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  • September 10, 2018

    Calif. Spill Conviction Is A Wake-Up Call For Pipeline Cos.

    A California state jury on Friday convicted Plains All American Pipeline LP on several charges stemming from a 2015 pipeline spill, a result that should sound the compliance alarm for pipeline companies everywhere and further embolden opposition to oil and gas project development and permitting, attorneys say.

  • September 10, 2018

    Insurer Stuck With $4.7M Verdict Over Faulty Mobile Homes

    Century Surety Co. lost its bid in California federal court Friday to shake a $4.7 million jury verdict requiring the insurer to cover a settlement over allegedly defective mobile homes.

  • September 10, 2018

    Severson & Werson Adds 3 Partners To Trial Practice

    Severson & Werson has expanded its trial practice, bringing three new partners versed in a variety of court cases to its San Francisco office from Archer Norris PLC.

  • September 10, 2018

    Mastermind Behind $18M Telemarketing Fraud Gets 11 Years

    A Canadian man behind a telemarketing scheme that swindled about 60,000 elderly Americans out of $18 million for bogus credit card protection services was sentenced to 11 years in prison Monday by a California federal judge who criticized the fraudster for having "the mindset that you’re right and everyone else is wrong."

  • September 10, 2018

    Forex Group Backs Ex-HSBC Exec, Says $3.5B Deal Was Fair

    A leading foreign currency exchange trade group has come out in support of former HSBC executive Mark Johnson's bid to overturn his conviction for defrauding Cairn Energy PLC in a $3.5 billion transaction, calling it an industry-standard deal that the banker had no reason to believe was illicit.

  • September 10, 2018

    SEC Backs $7M In Fines For Ex-Life Partners Atty, CEO

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday told a Texas federal court that it should adopt a recommendation to levy a combined $7 million in civil penalties against an attorney and former CEO for bankrupt life settlement trader Life Partners Holdings Inc., arguing that the pair’s objections to the penalties were baseless.

  • September 10, 2018

    Two-Jury Trials Could Light New Way For Fla. Tobacco Cases

    A possible solution to clearing the thousands-deep backlog of tobacco cases in Florida might have been sparked in an innovative recent tobacco trial in the U.S. Virgin Islands: two plaintiffs, and two juries, but tried at the same time in the same courtroom, resulting in $113 million in verdicts.

  • September 10, 2018

    Olin Settles Enviro Cleanup Coverage Feud For $120M

    Olin Corp. appears set to receive $120 million to settle its lengthy dispute with Lamorak Insurance Co. over the insurer's liability for costs tied to legacy environmental remediation at the chemical maker's sites across the U.S., according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • September 10, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Revives Orexo's Opioid Addiction Treatment Patent

    The Federal Circuit ruled Monday that generic-drug maker Actavis Elizabeth LLC had not shown part of an Orexo AB patent covering the opioid addiction treatment Zubsolv was invalid, overturning a ruling from a bench trial in Delaware federal court.

  • September 7, 2018

    Measuring The Recession’s Toll On The Legal Industry

    For starting attorneys, the financial crisis casts a long shadow, even though the worst is past. Here’s our breakdown of the data showing its impact and where the industry’s headed.

  • September 7, 2018

    Too Small To Fail?

    It’s been almost 10 years since Lehman Brothers collapsed — kicking off a global recession and putting two Skadden partners on a path to building a firm that would weather the storm. Here's how upstarts and their larger rivals are positioning themselves for the next downturn.

  • September 7, 2018

    Chicago Health Workers Win $10M In Abuse Case

    A Chicago jury on Thursday awarded more than $10 million to seven health professionals at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, one of whom was violently assaulted in a locker room and the rest of whom were secretly videotaped in the same locker room.

  • September 7, 2018

    Biogen Gets Win In Drug IP Fight As Judge Overrides Jury

    A New Jersey federal judge on Friday overrode a jury's verdict and instead found that EMD Serono Inc. and Pfizer Inc. infringed Biogen MA Inc.'s valid patent for the multiple sclerosis treatment Avonex.

  • September 7, 2018

    Cigarettes And Asbestos Gave Man Fatal Cancer, Jury Told

    A combination of smoking cigarettes made by R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris and exposure to an auto parts company's asbestos-laden brakes caused a man's fatal lung cancer, counsel for the man's widow told a Boston jury during Friday opening statements.

  • September 7, 2018

    NCAA Exploits Students, Athletes Testify At Antitrust Trial

    Three former college athletes testified Friday in a landmark California federal bench trial over allegations the NCAA’s pay caps violate antitrust laws, saying the NCAA exploited them by pushing them to prioritize athletics over academics while providing meager scholarships that left them hungry, without year-round housing and asking their families for money. 

  • September 7, 2018

    State Farm Deal Takes Spotlight Off Judicial 'Dark Money'

    Judicial ethics experts are lamenting the last-minute $250 million settlement of a case accusing State Farm of rigging an Illinois Supreme Court election, calling it a missed opportunity for a public airing of the river of “dark” campaign money flowing into judicial races.

  • September 7, 2018

    Flight Attendants Eye Sanctions In Virgin's Bid To Trim Class

    A certified class of 1,800 flight attendants accusing Virgin America Inc. of shorting them on wages and meal breaks has asked a California federal judge to sanction the airline for its last-minute bid to block 88 class members from recovering damages at the upcoming trial.

  • September 7, 2018

    Ill. Appeals Court Reverses Mechanic's $4.6M Asbestos Win

    An Illinois appeals court overturned a $4.6 million verdict awarded to a mechanic who developed lung cancer from inhaling asbestos in the 1960s, saying the company that made welding rods containing asbestos didn’t know then that the rods could release the carcinogen.

  • September 7, 2018

    Expert Wrongly Nixed In Doc's Kickback Case, 3rd Circ. Told

    A New Jersey doctor convicted of accepting $200,000 in kickbacks for blood lab referrals urged the Third Circuit on Friday to give him a new trial, arguing that a federal judge abused his discretion by scrapping expert testimony showing that the tests he ordered were medically necessary.

  • September 7, 2018

    Ohio Court Orders New Trial For Docs In Brain Damage Suit

    An Ohio appeals court, in an en banc decision, has sent a suit alleging anesthesiologists caused a patient’s brain damage by giving her a drug she was allergic to back to trial, ruling that the cumulative error doctrine applies to civil cases.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • Employment Litigation And Jury Opinions In A #MeToo World

    Ellen Brickman

    Jurors’ beliefs about social inequality, intergroup differences and disparate treatment are likely to play a role in their evaluations of discrimination and harassment claims, especially in the current political climate. To understand that role better, we undertook a survey of registered voters in New York and Los Angeles, say Ellen Brickman and Chad Lackey of DOAR Inc.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • 2 Strikes And You’re Out: The Litvak Saga Comes To An End

    Joon Kim

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut, following reversals of two prior convictions, has moved to dismiss its remaining securities fraud claim against bond trader Jesse Litvak. While it can be difficult to prove misstatements are material as a matter of law, the government's move is certainly not a death knell for similarly grounded fraud charges, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Tackling Digital Class Notice With Rule 23 Changes

    Brandon Schwartz

    Proposed modifications to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially recognize the use of electronic notice in class action administrations. Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC provide guidance on navigating a daunting digital landscape.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

  • An Upgrade For Expert Evidence Standards In New Jersey

    James Beck

    In the Accutane litigation, the New Jersey Supreme Court just unanimously upgraded the state’s standards for admission of expert testimony. This decision may finally break the back of the long-running — and scientifically bogus — Accutane litigation that has plagued New Jersey courts, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: My RBG Guide To Judging

    Goodwin Liu

    I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.