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Trials

  • August 9, 2018

    Martoma Asks Full 2nd Circ. To Fix Insider Trading Rift

    Former SAC Capital Advisors LP manager Mathew Martoma asked the full Second Circuit to reconsider his insider trading appeal Wednesday, saying a recent split decision ignored U.S. Supreme Court rulings that passing tips to others is a crime only when the insider benefits.

  • August 9, 2018

    Manafort Judge Says His Dressing-Down Of Feds Was Wrong

    The case against Paul Manafort focused Thursday on allegations that he tricked banks into more favorable loans, but it kicked off with a mea culpa from the Virginia federal judge admitting he may have made a mistake. 

  • August 9, 2018

    Ugg Maker's Patent Upheld After $5.2M Jury Win

    A California federal judge issued a findings of fact order that favored Ugg maker Deckers Outdoor Corp. following a $5.2 million verdict that held Romeo and Juliette Inc. liable for infringing two design patents.

  • August 9, 2018

    Del. Judge Not Inclined To Reverse $82M IBM Patent Wins

    A federal judge in Delaware said he is inclined to stand pat on most of the jury verdicts and rulings that produced an $82.5 million award in late July against Groupon Inc. for infringing four early, e-commerce-related IBM Corp. patents.

  • August 9, 2018

    J&J Hip Implant Plaintiffs Seek $246M Judgment After Trial

    A group of New York plaintiffs that sued Johnson & Johnson and its orthopedics unit over allegedly defective hip implants has asked a Texas federal court for a nearly $246 million judgment in the bellwether case after a jury found the company liable for the defects and fraud.

  • August 9, 2018

    Ex-Pa. Rep. Fattah Wins Bribery Conviction Appeal

    The Third Circuit agreed on Thursday that the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent redefinition of federal bribery law meant that Ex-Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., should be retried on charges including allegations that he accepted gifts from a friend in exchange for attempting to secure him an ambassadorship.

  • August 8, 2018

    Nevada Let Controlled Burn Turn Into Wildfire, Jury Told

    Counsel for property owners impacted by 2016’s Little Valley Fire told a Nevada jury during Wednesday opening statements that it was the Nevada Division of Forestry’s decision to ignore its own plan and abandon a prescribed burn during high winds, causing the devastating wildfire.

  • August 8, 2018

    Manafort Wouldn't Have Noticed Embezzled Cash, Gates Says

    A prosecutor worked Wednesday to shore up cooperator Rick Gates' testimony against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in the face of attacks on Gates' credibility, in part by asserting to a Virginia federal jury that Manafort wouldn't have noticed that his business partner was skimming from their lobbying firm's revenue.

  • August 8, 2018

    Bowles Rice, Title Insurer Set For Trial In $41M Contract Row

    Bowles Rice LLP is headed to trial against a longtime partner, title insurer First American, after a federal court ruled Wednesday enough facts remain disputed about the law firm's share of blame around a $41 million settlement following the rocky construction of a coal power plant, whose title First American insured.

  • August 8, 2018

    Judge Slashes Jury Award By $2M After Victim's Father Dies

    A California federal judge on Wednesday trimmed $2 million from a jury’s $6.5 million wrongful death award in a suit that accused a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy of fatally shooting an unarmed schizophrenic man, saying the death of the man’s father during trial warranted the reduction.

  • August 8, 2018

    Judge Slashes $15M From Pelvic Mesh Verdict Against J&J

    An Indiana federal judge Wednesday conditionally reduced a $35 million verdict against a Johnson & Johnson unit awarded to a woman who was found to have been harmed by a pelvic mesh device — saying if she didn’t accept a $15 million reduction she’d face a new trial on punitive damages.

  • August 8, 2018

    Manatt Asks Calif. Court To Toss Recruiter's $335K Trial Win

    Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP urged a California appeals court Wednesday to find it doesn’t owe a legal recruiter $335,000 for connecting the firm with its now managing partner-elect, arguing a jury found the recruiter didn’t fulfill his deal with Manatt and there was no evidence that was the firm’s fault.

  • August 8, 2018

    Colo. HVAC Co. Hit With $1.7M Verdict Over Lack Of Permits

    A Colorado jury has rendered a $1.7 million verdict against Mile High Heating & Cooling, its owner and its manager after finding the company installed approximately 1,000 furnaces without obtaining building permits, the state attorney general said Wednesday.

  • August 8, 2018

    'Outercourse' Claim Fails In Stanford Sex Assault Appeal

    A California appellate court rejected a former Stanford University swimmer’s argument that his previous conviction for sexual assault with intent to commit rape should be overturned because he was only engaging in “outercourse,” ruling Wednesday that there was plenty of evidence that he had more than just “dry-humping” in mind.

  • August 8, 2018

    Jones Day Lands An IP Pro From Paul Hastings

    Jones Day has grabbed a “first chair litigator” in Silicon Valley from Paul Hastings LLP with nearly 20 years of experience in patent and technology work, the firm announced Monday.

  • August 8, 2018

    Arctic Cat, Bombardier Can’t Redo Snowmobile Patent Trial

    Bombardier and Arctic Cat each lost bids for a new trial in a snowmobile patent dispute when a Minnesota federal judge ruled Tuesday that there was sufficient evidence supporting a jury’s finding that Arctic Cat infringed one of Bombardier’s patents, and that the contested claims in two patents were invalid.

  • August 8, 2018

    Bribery Trial Judge Asks How $60K Cash Fits In 'Man-Purse'

    The Manhattan federal judge overseeing the bribery trial of former union boss Norman Seabrook was curious Wednesday about the $60,000 allegedly paid to Seabrook in exchange for a hedge fund investment, pressing a key witness on how that much cash could have been stuffed in a small-sized “man-purse.”

  • August 8, 2018

    J&J Urges Pa. Appeals Court To Undo $2.5M Risperdal Verdict

    A Johnson & Johnson unit pushed a Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesday to jettison a $2.5 million verdict on grounds that a trial judge improperly barred it from using a scientific article to challenge an expert’s opinion that the antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused an adolescent boy to grow breasts.

  • August 8, 2018

    Hospital Says Past Deal Might Trim $6.3M Med Mal Award

    A hospital that owes $6.3 million to the New Zealand Olympic snowboard team's former coach following a medical malpractice trial asked a Colorado federal judge to look at the terms of a confidential settlement the man previously reached with doctors, saying state law prohibits double recoveries.

  • August 8, 2018

    NJ Woman's Mesh Case Doesn't Belong In Pa., Ethicon Says

    Pennsylvania courts should not have been allowed to retain jurisdiction over a case involving injuries that a New Jersey woman suffered after having an implant of an allegedly defective mesh product manufactured by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Inc., a state appeals court heard during oral arguments on Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Fewer Remedies In Calif. For Targets Of Defamatory Reviews

    Pooja Nair

    Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court ruled in Hassell v. Bird that Yelp could not be ordered to remove negative reviews of a law firm that were found to be defamatory. While the decision is a victory for internet platforms and websites, the scope of immunity under the Communications Decency Act has not been fully drawn out, says Pooja Nair of TroyGould PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • Series

    High Crimes And Misdemeanors: Making Political Judgments

    Laurence Tribe

    Presidential impeachment exists not so that one party can decapitate the other, but to preserve the foundation of our democracy. For an impeachment to be legitimate, it must be a fair process in which Congress speaks for a majority of the American people in undoing an election, say Laurence Tribe of Harvard Law School and Joshua Matz of Gupta Wessler PLLC.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Another Decision In Goldman Code Theft Case

    Jonathan Waisnor

    The Aleynikov case demonstrates that employees who attempt to use the proprietary source code of their former employers without authorization may face not only the risk of civil liability, but also prosecution under local criminal statutes. And they could also face liability under the recently expanded federal Economic Espionage Act, says Jonathan Waisnor of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. 

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Series

    High Crimes And Misdemeanors: 'Manifest Injury' Is Key

    Barbara Radnofsky

    Under the U.S. Constitution, impeachment requires no charging of crime, no intent to do wrong and no lawbreaking. Rather, impeachment focuses on significance of effect. President Bill Clinton's 1998 impeachment was a clear demonstration of the differences between criminal and impeachment prosecution, says attorney Barbara Radnofsky.

  • Series

    High Crimes And Misdemeanors: A View From The #MeToo Era

    Elizabeth Rapaport

    The #MeToo movement has called attention to something that feminists avoided focusing on during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton — something the law is not very good at capturing. “Consent” may be obtained under varying kinds and degrees of coercive conditions. And it can be refused at a high cost, says Elizabeth Rapaport of the University of New Mexico School of Law.

  • Series

    High Crimes And Misdemeanors: Impeachment Isn't A Trial

    David O. Stewart

    The U.S. Constitution specifies that a president can only be impeached for “high crimes and misdemeanors.” A comparison of the two presidential impeachments to date suggests that the logistics of the process are fluid and unpredictable, says David O. Stewart, who was defense counsel during the U.S. Senate impeachment trial of Judge Walter Nixon.