A fired life insurance agent who sued over unpaid commissions and lost can't have a jury decide whether she pays her former employer's attorneys' fees, the Michigan Supreme Court has ruled, saying a contractual reference to “the court” can only mean the judge.
A California federal jury Monday convicted a real estate investor of conspiring to rig bids for foreclosed properties, in the latest case to result in a guilty plea or verdict in prosecutors' investigation of public foreclosure auction fixing schemes in four Bay Area counties.
The question of how much former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has changed since his conviction took center stage at oral arguments in his second appeal before the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday, with one judge saying a different district court judge might have found the transformation enough to shorten his sentence.
A Fifth Circuit panel on Monday denied a bid to overturn a losing verdict for eight African-American employees who accused National Oilwell Varco LP of race-based employment discrimination, deciding that arguments that the trial and court proceedings were fundamentally mishandled did not hold up.
A tequila company found liable for its infringing skull-shaped bottles has objected to an injunction bid by comedy legend Dan Aykroyd’s own liquor brand, saying a worldwide sales ban is over the top.
The wife of a deceased Reed Smith partner said at the close of a five-week trial Monday that she’s owed $39 million for the loss of his income and companionship, blaming pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline and its well-known antidepressant Paxil for her husband’s suicide.
A Florida real estate executive blasted prosecutors’ recommendation of a 93-year prison sentence and millions in restitution and fines for his conviction on bank fraud charges and a tax offense in connection with an alleged $300 million Ponzi scheme, saying Monday that the presentence investigation report disregards the facts, evidence and jury findings.
A Johnson & Johnson unit notched a victory on Monday as a Pennsylvania state judge issued a mid-trial decision nixing claims that an adolescent boy grew female breasts after being prescribed the antipsychotic drug Risperdal to treat symptoms of autism.
A Colorado federal judge on Thursday found that Lexington Insurance Co. owes Children’s Hospital Colorado coverage for a $11.9 million malpractice judgment, saying that although the hospital was months late reporting the suit to Lexington, the company blew its own damages claim by not following up on the case until it went to trial.
Nine U.S. Navy and Marine Corps officers, charged in the massive bribery scheme in which officers allegedly exchanged sex and gifts for help with Navy port services contracts, won't be going back to court until September after a California federal judge granted a continuance Friday based on the volume of discovery implicated.
A California federal jury on Friday found Turkish food company Goknur AS and its U.S. subsidiary, United Juice Corp, on the hook for $8 million in damages related to hepatitis A-contaminated pomegranate seeds the company provided to a pomegranate supplier and Oregon food distributor.
Florida-based law firm Kluger Kaplan Silverman Katzen & Levine PL said Thursday it will expand into the Midwest market with the addition of litigator Daniel N. Rosen, formerly of Parker Rosen LLC, who will join his new firm on May 1.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear to an appeal from an en banc Third Circuit ruling that a set of rare gold coins valued at $76 million rightfully belonged to the government and not the heirs of an antique dealer accused of conspiring to smuggle them out of the U.S. Mint more than 70 years ago.
Attorney General Ken Paxton lost his bid for a new judge to preside over his felony securities fraud trial that was ordered moved away from his home turf of Collin County to Harris County last week, a spokeswoman for State District Judge George Gallagher said Monday.
Unwired Planet LLC on Monday announced that it settled its patent infringement suit with Apple Inc., just as a California federal trial was set to begin, ending more than four years of litigation that Apple said was frivolous and Unwired said was worth an estimated $33 million.
A part owner of the New England Compounding Center, the defunct Massachusetts pharmacy linked to the deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak, asked a federal judge Friday to dismiss the lone count against him, largely echoing the judge’s previous skepticism about fraud on federal regulators in the sprawling criminal case.
Two former public officials convicted in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal had sought a mistrial in November on the grounds that New Jersey federal court officials had inappropriate contact with a distraught juror who had asked to be dismissed during deliberations, according to recently unsealed documents in the case.
A New York federal jury has awarded a Jordanian payments company $2.8 million in a dispute with MasterCard International Inc., concluding that the global payments giant had no right to draw down International Cards Co. Ltd.’s letter of credit even though ICC breached their contract.
An Illinois federal jury on Thursday unanimously rejected claims from a Chicago suburb that a trucking company’s terminal had contaminated its groundwater with vinyl chloride, a gas that’s associated with an increased risk of certain cancers.
A Massachusetts jury on Friday found that a former employee of the commercial real estate company Cushman & Wakefield proved his former employer’s decision to fire him was substantially based on his age, and awarded him $1.28 million dollars in his age discrimination suit.
Last month, a Virginia court ruled that a party waived attorney-client communication privilege and work-product doctrine immunity when it uploaded privileged documents to an unprotected cloud-based account. This ruling illustrates how an e-discovery fluke can compromise a case, says Pierre Grosdidier of Haynes and Boone LLP.
You know how on medical shows they teach you how to commit malpractice and get away with it? In this episode of Bull, we learn how to get away with jury tampering — and how to get disbarred, says jury consultant Roy Futterman in his latest review of the CBS series "Bull."
On the heels of last week’s confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch, this month’s column by Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP explores the impact that various high court decisions have had on multidistrict litigation practice, and the statutory role that the Supreme Court plays with respect to the panel and MDLs.
A federal jury in Pennsylvania recently returned the first verdict under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Although Dalmatia’s proprietary fig spread recipes would have been protected under the Pennsylvania Uniform Trade Secrets Act, the case stands as a reminder of the powerful protections that can arise from the DTSA in the proper factual scenario, say Thomas Muccifori and Daniel DeFiglio of Archer & Greiner PC.
In practice, being an “originalist” or a “textualist” is a lot like being “gluten-free” except when it comes to pasta and bagels. Most “textualists” are happy to apply these concepts rigorously when it will produce the result they want — but they’ll relax or ignore them if it produces a politically inconvenient outcome. Judge Neil Gorsuch seems to fit this profile, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.
What is the mood of the nation’s in-house lawyers? Aric Press — a partner at Bernero & Press LLC and former editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer — shares the findings of a recent survey of more than 800 in-house counsel.
Anyone who has ever faced off against the U.S. Internal Revenue Service knows that the agency has an array of tools to determine what a taxpayer owes. Deductions, expenditures, bank deposits and other methods may be used to reconstruct a taxpayer's putative income, but certain standards of proof must be met to successfully prosecute a tax evasion case in court, says Michael DeBlis III of DeBlis Law.
Many cases hinge on visual evidence. And aerial photography can play a key role, showing how geographic features or buildings looked in the past or have changed over time. Legal teams should be aware of the aerial photography resources available and the impact technological advances in the field may have on helping prove their case, says David Ruiz of Quantum Spatial Inc.
Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's legal path has adhered closely to waypoints of originalism and conservatism in his career. But judicial conservatism and political conservatism do not always follow parallel paths. A recent example is Gorsuch’s opinion for the Tenth Circuit in Hammond v. Stamps.com, favoring federal removal jurisdiction despite concerns of federalism and state authority, says Forrest Latta of Burr & Forman LLP.