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  • March 2, 2016

    Homeowners' Policy Doesn't Cover Collapse, 2nd Circ. Hears

    A Second Circuit panel asked Lexington Insurance Co. at a hearing on Wednesday whether there isn't ambiguity in a homeowner's policy the insurer says only covers homes that collapsed from specific causes, reviewing a jury's verdict that the policy doesn't cover the collapse of a Staten Island home.

  • March 2, 2016

    11th Circ. Sinks Challenge To Instruction For Stiefel Fraud Jury

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a verdict rejecting former CFO Robert Fried's securities fraud claim against Stiefel Laboratories Inc., finding a Miami federal judge properly declined to tell jurors that the dermatological pharmaceutical company had a "duty to disclose all material information" in the run-up to a merger.

  • March 2, 2016

    Trial Pros: Cooley's Mike Attanasio

    One of my most amusing experiences was watching extraordinary trial lawyer Gene Iredale use a plate of appetizers in closing argument, says Mike Attanasio, who chairs Cooley LLP’s national litigation practice and who served as co-trial counsel in the defense of baseball legend Roger Clemens.

  • March 2, 2016

    Wal-Mart Wants $31M Discrimination Verdict Undone

    Wal-Mart has asked a New Hampshire federal judge to step in and overturn a jury’s guilty verdict against it, as well as a $31 million award, later trimmed to roughly $16.3 million, to a former pharmacist who accused the retailer of gender bias and wrongful termination after she complained that her medical data had been disclosed by a colleague.

  • March 2, 2016

    How To Keep Jurors Awake Through A Science-Heavy Trial

    Patent and product liability cases often include enough technical details to make jurors' eyes glaze over or, worse, render attorneys' arguments confusing or meaningless. Here, top trial attorneys give tips for walking jurors through science-heavy cases.

  • March 1, 2016

    Gordon & Rees Nabs Insurance Partner From Wilson Elser

    Gordon & Rees LLP has picked up an insurance partner to join its Philadelphia office from Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, the firm said Tuesday.

  • March 1, 2016

    Justices Urged To Nix How Fed. Circ. Reviews Jury Verdicts

    ParkerVision Inc. urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to review a patent infringement case in which the Federal Circuit upheld a lower court's nixing of a $173 million jury verdict against Qualcomm Inc. so the justices can set a review standard for jury findings in matters where the consistency of expert testimony is questioned.

  • March 1, 2016

    Erin Andrews Tells Jurors Hotel Staff Facilitated Stalker

    Sportscaster and “Dancing With the Stars” co-host Erin Andrews took the stand for a second day Tuesday in her $75 million privacy suit against a Nashville hotel, insisting under cross-examination that the hotel’s lax security enabled a stalker to take a devastating peephole video.

  • March 1, 2016

    SEC Scores Precarious Post-Newman Win In IBM Tip Trial

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's victory Monday in an insider trading trial stemming from a $1.2 billion IBM acquisition allayed fears that the Newman ruling would severely hamstring its enforcement division, but attorneys say the verdict may be vulnerable on appeal.

  • March 1, 2016

    Botched Supplement Killed 21 Polo Horses, Jury Told

    The owners of 21 Venezuelan national polo team horses killed by a botched nutritional supplement on Tuesday told jurors that a pharmacy chemist who approved a deadly dose of selenium in the vitamin-and-mineral cocktail should be found liable for the $2.3 million value of the horses.

  • March 1, 2016

    Fed. Circ. Won't Review 'Baffling' Decision In Cisco IP Case

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday refused to review its ruling that reversed a $74 million jury verdict that found Cisco Systems Inc. infringed Commil USA LLC's wireless networking patent, despite Commil's argument that the previous decision was “legally baffling.”

  • March 1, 2016

    Texas Justices Asked To Revive Harassment Win Over Hospital

    A former Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital employee who won a jury verdict finding that she had been fired in retaliation for reporting workplace sexual harassment asked the Texas Supreme Court on Thursday to revive the discrimination judgment that a lower court had reversed.

  • March 1, 2016

    Class Appeals Tossed $6M Award In Cox Cable Box Bellwether

    A class of Cox customers asked the Tenth Circuit on Monday to reinstate a $6.3 million jury verdict for antitrust violations related to the company's forced rentals of its set-top boxes, saying an Oklahoma federal judge had misapplied the law in overturning the award.

  • March 1, 2016

    Koh Nixes Samsung's New Evidence Bid Before Apple Retrial

    U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh on Monday declined to allow Samsung to introduce new evidence at an upcoming damages retrial with its smartphone rival Apple, holding that the company’s motion is “too little, too late” since she cut off the possibility months ago. 

  • March 1, 2016

    Judge Blasts Pom, Coca-Cola For Complicating False Ad Suit

    With a trial looming on Pom Wonderful LLC’s claims that Coca-Cola falsely advertised a pomegranate beverage with little pomegranate juice, a California federal judge Tuesday trimmed both parties’ witness lists, railing at “lawyers who make cases complex.”

  • March 1, 2016

    Trial Pros: Choate's Joan Lukey

    Do whatever you have to do to make yourself believe that you know the facts — including all of the exhibits, discovery responses and transcripts — better than anyone else in the courtroom. Even if you’re wrong in believing that you do, the self-confidence that comes with that feeling will carry you through, says Joan Lukey, chairwoman of the complex trial and appellate litigation group at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.

  • March 1, 2016

    Dish Says 'Newly Disclosed' TCPA Evidence Is Old News

    The four states suing Dish in a massive Telephone Consumer Protection Act case over telemarketing calls have known for years that the company has address information on some of the alleged calls, Dish said Monday in Illinois federal court amid a bench trial, blasting sanctions efforts over the purportedly withheld information.

  • March 1, 2016

    Dying Hip Implant Patient Should Stay In MDL, Wright Says

    Wright Medical Technology Inc. urged a Georgia federal judge to stick with the bellwether trial plan in multidistrict litigation over allegedly defective hip implants rather than remand the case of a woman who says she has cancer and won’t live to testify, arguing Monday that other arrangements can be made.

  • March 1, 2016

    Houston Jury Awards $11M In Trampoline Park Injury Suit

    A Harris County jury on Friday awarded a 19-year-old man who was injured at a trampoline park more than $11 million in damages, finding that National Trampoline Entertainment Center, which does business as Cosmic Jump, was grossly negligent in the incident that left him with permanent disabilities.

  • March 1, 2016

    Ex-Stanford Exec Urges High Court To Review Jury Instruction

    A former Stanford Financial Group executive convicted for his role in Robert Allen Stanford’s $7 billion Ponzi scheme has told the U.S. Supreme Court that the government is downplaying a circuit split on whether convictions should be overturned on errors in jury instruction.