Trials

  • May 16, 2017

    2nd Circ. Wants To See Arab Bank Hamas Terror Settlement

    Two Second Circuit judges said Tuesday they would eyeball Arab Bank PLC's settlement with U.S. plaintiffs accusing the bank of funding Hamas terror, before addressing any legal question stemming from an Anti-Terrorism Act trial in Brooklyn and jury verdict against the Jordan-based lender.

  • May 15, 2017

    Plant Co. Wins $900K In Website Copyright Jury Trial

    A Maryland federal jury on Friday found that a garden center in the state had stolen nearly two dozen copyrighted photographs from landscaping plant company Under A Foot’s website and marketing materials, and awarded the landscaping company $900,000 in damages.

  • May 15, 2017

    Investment Database Co. Wins $3.7M In Trade Secrets Row

    A Florida federal jury on Friday awarded investment manager database operator eVestment Alliance LLC $3.7 million in damages after concluding that competitor Compass iTech LLC deliberately accessed its paid subscription service using a client’s password, trampling eVestment’s intellectual property and violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

  • May 15, 2017

    Emory Says Co. Had Duty To Defend It In Med Mal Suit

    A contractor that ran a sleep lab at Emory University should have indemnified the school in a $20 million medical malpractice suit over the death of a sleep study participant, according to a lawsuit in Georgia federal court on Friday.

  • May 15, 2017

    Former Calif. Federal Prosecutor Rejoins O'Melveny

    A former California federal prosecutor with securities experience is rejoining O'Melveny & Myers LLP in its San Francisco office after eight years in the public sector, the firm announced Monday.

  • May 15, 2017

    Apple, Samsung Rip Each Other's Args Over $400M Damages

    Apple and Samsung, duking it out Friday over whether Apple’s $400 million damages award should stand after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, took digs at one another’s contentions in California federal court as Apple seeks to cement its award and Samsung tries to overturn it in a new trial.

  • May 15, 2017

    Ex-Massey CEO Plans High Court Appeal Of Conviction

    Former Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship is out of jail and plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court his conviction for conspiring to violate mine safety standards before a deadly explosion, according to court documents filed last week.

  • May 15, 2017

    Buyers of Tainted Pomegranate Seeds Seek $29M Judgment

    A food distributor, pomegranate supplier and insurance company asked a California federal court Friday to grant them judgments totaling $29.3 million against a Turkish food company and its U.S. subsidiary, which allegedly sold them hepatitis A-contaminated pomegranate seeds.

  • May 15, 2017

    Generics Copied Reckitt's Cough Drug Patents, Court Told

    Reckitt Benckiser LLC on Monday brought its Mucinex patent infringement case against two generic pharmaceutical companies to trial, telling a New Jersey federal judge that it can prove that the alleged imposters consist of immediate- and extended-release elements that belie their makers’ claims that they have only homogenous formulas for the respiratory relief drug.

  • May 15, 2017

    4 Ways To Stay On A Judge's Good Side During A Patent Case

    Patent trial lawyers who speak down to judges and juries, don’t follow the rules or come unprepared are going to be quick to raise the ire of the court. Here, several experienced litigators share tips to stay in the good graces of judges overseeing patent cases.

  • May 15, 2017

    Feds Fight New Trial Bid In $30M Russia Export Scheme

    The government pushed back Friday against a new trial for a former saleswoman connected to a $30 million Russian export scheme, asking a New York federal judge to reinstate two convictions in connection with a conspiracy charge.

  • May 15, 2017

    IRS And Debt Co. Settle Massive Accounting Row

    The IRS and Portfolio Recovery Associates Inc. managed to settle and avoid trial at the last minute on Monday with a U.S. Tax Court judge agreeing to strike the consumer debt company’s challenge to hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes and penalties turning on accounting methods for debt collection enterprises. 

  • May 15, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Standly Hamilton's Chris Hamilton

    We’re living through an era — brought about by “tort reform” and other such misguided ideas — where we’re seeing an unprecedented assault on the Seventh Amendment guarantee of trial by jury, says Chris Hamilton of Standly Hamilton LLP.

  • May 13, 2017

    Prevezon To Pay $6M In Settlement Reached On Eve Of Trial

    Prevezon and other companies accused by the Justice Department of laundering proceeds from a $230 million Russian tax fraud scheme tied to a global human rights controversy agreed to pay $6 million on the eve of trial to end the dispute, New York federal prosecutors said late Friday.

  • May 12, 2017

    Lloyd's Hit With $41.6M Verdict In Offshore Rig Damage Row

    Following a five-week trial, a panel of jurors in Harris County on Friday returned a $41.6 million award in favor of Prime Natural Resources in its coverage dispute with insurer Lloyd's over damage caused to a drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico during Hurricane Rita in 2005.

  • May 12, 2017

    Climate Activist Can’t Make Necessity Defense, Judge Rules

    A Washington state judge said an environmental activist will not be allowed to present a climate change-based necessity defense during his upcoming trial over allegations he shut off a pipeline in protest, according to an announcement from the Climate Disobedience Center.

  • May 12, 2017

    GM Can't Have Privileged Info In Switch Suit, Judge Told

    GM doesn’t have the right to information from a class action news website because it includes privileged communications between drivers and their eventual lawyers, the attorneys representing a class of drivers suing over allegedly defective ignition switches told a New York federal judge on Thursday.

  • May 12, 2017

    7th Circ. Leaves Jailed Hospital CEO's Conviction Intact

    The Seventh Circuit upheld the conviction of the former owner and CEO of Chicago’s Sacred Heart Hospital, finding Friday there was sufficient evidence for the jury to convict him of running a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme to increase the hospital’s patient count.

  • May 12, 2017

    The Dewey Saga: From Collapse To Verdict

    Case closed — nearly. The five-year saga of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP’s descent into bankruptcy and criminal prosecution is almost at an end after a jury on May 8 found the firm’s former Chief Financial Officer Joel Sanders guilty of felony fraud and misdemeanor conspiracy. Here, Law360 looks back at key moments from Dewey's downfall through this week's verdict.

  • May 12, 2017

    Foundation Asks For Treble Damages In Hearing Aid IP Case

    A medical research organization asked a California federal court on Thursday to find that Cochlear Corp. willfully infringed a hearing-aid implant patent, which it says should trigger a tripling of an embattled $131.2 million jury award.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    My Strangest Day In Court: When The Witness Attacked

    James J. Brosnahan

    Focused on my final argument notes, I nonetheless noticed a pause in the cross-examination of my client. Then I saw a flutter of activity out of the corner of my right eye, recalls James Brosnahan of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Ruling On CFPB Could Upend Controversial Net Worth Sweep

    Sai Prakash

    The DOJ's recent challenge to the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau could have significant ramifications for another government agency — the Federal Housing Finance Agency, according to Sai Prakash of the University of Virginia School of Law.

  • NJ High Court Will Bring Welcome Clarity To Consumer Law

    Brian O'Donnell

    Although on the books since 1981, New Jersey's Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty, and Notice Act has only been aggressively utilized by the plaintiffs bar in recent years, so judicial authority interpreting the statute is still developing. Two cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court should provide needed guidance to litigants and courts, say Brian O’Donnell and Jeffrey Beyer of Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP.

  • Lawyers In Flow: Get Out Of Your Head And Into Your Case

    Jennifer Gibbs

    If Time Magazine is correct in that being a lawyer is one of the five worst high-paying jobs, it may be time for the legal profession to pull one from the playbook of musicians and professional athletes and seek to enter a state of “flow,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Calif. Supreme Court Clarifies 'Prevailing Party' Ambiguity

    Louie Castoria

    The California Supreme Court's decision in DisputeSuite v. Score this month resolved a division of authority among California's district courts of appeal regarding who the "prevailing party" is when a California contract case is dismissed on procedural grounds, but may be refiled in another state. This decision is a narrow one hinging on the fact that DisputeSuite will have its day in court in a distant, contractually agreed upon, ... (continued)

  • Satire

    A Law Firm Ranking Model By 'Fake News & Distorted Reports'

    Alan B. Morrison

    Suffering from law firm ranking fatigue? Bewildered by the methodologies? If so, you're in good company. Alan Morrison, associate dean for public interest and public service law at George Washington University Law School, wonders just how far law firm ranking efforts may go.

  • Suits Under NJ Consumer Act Overshoot Lawmakers' Intent

    Patrick McKey

    Norris Hite claimed that the terms of use on Lush Internet's website violated New Jersey’s Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act. But a federal district court found last month that Hite alleged no concrete harm and lacked standing to sue. Such lawsuits appear inconsistent with the legislative intent of the TCCWNA, say attorneys from Bryan Cave LLP.

  • Attack On Credits For Nuclear Plants Could Hit Renewables

    Gordon Coffee

    New York and Illinois have approved programs providing nuclear power plants with monetary credits for generating electricity without emitting carbon dioxide. Opponents have sued in federal court to nullify the programs. Although the lawsuits are narrowly targeted, an unfortunate consequence could be rulings that also annul renewable portfolio standards and renewable energy credits, says Gordon Coffee of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • The 11th Circ.'s Unfortunate Do-Over Christiansen Verdict

    Steven Boranian

    After the jury in the Christiansen v. Wright Medical Technology bellwether trial decided that the defendant’s product was not defective, the judge told the jurors that perhaps they did not "fully understand" and instructed them to try again. The Eleventh Circuit has now affirmed the plaintiff’s verdict, and the defendant has valid reasons to be unhappy, says Steven Boranian of Reed Smith LLP.

  • How New Expert Witness Rules May Impact Missouri Courts

    Dennis Harms

    Last month, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signed House Bill 153, enacting more stringent standards for admission of expert witness testimony in Missouri courtrooms. Litigators may need to rethink some current practices, including how to present certain evidence and whether to keep using “frequent flyer” experts, say Dennis Harms and Lawrence Hall of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard PC.