Microsoft Corp. “is built on IP” that must be enforced even when its patents are infringed by smaller companies like Corel Corp., an attorney for the tech giant said Tuesday during opening statements in its California federal trial, while Corel countered it would pay but only a “fair price.”
MassMutual has breached its contracts with 300 term life insurance policyholders by refusing to pay them a total of $717,000 in dividends even as the company’s bank account swelled, counsel for a certified class of policyholders told a California jury during Tuesday opening statements.
A Bank of America fraud analyst told a California federal jury Tuesday she never tried to contact a former client manager before reporting her for making fraudulent transactions, testifying during the third day of a trial over defamation and blacklisting claims that the manager’s perspective didn’t make a difference to her investigation.
The Second Circuit on Tuesday ruled that a private Connecticut boarding school must pay $41 million to a former student who contracted a tick-borne disease while on a school trip to China, causing paralysis, saying the trial judge properly allowed certain expert testimony regarding study-abroad programs.
A Ninth Circuit panel on Monday threw out the convictions of an industrial construction company project manager and subcontractor accused of participating in a more than $1.3 million fraudulent invoicing scheme, finding that the two men’s jury trial waivers weren’t adequate even if the evidence supporting their convictions was.
An appeals panel of New York’s First Judicial Department on Tuesday put tough questions to two investment funds that seek to try their fraud case against failed Chinese firm Xinhua Sports & Entertainment Ltd. before a jury, even though they signed multiple agreements that waived that right.
The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday rejected Boston Scientific Corp.'s appeal of an $18.5 million verdict in a trial over injuries allegedly caused by its Obtryx pelvic mesh devices, saying the company had gotten a fair trial.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP lived up to its reputation as a litigation powerhouse this year, scoring a $1.75 billion win for Lehman Brothers against Citibank NA and fending off more than $3 billion in claims against billionaire Len Blavatnik, earning it a spot among Law360's Trial Groups of the Year.
Cook County, Illinois, Circuit Judge Jessica Arong O'Brien lied over and over as she applied for loans related to her two Chicago income properties, conning lenders out of more than $300,000, prosecutors said at the start of Judge O'Brien's fraud trial Tuesday.
A Philadelphia judge ruled Tuesday that the engineer at the throttle of the Amtrak train that crashed and killed eight people in 2015 must face criminal charges stemming from the accident, finding that prosecutors provided sufficient evidence to bring the case to trial.
Salvi Schostok & Pritchard PC attorneys utilized a likable plaintiff, lucked out with a sympathetic jury and planned meticulously to win a record $148 million personal injury verdict for a young woman paralyzed after being crushed by a pedestrian shelter at O'Hare International Airport, ultimately dodging a potentially long appeals process by inking a $115 million post-verdict settlement.
A Georgia federal judge on Friday ruled a former Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP attorney accused of stealing millions from a wealthy family is competent to stand trial, finding evidence presented to the court of the 76-year-old lawyer's alleged cognitive decline “inconsistent and suspect.”
An Illinois appellate court upheld Friday a verdict finding no fault by a doctor who allegedly failed to detect preoperative red flags that could have prevented a patient’s death following heart surgery, saying the jury was not prejudiced by what the judge did and didn’t allow into the trial.
A Florida jury on Monday hit R.J. Reynolds with $27.8 million in punitive damages after finding last week the company owed nearly $14 million in compensatory damages to a woman who needed a lung transplant after smoking cigarettes for decades.
In the race to develop self-driving car technology, Uber was like Rosie Ruiz, the woman who won the Boston Marathon by riding the subway to victory, an attorney for Waymo told a California federal jury during opening statements Monday, saying Uber stole the Alphabet Inc. subsidiary’s trade secrets to “leapfrog” ahead of the competition.
A jury has awarded the developer of the luxurious Prive Island Estates $26 million after finding that the homeowners association on a neighboring island breached an agreement not to object to construction of other projects on the islands near Miami.
Ahead of trial on claims that it supported a Colombian terrorist organization that kidnapped and killed six Americans in the 1990s, Chiquita Brands International Inc. informed a Florida federal judge at a hearing Monday that the company reached settlements with the victims’ families.
A former Bank of America client manager told a California federal jury Monday the bank “ambushed” her when it fired her and listed her with a fraud reporting agency, testifying during the second day of a blacklisting and defamation trial that she was never told the bank was investigating her for fraud.
First Circuit judges on Monday questioned the legitimacy of a securities fraud conviction of a man who claims jurors should have been informed that evidence indicating he knew trading on his wife’s insider knowledge was illegal cannot, in itself, constitute guilt.
Todd Howe, the disgraced lobbyist whose testimony prosecutors hope will lead to the corruption convictions of a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and three businessmen, told a Manhattan jury Monday that he stole roughly $1 million from Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP before he was fired in 2016.
As a beginning associate at a large Philadelphia law firm, I was tasked to fill in case citations on a brief. I found something that looked like exactly what I wanted for a particular legal proposition, but I did not bother to read the entire case. That was a big mistake — and led to an important lesson, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.
Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.
Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.
A Florida plaintiff recently won a $6.9 million asbestos verdict against Union Carbide, overturning a previous win for the defense. The plaintiff's successful reliance on the consumer expectations test could have far-reaching effects on asbestos litigation, says Stephanie Spritz of Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP.
While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.
All too often, lawyers just think about “getting through” the deposition phase without fully taking advantage of the opportunity to develop their story. But following a few basic rules on the front end can help maximize the impact of a deposition at trial, say Bethany Kristovich and Jeremy Beecher of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.
Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.
In two recent product liability trials, plaintiffs have alleged that witnesses were improperly contacted by pharmaceutical and medical device sales representatives. Such allegations can be damaging to a case and to attorney credibility, and can divert precious resources midtrial, while sidelining the actual products liability claims at issue, say Ryan O’Neil and Anne Gruner of Duane Morris LLP.
Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.
John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.