Trials

  • February 6, 2018

    Microsoft Says It's 'Built On IP' In Patent Row With Corel

    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.”

  • February 6, 2018

    MassMutual Stiffed Policyholders On Dividends, Jury Told

    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.

  • February 6, 2018

    BofA Didn't Contact Ex-Worker Over Fraud Probe, Jury Hears

    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.

  • February 6, 2018

    2nd Circ. Says Conn. School Must Pay $41M Injury Verdict

    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.

  • February 6, 2018

    9th Circ. Axes Duo's Convictions For Billing Fraud Scheme

    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.

  • February 6, 2018

    Panel Grills Zohar Funds On Jury Waiver In Fraud Case

    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.

  • February 6, 2018

    4th Circ. Upholds $18.5M Boston Scientific Mesh Verdict

    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.

  • February 6, 2018

    Trial Group Of The Year: Quinn Emanuel

    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.

  • February 6, 2018

    Ill. Judge Lied Repeatedly In $1.4M Scheme, Gov't Says

    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.

  • February 6, 2018

    Philly Judge Orders Criminal Trial In 2015 Amtrak Crash

    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.

  • February 6, 2018

    How They Won It: Salvi Nets $115M Deal For O'Hare Victim

    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.

  • February 5, 2018

    Ex-Sutherland Partner Competent To Stand Trial, Judge Rules

    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.”

  • February 5, 2018

    Ill. Court Says Trial Judge Didn't Stymie Heart Surgery Suit

    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.

  • February 5, 2018

    Jury Tacks $28M Onto Smoker's $14M Win From RJ Reynolds

    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.

  • February 5, 2018

    Uber Cheated In Self-Driving Car Race, Waymo Tells Jury

    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.

  • February 5, 2018

    Jury Awards Developer $26M In Fight Over Miami-Area Condos

    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.

  • February 5, 2018

    Chiquita Settles With Families Before Terrorism Trial

    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.

  • February 5, 2018

    BofA Fraud Report An 'Ambush,' Ex-Worker Tells Jury

    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.

  • February 5, 2018

    1st Circ. Weighs Instructions In Insider Trading Verdict

    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.

  • February 5, 2018

    Ex-NY Lobbyist Tells Jury Life Of Thieving Led To Plea

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Read The Whole Thing

    James Beck

    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.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    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.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

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    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.

  • How A Fla. Verdict Could Change Asbestos Litigation

    Stephanie Spritz

    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.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    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.

  • Taking And Defending Depositions You Can Actually Use

    Bethany Kristovich

    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.

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    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.

  • Why Sales Rep Witness Tampering Accusations Matter

    Ryan O'Neil

    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.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    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.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    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.