Trials

  • March 16, 2017

    Led Zeppelin Accuser Steps Up 'Stairway' Fight To 9th Circ.

    A man who unsuccessfully accused Led Zeppelin of stealing the iconic intro to "Stairway to Heaven" took his case to the Ninth Circuit on Thursday, saying serious errors by a trial judge had torpedoed his chances with jurors.

  • March 16, 2017

    NC Judge Pleads Guilty Ahead Of FBI Beer Bribery Retrial

    A North Carolina state court judge, who recently won a retrial for allegations that he bribed an FBI agent with beer and money to spy on his wife, pled guilty on Thursday to one of the charges as part of a plea deal.

  • March 16, 2017

    Good Conduct Can't Cut Blagojevich's Jail Time, Gov't Says

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich may well be a changed man after five years in federal prison, but that doesn’t change the serious nature of his crimes or the much-needed deterrent effect of the stiff sentence he received for them — twice, according to federal prosecutors who urged the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday to reject Blagojevich’s second appeal of his sentence.

  • March 16, 2017

    Texas Court Won't Rehear Reversal Of $1.8M Med Mal Award

    A Texas appeals court declined on Thursday to reconsider a panel’s reversal of a $1.87 million jury verdict in a wrongful-death medical malpractice suit, but it issued two dissents from the denial — one saying the panel had substituted its judgment for the jury's, the other saying it incorrectly concluded an expert's opinion can't be based on experience.

  • March 16, 2017

    ‘Greed And Fraud’ At Deadly Pharmacy, Murder Trial Jury Told

    A Massachusetts pharmacist’s shocking and extreme disregard for human lives caused the worst pharmaceutical disaster in American history and the deaths of 25 of people during the 2012 meningitis outbreak, federal prosecutors told a jury in closing arguments in Boston Thursday.

  • March 16, 2017

    Female Lawyers Are Still Struggling To Land Lead MDL Roles

    While more and more female attorneys are shattering the glass ceiling and securing leadership posts in multidistrict litigation, the high-stakes, high-paying world of MDLs is still largely male-dominated, with only 16.5 percent of lead attorney roles going to women over the past five years, a new study shows.

  • March 16, 2017

    Herman Miller, Office Star Duel Over Trade Dress Rulings

    Months after a California federal jury found that Office Star ripped off the overall look of furniture company Herman Miller Inc.’s famous Eames office chairs and awarded Herman Miller $8.4 million, Herman Miller said it wants an additional infringement ruling and Office Star argued that the Eames trade dresses are invalid.

  • March 15, 2017

    FDA Rejected Paxil Label Changes, GSK Says In Suicide Trial

    GlaxoSmithKline told an Illinois federal jury Wednesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration four times rejected a label change that would have alerted doctors of the increased risk of suicide in some adult patients taking Paxil, a warning that the widow of a Reed Smith partner says would have saved her husband’s life.

  • March 15, 2017

    Tenn. Court Upholds Vanderbilt Win In Med Mal Trial

    A Tennessee state appeals court on Monday affirmed a jury verdict clearing Vanderbilt University Medical Center of medical malpractice in connection with a patient’s death, saying the trial judge was right to deny the patient’s estate’s request for a special jury instruction.

  • March 15, 2017

    Paxton Prosecutors, Defense Trade Barbs Over Trial Delay

    Prosecutors in the felony securities fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday accused him of unleashing “10 pages of sound and fury” to distract from their request to delay his forthcoming trial until they are paid for their work.

  • March 15, 2017

    Ex-Oppenheimer Adviser Gets 6 Months For Insider Trading

    A former investment adviser for Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. on Wednesday was handed a six-month prison sentence by a Manhattan federal judge on insider trading charges for using information gleaned from a friend and Pfizer Inc. employee to purchase stock in acquisition targets.

  • March 15, 2017

    Jury Instructions OK In Med Mal Verdict, NJ Court Says

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Tuesday refused to disturb a medical malpractice trial jury’s finding that a doctor’s deviation from care standards didn’t cause a patient’s ultimate harm, ruling that the verdict wasn’t inconsistent and therefore didn’t produce an unjust result.

  • March 15, 2017

    Kirkland, Quinn Attys Join New Firm Pierce Sergenian

    The two-month-old litigation law firm Pierce Sergenian LLP has hired a Kirkland & Ellis partner and Quinn Emanuel counsel to join its fast-growing team of high-stakes trial lawyers practicing out of its Los Angeles office, the firm said.

  • March 15, 2017

    Search For Chicago's New US Atty Complicated From Start

    In the days since the forced resignation of Chicago’s U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon, questions about who will take his place and uncertainty about how the selection process will play out under the new administration have dominated the conversation in the city’s legal community. Here, Law360 looks at some of the complications already bogging down the process, as well as potential candidates to fill the vacancy.

  • March 15, 2017

    Army, Airport Services Co. Owe $5.9M For Plane Damage

    The U.S. Army and a private airport services company owe $5.9 million to a company alleging that its plane was damaged beyond repair thanks to the purportedly negligent handling of an Army Blackhawk helicopter, a Mississippi federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • March 15, 2017

    PwC Fails To Kill MF Global's 'New Theory' In $2B Trial

    MF Global scored a small victory Wednesday in its $2 billion malpractice suit against PricewaterhouseCoopers as a New York federal court shot down PwC’s bid to prevent the bankrupt investment firm from advancing a “new theory" about how its services allegedly led to MF Global’s bankruptcy at trial, saying PwC should’ve been ready for that move.

  • March 15, 2017

    Coin.mx Jury Signals Division On 3rd Day Of Deliberations

    Signs emerged Wednesday that jurors were divided on their third day weighing fraud and bribery charges against New Jersey pastor Trevon Gross and Florida tech expert Yuri Lebedev, who are accused in Manhattan federal court of scheming to turn bitcoin-dollar exchange Coin.mx into a money-laundering haven.

  • March 15, 2017

    Atty Can't Ditch Client Bilking Conviction At 5th Circ.

    The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the conviction of a Houston defense lawyer who was sentenced to 15 years for promising criminal defendants he could use government connections to get their charges dropped if they paid him exorbitant fees.

  • March 15, 2017

    Ex-LA Sheriff Lee Baca Convicted In Jail Scandal Cover-Up

    A California federal jury on Wednesday convicted former Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca of giving false statements and obstructing an FBI investigation into inmate abuse, handing prosecutors a victory after another jury deadlocked last year.

  • March 15, 2017

    Aykroyd's Skull Vodka Co. Tells Jury Rival Made Knockoffs

    The maker of actor Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka told a California federal jury during Wednesday's opening statements in the trade dress infringement case that a rival spirits company is selling tequila in a “cheap knockoff” of its distinctive skull-shaped bottle.

Expert Analysis

  • How The Obiang Case Exposes Limits Of Forfeiture Efforts

    Stéphane Bonifassi

    The case against Vice President Teodorin Nguema Obiang is severing diplomatic relations between France and Equatorial Guinea for no benefit to the Equatorial Guinea people. Along the way, France seems to be lecturing the rulers of a formal colonial country, while not cleaning its own house, says Stéphane Bonifassi of Bonifassi Avocats.

  • How A Guacamole Lawsuit Exposes FDA's 'Natural' Ambiguity

    Elizabeth Boggia

    While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has generally not objected to the use of the term "natural" to describe foods that do not contain added color, artificial flavors or synthetic substances, the agency has yet to offer a specific definition of the word. Not surprisingly, this uncertainty has led to litigation, most recently over guacamole, says Elizabeth Boggia of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Cybercrime Insurance Case Trends In The 4th Quarter Of 2016

    David Bergenfeld

    Major cybercrime cases in the final quarter of 2016 indicate the courts are growing stricter in interpreting insurance policy provisions. In particular, they denied insurance coverage for forged government guarantees and denied coverage for a vendor theft involving emails, says David Bergenfeld of D'Amato & Lynch LLP.

  • When Personal Jurisdiction And Alter Ego Collide

    Beth Rose

    The increasing number of foreign entities with U.S.-based wholly owned subsidiaries virtually guarantees that issues of personal jurisdiction are not going away anytime soon. When a party seeks to support its jurisdictional argument against a foreign entity on grounds that the U.S. subsidiary is the alter ego of its parent, it presents a new wrinkle to an already complicated issue, says Beth Rose of Sills Cummis & Gross PC.

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Series

    My Strangest Day In Court: When My Expert Had A Meltdown

    Esther Holm

    As I was going through one of the plaintiff’s claims — post-traumatic stress disorder — with my expert witness, the good doctor could not even recall the elements of the disorder! Then, suddenly, he pointed his finger at a young juror, remembers Esther Holm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 14, It's Classified

    Roy Futterman

    In this weekly column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series airing on CBS about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist. Spoiler alert ...

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Long-Arm Jurisdiction In Missouri And Beyond: Part 2

    Angela Higgins

    The U.S. Supreme Court has been clear that contact-based specific personal jurisdiction requires that a particular plaintiff’s claim arise out of the defendant’s contacts with the forum state. Still, California, Missouri and some other jurisdictions have let nonresidents use their states to litigate disputes that are wholly unrelated to defendants’ conduct within the state, says Angela Higgins of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC.