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  • November 5, 2018

    Sheriff's Capt. Avoids Jail For Aiding 'Codfather' Smuggling

    A former captain and driver for the Bristol County sheriff on Monday avoided jail time for his role in helping the notorious fishing magnate known as "the Codfather" smuggle cash to the Azores, as a Massachusetts federal judge sentenced him to probation and home confinement instead.

  • November 5, 2018

    2nd Circ. Nixes Ex-JPM Analyst's Insider Trading Conviction

    The Second Circuit reversed former JPMorgan Chase & Co. analyst Sean Stewart's insider trading conviction on Monday, saying the trial judge improperly blocked conflicting statements from Stewart's father, who prosecutors had on tape saying that Stewart handed him stock tips on a “silver platter.”

  • November 2, 2018

    High Court Denies Trump Bid To Halt '20 Census Question Trial

    A divided U.S. Supreme Court Friday denied a bid by the Trump administration to delay an upcoming trial over the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census, rebuffing a request to halt the proceedings while the justices consider the government's petition to curb discovery.

  • November 2, 2018

    DaVita Settles After $384M Verdict In Patient Danger Suits

    National dialysis chain DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc. has reached a settlement with the families of three patients who won a $384 million jury verdict in suits claiming their relatives died when DaVita knowingly used a dangerous solution during their treatment, according to a motion filed in Colorado federal court.

  • November 2, 2018

    Both Sides Decry 'Wolf' Of Racial Bias As Harvard Trial Wraps

    The closely watched trial of a lawsuit taking on Harvard University's affirmative action admissions policies, which could land before the U.S. Supreme Court and have a wide-ranging effect on college applications, closed Friday with the challengers saying the “wolf" of racial bias was at the school's front door and the university saying that wolf was targeting black and Latino students.

  • November 2, 2018

    Enviro Atty Bids For His Freedom Pending Ala. Bribery Appeal

    A former Balch & Bingham LLP environmental partner sentenced to five years for bribery has asked a judge to keep him out on bond pending appeal, while prosecutors said Thursday that shouldn't happen.

  • November 2, 2018

    High Court Clears Way For Kids' Climate Trial

    The U.S. Supreme Court late Friday lifted a stay on a suit lodged by 21 children accusing the federal government of pushing policies that will worsen climate change-related dangers, clearing the way for a landmark constitutional trial to begin in an Oregon federal courtroom but leaving room for the Ninth Circuit to potentially decide the case's future.

  • November 2, 2018

    Shuffle Tech Attys Want $19M In Fees After $315M Trial Win

    Shuffle Tech LLC has asked an Illinois federal judge for more than $19 million in attorneys' fees after a jury awarded the card shuffler maker $315 million on its claims that a competitor initiated sham patent litigation to shut it out of the market.

  • November 2, 2018

    8th Circ. Wants Partial Redo In Bike Rally TM Dispute

    The Eighth Circuit ordered a new trial Friday in a long-running fight over trademark rights revolving around Sturgis, the famous South Dakota motorcycle meetup.

  • November 2, 2018

    Judge Loath To OK Ex-NY State Senator's Binding Plea Deal

    Imprisoned former New York state Sen. John Sampson pled guilty Friday to embezzling from two foreclosure transactions during his 18-year statehouse tenure, but a Brooklyn federal judge declined to immediately accept his admission under a plea deal that cuts her out of what would be his second sentencing related to the 2008 thefts.

  • November 2, 2018

    Co. Fights To Get Fintech Fund CEO On Stand In $40M Row

    An Indian tech company has asked a California federal judge to force the former CEO of a fintech fund to testify in a separate arbitration proceeding related to the companies' disputed $40 million partnership agreement, saying the executive has not turned up to trial and hasn't said when he'll return to the United States. 

  • November 1, 2018

    Strip Club Manager Tells Jury He Staked Carton's Gambling

    A strip club manager and “casual consulting” professional who wired $500,000 to a ticket resale entity controlled by Craig Carton told the Manhattan jury weighing fraud charges against the former sports radio talker Thursday that the money was earmarked for one of Carton's high-stakes gambling trips.

  • November 1, 2018

    Harvard Questioned On Admissions Guideline Change At Trial

    A recent change in guidelines Harvard University gives to admissions officers regarding the use of race in assigning an applicant’s “personal rating” was spotlighted in testimony Thursday, as the group suing the school over its affirmative action policies suggested Harvard made the shift in response to the high-profile litigation.

  • November 1, 2018

    Jury Clears Halfway House Biz In FCA Retaliation Suit

    A Texas federal jury sided with a unit of private prison operator CoreCivic on Thursday in rejecting a former employee’s claims that he was fired for reporting that the government contractor violated the False Claims Act by failing to keep track of medications doled out in its halfway houses.

  • November 1, 2018

    Bombardier Says Contract Bars $8.1M Award In Jet Sale Row

    An $8.1 million jury verdict awarded to the buyers of a $20 million private plane who alleged they were misled about its condition must be axed because of insufficient evidence and the terms of the sales contract, Bombardier Aerospace Corp. told the Texas Supreme Court in oral arguments Thursday.

  • November 1, 2018

    Texas Panel OKs Ex-Client's Malpractice Arbitration Award

    A Texas appeals court affirmed Thursday that a law firm and two lawyers owe almost $460,000 for dropping the ball in a client's medical malpractice suit, saying the arbitrator who awarded the damages had wide latitude.

  • November 1, 2018

    Boies Schiller Can't Ditch Clients Before Trial: Express Scripts

    Boies Schiller Flexner LLP shouldn’t be allowed to ditch its clients less than two weeks before the compounding pharmacies are due at trial for their breach of contract suit accusing Express Scripts of wrongfully ending their provider agreement, the pharmacy benefits manager told a Missouri federal judge.

  • November 1, 2018

    Atty Rightly Sanctioned For Push Poll, Texas High Court Told

    Relatives of a man who died in a 2012 gas explosion told the Texas Supreme Court on Wednesday that opposing counsel was rightly sanctioned for commissioning a "push poll" phone survey that they say was aimed to taint the potential jury pool, while the attorney said he did nothing wrong.

  • November 1, 2018

    NECC Quality Control Manager Gives Combative Testimony

    The former head of quality control at the New England Compounding Center alternately fought back tears and sparred with a defense attorney Thursday during a tense day in Boston federal court, where a trial for six employees of the now-shuttered company whose moldy drugs sparked a national meningitis outbreak neared the end of its third week.

  • October 31, 2018

    Monster Energy Tells Jury Tool Co. Infringed Drink Branding

    Beverage giant Monster Energy Co. told a California federal jury during opening statements Wednesday that an automotive tool company infringed its trademark green-and-black "monster" packaging with a "Monster Mobile" line of tools, while the tool company argued consumers won't confuse the two because "no one drinks a wrench."

Expert Analysis

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Opinion

    What I Learned As Lehman's Bankruptcy Lawyer

    Andrew Rossman

    I have spent nearly 10 years fighting in court for the rights of Lehman Brothers’ creditors. This arduous legal journey has yielded insights into weaknesses in our financial system and bankruptcy laws that could allow catastrophic losses to happen again, says Andrew Rossman of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Genetic Data Holds Opportunities And Risks For Litigants

    Kirk Hartley

    A recently published research paper concludes that a significant proportion of patients with malignant mesotheliomas carry inherited mutations in cancer-associated genes. Well-informed lawyers on both sides of the aisle can effectively use such data to materially alter the outcome of cases, say Kirk Hartley and David Schwartz of ToxicoGenomica.

  • NJ Trial Court Error Resulted In Years Of Litigation

    Lawrence Shapiro

    The New Jersey Appellate Division's reversal in Torah v. Aryeh should serve as a warning for trial judges faced with proceedings arising from an arbitration award. When statutes are involved, their language must be strictly followed, and although arbitration is preferred to litigation, it cannot be coerced or compelled, say Lawrence Shapiro and Nicole Miller of Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Series

    Winner's Playbook: Behind The Scenes Of The AmEx Case

    Evan Chesler

    In June, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a pivotal antitrust decision in Ohio v. American Express. Three partners at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP who represented AmEx explain how one of the most significant antitrust enforcement actions in recent history led to a landmark precedent for two-sided platforms.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.