Trials

  • May 9, 2017

    Ex-Lawmaker Pleads Not Guilty To Hiding Assets From Court

    A former Massachusetts lawmaker already in prison for using government-funded bus company workers at his farm pled not guilty Tuesday to hiding $2.5 million in cash during his previous sentencing.

  • May 8, 2017

    Streamlining Salvages Dewey Case On Second Try

    After their first try ended in a mistrial, prosecutors from the Manhattan district attorney's office trimmed the fat and the key defendant from their controversial retrial of the former leadership of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP — and that decision netted a modest victory five years in the making on May 8 when jurors convicted the defunct firm's former chief financial officer on felony fraud charges.

  • May 8, 2017

    Full Fed. Circ. Won't Review Sprint's $30M Patent Trial Loss

    The full Federal Circuit on Monday rejected Sprint Spectrum LP’s request that it rehear a decision to affirm a $30 million infringement verdict against the telecommunications provider, preserving Prism Technologies LLC’s victory in a suit over two network security patents.

  • May 8, 2017

    Weary Dewey Jurors Say Case Against Sanders Far Clearer

    After deliberating for five days at the end of the lengthy retrial of two former executives at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, multiple jurors said Monday they felt New York state prosecutors had done a far better job proving their case against Joel Sanders, whose name one noted "was on everything," than they had against Stephen DiCarmine.

  • May 8, 2017

    Tilton Accountant Says She Owns Firms In Chancery Fight

    The tax accountant for Lynn Tilton and Patriarch Partners testified Monday that the private equity magnate is the “ultimate owner” of the companies whose board makeup is in dispute, as the Delaware Chancery trial over the issue with her collateralized loan obligation businesses resumed after a two-week break.

  • May 8, 2017

    Kimberly-Clark Fights Injunction After $454M Fraud Verdict

    Kimberly-Clark Corp. Friday asked a California court to reject a motion to force it to issue customer warnings on top of the $454 million award handed down in a class action verdict for selling substandard surgical gowns, saying the plaintiff has all the compensation it's entitled to.

  • May 8, 2017

    Nomura Traders Slam Ex-Coworker At RMBS Fraud Trial

    Three traders at Nomura Securities International Inc. charged with fraud for lying to clients about mortgage-backed bond prices launched a preemptive attack on prosecutors’ opening witness on the first day of a Connecticut federal trial, saying he’d cop to killing JFK if it reduced his time behind bars. 

  • May 8, 2017

    LIRR Worker Tells Jury Repair Job Left Him In Blinding Pain

    Signal worker Daniel Curran told a Manhattan federal jury Monday that negligence by the Long Island Railroad was the source of his “blinding pain” after he was hurt on a 2012 repair job, but the railroad said his job to help fix a rail-buckling problem called a heat kink was nothing out of the ordinary.

  • May 8, 2017

    ZeniMax Blasts Oculus' Bid To Undo $500M Copyright Verdict

    ZeniMax Media Inc. blasted a bid from Oculus VR LLC for a new trial after a jury found it infringed copyrighted virtual reality technology, telling a Texas federal judge on Friday that there was nothing to suggest the jury was biased or that the $500 million damages award was excessive.

  • May 8, 2017

    Ex-Rep. Using Twitter To Harass Witness, Gov't Says

    Former U.S. Representative Melvin Reynolds is using Twitter to harass a government witness and his attorney, prosecutors told the Illinois federal judge overseeing their misdemeanor tax case against the former politician on Monday.

  • May 8, 2017

    Co-Lender On Collapsed Golf Course Project Nets Partial Win

    A now-bankrupt investment vehicle nabbed a partial win Monday, when a New Jersey federal judge found a co-lender on a defaulted $47 million loan to develop a golf course violated the parties' agreement by negotiating a release with guarantors, but left claims the guarantors breached the release for trial.

  • May 8, 2017

    Whirlpool Says Water Filter Co. Can't Nix $7.6M IP Verdict

    Whirlpool Corp. told a Texas federal judge Friday that “ample evidence” supports a jury’s finding that a water filter manufacturer infringed its patent, urging the court to reject an attempt to overturn the verdict and reduce the jury’s $7.6 million damages award.

  • May 8, 2017

    Jury Clears BankAtlantic, CEO Of SEC Disclosure Claims

    After winning an appeal to force a second trial, BankAtlantic and CEO Alan Levan were cleared Monday by a federal jury of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's claims that they committed disclosure and accounting violations by downplaying weaknesses in the Florida bank's commercial real estate portfolio.

  • May 8, 2017

    Honda Urges Pa. Court To Rehear $55M Seat Belt Defect Case

    Honda Motor Co. has urged the Pennsylvania Superior Court to hold an en banc rehearing after a three-judge panel rejected arguments that a jury had received improper instructions before returning a $55 million verdict in a case over an allegedly defective seat belt.

  • May 8, 2017

    AbbVie Can't Dodge Consumers' Claims In Testosterone MDL

    AbbVie Inc. and Abbott Laboratories must face the bulk of claims brought by seven people whose cases were selected for bellwether trials in multidistrict litigation over the safety of testosterone gel products, an Illinois federal judge ruled Monday.

  • May 8, 2017

    Jury Convicts Ex-Dewey CFO, Frees Exec Director

    A Manhattan jury on Monday issued a split verdict in the long-running criminal case against top executives of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, acquitting the defunct law firm’s executive director but convicting its former chief financial officer on fraud and conspiracy charges.

  • May 8, 2017

    Pa. Judge Axes Challenge To $2.3M Frivolous Suit Verdict

    A Pennsylvania judge on Friday refused to throw out a $2.3 million verdict awarded in a case accusing Halpern & Levy PC of pursuing a frivolous lawsuit in an attempt to extort money from a client’s family.

  • May 8, 2017

    Wells Fargo Asks For Reconsideration In Securities Suit

    Wells Fargo on Friday asked a Minnesota federal judge to reconsider his March ruling that the bank, by its silence on the matter, waived its right to use a favorable jury verdict to preclude related claims over alleged mismanagement of a securities lending portfolio.

  • May 8, 2017

    J&J Opens 4th Pelvic Mesh Trial In Philadelphia

    Attorneys litigating against Johnson & Johnson in Pennsylvania state court over allegedly defective pelvic mesh implants manufactured by the company look to keep a winning streak going as the fourth trial in Philadelphia’s mass tort program opened Monday. 

  • May 8, 2017

    Feds Chide Meningitis Fraudster's 'Unhinged' Acquittal Bid

    A Massachusetts pharmacist convicted of racketeering in the 2012 meningitis outbreak is making "unhinged" and unfounded arguments in his effort to get an acquittal or new trial, the federal government said in a filing.

Expert Analysis

  • District Court Sabine Ruling: Bad News For Midstream Cos.

    Mark D. Sherrill

    The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has affirmed that Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation can reject some gathering contracts with midstream energy companies, for lack of valid covenants running with the land. The ruling is another unfavorable result for midstream firms dealing with distressed oil and gas producers, say Mark Sherrill and Stephany Olsen LeGrand of Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP.

  • Monthly Column

    FBI Leaks And The Sanctity Of Grand Jury Secrecy

    Daniel Wenner

    FBI special agent David Chaves is being investigated for leaking information about a grand jury investigation to the press. And this public episode might engender more attacks on the grand jury process, says Daniel Wenner, a partner at Day Pitney LLP and former federal prosecutor.

  • Opinion

    Untold Stories: Trump's Budget Would Silence Legal Services

    Kevin Curnin

    President Trump's draft budget proposes total defunding of the Legal Services Corporation. Yet leaders of over 160 of the nation's top law firms and 185 general counsel from leading corporations, who make their living at the intersection of business and law, make the case that destroying the LSC is bad for both, says Kevin Curnin of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Another Step Toward Reasonable Preemption Case Law

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    In its recent ruling in Rheinfrank v. Abbott Laboratories, the Sixth Circuit affirmed a complete defense verdict, based in part on branded drug preemption. This defense decision is another step toward limiting liability for manufacturers that could not prevent these types of claims even if they endeavored to, say Erin Bosman, Julie Park and Austin Marsh, Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • A Law Firm’s Guide To Social Media

    Julie Bagdikian

    Bear in mind that the internet seldom forgets and never forgives, and you are just one screen grab from a meme. A law firm's core messages and unique selling points must be clearly determined before embarking on a social media strategy, says Julie Bagdikian of The Pollack PR Marketing Group.

  • 8 Tips To Give Your Fee Application A Great Start

    Michael E. Waller

    Once you determine that your case may permit an award of attorneys' fees, it is extremely important that you advise litigation team members of all billing requirements and confirm compliance with billing protocols. Michael Waller of K&L Gates LLP offers eight tips to consider based on the rules in New Jersey.

  • Failing To Prevent Inadvertent Disclosures Can Be Costly

    Pierre Grosdidier

    Last month, a Virginia court ruled that a party waived attorney-client communication privilege and work-product doctrine immunity when it uploaded privileged documents to an unprotected cloud-based account. This ruling illustrates how an e-discovery fluke can compromise a case, says Pierre Grosdidier of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Talking 'Bull': Episode 17, Name Game

    Roy Futterman

    You know how on medical shows they teach you how to commit malpractice and get away with it? In this episode of Bull, we learn how to get away with jury tampering — and how to get disbarred, says jury consultant Roy Futterman in his latest review of the CBS series "Bull."

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: MDLs And The High Court

    Alan Rothman

    On the heels of last week’s confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch, this month’s column by Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP explores the impact that various high court decisions have had on multidistrict litigation practice, and the statutory role that the Supreme Court plays with respect to the panel and MDLs.

  • Jam Recipe Yields 1st DTSA Verdict

    Thomas A. Muccifori

    A federal jury in Pennsylvania recently returned the first verdict under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Although Dalmatia’s proprietary fig spread recipes would have been protected under the Pennsylvania Uniform Trade Secrets Act, the case stands as a reminder of the powerful protections that can arise from the DTSA in the proper factual scenario, say Thomas Muccifori and Daniel DeFiglio of Archer & Greiner PC.