Trials

  • February 9, 2018

    NY Graft Trial Cooperator Arrested After Day On Stand

    Todd Howe, the lobbyist-turned-cooperator who is testifying at the bribery trial of a former top aide to New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and three businessmen, was arrested on Thursday night for violating his bail, after a defense lawyer accused him in front of the jury of breaching his plea deal.

  • February 9, 2018

    Records Clinched Amputee’s $109M Win In Surgery-Error Trial

    After six years in a nursing home, three trials and two hung juries, persistence paid off for Lisa-Maria Carter and her lawyers as they secured a potentially record-setting $109 million decision last month in Florida state court over a botched surgery that led to the loss of her hands and feet and half of her abdomen.

  • February 9, 2018

    Door Skins Supplier Denied Quick Win In Antitrust Suit

    A Virginia federal judge Friday shot down an Oregon-based door skins supplier’s bid to escape antitrust claims, saying there are factual disputes as to whether a 2012 merger enabled the company to engage in anti-competitive behavior to the detriment of a Texas doormaker.

  • February 9, 2018

    2nd Circ. Overturns $100M Arab Bank Terror Verdict

    The Second Circuit on Friday overturned a $100 million jury verdict against Arab Bank PLC, finding jury instructions in the case alleging that it provided material support to Hamas and other militant groups were prejudicial against the bank, in a case the bank already settled.

  • February 9, 2018

    Uber, Waymo Settle Trade Secret Case Amid Trial

    Waymo and Uber have reached a settlement of their self-driving car trade secret row a third of the way through trial, with Uber agreeing to give Waymo a slice of the ride-hailing company's $72 billion equity worth approximately $245 million.

  • February 8, 2018

    J&J Hit With Stock-Drop Suit Over Claims Of Asbestos In Talc

    Johnson & Johnson and its top executives were hit with a putative class action in New Jersey federal court on Thursday alleging the company harmed its stockholders by purportedly concealing the truth underlying lawsuits and articles that contend J&J’s talcum powder products contain asbestos.

  • February 8, 2018

    Smoking Gun Or Red Herring: Waymo, Uber Debate 14K Files

    Waymo’s attorneys questioned a small army of computer experts in a California federal court Thursday in a bid to show that 14,000 files a former employee downloaded from Waymo’s server evidenced corporate espionage meant to speed up Uber’s race toward self-driving cars, while Uber’s attorneys countered the downloads were automatic and meaningless.

  • February 8, 2018

    NJ Hedge Funder In Fraud Case Grilled Over His Spending

    A hedge fund owner accused of defrauding two investors out of about $4 million told a New Jersey federal jury Thursday that he spent a portion of the funds in anticipation of earning fees and that he was allowed to put some of the money toward a mortgage on his home.

  • February 8, 2018

    Claims Handler Must Face Suit Over $7.2M Asbestos Verdict

    In a judgment made public Tuesday, a New York state judge denied a motion by a claims management company indirectly owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. to escape a suit claiming it blocked some of the payout on a $7.2 mesothelioma verdict claim, saying the plaintiff had made a sufficient case to go forward.

  • February 8, 2018

    Lehman Puts Finishing Touch On MBS Claims Estimation Trial

    Attorneys for Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. held firm in closing arguments Thursday that trustees accusing the defunct investment bank of selling toxic mortgage-backed securities have failed to show damages claims in excess of the $2.4 billion Lehman will accept.

  • February 8, 2018

    Fired Lobbyist's 'Spiderweb Of Lies' Snarls NY Graft Trial

    Todd Howe, an ex-lobbyist testifying against a former top aide to New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and three businessmen accused of bribery, endured a brutal afternoon Thursday as jurors saw so many fresh examples of his misconduct that the pace of trial ground to a near-halt and generated a warning from the judge.

  • February 8, 2018

    Trial Group Of The Year: Winston & Strawn

    During recent trials, Winston & Strawn LLP squeezed a nine-figure settlement out of the Walt Disney Co. over ABC News' "pink slime" reports, saved a pharmacy service provider from doom in a trade secrets case and allowed generic-drug makers to tap into Allergan's $1.5 billion dry-eye medication market, placing the firm among Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 8, 2018

    Judge Skeptical Of Dewey CFO's Bid To Vacate Conviction

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP Chief Financial Officer Joel Sanders got a cold reception from a New York state judge when he argued for his conviction to be nixed on Thursday, with the judge questioning whether a key witness had truly recanted.

  • February 8, 2018

    Fla. Court OKs Toss Of Engle Cases Filed For Dead Plaintiffs

    A Florida appeals court on Thursday said a lower court was right to toss several dozen Engle progeny suits filed by two law firms on behalf of smokers that “had been dead for many years,” just months after a panel of federal judges fined the same firms $9.1 million for filing nearly identical zombie suits.

  • February 7, 2018

    Google Co-Founder Mentor Then Rival, Ex-Uber CEO Testifies

    Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick told a California federal jury on Wednesday that he’d considered Alphabet Inc. CEO Larry Page a mentor before he heard Google was planning to jump into the ride-hailing business, recounting a professional rivalry in Alphabet unit Waymo’s trade secrets case against the company he co-founded.

  • February 7, 2018

    Microsoft Gave Corel Notice Of IP Theft In '09, Jury Told

    A former Microsoft Corp. executive told a California federal jury Wednesday that she informed Corel Corp. representatives that its home office software infringed Microsoft’s patents back in 2009, notice that the tech company contends entitles it to eight years of its rival’s profits.

  • February 7, 2018

    NY Doctor Gets 13 Years for $25M False Medicare Charges

    A New York surgeon who was convicted for submitting more than $25 million in false Medicare charges was sentenced Wednesday to 13 years in prison by a New York federal judge, according to an announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • February 7, 2018

    7th Circ. Affirms $2.75M Awarded To Truck Driver's Estate

    A Seventh Circuit panel on Tuesday affirmed a $2.75 million judgment awarded to the estate of a truck driver who died in a fiery collision with another truck, despite defendants' objections the jury had faulty instructions and parts of the award were invalid.

  • February 7, 2018

    Ex-State Street Exec Faces New Charge Of Bilking Insurer

    Prosecutors on Wednesday added to a charge in a case against a former executive at State Street Corp., saying he duped a U.S. insurer into paying a hidden commission on fixed income trades just as he had overseas clients.

  • February 7, 2018

    11th Circ. Favors Publix Super Markets In Slip-And-Fall Suit

    A three-judge Eleventh Circuit panel on Wednesday affirmed a verdict for supermarket chain Publix in a slip-and-fall suit, rejecting the injured woman and her health care company's argument that the lower court made errors during the litigation.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 17 Ways To Lose A Winning Argument In Court

    Richard Seymour

    Over the course of my recent research, I have been struck by the number of ways to lose a case besides, well, having a losing claim or defense. In particular, unknowing and unintended waivers that arise in litigation can bar a winning argument or defense because it was raised too late, says attorney, arbitrator and mediator Richard Seymour.

  • The Tide Could Be Turning On The Bare Metal Defense

    Rachel Farnsworth

    The Third Circuit recently vacated part of a ruling that turned on the application of the “bare metal defense,” the theory that a manufacturer of an asbestos-free product cannot be held liable for injuries caused by other manufacturers’ later-added asbestos-containing parts. Now the state law tide is turning in the same direction, says Rachel Farnsworth of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Roundup

    5 Most-Read Legal Industry Articles Of 2017

    2017 Trends

    What business of law topics piqued reader interest in 2017? Take a look back at the year's five most-read legal industry articles from Law360 guest authors.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.