Trials

  • February 14, 2017

    Insurer Seeks To Bar Photo Of Boy’s Injured Leg From Trial

    A unit of AIG asked a Missouri federal court Monday to exclude a number of pieces of evidence from trial in a case over excess coverage for a boy's personal injury action against a YMCA branch, including a photograph of the boy’s leg before it was amputated.

  • February 14, 2017

    Racetrack Exec's Lies Aren't Securities Fraud, Jury Told

    A former horse racetrack chairman accused of fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in loans from a brokerage firm did fudge the truth in his statements to the firm, but his actions did not rise to the level of securities fraud, his attorney told jurors Tuesday in Miami.

  • February 14, 2017

    Feds Seek 5 Years For Banker Who Gave Dad Merger Tips

    A onetime investment banker at JPMorgan Chase & Co. who was convicted of leaking his father upcoming merger news so his dad could profit should be sentenced to five to six-and-a-half years in prison, federal prosecutors have argued in New York, saying the banker’s parental duties don’t merit a sharp deviation from guidelines.

  • February 13, 2017

    Ex-LA Sheriff Can’t Nix Obstruction Charges At Retrial

    A California federal judge Monday refused to dismiss obstruction-of-justice counts in former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca’s corruption retrial, rejecting double-jeopardy arguments, and banned Baca from wearing a department pin during the length of the proceedings, citing the “potential prejudice” of the small star.

  • February 13, 2017

    Racetrack Exec’s Own Statements Show Fraud, SEC Tells Jury

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a federal jury Monday that it will show during a trial in Miami that a former chairman of a horse racetrack fraudulently obtained millions of dollars in loans from a brokerage firm by presenting witness testimony, documents — and the defendant's own admissions.

  • February 13, 2017

    Lewis Brisbois Nabs Locke Lord, Dentons Trial Pros

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has hired a pair of trial lawyers to bolster its California practice, adding the former Dentons and Locke Lord LLP attorneys as partners in its Sacramento and San Diego offices, the firm announced Friday.

  • February 13, 2017

    Jury Hands Win To Insurer In $300M Life Insurance JV Trial

    An Illinois federal jury gave a win Friday to defendant Security Life of Denver Insurance Co. in a suit brought by Life Plans Inc. over a $300 million contract to create together a novel type of life insurance policy.

  • February 13, 2017

    Ballplayer Wooed From Cuba Paid Smugglers 40% Of Contract

    A former baseball player testified Monday at the federal trial of a sports agent and trainer accused of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the United States that he paid out roughly 40 percent of his first contract to them and various smugglers who facilitated his journey.

  • February 13, 2017

    10th Circ. Orders New Trial In Train Accident Suit

    The Tenth Circuit on Monday ordered a new trial in a suit where a trucking company had been found largely negligent for a driver’s role in a train crash in Oklahoma, finding that the lower court gave the jury incorrect instructions regarding a railway company’s duty to maintain a crossing.

  • February 13, 2017

    NJ Homeowners Seek Testimony On Kushner Dad's Jail Stint

    Counsel for condominium owners suing the real estate firm formerly run by President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, urged a New Jersey state judge Monday to permit trial testimony about Kushner's father being incarcerated, a few days after such testimony prompted a series of events leading to a mistrial.

  • February 13, 2017

    Geico Gets New Trial In $4.4M Road Rage Coverage Case

    A Florida federal judge on Monday vacated a judgment of about $4.4 million plus interest for a Geico policyholder alleging the insurer acted in bad faith by failing to settle with the family of a woman killed in a car accident, ordering a new trial based on unfairly prejudicial evidence.

  • February 13, 2017

    Last-Minute Gov't Witness Roils Bitcoin Case, Delays Trial

    Prosecutors' eleventh-hour attempt Monday to shoehorn a new witness into the trial of New Jersey pastor Trevon Gross and former Coin.mx bitcoin exchange operator Yuri Lebedev on charges of bribery and fraud generated a warning from a Manhattan federal judge about the government’s tactics.

  • February 13, 2017

    Female Forklift Driver Tells Jurors Of Alleged Discrimination

    Former heavy equipment operator Bobbie Jean Sweetin, who has filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against her former employer, Grant Prideco LP, told jurors in federal court in Houston Monday that after getting passed over for promotions given to male colleagues repeatedly, she hit a breaking point.

  • February 13, 2017

    After Denial, Ex-Massey CEO Wants Full 4th Circ. Rehearing

    Former Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship, who was convicted on charges of conspiring to violate mine safety laws prior to a coal mine explosion in 2010 that claimed 29 lives, petitioned the Fourth Circuit on Friday to revisit en banc a panel’s decision upholding his conviction.

  • February 13, 2017

    Jury Rules In Favor Of US Boxer In Fight Cancellation Row

    A New York federal jury ruled in favor of American heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder on Monday in his dispute with Russian rival Alexander Povetkin over their canceled May 21 bout, which was called off after Povetkin tested positive for a banned substance.

  • February 13, 2017

    Ex-AIG Head Blasts NY Atty Gen’s Release On $10M Deal

    Former American International Group Inc. CEO Maurice “Hank” Greenberg and his attorney David Boies on Monday said the New York attorney general’s characterization of a $10 million deal reached last week to end long-running litigation was misleading, saying the settlement did not allege Greenberg committed fraud.

  • February 13, 2017

    Clothier Awarded $5.6M In New York & Co. Trademark Row

    U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff on Friday ratified an advisory jury's ruling against retailer New York & Co., agreeing it willfully infringed on the trademark “velocity” in connection with workout wear and awarding $5.6 million to a rival clothier.

  • February 13, 2017

    U of Chicago Wins Suit Over Hostile Work Environment

    An Illinois federal jury on Friday returned a verdict in favor of the University of Chicago Medical Center, freeing the facility from a Colombian medical resident’s allegations that she was overlooked for essential learning assignments based on her nationality.

  • February 13, 2017

    Va. Atty Convicted Of Bilking $1.32M From Contractor

    A Virginia attorney has been convicted of swindling more than a million dollars from a Kentucky construction company in connection with a promised project to build a “green recycling center” that never materialized, the Department of Justice announced Friday.

  • February 13, 2017

    Zillow Hit With $8.3M Verdict For Image Infringement

    A Washington federal jury has awarded a real estate photography company more than $8.3 million for its claim that real estate website Zillow used thousands of its photos without permission.

Expert Analysis

  • A Federal Crackdown On Tax Zapper Software

    Matthew Lee

    Revenue suppression or “tax zapper” programs delete some or all of a restaurant’s cash transactions and then reconcile the books of the business, lowering the firm's tax bill. States have battled zappers for years, but the case of United States v. John Yin, filed last month in the Western District of Washington, shows federal authorities are now joining the fight, says Matthew Lee of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • Limitation Act Of 1851 Still Relevant To Offshore Energy

    Andrew Stakelum

    From the Titanic to the Deepwater Horizon, an obscure federal law has been invoked after many maritime disasters to limit vessel owners' liability for losses stemming from conditions outside the owners' privity or knowledge. But in today's offshore energy industry, technology can place the owner and its management in the wheelhouse, on the cargo deck and on the rig floor, says Andrew Stakelum of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Attracting And Retaining The Millennial Lawyer

    Christopher Imperiale

    Instead of trying to change the new workforce to follow a law firm's existing processes and procedures, perhaps it's time for firms to start changing their processes and procedures to better accommodate the mentality of this next generation of lawyers, says Christopher Imperiale, a law firm adviser with Berdon LLP.

  • Hip Implant Plaintiff Shows Early Bird May Not Get The Worm

    Rachel Weil

    A plaintiff in the Northern District of Ohio's hip implant multidistrict litigation opted out of the global settlement and fired his lawyers. When he later accepted the settlement, the court ordered him to pay the hefty attorneys' fee it specified. But as the appeals court held, the fee was not necessarily justified, says Rachel Weil of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 11, Teacher’s Pet

    Roy Futterman

    In this weekly column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series airing on CBS about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist. Spoiler alert ...

  • It’s Time To Change The Law Firm Business Model

    Lucia Chiocchio

    Every year, statistics reveal very little change in the number of women and minorities in the ranks of partnership. So how do law firms change this painfully slow rate of progress? It takes more than adding a diversity policy or a women’s leadership program to the current law firm business model, says Lucia Chiocchio, co-chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP's telecommunications and land use, zoning & development groups.

  • Defibrillator Decision Does Not Shock The Conscience

    Eric Alexander

    Bad cases make bad law, but egregiously overreaching cases can make good law. In Wallis v. Brainerd Baptist Church, decided recently by the Tennessee Supreme Court, a dead man's estate sued the seller of a defibrillator that was available but not used on the decedent during his heart attack. Imposing liability in such circumstances would be bad public policy, says Eric Alexander of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Amended Rule 37(e): 1 Year Later

    Samantha Southall

    After a full year in effect, the amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) has been tested in a variety of district courts. A sampling of these decisions reveals that courts seem to be adhering closely to the amended rule and ordering adverse inference instructions only where there was intent to deprive another party of access to relevant information, say Carrie Amezcua and Samantha Southall of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.

  • My Strangest Day In Court: When The Witness Died

    Tom Melsheimer

    Just before walking into court to begin jury selection, I learned from the case agent that a key witness had been found dead over the weekend. During the trial, it was not easy to keep the murdered witness out of my mind, especially with the defendant icily staring at me every time I got up to speak, recalls Tom Melsheimer of Fish & Richardson PC.