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Trials

  • October 9, 2018

    2nd Circ. Mulls Unsettled McDonnell Issues In Guinean Case

    A convicted former Guinean mining minister's attorney told an appeals court panel on Tuesday that the Supreme Court's McDonnell ruling should apply to foreign bribery law, leading one appellate judge to muse that the Second Circuit has yet to limit the ruling to specific laws.

  • October 9, 2018

    Hoops Recruit's Dad Tells Jury Cash Wasn't Only Factor

    The father of former University of Louisville recruit Brian "Tugs" Bowen told a Manhattan jury Tuesday that the hoops powerhouse was the right place for his son regardless of cash payments he received, as lawyers for three men accused of funneling illegal secret payments from Adidas to the basketball dad pushed the narrative that they had no criminal intent.

  • October 9, 2018

    Texas Atty Flagged After 'Attacks' On Judges' Integrity

    A Texas lawyer was referred for disciplinary action Monday after a state appeals court said that, in fighting to reinstate a $2 million jury verdict, his judicial recusal bid crossed a line by making "direct attacks" on the integrity of the judges and the court.

  • October 9, 2018

    Dorsey & Whitney Names New Managing Partner

    Minneapolis-based Dorsey & Whitney LLP on Tuesday named Bill Stoeri, a trial lawyer who has worked at the law firm for more than 30 years, as its new managing partner starting next year.

  • October 9, 2018

    Doc Guilty Of Insider Trading On Wife's Ariad Drug Info

    The ex-husband of an Ariad executive was found guilty of criminal insider trading Tuesday in Massachusetts federal court, marking a victory for prosecutors who said he saved more than $100,000 in trades based on meetings his wife had with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about an Ariad cancer drug.

  • October 9, 2018

    Conn. Jury Hands Boehringer 3rd Straight Pradaxa Trial Win

    Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals has won its third straight bellwether trial over the alleged bleeding risk of its blood thinner Pradaxa, after a Connecticut state jury rejected a man’s claims that the drug caused a life-threatening bout of internal bleeding.

  • October 5, 2018

    Veteran Med Mal Atty Joins Grant & Eisenhofer In Chicago

    Grant & Eisenhofer PA has added a veteran medical malpractice attorney to its Chicago office as an associate in its birth injury litigation practice group.

  • October 5, 2018

    Ariad Insider Trading Case Now In Boston Jury’s Hands

    The criminal trial of a Massachusetts doctor accused of insider trading headed into jury deliberations Friday, after prosecutors sought to drive home in closing arguments that he had used nonpublic information from his wife to make trades in stock of the cancer drugmaker Ariad.

  • October 5, 2018

    Gov't Role In Paul Weiss Probe Puts Deutsche Trial At Risk

    A New York federal judge signaled Friday that the Libor-rigging trial against former Deutsche Bank traders Matthew Connolly and Gavin Black may be in trouble, in light of "highly persuasive" evidence concerning the government's role in an internal investigation of the bank by Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • October 5, 2018

    Jury Awards Pa. Scientist $3M For Gender-Biased Firing

    A Pittsburgh federal jury on Thursday awarded a former PPG Industries Inc. scientist nearly $3 million in pay and damages, siding with her claims that her 2013 firing smacked of gender discrimination.

  • October 5, 2018

    Cancer Widow Seeks $27M From Tobacco, Auto Parts Cos.

    R.J. Reynolds, Philip Morris and an auto parts company should pay $27 million in damages for selling cigarettes and asbestos-laden brakes that combined to cause a man’s fatal lung cancer, counsel for the man’s widow told a Boston jury Friday during closing arguments.

  • October 5, 2018

    Shipping Co. Must Pay $49M For Copycat Container Designs

    A Texas state court has awarded SandBox Logistics LLC more than $49.2 million and all the shipping containers manufactured by a rival company after finding its CEO violated a nondisclosure agreement and created copycat containers, but the rival company has pledged to appeal.

  • October 5, 2018

    King & Spalding Adds Litigation Pro In Texas

    King & Spalding LLP has brought on in its Austin, Texas, office a former name partner from what is now Crowe Arnold & Majors LLP with experience handling major product liability and business litigation cases.

  • October 5, 2018

    Jet Co. Exec Convicted In Int'l Cocaine Smuggling Scheme

    A private pilot has been convicted for his role in a $7.5 million cocaine smuggling and money laundering scheme that spanned three states and South America, New Jersey’s federal prosecutor announced Friday.

  • October 5, 2018

    Jury Clears Bard In Third IVC Bellwether Trial

    An Arizona federal jury on Friday cleared C.R. Bard Inc. of liability in the third bellwether trial over claims that the company’s clot-stopping vein filter could break and send metal pieces toward patients’ hearts.

  • October 4, 2018

    FIFA, Others Told Restitution Bids Face The Lagos Test

    A New York federal judge on Thursday heard arguments from Fédération Internationale de Football Association and two affiliated soccer organizations in support of their requests for tens of millions of dollars in restitution from two former officials convicted of corruption charges, but warned lawyers their fees for internal probes might not cut it in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Lagos v. U.S.

  • October 4, 2018

    Winn-Dixie Seeks Reversal Of Major Web Accessibility Ruling

    Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. urged the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday to reverse a June 2017 decision that found its website violated a blind customer's rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and opened the floodgates for lawsuits against companies over website accessibility.

  • October 4, 2018

    NJ Med Mal Firm Britcher Leone Adds 2 Attys, Opens Outpost

    New Jersey personal injury and medical malpractice boutique Britcher Leone LLC has welcomed attorneys Tyrone Sergio and Stephen S. "Skippy" Weinstein, both formerly of the practice Weinstein founded, and has opened a second office in the Garden State.

  • October 4, 2018

    Cushman Appeals Attorneys' Fees On Top Of Age Bias Verdict

    Cushman & Wakefield Inc. asked the First Circuit on Thursday to overturn $280,000 in attorneys' fees that a Massachusetts federal judge handed a former employee, adding to the real estate company's appeal of a jury verdict finding the company fired the longtime computer engineer because he was aging and awarding him $1.28 million.

  • October 4, 2018

    Ex-NCAA Recruit's Dad Breaks Down In Tears At Fraud Trial

    The father of ex-University of Louisville basketball recruit Brian "Tugs" Bowen broke down in tears before a Manhattan jury Thursday as he began testimony as a witness against two former Adidas brand marketers and an aspiring agent accused of defrauding National Collegiate Athletic Association schools by paying athletes on the sly.

Expert Analysis

  • Could Diversity Pledge Lead To Unintended Consequences?

    Anthony Oncidi

    The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion Pledge is an initiative designed to promote diversity in the workplace. However, because its three main elements are extremely broad, the lack of specificity about what a company is committing to could be problematic in a litigation context, say Anthony Oncidi and Seth Victor of Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • Standard-Setting Participation Can Affect Patent Enforceability

    Jim Burger

    The Federal Circuit's decision in Core Wireless v. Apple shows that failing to read the fine print on membership obligations to standards-setting bodies can lead to consequences for patents held by companies or acquired from other standards participants, say Jim Burger and Michael Parks of Thompson Coburn LLP.

  • Fed. Circ. Clarifies Enablement Requirement In LED Case

    Scott Bornstein

    Last month, the Federal Circuit issued a potentially far-reaching opinion on the application of enablement. The decision in Boston University v. Everlight provides guidance for patentees and patent litigants when initially filing their patent application and later during litigation, say Scott Bornstein and Jonathan Wise of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • 2 Door Makers And The Gutting Of Pre-Merger Clearance

    Derek Dahlgren

    The Eastern District of Virginia is poised to render a decision in Steves & Sons v. Jeld-Wen that may run into the U.S. Supreme Court’s concerns regarding belated challenges to mergers, as well as potentially create uncertainty in the value of pre-merger clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, say Derek Dahlgren and Spencer Johnson of Rothwell Figg Ernst & Manbeck PC.

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • Mediation Tips For Settling Big-Dollar Business Disputes

    Robert Fairbank

    Throughout a mediation, there are times of heightened uncertainty when something might happen to swing the leverage in one side’s favor. These windows of opportunity can be maximized by a number of methods other than in-person mediation sessions and formal exchanges of settlement numbers, say Robert Fairbank and Kimberly West of Fairbank ADR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Opinion

    Fixing Rule 41: A Balanced Approach To Voluntary Dismissal

    Adam Gershenson

    As written and often applied, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41 — governing voluntary dismissal — allows claimants to aggressively pursue baseless claims, essentially risk-free. A simple change would recalibrate the rule to allocate risk more rationally, properly align incentives and better protect parties responding to meritless suits, say attorneys at Cooley LLP.

  • Peering Behind The Peer Review Curtain

    William Childs

    The U.S. Supreme Court's opinion in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals specified peer review as one criterion for evaluating scientific evidence. But not all peer review is created equal, and sometimes additional exploration — whether through discovery into your adversaries’ experts, or early investigation of your own potential experts — may make sense, says William Childs of Bowman and Brooke LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.