A video game developer on Tuesday told a Texas federal jury Oculus VR LLC pulled "one of the biggest technology heists ever" when it allegedly stole proprietary source code to make its popular virtual reality device before selling the company to Facebook Inc., causing it $2 billion in damages.
Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday they will retry former Los Angeles Sheriff Leroy Baca for obstruction of justice and conspiracy, along with a charge for making false statements, after a jury deadlocked last month on whether Baca tried to thwart an FBI investigation into inmate abuse.
A Gilead Sciences Inc. attorney dismissed as “absurdity” on Tuesday claims that the company’s $375 million purchase of Calistoga Pharmaceuticals Inc. in 2011 mandated a conditional $50 million bonus payment if a promising Calistoga drug qualified for use in treating a handful of patients.
Federal prosecutors on Monday urged a judge to impose the maximum $3 million criminal fine, along with other penalties, against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. over a deadly 2010 pipeline explosion, but the utility said adopting every recommendation from federal probation officials would unfairly expose it to even greater penalties.
The head of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy had told a Centers for Disease Control official investigating the start of a meningitis outbreak that the company had no issues with testing or sterilization, the official testified this week before a federal jury.
Former McLaughlin & Stern LLP partner Martin Friedman conceded Tuesday that he did not advise Mary Kuczkir, the 83-year-old novelist better known as Fern Michaels, to consult another lawyer before hiring him as her literary agent, but testified there was no ethical conflict even though he long had represented her in legal matters.
A California federal judge on Monday consolidated two cases accusing Wright Medical Technology Inc. and MicroPort Orthopedics Inc. of hiding a serious defect in their prosthetic hip implants that caused part of the implant to break "suddenly and catastrophically," ruling that joining them for a Dec. 5 trial is logical.
The receiver for the $7 billion Ponzi scheme run by R. Allen Stanford asked a Texas federal jury Monday to allow him to recoup nearly $90 million from a billionaire investor who allegedly learned insider information that tipped him off Stanford was running a fraud.
Law360's Firms of the Year rose above the competition in 2016 by earning a combined 20 Practice Group of the Year awards on the strength of work that helped their clients attain game-changing judgments and close record deals.
Patients in appeals stemming from multidistrict litigation lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson over its hip prosthetics on Friday asked the Fifth Circuit to consolidate the appeals from the second and third bellwether trials, arguing that substantial overlap of the facts involved makes a consolidated appeal more efficient.
Mary Kuczkir, the 83-year-old novelist better known as Fern Michaels, departed a Manhattan federal bench trial before the close of proceedings Monday citing illness, as her longtime former lawyer and agent — whom she accused of malpractice in a $3 million suit — defended the work he and his former firm, McLaughlin & Stern LLP, did for her.
Texas Roadhouse engaged in blatant age discrimination when it rejected job seekers with sticky notes on their applications that said things like “older,” “super old,” “old and chubby” and “old chick,” a government agency suing the restaurant chain told a federal jury in Boston Monday.
The Seventh Circuit on Monday upheld most of a jury verdict in favor of a woman who said she was forced out of her job at a Wisconsin recycling plant to care for her autistic son in violation of the Family Medical Leave Act, and granted her a full award of attorneys’ fees because it said all of her claims were persuasive.
The New York state judge overseeing the upcoming retrial of two former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executives on Monday gave prosecutors until the end of the week to respond to a defense motion seeking to grill the government’s star witness about the circumstances that led him to get a new plea deal in exchange for his ongoing cooperation.
The head of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy committed murder when his company shipped vials of mold-contaminated steroid injections around the country, federal prosecutors told a jury in Boston on Monday.
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The federal government and former SAC Capital Advisors LP manager Mathew Martoma butted heads in the Second Circuit on Friday over how the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Salman insider trading case affects Martoma’s challenge to his own conviction for trading on inside information.
Federal prosecutors renewed their call for the Second Circuit to revive bribery charges against a former Alstom SA executive on Friday, saying a judge's partial dismissal of a count in an upcoming trial is enough to support a criminal interlocutory appeal.
An Illinois federal judge sentenced the former owner of a rooftop club overlooking Wrigley Field to 18 months in prison Monday for defrauding the Chicago Cubs, the city and the county out of fees and taxes related to his business.
A Florida federal judge on Thursday denied a bid by a sports agent alleged to have participated in a $16 million scheme to smuggle Cuban baseball players to exclude testimony from five government witnesses, despite the agent’s request to withhold the testimony as a sanction for the government’s withholding of potentially damaging evidence until the last minute.
I recently asked a panel of four federal court judges whether they expect courts to start taking a more active role in e-discovery. They answered with a resounding yes. However, their responses left me wondering whether courts are actually taking a more active role in discovery since the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure amendments took effect in December 2015, says Cristin Traylor of McGuireWoods LLP.
As Associate Justice Goodwin Liu commented during oral arguments last week, “Every jurisdiction in California will be parsing what we say to tell their employees what to do.” City of San Jose v. Superior Court poses a narrow question: whether a blanket exemption exists under the Public Records Act for communications conducted on private devices, say Louie Castoria and Aaron Cargain of Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP.
Following a two-week trial in the Northern District of California, a federal jury recently found that Fiat Chrysler’s dealer incentive program did not violate the Robinson-Patman Act’s prohibition against price discrimination. The lawsuit highlights two competing themes that have played out in recent years, say Adam Hudes and Stephen Medlock of Mayer Brown LLP.
Attorneys litigating high-stakes sexual harassment and discrimination claims are increasingly turning to behavioral science and expert mental health consultants for help. However, when courts allow such expert testimony to go beyond the traditional context of proving the reasonable amount of emotional distress a plaintiff has faced, they essentially condone the revictimization of plaintiffs, says Chloe Roberts of Roberts & Associates Law Firm.
The TV show Bull has high ratings, but has not grabbed hold of the zeitgeist. There have not been tangential think pieces in the arts pages, but the legal community is well aware of the series. Bull seems to be like one of those shows that you realize years later is still on the air being watched by a lot of people you have never met, like the Mentalist or some show in which a fat guy is the dad, says Dr. Roy Futterman of DOAR Inc.
One underutilized tool to help keep patent litigation costs down could be for parties to agree to page limits on expert reports, says Andrew Michaels, a visiting associate professor and intellectual property fellow at George Washington University Law School.
On Dec. 1, 2016, the annual updates to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect. Revisions include the end of the three-day “mail rule” extension for electronically served discovery, an amendment regarding service of internationally based corporate defendants, and a technical change regarding venues in maritime law actions, say Patrick Reilly and Eldin Hasic of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
Ever consider applying for a judicial appointment in California? Get the lay of the land from Judge George Bird of the Los Angeles Superior Court and Kimberly Knill, a senior appellate court attorney for the California Court of Appeal. Additionally, hear what several recent appointees to the LA Superior Court thought of the judicial selection process.
When trial lawyers fail to recognize the unique challenges faced by in-house counsel, it jeopardizes not only the outcome of the case, but also the opportunities for future representation. These few simple strategies are hardly rocket science, but they are too often neglected, says Matthew Whitley of Beck Redden LLP.
When a client's product is at issue in court, and a relevant expert witness is not available, an employee may sometimes be tapped to fill this role. This can be a useful strategy, but it comes with a downside: much of the prep work with the now-expert might be discoverable, says Stephen McConnell of Reed Smith LLP.