• December 6, 2017

    9th Circ. Affirms Doc’s Rx Conviction But Nixes Sentence

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the criminal conviction of a doctor known as the “candyman” who wrote 50,000 prescriptions for patients who received five million opiate pills, but vacated his 27-year prison sentence due to a possible erroneous calculation of the sentencing guidelines. 

  • December 6, 2017

    Bank Tells 11th Circ. Irrelevant Evidence Backed $3M Ruling

    One of Guatemala's largest banks urged the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to reverse a $3.3 million jury verdict a Miami-based corporate finance advisory firm won against it for reneging on contract fees, saying the trial court's judgment was based on irrelevant evidence it should have excluded.

  • December 6, 2017

    Feds Settle $5M Med Mal Suit Over Child's Hip Injury

    The U.S. government said Wednesday it has agreed to settle a $5 million medical malpractice suit accusing a federally funded health care provider of failing to diagnose a child's hip joint condition that purportedly caused her to have a permanent limp, according to court records.

  • December 6, 2017

    $28M Philly Xarelto Verdict Ripe For Reversal, Attys Say

    After three prior bellwether trial losses, plaintiffs in litigation over the anticoagulant Xarelto are hoping to gain momentum following a $27.8 million verdict in Philadelphia on Tuesday, but attorneys say the award faces an uncertain future thanks to testimony that additional warnings would not have changed a doctor's decision to prescribe the drug.

  • December 6, 2017

    Gilstrap Can't Erase Jury’s Patent Verdict, Fed. Circ. Hears

    A medical device maker urged a Federal Circuit panel in oral arguments Wednesday to restore a Texas federal jury’s original conclusion that claims of two spinal correction device patents were invalid, a finding erased by U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap in what the company called an “unprecedented” Seventh Amendment violation.

  • December 6, 2017

    Zarrab Concedes He Lied About Iran Sanctions Scheme

    Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab told a Manhattan jury Wednesday that he was surprised to learn in March that Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla had been arrested for allegedly scheming to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran and said also that he lied to Atilla about the scheme prior to his own arrest last year.

  • December 5, 2017

    H&M, Unicolors Face Off On Day 1 Of Fabric Copyright Trial

    Fabric-maker Unicolors Inc. told a California federal jury on the opening day of a copyright trial Tuesday that H&M ripped off one of its patterns for a jacket and skirt, while the clothing retailer countered that it never even saw the design.

  • December 5, 2017

    Ex-Brazil Soccer Boss Asked About Bribe Money, Jury Hears

    The former president of the Brazilian soccer federation asked the founder of sports marketing company Traffic Group to check on when he would receive apparent bribe payments related to the sale of marketing rights for certain years of the Copa do Brasil tournament, the Traffic founder testified Tuesday in the ongoing FIFA corruption case in Brooklyn.

  • December 5, 2017

    Jury Clears Student Lender In $350M FCA Suit

    A Virginia federal jury entered a verdict Tuesday completely clearing a Pennsylvania-based student loan provider accused of improper billing practices under the False Claims Act, which could have cost the provider $350 million had the verdict gone the other way.

  • December 5, 2017

    $110M Talc Verdict’s Survival Eases Way For Out-Of-Staters

    A Missouri trial judge’s recent order upholding a $110 million verdict in favor of a Virginian woman who claimed that Johnson & Johnson talc products gave her ovarian cancer signals that the Show-Me State will still be home to talc litigation brought by out-of-state patients.

  • December 5, 2017

    9th Circ. Refuses To Rethink Ex-InterMune CEO's Conviction

    A Ninth Circuit panel said Monday that it wouldn't rethink a 2009 wire fraud conviction of biotechnology company InterMune's former CEO, rejecting his argument that his attorneys’ performance at trial was constitutionally deficient.

  • December 5, 2017

    Jury Awards $15M In Birth Injury Suit

    A federal jury in Puerto Rico on Monday awarded $15 million in a medical malpractice suit accusing a doctor and one-time hospital owner of negligent medical treatment that contributed to an infant’s brain damage and other injuries.

  • December 5, 2017

    Zarrab Tells Jury Of Bribing Guard While In US Custody

    A lawyer for Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the Turkish banker charged with scheming to help Iran avoid U.S. sanctions, forced famed Turkish-Iranian trader Reza Zarrab on Tuesday to detail his bad behavior while in U.S. custody and admit he and Atilla disliked each other — but Zarrab refused to admit he was angry when his effort to gain freedom though political channels failed.

  • December 5, 2017

    Boss’ Actions ‘Vile’ Enough For $1.3M Award: Calif. Court

    A California state appeals court on Monday affirmed a $1.325 million verdict for a former self-storage clerk who alleged she was fired for getting pregnant, saying a jury fairly found her former boss acted with malice by obscuring that she was let go for filing a claim over reduced hours.

  • December 5, 2017

    Allentown Mayor Can't Dodge Corruption Charges

    A Pennsylvania federal court judge denied an attempt by the mayor of Pennsylvania’s third largest city to throw out corruption charges against him on Tuesday, ahead of his trial in January.

  • December 5, 2017

    J&J, Bayer Hit With $28M Verdict In 1st Xarelto Loss

    A Philadelphia jury delivered a first-of-its-kind verdict on Tuesday as it awarded almost $28 million in damages against a pair of Johnson & Johnson and Bayer AG units after finding the companies had provided inadequate warnings about the risks of bleeding associated with the blood thinner Xarelto.

  • December 4, 2017

    Jury Rightly Convicted Armored-Truck Fraudster, Feds Say

    The federal government on Monday urged a Virginia federal judge not to set aside a jury’s fraud verdict against the former CEO of a now-defunct military contractor for providing faulty armored trucks, saying his conviction was well-backed by evidence.

  • December 4, 2017

    Bribes For Soccer Bosses 'Part Of Business,' Exec Says

    The founder of sports marketing company Traffic Group SA testified Monday that his counterparts from competitors-turned-collaborators Full Play Group and Torneos y Competencias SA were so resigned to what they viewed as the reality of bribing South American soccer federation presidents that they described it as “part of our business” in conversations he recorded while wearing a wire.

  • December 4, 2017

    Ill. Court OKs Paralyzed Patient’s $7.8M Med Mal Win

    A split Illinois appellate panel on Friday affirmed a $7.8 million jury verdict in favor of the family of a woman who became a paraplegic following a medical procedure, saying the evidence supported at least two of the family’s multiple theories of liability.

  • December 4, 2017

    NJ Atty Sued After Appeal Nixing $102M Child Abuse Verdict

    A New Jersey lawyer has been slammed with a state court lawsuit alleging that he mishandled litigation in which a state appeals court tossed a $102 million verdict issued against the state’s child protection agency over severe injuries suffered by a boy at the hands of his father.

Expert Analysis

  • Being There: Defending Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • How Calif.’s Anti-SLAPP Law Affects Amended Complaints

    Felix Shafir

    Horvitz & Levy LLP partners Felix Shafir and Jeremy Rosen examine two complex subjects implicated by California's anti-SLAPP statute — whether the statute prevents a plaintiff from filing an amended complaint after an anti-SLAPP motion challenges the initial complaint, and whether anti-SLAPP challenges can be marshaled against amended complaints.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • Are 'Smart' Courts Smart Enough For IP Disputes?

    Junqi Hang

    Remote video appearance is already in use for certain trials, hearings, and arbitration and mediation proceedings. But the methodology of court remoteness and the concept of "smart" courts may not be able to accommodate intellectual property cases, which tend to be complex in subject matter, say Junqi Hang and Jingqiang Zhang of Dragon Intellectual Property Law Firm.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Get Real, But Get It Right

    Dawn Reddy Solowey

    At my first job out of law school, I handled prepublication review of stories for local TV news and newspapers. With little time for legal research, I had to know the rules cold, how to apply them, and how to make judgment calls when the answer was more gray than black or white, says Dawn Reddy Solowey of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • Federal Claims Must Meet Diversity Jurisdiction Burden

    Jeffrey Odom

    The Third Circuit recently dismissed a plaintiff’s fear of cancer claims arising from a chemical spill, and found the diversity jurisdiction burden was not met. Defendants should look beyond the sensational facts of toxic tort claims and challenge the evidence presented at filing to determine whether jurisdiction is proper, says Jeffrey Odom of Lane Powell PC.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.