Trials

  • August 10, 2017

    Del. Jury Finds AVX Infringed Greatbatch Device Patent

    A federal jury in Delaware on Thursday found that AVX Corp. infringed one of the Greatbatch Ltd.'s patents at issue in a weeklong trial connected to pacemaker components, setting in motion further proceedings to determine whether the infringement was willful.

  • August 10, 2017

    Plaintiffs' Settlement Team Appointed In Syngenta Corn MDL

    Lawyers from Seeger Weiss LLP, Watts Guerra LLP and two other firms will serve on a settlement negotiation committee that will work on resolving several lawsuits pending in state and federal courts over Syngenta’s development and sale of genetically modified corn seeds, a Kansas federal judge has said.

  • August 10, 2017

    SEC Fights Broker's Bid To Slip $1.6M Sanofi Fraud Verdict

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission asked a Georgia federal judge on Thursday to keep a $1.6 million insider trading judgment in place against an insurance broker who has said the government’s evidence was insufficient, saying jurors had more than enough to nail him.

  • August 10, 2017

    Shook Hardy Nabs Life Sciences Trial Pro From Hollingsworth

    Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP has hired a Hollingsworth LLP trial attorney fresh off a jury win for DynCorp as a partner in its office in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Wednesday.

  • August 10, 2017

    No New Trial In Med Mal Suit Against Pa. Doctor, Hospital

    A Pennsylvania federal judge refused to grant a new trial Thursday after jurors cleared a Thomas Jefferson University Hospital doctor of claims his failure to implant a feeding tube into a patient whose son requested it through his power-of-attorney resulted in the woman’s premature death.

  • August 10, 2017

    Ex-Union Boss, Hedge Fund Founder Told To Prepare For Trial

    U.S. District Judge Andrew L. Carter Jr. said Thursday he is unlikely to dismiss fraud charges against hedge fund founder Murray Huberfeld and former union boss Norman Seabrook, putting the case on course for an October trial that will feature a key cooperating witness the defense calls a “one-man crime wave.”

  • August 10, 2017

    5th Circ. Tosses Stay In Enviros' Barge Facility Suit

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday revoked a lower court’s injunction on operations of a Texas industrial barge facility whose approval has been rescinded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, saying the group’s arguments for a stay pending a review of mooring removals fail on all fronts.

  • August 10, 2017

    Teamsters Tell Jurors ‘Top Chef’ Fracas Was Just A Picket

    Four Teamsters accused of roughing up a “Top Chef” television crew to get unneeded truck driving work told a federal jury in closing arguments of their extortion trial Thursday that they’re innocent because they were just trying to get real jobs.

  • August 10, 2017

    LED Patents Nixed On Bad Expert Testimony, Fed. Circ. Told

    Nichia Corp. urged the Federal Circuit in oral arguments Thursday to revive two LED semiconductor patents it says were invalidated by a jury relying on expert testimony from its rival that doesn’t line up with the prior art for making LEDs in the desired color.

  • August 10, 2017

    Ex-Ambassador To Czech Republic Rejoins Quinn Emanuel

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP said Wednesday that an attorney who specializes in intellectual property, white collar crime, securities litigation and appeals, who previously left the firm to serve as a U.S. ambassador, has returned to work out of the firm's Chicago and New York offices.

  • August 9, 2017

    Trading Tech Co. Owes $2.3M For Misusing IP, Jury Holds

    A Colorado federal jury on Wednesday found that a trading software company’s CEO breached a contract to pay an industry-renowned futures trader for the use of his proprietary market indicator formula, and held the company and its CEO owe the author $2.6 million.

  • August 9, 2017

    Click Fraud Trial Shows Prosecutors Must Be Storytellers

    With the acquittal of an Italian man of all but one misdemeanor charge in what prosecutors described as a worldwide “click fraud” scheme to defraud advertisers, former federal prosecutors and cybercrime experts say the landmark trial may be a turning point in how complex cybercrimes are delivered to juries.

  • August 9, 2017

    Pa. Court Orders New Trial In Nursing Home Suit

    A Pennsylvania appellate panel on Tuesday ordered a new trial in a long-running nursing home negligence suit that has already made a trip to the state Supreme Court, saying the patient’s estate adequately alleged that the home was understaffed so a midtrial dismissal was not appropriate.

  • August 9, 2017

    Chinese Woman Assaulted By Border Officer Wins Damages

    A Chinese woman assaulted by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer who falsely suspected she was a drug smuggler was awarded a fraction of the $10 million in damages she sought, after a New York federal judge recently found that her testimony was not credible.

  • August 9, 2017

    Italian Sentenced To 1 Year For Click Fraud Scheme

    An Italian man convicted of breaking into a computer to obtain information to fuel a global “click fraud” scheme to defraud advertisers was sentenced to a year in prison by a Brooklyn federal judge Wednesday.

  • August 9, 2017

    FCPA Prosecutor Returning To Foley & Lardner In DC

    An outgoing federal prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice who handled large-scale Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, including the case against Teva Pharmaceuticals, is headed back to Foley & Lardner LLP as a partner, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • August 9, 2017

    Upstate NY Developers Say WTC Reversal Dooms Case

    A former SUNY president and five men associated with upstate New York developers have asked a Manhattan federal judge to toss the corruption case against them in light of a recent reversal in what they call a similar case against a World Trade Center contractor.

  • August 9, 2017

    Disney Pays $177M To Settle 'Pink Slime' Defamation Suit

    Walt Disney Co. paid $177 million, plus insurance recoveries, to settle a defamation suit over ABC News reports calling Beef Products Inc.'s beef product "pink slime," the company said Tuesday in a quarterly financial report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • August 9, 2017

    Doctor At Heart Of $374M Medicare Fraud Gets 35 Years

    A Texas doctor described by federal prosecutors as a “menace” who orchestrated a $374 million Medicare fraud — the single largest in the country’s history — was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison, a term the judge said he intended to be an effective life sentence.

  • August 9, 2017

    DC Circ. Orders Judge's Recusal In 9/11 'Mastermind' Case

    The D.C. Circuit on Wednesday ruled that a judge overseeing the military commission of Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, the man accused of planning the 9/11 attacks, must be disqualified from the case over public statements he had made regarding Mohammad’s purported guilt.

Expert Analysis

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: Who Wants To Be An MDL?

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    As the lineup for this month’s Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation demonstrates, requests to create an MDL do not fit a single mold. They can involve headline news, contemporary politics or exotic vacations. They can even trigger forensic research from the National Archives on the status of cases filed decades ago, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • 2nd Circ. Libor Ruling Won’t Slow Cross-Border Enforcement

    Jason Linder

    Many commentators predict the Second Circuit's Allen decision last week will substantially chill the government's cross-border law enforcement efforts, but the truth is that the government won't have to make major changes to its increasingly robust coordination with foreign law enforcement to avoid similar problems in the future, say Jason Linder and John Long of Irell & Manella LLP.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • The Best Documents In Your Case May Be From 3rd Parties

    Wyatt Dowling

    Cases are built on evidence and evidence comes from discovery. But discovery is largely a voluntary process. Serving a document subpoena on a third party can be an efficient and creative way to fill in the gaps that may exist in the productions of opposing parties, says Wyatt Dowling of Yetter Coleman LLP.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • Enforcing Arbitration Clauses In Product Packaging

    Abby Sacunas

    Two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions pertaining to the enforceability of arbitration clauses provide guidance to manufacturers looking to bind consumers through the use of product packaging. Under certain states’ laws, such clauses may be enforceable — so long as reasonable notice is provided, along with notice that failure to return the product constitutes assent, says Abby Sacunas of Cozen O'Connor.