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Trials

  • June 6, 2016

    Supreme Court Takes Up 2 Texas Death Penalty Appeals

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review two Texas death penalty cases that question the constitutionality of such sentences for individuals with intellectual disabilities and question when expert witnesses testify about a defendant’s proclivity for future violence based on race.

  • June 6, 2016

    Trial Pros: McManis Faulkner's Bill Faulkner

    As part of jury selection during a trial over whistleblower fees one of the jurors thought likely to be plaintiff-friendly was asked his opinion of the suit after hearing mini-opening arguments. His reply was “I get paid $15 a day to sit on this jury and this guy (pointing to the plaintiff) wants me to punch his lottery ticket?” says William Faulkner, leader of McManis Faulkner’s business practice.

  • June 6, 2016

    Platinum Equity Settles Suit Over $88M Deal Before Trial

    Platinum Equity LLC on Monday settled a state court lawsuit brought by the investors who bought a Pennsylvania integrated supply chain management company for $88 million in 2011 and accused the private equity firm of cooking the books prior to the sale.

  • June 6, 2016

    Trial Pros: Butler Snow's Rod Richmond

    My natural inclination is to take the sword approach as opposed to the shield approach — I am determined to have a story of my own to tell and find a way to make the other side respond to something, says Rod Richmond at Butler Snow LLP.

  • June 3, 2016

    Indivior Claims Victory In Patent Row With Actavis, Par

    A Delaware federal judge ruled Friday that Actavis Laboratories Inc. and Par Pharmaceutical Companies Inc. infringed one of Indivior PLC's patents covering Suboxone Film, but found claims in another Indivior patent invalid while claims in a third patent were deemed valid but not infringed, according to a ruling stemming from a four-day bench trial.

  • June 3, 2016

    Developers Who Beat $12M Suit Deserve Depo Fees: Judge

    A Florida federal magistrate has recommended that sanctions against a pair of Middle Eastern companies behind a failed $12 million fraud suit include the full $71,138 in fees requested by the targeted hotel developers for their accusers' failure to produce a proper witness.

  • June 3, 2016

    NJ Woman Gets 6 Years Over Time-Share Consulting Scheme

    A New Jersey woman was sentenced to six years in federal prison Friday for her role in a $3 million mortgage fraud scheme orchestrated by her husband to sell phony consulting services to owners of vacation properties, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said.

  • June 3, 2016

    Driver Pushes To Bar Facebook Post From GM Ignition Trial

    The driver who will lead the next bellwether trial over GM’s ignition-switch defects asked a New York federal judge on Thursday not to let GM tell the jury about a Facebook post that suggested she fell asleep before her crash.

  • June 3, 2016

    Attys Rip Request For Tech IP Suit Bills In $11.6M Fee Fight

    The current and former attorneys for three electronics companies ordered to pay $13.7 million to Boston University for willfully infringing a semiconductor technology patent objected Thursday to the school’s attempt to learn how much the lawyers have billed their clients as part of the university’s bid for $11.6 million in costs and attorneys’ fees.

  • June 3, 2016

    Sedgwick So. Cal. Office Gains Ex-Bonne Bridges Team

    Sedgwick LLP has bolstered its Orange County, California, office by bringing on a four-person complex litigation group from Bonne Bridges Mueller O’Keefe & Nichols led by a well-regarded trial lawyer who’s an expert in health care and insurance defense litigation, the firm has announced.

  • June 3, 2016

    Fattah Can't Dodge Corruption Charges As Gov't Case Rests

    Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., and his four co-defendants began presenting evidence to a federal jury in Philadelphia on Friday, but not before a judge overseeing the sweeping racketeering conspiracy trial rejected a string of motions at the close of the government’s case seeking to immediately dismiss the charges.

  • June 3, 2016

    Carnival Injury Atty’s Facebook Posts Go To Conduct Panel

    A Carnival passenger allegedly burned during a cruise saw his lawyer's Facebook posts referred to a disciplinary committee on trial day one, when a Florida federal judge asked the panel to determine whether the case-related social media posts violated two court orders.

  • June 3, 2016

    Feds Hit Back At PG&E's Claim Of San Bruno Grand Jury Lies

    Federal prosecutors on Thursday pushed back at Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s assertion that the government lied to the grand jury that indicted the utility for events surrounding the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion, arguing there is no basis for suppressing evidence or tossing the indictment.

  • June 3, 2016

    Bracewell Atty Can Testify In Coal Jobs Suit: Murray Energy

    Murray Energy Corp. on Thursday blasted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s bid to prevent a Bracewell LLP attorney who was a Bush-era EPA official from testifying in the company's suit accusing the agency of failing to assess the impact of air regulations on jobs.

  • June 3, 2016

    Trial Pros: Milbank's Daniel Perry

    It seems like at every trial, there is always an inside joke or two that brings the team together. The key is never to take yourself too seriously, says Dan Perry, leader of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP’s litigation and arbitration practice group.

  • June 3, 2016

    Trial Pros: Arnold & Porter's Tim Macdonald

    Unlike some practitioners, I do not believe in the admonition to only ask questions for which you know the answer. While that is a starting point in every cross, you must calibrate the risk of going beyond, says Timothy Macdonald, head of Arnold & Porter LLP's Denver office.

  • June 2, 2016

    Irrigation Patent Infringement Siphoned Off $24M, Jury Told

    Water treatment company CH2O told a California jury on Thursday that a competitor and a large-scale greenhouse tomato grower together willfully infringed its patented irrigation water system technology and should hand over $23.7 million in ill-gained profits.

  • June 2, 2016

    Exxon Atty Warned DuPont Counsel On Pollution, Jury Told

    In 2000, as DuPont's awareness of the liability blossoming from its pollution of the Ohio River grew, one of its in-house lawyers received some grim advice from an Exxon in-house counsel who was living through the legal fallout from a similar situation, an expert witness told an Ohio federal jury on Thursday.

  • June 2, 2016

    Design Patents Too Strong In $400M Apple Win, Justices Told

    Samsung told the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday that the Federal Circuit’s ruling ordering it to pay all of its profits associated with features found to infringe Apple's design patents, a total award of $400 million, makes design patents far too powerful.

  • June 2, 2016

    Google Wrongly Ducked $85M Patent Verdict, Fed. Circ. Told

    SimpleAir Inc. on Wednesday urged the full Federal Circuit to consider whether an appellate panel erred in releasing Google Inc. from having to pay $85 million in damages to the company for infringing its data transmission patent.