.

  • November 24, 2015

    Exec's Son Takes Stand In Ex-Bryan Cave Atty's Fraud Trial

    Convicted fraudster Calvin R. Darden Jr. told jurors Tuesday in the fraud trial of former Bryan Cave LLP attorney Harvey Newkirk that he and Newkirk created a litany of fake documents that associated them with Darden's wealthy father in a failed effort to buy Maxim magazine with millions of dollars in borrowed money.

  • November 24, 2015

    Discovery Blasts $11M Damages Bid At TV Deal Trial

    Discovery called a religious-television distributor’s request for $11 million in damages from an abandoned Internet broadcast deal “entirely overblown” Tuesday, telling a Maryland federal judge the company was bleeding money long before the deal went south.

  • November 24, 2015

    Alice Doesn't Disturb $39M Finjan IP Verdict, Judge Says

    A California federal judge has let stand a jury's $39 million verdict awarded to Finjan Inc. over Internet security patents it asserted against Blue Coat Systems Inc., saying in part that the patent that yielded the bulk of the jury's damages award is not abstract under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice framework.

  • November 24, 2015

    Techtronic Can't Toss Jury's Award Over Defective Table Saw

    A Florida federal judge on Monday rejected a bid by Techtronic Industries North America to toss out a jury’s verdict that the defective design of a Techtronic table saw was partly responsible for a man’s loss of three fingers.

  • November 24, 2015

    Old Injuries Ruled Fair Game In GM Ignition Bellwether

    A man whose suit against GM was selected as the first bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation over the company’s defective ignition switches can’t stop the automaker from telling jurors about injuries unrelated to a head-on collision that he has attributed to the defect, a New York federal judge ruled Monday.

  • November 23, 2015

    Bryan Cave Atty Calls Skelos Judge With Concern Over Jurors

    The graft trial of former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam took an unusual turn Monday when the judge fielded a phone call in open court from a Bryan Cave LLP partner who worried that jurors may have been discussing evidence.

  • November 23, 2015

    Insurer's $1M Award To End 16-Year Contract Dispute

    Zenith Insurance Co. has won a nearly $1 million jury verdict in Florida state court bringing to end a 16-year-old contract dispute over a worker's compensation policy held by the drive-thru Farms Stores convenience store chain.

  • November 23, 2015

    'Shrimp Boy' Defense Grills Key Undercover FBI Agent

    Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow's attorney on Monday kicked off his cross-examination of the undercover FBI agent whose work led to Chow's indictment, along with fallen Sen. Leland Yee and two dozen others, by casting doubt before a California federal jury regarding Chow's criminal involvement.

  • November 23, 2015

    Texas Pol Gets 1 Year For Barratry In Kickbacks Plot

    A Texas jury sentenced a state politician to one year in prison Monday, after convicting him on five barratry charges for an alleged scheme in which he and attorneys paid kickbacks to the owner of several chiropractic clinics, a district attorney's office said Monday.

  • November 23, 2015

    Sheldon Silver Denounced As Greedy Liar As Trial Nears End

    A federal prosecutor on Monday railed against former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as his corruption trial neared an end, painting a picture of a greedy and dishonest politician who used his official position to gain millions of dollars in referral fees and then schemed to cover it up.

  • November 23, 2015

    Smokers Seek $600M In Marlboro Lights False Ad Trial

    A class of nearly 200,000 Massachusetts smokers on Monday urged a state judge to award it more than $600 million in its suit alleging Philip Morris USA Inc. falsely advertised Marlboro Lights cigarettes delivered less tar and nicotine to users, saying that the product was a ploy to lure smokers who feared that smoking was unhealthy.

  • November 23, 2015

    IRS Can Enforce Quinn Emanuel-Aided Microsoft Summons

    A Washington federal court on Monday said Microsoft Corp. has to comply with the Internal Revenue Service’s summonses of several current and former company executives, despite its concerns about the participation of lawyers from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.

  • November 23, 2015

    Samsung, Huawei Infringed Unwired Planet IP, UK Judge Says

    A U.K. judge ruled Monday that Samsung and Huawei mobile phones infringed a standard-essential patent on 4G LTE wireless technology owned by Unwired Planet International Ltd., handing the licensing company a victory in the first of a series of trials over related technology.

  • November 23, 2015

    Black & Decker $54M Verdict Not Ripe Yet, Judge Says

    An Illinois federal judge rejected Black & Decker's bid Monday to enter judgment on a $54 million verdict against a smaller rival found to have infringed the yellow-and-black color scheme of the company's DeWalt power tools, saying the company's request came too soon because certain issues are still outstanding.

  • November 23, 2015

    Boeing Seeks 'Alter Ego' Presumption In Satellite JV Trial

    Boeing asked a California federal judge Sunday to sanction a Russian state-controlled space company's subsidiaries with a presumption that they are legally indistinct from their parent, as the aerospace giant seeks to recoup $111 million it says they owe over a failed satellite-launching joint venture.

  • November 23, 2015

    Texas Jury Returns $2.2M Verdict In Tyson Worker Injury Row

    A Texas federal jury ordered Tyson Foods Inc. to fork over more than $2.2 million Friday after concluding that the company’s negligence caused a worker’s injuries on one occasion, holding that the company couldn’t be blamed for two other incidents.

  • November 23, 2015

    Medical Device Maker Gets $7.5M From Jury In Contract Suit

    A Texas federal jury on Friday awarded Dallas-based medical device manufacturer ThermoTek Inc. more than $7.5 million with additional prejudgment interest in its long-running suit against an Illinois-based distributor accused of using its distribution agreement to steal trade secrets and develop its own competing product line.