Trials

  • May 10, 2018

    Calif. Jury Says Emerson Owes BladeRoom $30M For IP Theft

    A California federal jury held Thursday that American manufacturing giant Emerson Electric Co. owes U.K.-based BladeRoom Group Ltd. $30 million for stealing trade secrets to build a massive Facebook data center.

  • May 9, 2018

    Emerson Called A Sheep-Clothed Wolf As IP Theft Trial Wraps

    BladeRoom Group called Emerson Electric a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” that faked interest in acquiring the British company to steal its inventions and land a $200 million Facebook data center contract, while Emerson fired back during closing arguments Wednesday that its building didn’t resemble BladeRoom’s proposal.

  • May 9, 2018

    Shire Defends $2.4M Fee Request In Adderall Generic Row

    Adderall XR maker Shire PLC defended a request for nearly $2.4 million in attorneys’ fees on Wednesday, saying the bill was due solely to misconduct by the generic competitor it trounced in a patent bench trial last year.

  • May 9, 2018

    Ex-Valeant Worker's Emails Show Double-Dealing, Jury Hears

    A former mergers and acquisitions official at Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. took the stand Wednesday to walk jurors through dozens of emails that appeared to show his colleague Gary Tanner helping Philidor Rx Services negotiate against his own employer in a $100 million deal.

  • May 9, 2018

    AT&T-Time Warner Trial: Experts, Leverage And A Crystal Ball

    One of the most significant government merger trials in recent memory wrapped last week, and courtroom comments included references to crystal balls and Kabuki dances. But in the end, the fate of AT&T's $85 billion deal for Time Warner will hinge on one thing: how U.S. District Judge Richard Leon believes the planned merger would affect the evolving media industry.

  • May 9, 2018

    DuPont Gets $7M Leukemia Liability Award Tossed

    A Texas state appellate court has overturned a $7 million jury award to an industrial painter who claimed his leukemia was caused by exposure to a chemical found in paint and thinners manufactured by DuPont Co., ruling the patient’s experts did not base their testimony on reliable evidence.

  • May 9, 2018

    Fla. Homeowner Wins Atty Fees In Water Management Suit

    A Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday that a homeowner who won an injunction requiring her homeowner’s association to fix its surface water management system — but was not awarded monetary damages — was a prevailing party and is entitled to attorneys’ fees and costs.

  • May 9, 2018

    $5M Award For Baby Bowel Injury 'Excessive,' NY Court Says

    A New York appeals court ruled Wednesday that a jury's $5 million award was excessive in a suit accusing a hospital of causing an infant's bowel injury stemming from an infection, saying the jury had determined that the hospital exacerbated the injury but didn't cause it.

  • May 9, 2018

    Ex-NJ Broker Convicted Of Ripping Off Clients

    A former New Jersey stockbroker has been convicted of duping old clients into giving him more than $400,000 to invest on their behalf and then depositing the money into his newly formed trading company to use for shopping and his own day-trading activities.

  • May 9, 2018

    Apple, Samsung Fight Over Jury Instruction As Trial Looms

    Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. on Tuesday lambasted each other’s proposed jury instruction for a trial that kicks off May 14 that will determine the amount of damages Samsung owes for infringing Apple’s smartphone design and utility patents, with both sides arguing that their rival’s proposed instruction is prejudicial.

  • May 9, 2018

    NASA Supplier Says Rival Is Shirking $3.1M Judgment

    NASA supplier Advanced Fluid Systems Inc. urged a Pennsylvania federal court to step in and force rival Livingston & Haven LLC to start ponying up on a $3.1 million judgment on AFS' claims that a former employee pushed business to the rival.

  • May 9, 2018

    $117M Verdicts In J&J Talc Case Must Stand, Couple Says

    A husband and wife have called on a New Jersey state court to uphold their trial victories totaling $117 million in damages against Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier, saying they established that the man’s exposure to the pharmaceutical giant’s asbestos-containing talcum powder played a substantial role in causing his mesothelioma.

  • May 9, 2018

    Snowboarder's Injury Suit Against Pa. Resort Sent To Trial

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has found a trial is necessary in a suit accusing Big Boulder of negligence in a snowboarder's accident, saying there are questions of where personal responsibility ended for the snowboarder and where negligence — if there was any — began for the resort.

  • May 9, 2018

    Ex-Pharmacist Denied Meningitis Acquittal Bid Amid Appeal

    A Massachusetts federal court reiterated Wednesday that a pharmacist convicted of 77 counts for manufacturing deadly drugs in the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak cannot pursue an acquittal bid while simultaneously appealing the verdict.

  • May 8, 2018

    Schneider Truck Drivers Denied Quick Wins In Wage Suit

    A Washington federal judge on Tuesday denied quick wins to a certified class of truck drivers alleging Schneider National Carriers Inc. shorted them on pay, saying they will have to prove their rest break and overtime claims at the jury trial in July.

  • May 8, 2018

    DOJ To Judge: Block AT&T-Time Warner Deal Or Carve Out Fix

    The U.S. Department of Justice urged a D.C. federal judge in a court filing Tuesday to either block AT&T’s planned purchase of Time Warner outright, or require the companies to sell Turner Broadcasting or DirecTV before moving ahead with the deal.

  • May 8, 2018

    Sheldon Silver Never Asked For Kickbacks, Jury Hears

    A real estate tax attorney testified Tuesday that former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver never asked him for referral fees for the work the once-powerful Democratic politician brought him from big New York City developers, fees that federal prosecutors say amount to illegal kickbacks. 

  • May 8, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Largely Backs Patent Ruling Against Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday mostly affirmed an Eastern District of Texas ruling that ALE USA Inc. infringed a set of patents on Ethernet technology, keeping intact a nearly $325,000 damages verdict against the telecommunications company.

  • May 8, 2018

    Ala. Judge Sends Broadway ‘Mockingbird’ Dispute To NY

    An Alabama federal judge ruled Monday that he would not exercise his authority to hear a case brought by the estate of novelist Harper Lee against the producer of a Broadway version of her classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” putting the dispute on course for trial next month.

  • May 8, 2018

    Jury Convicts Mass. Man Of $7M Fraud Scheme

    An ex-Boston suburbanite accused of swindling $7 million from investors and using it to fund his mansion and lavish lifestyle was convicted by a Massachusetts federal jury Tuesday of 18 counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and illegal monetary transactions in the decadelong scheme.

Expert Analysis

  • 11th Circ. Offers Key Guidance To Shipping Cos.

    Al Teel

    The Eleventh Circuit's recent ruling in Essex Ins. Co. v. Barrett Moving & Storage addressed the question of how to distinguish brokers from carriers under the Carmack Amendment. The opinion offers guidance for transportation and logistics companies on when the amendment applies to a particular shipment, says Al Teel of Burr & Forman LLP.

  • Why CPSC Sued To Recall Stroller That Met Standards

    Sheila Millar

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has sued the maker of strollers with a detachable front wheel, despite the agency's prior approval of stroller standards that permit the feature. The outcome will affect whether companies can rely on CPSC approval of, and companies' compliance with, such standards as a legal defense, say Sheila Millar and Nathan Cardon of Keller and Heckman LLP.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.

  • Roundup

    Dissolving Practice

    Dissolving Practice

    In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.

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    Dissolving Practice: How To Fix A Dysfunctional Law Firm

    Larry Richard

    I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.

  • What To Expect From The 2nd Criminal Spoofing Trial

    Jeffrey Brown

    Andre Flotron's upcoming criminal trial and the corresponding civil complaint demonstrate that regulators have the appetite to bring spoofing cases based largely on patterns observed in trade data. This data may be supplemented by the allegedly incriminating testimony of witnesses, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

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    Dissolving Practice: Partner Agreement Clauses That Can Help

    ​​​​​Leslie Corwin

    Given the competing public policies of protecting clients’ right to counsel of their choice, lawyer mobility, and the fiduciary duty partners owe to a dissolved firm, it behooves law firms to carefully review their partnership agreements to make sure they adequately spell out what happens in the unfortunate event that the law firm chooses to wind down, say ​​​​​Leslie Corwin and Rachel Sims of Blank Rome LLP.

  • The Time Is Right For New Jersey To Adopt Daubert

    Timothy Freeman

    The New Jersey Supreme Court may soon decide whether to adopt the Daubert standard for admissibility of expert witness testimony. The searching inquiry into the reliability of proffered expert testimony that is required by Daubert protects the integrity of the jury system by ensuring that jurors are not misled by unreliable evidence, says Timothy Freeman of Tanenbaum Keale LLP.

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    Dissolving Practice: The Unfinished Business Doctrine

    Thomas Rutledge

    There has been, of late, significant dispute as to the application of the unfinished business doctrine, particularly with respect to hourly rate matters of now-dissolved large law firms. And the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heller Ehrman, like others as to similar points, is highly questionable, says Thomas Rutledge of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.

  • Why DC Circ. Said Airport Noise Critics Are Out Of Luck

    Paul Kiernan

    What if they made a regulatory change and no one noticed? The D.C. Circuit's recent ruling in Citizens Association of Georgetown v. Federal Aviation Administration reaffirms the rule that the appeal clock starts ticking on the day a regulatory order is officially made public, whether affected parties had actual notice or not, says Paul Kiernan of Holland & Knight LLP.