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Trials

  • April 11, 2016

    Rising Star: Boies Schiller's Alanna Rutherford

    Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP partner Alanna Rutherford has packed more high-stakes trial work into her young career than most corporate attorneys see in a lifetime and has snagged victories in matters ranging from a showdown with the U.S. government over its bailout of AIG to a dispute over insurance coverage for the World Trade Center attacks, earning her a place among Law360’s Rising Stars.

  • April 11, 2016

    GM Wins $10M Trial Over Rollover That Paralyzed Doctor

    General Motors won a verdict Friday by a Missouri federal jury that a 2004 GMC Savana, which was involved in a rollover crash that left the doctor driving it quadriplegic, did not bear a roof or seat belt defect that would warrant her claim for $10 million in damages at trial.

  • April 11, 2016

    DOJ Tells Jury Doc Ran $374M Medicare 'Fraud Machine'

    Wrapping up a five-week trial, federal prosecutors on Monday told a Texas federal jury a Dallas area doctor is guilty of organizing a $374 million Medicare fraud by working with home health care agency owners to solicit 11,000 patients to sign up for unneeded treatments.

  • April 11, 2016

    10th Circ. Offers Mortgage Loan Fraudster No Reprieve

    The Tenth Circuit rejected an appeal by a Utah man imprisoned for his role in a mortgage loan fraud, saying a district court judge was right to reject arguments for a retrial he filed late even after receiving 15 months of deadline extensions.

  • April 11, 2016

    Texas Jury Convicts Two Men In Immigrant Hiring Scheme

    A federal jury on Friday convicted two Houston men of engaging in a conspiracy to hire unauthorized immigrants as subordinates at a waste disposal company there by assigning them identities stolen from U.S. citizens.

  • April 11, 2016

    Pa. Jury Begins Mulling $6.6M Computer Contract Dispute

    A Pennsylvania federal jury began deliberations Monday in a Taiwanese computer manufacturer's bid to recoup at least $6.6 million from the owners of a Philadelphia information technology firm for its failure to meet contractual obligations to pay for computers.

  • April 11, 2016

    Philip Morris Urges Quick Ruling In Healthy Smoker Trial

    Philip Morris pressed a Massachusetts federal judge Monday for judgment on the remaining consumer protection law claim in a class action suit brought by healthy smokers seeking to bill the tobacco giant for annual health screenings, saying the judge can’t ignore a jury’s previous conclusion that its cigarettes weren’t defective.  

  • April 11, 2016

    Antonelli, Protostorm Fight For Coverage Of Malpractice Spat

    Protostorm LLC and Antonelli Terry Stout & Kraus LLP, the firm hit by a jury with an $8 million judgment for botching Protostorm’s patent application, each asked a Virginia federal judge Friday to deny a bid by the firm’s malpractice insurer to partially escape coverage, saying the insurer mischaracterizes when the claims arose.

  • April 12, 2016

    Trial Pros: Drinker Biddle's Michael Zogby

    Never sacrifice your personal credibility just to win a point — know when to give up points that are not worth fighting and which you know you will not win, says Michael Zogby, a partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • April 11, 2016

    Trial Pros: Heller Waldman's Glen Waldman

    While I have never had someone say, “Yes, I killed my wife. I am guilty,” I did get a representative for the defendant to admit on the stand that he had a duty of candor and honesty to my client and that "No, I did not meet that duty of candor and honesty," says Glen Waldman, founding partner of Heller Waldman PL.

  • April 8, 2016

    Abbott Can't Escape Punitive Damage Claim In Depakote Suit

    A Missouri federal judge rejected Abbott Laboratories' bid to block punitive damages claims by a woman alleging that the drugmaker's seizure and bipolar disorder drug Depakote caused her son to be born with a severe spinal condition, finding she had shown enough evidence to support her contention that the company knowingly "diluted" its birth defect warnings. 

  • April 8, 2016

    GM Brushes Aside 4th Bellwether Trial In Ignition-Switch MDL

    A driver suing General Motors over an ignition-switch defect has agreed to dismiss a suit that would have been the fourth in a series of bellwether trials, according to a Friday filing in the multidistrict litigation in New York federal court.

  • April 8, 2016

    NCAA Faces Trial Over Footballer's Fatal Head Injury

    The NCAA has lost its bid to shake off claims in Maryland state court by the parents of a Frostburg State University football player who allegedly died of head injuries he suffered in physically rough practice drills that they say the association shouldn't have allowed, advancing the case to a trial set for late June.

  • April 8, 2016

    7th Circ. Reverses Wire Fraud Conviction Of Ex-Bank Exec

    A split Seventh Circuit panel on Friday reversed a former bank executive’s conviction on federal wire fraud charges and ordered his release from prison, skewering the government’s "unusual and seemingly unprecedented" prosecution as an unwarranted attempt to criminalize business negotiations.

  • April 8, 2016

    Health Fraud Defense Attys Riding High As Wins Pile Up

    A jury verdict for Abbott Laboratories in a $200 million False Claims Act trial involving off-label marketing joins a string of recent defense wins in high-profile health fraud cases and suggests that the tide is turning after years of harsh financial penalties, attorneys say.

  • April 8, 2016

    2nd Circ. Irked By Judge's Sarcasm In Data Privacy Trial

    The Second Circuit appeared concerned Friday by sarcastic and biased comments U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman made in front of a jury in a Driver’s Privacy Protection Act trial as a New York man sought to hold online data broker Arcanum Investigations liable for selling information to a buyer who later harassed him and his family.

  • April 8, 2016

    Rising Star: Sullivan & Cromwell's Laura Kabler Oswell

    Having served on two Sullivan & Cromwell LLP trial teams that got big wins — one for Enbridge in a billion-dollar pipeline fiasco and another for Apollo Tyres after the disintegration of its planned merger with Cooper Tire — Laura Kabler Oswell has been named one of a handful of trial attorneys on Law360’s Rising Stars list of top lawyers under 40.

  • April 8, 2016

    Blankenship To Appeal To 4th Circ. In Mine Blast Case

    Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship will appeal a case that resulted in his conviction and one-year prison sentence for conspiring to violate mine safety standards before a deadly explosion six years ago, according to a notice filed with the Fourth Circuit on Thursday.

  • April 8, 2016

    Fed. Circ. Backs Adobe's Jury Win In DRM Patent Fight

    The Federal Circuit on Friday affirmed a California federal jury’s ruling that invalidated a Digital Reg digital-rights management patent because of obviousness, granting a win to accused infringer Adobe Systems Inc.

  • April 8, 2016

    Libor Traders Deny Blame For Barclays' 'Monumental Failing'

    Lawyers for several ex-Barclays bankers accused of rigging Libor told a jury Friday their clients were being prosecuted for doing something that was so routine at the bank that they couldn't have known it was wrong, making them "a few expendable traders being thrown under the bus."