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Trials

  • June 11, 2018

    FedEx Urges 6th Circ. To Reverse Jury's Retaliation Verdict

    FedEx on Sunday asked the Sixth Circuit to undo a jury verdict that awarded a former employee $415,600 in her suit alleging retaliation and gender discrimination at a Michigan shop, arguing the former worker had impossibly alleged she was retaliated against before she had even made her complaint.

  • June 11, 2018

    Jury Awards Dyson $16M Over Rival's False Vacuum Ads

    An Illinois federal jury awarded Dyson Inc. more than $16 million in damages Monday after finding rival SharkNinja Operating LLC falsely advertised its Rotator Powered Lift-Away as a better product than Dyson's best-performing machine at the time.

  • June 11, 2018

    Marine Chemical Co. CEO Says Merger Won't Raise Prices

    A senior executive for the Norwegian marine chemical supplier looking to buy its New Jersey rival defended the proposed merger, under challenge by the Federal Trade Commission, in D.C. federal court Monday by denying any plans to raise prices and arguing the FTC has defined the market all wrong.

  • June 11, 2018

    Ex-NY Senate Boss, Son Can't Dodge 2nd Graft Trial

    A New York federal judge has refused to throw out corruption charges against former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam, setting the stage for a retrial to begin next week.

  • June 11, 2018

    Inmate Can't Tie Atty Racism To Poor Counsel, 9th Circ. Says

    A California inmate serving a life sentence for murder and attempted murder lost his attempt in the Ninth Circuit to challenge his conviction, with the court saying Friday he had not shown that his lawyer's racism left him without effective counsel.

  • June 11, 2018

    Mistrial Called In J&J Talc Trial After Cancer Victim Dies

    A California judge on Monday declared a mistrial in a woman’s suit alleging asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder caused her mesothelioma, saying the death of the 94-year-old plaintiff last week means the trial could not continue.

  • June 11, 2018

    No New Trial For $1.4M Wegmans Tax Suit, 3rd Circ. Says

    The Third Circuit has found Tax Matrix Technologies LLC is not entitled to a new trial over claims that Wegmans Food Markets Inc. owes it $1.4 million for a sales and use tax audit defense project after a jury awarded Tax Matrix some $350,000 in damages.

  • June 11, 2018

    Ex-JPMorgan Wealth Manager Settles Retaliation Claims

    A former JPMorgan Chase & Co. wealth manager has settled her Manhattan federal court retaliation suit against the $379 billion bank, ending a lengthy fight that appeared bound for a third trip to the Second Circuit, according to a filing on Monday.

  • June 11, 2018

    Euribor Traders' Rigging Denials 'Absurd,' Prosecutor Says

    Former Barclays traders and a Deutsche Bank trader fighting Euribor rigging charges “each played a significant role” in an alleged plot to manipulate interest rates, a prosecutor told a London jury on Monday as he dismissed as “absurd" the bankers’ claims they thought it was normal business practice.

  • June 8, 2018

    Ex-CIA Consultant Convicted On 4 Foreign-Aid Counts

    A Virginia federal jury convicted a former Central Intelligence Agency case officer of espionage on Friday for passing documents to a People's Republic of China-linked agent in exchange for money, according to a federal prosecutor's office.

  • June 8, 2018

    Conn. Court Tosses $935K Award In Legal Malpractice Suit

    Nearly three decades after an auto accident spawned a personal injury suit and subsequent 1999 legal malpractice suit, a Connecticut appeals court on Friday tossed a jury’s $935,000 malpractice award, because the plaintiff failed to prove she would’ve been paid certain workers' compensation benefits absent the alleged malpractice.

  • June 8, 2018

    Beats By Dre Atty, $107M Royalty Seeker Spar At Trial

    Arturo Gonzalez of Morrison & Foerster LLP on Friday cross-examined in California court the man suing Gonzalez’s clients Beats Electronics and founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre for $107 million in headphone royalties, repeatedly butting heads over the man’s interpretation of how the business got started and the deal he cut with Iovine and Dr. Dre.

  • June 8, 2018

    Ex-State Street Exec OK’d Hidden Fees, Key Witness Says

    A former director at State Street Corp. who admitted that he conspired to overcharge clients in 2010 and 2011 testified Friday that his boss approved the method that hid millions of dollars in commissions and knew about “nonsense” contracts intended to dupe some of the bank’s biggest clients.

  • June 8, 2018

    Ariosa Fights Sales Ban, Says It’s Not An Illumina Competitor

    Ariosa and Illumina sparred in California federal court Friday over whether Ariosa should be barred from selling its prenatal tests after a jury found it infringed two patents and owed Illumina $27 million, with an Illumina attorney arguing the contention the two companies weren’t competitors was “an argument for a dumb person.”

  • June 8, 2018

    Samsung Wants $539M Apple Verdict Tossed, $145M Refund

    Two weeks after a California federal jury ruled that Samsung must pay Apple $539 million for infringing its smartphone patents, Samsung asked the court on Thursday to grant it judgment as a matter of law or hold a new trial, and reimburse it $145 million for damages it paid Apple on an invalid touch-screen patent.

  • June 8, 2018

    FTC Expert Disputes Marine Cos.' Cost Claims In Merger Row

    An expert witness for the Federal Trade Commission in its effort to block a marine goods merger said Friday in D.C. federal court that consumer benefits touted by the companies from the proposed transaction are either unverifiable or not relevant to the deal.

  • June 8, 2018

    Texas Justices To Review Nixed Evidence In $1.4M Death Suit

    The Supreme Court of Texas on Friday said it will take up a case that resulted in a $1.4 million jury verdict for the family of a pedestrian killed by an 18-wheeler, agreeing to hear arguments by the trucking company and driver that the jury should have been given evidence of the woman’s drug use and mental health disorders.

  • June 8, 2018

    Facebook Slams Emerson's Attempt To See BladeRoom Deal

    Facebook told a California federal judge Thursday that Emerson Electric, which is facing a $30 million jury verdict for stealing BladeRoom Group Ltd.'s intellectual property, can’t see a confidential deal that allowed the social media giant to exit the same litigation.

  • June 8, 2018

    Philly Xarelto Patients Fight Bellwether-Manipulation Claim

    Patients suing Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson units over the blood thinner Xarelto have defended their process for selecting bellwether cases, denying accusations that they are “cherry-picking” trial cases for their benefit.

  • June 8, 2018

    Ex-Broker Gets 10 Years For Stealing Investor Money

    A stockbroker convicted of shifting hundreds of thousands of dollars of client investment money to personal accounts for day-trading and shopping was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison, according to New Jersey's attorney general.

Expert Analysis

  • The Future Of Design Patent Remedies Is Unclear

    Derek Dahlgren

    The Apple v. Samsung design-patent retrial — scheduled to begin on Monday — is an opportunity to clear up confusion on remedies. However, the complicated test that will be used for determining the article of manufacture presents the risk of creating more confusion, say Derek Dahlgren and Spencer Johnson of Rothwell Figg Ernst & Manbeck PC.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • 4 Views On Snap Removal Expressed By Illinois Courts

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    As courts increasingly rely on electronic docket monitoring systems, they have reached inconsistent outcomes on whether a defendant can "snap remove" a case to federal court. The various approaches taken by Illinois courts show that defendants must weigh the risk that removal will fail against the time and expense involved in removal, say Amy Rubenstein and Mary Shepro of DLA Piper.

  • Views From The Bench On Sentencing Representation: Part 11

    Alan Ellis

    In my interviews with judges for this series on sentencing, some of the more interesting insights have come from those who were formerly criminal defense lawyers, says attorney Alan Ellis.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Why NJ Supreme Court OK'd Allotting Fault To Phantom Foes

    Patrick Perrone

    In its April ruling in Krzykalski v. Tindall, the New Jersey Supreme Court acknowledged that apportionment of fault is based on principles of fairness, rather than being dependent on the plaintiff’s ability to recover. Plaintiffs and defendants alike must assess whether fault may be attributable to known but unidentified entities and plan accordingly, say attorneys with K&L Gates LLP.

  • Takeaways From 2nd Circ. Reversal Of Litvak Conviction

    Harry Sandick

    One wonders if the Second Circuit’s reversal of Jesse Litvak’s securities fraud conviction in the District of Connecticut, together with prosecutors’ recent loss at trial in United States v. Demos, will impact the government’s decision to prosecute further the other bond traders who are currently facing charges in the same courthouse, say Harry Sandick and Michael Schwartz of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.

  • Practical Considerations For Litigating Proportionality

    Elizabeth McGinn

    By incorporating an explicit requirement that discovery must be “proportional to the needs of the case,” the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure garnered much speculation as to their impact on courts’ decision-making processes. Now that the rules have been implemented for over two years, several themes have emerged, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.