Trials

  • 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.

  • February 13, 2017

    No Error In Lexapro Med-Mal Trial, NJ Panel Says

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Monday refused to disturb a jury verdict in favor of a doctor accused of failing to warn a patient that suicide was a possible side effect of the antidepressant Lexapro, ruling that the defense counsel didn’t make improper comments during trial.

  • February 13, 2017

    DuPont, Chemours Agree To Settle Teflon Cases For $671M

    DuPont Co. and Chemours Co., the company the chemical giant spun off in 2015, agreed to pay $671 million to resolve multidistrict litigation in Ohio federal court alleging DuPont improperly dumped cancer-causing chemicals, the companies announced Monday.

  • February 13, 2017

    ADT Insider Trader Must Pay Enhanced $2.8M Forfeiture

    Convicted former investment analyst John Afriyie must pay an almost $2.8 million judgment over his insider trading, more than a jury had earmarked and much more than the $1.5 million he netted on ADT Corp.'s go-private deal, according to an order filed in New York federal court Friday.

  • February 10, 2017

    Ex-Jefferies Trader Seeks Acquittal On Sole Guilty Count

    Former Jefferies & Co. trader Jesse Litvak urged a Connecticut federal judge on Friday to acquit him on the one count of securities fraud for which he was convicted by a jury last month, arguing the government’s win was rooted to a “flimsy reed” of evidence.

  • February 10, 2017

    Continental Asks 9th Circ. To Toss $17.5M Dental Verdict

    Continental Casualty Co. urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to scrap its $17.5 million jury trial loss for negligently handling hundreds of dental malpractice claims, arguing the insurance company was itself defrauded by the dentist about the nature of the claims, and shouldn't be punished for covering them.

  • February 10, 2017

    Talc Lobbyists Stymied Carcinogen Classification, Jury Hears

    Talcum powder lobbyists' determination to “derail” regulators en route to classifying it as a carcinogen in 2000 paid off, jurors in a Missouri courtroom were told Friday, on the first day of testimony over the alleged link between Johnson & Johnson baby powder and ovarian cancer.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • When Making The Sale Isn't 'Offering To Sell'

    JD Wooten

    Is Amazon legally the seller of items made available by third parties on Amazon.com? And is the e-commerce giant liable if those products infringe someone else's patents? A Washington federal court answered no to both questions. As the Federal Circuit considers the case, it must balance patent protection with market access, says JD Wooten of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Understanding How Blockchain Could Impact Legal Industry

    R. Douglas Vaughn

    Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.

  • Maryland's Medical Malpractice Landscape After McQuitty

    Elizabeth Hafey

    In its recent McQuitty v. Spangler decision, the Maryland Court of Appeals illuminated Maryland’s wrongful death statute and its implications for future medical malpractice claims. The court determined that beneficiaries could maintain a wrongful death action after the decedent previously obtained a personal injury judgment predicated on the same underlying facts, says Elizabeth Hafey of Miles & Stockbridge PC.

  • Top 5 Drug And Device Developments Of 2016

    Christine Kain

    This is a moment to reflect on some of the past year’s biggest developments in drug and device litigation. From video streaming of witness testimony to exclusion of plaintiff experts on scientific grounds, 2016 saw many significant decisions that may impact future cases, say Christine Kain, Patrick Reilly and Joseph Price of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • The Duty To Supplement Expert Reports: Part 2

    Gregg Weiner

    Expert testimony is critical in many commercial cases. But during a trial, new facts, unexpected issues and changes in strategy may emerge. Expert opinions must therefore be flexible enough to adapt to changed circumstances. Attorneys from Ropes & Gray LLP explain how to avoid pitfalls associated with offering expert trial testimony not spelled out in the expert report.

  • The Duty To Supplement Expert Reports: Part 1

    Gregg Weiner

    Expert testimony is critical in many commercial cases. But during a trial, new facts, unexpected issues and changes in strategy may emerge. Expert opinions must therefore be flexible enough to adapt to changed circumstances. Attorneys from Ropes & Gray LLP explain how to avoid pitfalls associated with offering expert trial testimony not spelled out in the expert report.

  • Punitive Damages: Post-Campbell, Questions Remain

    Allison Ebeck

    The U.S. Supreme Court has established a framework that requires a case-by-case, fact-based inquiry to gauge punitive damages. Procedural safeguards and substantive due process restrictions have been gradually imposed on punitive damage awards since such limitations were first considered in 1988. But approaches and results have been and remain inconsistent, says Allison Ebeck of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 10, E.J.

    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 ...