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  • August 7, 2018

    5th Circ. Says Texas Fraudster Was Tried In Correct Venue

    A Fifth Circuit panel ruled Monday that a Texas man convicted of making false entries in a Fair Housing Agency loan application should indeed be tried in the Eastern District of Texas, deciding a seven-year venue fight in “what should have been a straightforward prosecution."

  • August 7, 2018

    Shuffle Tech Dealt $315M Verdict Over Competitor's Sham Suit

    An Illinois federal judge tripled a jury’s $105 million award to $315 million Tuesday, following the panel’s verdict for Shuffle Tech LLC and three other companies who accused Scientific Games Corp. of initiating sham litigation to assert invalid patents and keep its automatic card-shuffler competition out of the market.

  • August 6, 2018

    Monsanto Faces Punitives Bid As Cancer Trial Nears End

    On the eve of closing arguments, a California judge ruled Monday that a school groundskeeper can seek punitive damages in a landmark trial over claims that Monsanto's Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides gave him lymphoma, though the judge called evidence supporting such damages "thin."

  • August 6, 2018

    NJ Firm Ducks Malpractice Action Over Fall Case

    The New Jersey law firm Dario Yacker properly won summary judgment in a suit brought by an unsatisfied personal injury client stemming from a 2009 fall, an appeals court ruled Monday, saying there was no evidence of negligence on the firm's part.

  • August 6, 2018

    Gates Admits Embezzling From Manafort, Helping Hide Fraud

    Rick Gates took the stand Monday to testify against his longtime business partner Paul Manafort, telling a Virginia federal jury he helped President Donald Trump's former campaign manager hide vast sums from the IRS and deceive banks even as he admitted embezzling from Manafort himself.

  • August 6, 2018

    Feds, Biotech CEO Spar Over If Lies Were Crimes Or Flubs

    Prosecutors asked a Manhattan federal jury on Monday to find former biotech executive Patrick Muraca guilty on charges of fraud and deception, saying he used over $100,000 of investor funds for personal outlays and was dishonest in his communications with them and the FBI.

  • August 6, 2018

    CBRE Reaches Deal In $157M Embezzlement Class Action

    A class of real estate investors has reached an agreement with CBRE and one of its employees to settle claims that the property management firm aided executives from Cabot Investment Properties LLC in embezzling $157 million, leading to the cancelation Monday of an upcoming jury trial.

  • August 6, 2018

    Janus Ruling Finds Way Into Ex-Union Boss' Bribery Trial

    The U.S. Supreme Court's Janus ruling crimping union fee collection bled into the Manhattan bribery retrial of former labor boss Norman Seabrook Monday when a key witness suggested to the jury that union investment losses tied to Seabrook's alleged $20 million corruption scheme could weaken it against enemies of organized labor.

  • August 6, 2018

    Shuffle Tech CEO Not A 'Liar-Loser' But A Victim, Jury Told

    Shuffle Tech LLC’s counsel urged a federal jury Monday not to buy into the idea that its CEO is a “loser and a liar” when it comes to his company, saying he is actually a victim and Scientific Games Corp.'s characterization was “just the arrogance of a monopolist and their attorneys.”

  • August 6, 2018

    Minn. Court Reinstates $1.5M Award To Injured BNSF Worker

    A Minnesota appellate panel on Monday reinstated a $1.5 million judgment in a suit brought by a former BNSF Railway Co. conductor who claimed the railroad giant violated federal law and caused his back injury, saying the evidence supported a jury verdict in the worker's favor.

  • August 6, 2018

    Actavis At 5: Where Pay-For-Delay Litigation Stands

    It’s been a little over five years since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark Actavis decision that found payments made by brand-name drugmakers to generics makers in patent settlements can raise antitrust concerns. But uncertainty over which pay-for-delay deals actually are illegal continues and recent lower court rulings have cut both ways. Here, Law360 looks at some of those recent rulings and where pay-for-delay litigation stands.

  • August 6, 2018

    Plaintiffs Bar Is Steering Truck Crash Cases To Mega Verdicts

    Trucking accident victims have reaped some huge awards at trial this past year, with one Texas jury recently awarding $101 million, which experts say is a reflection of an increasingly sophisticated plaintiffs bar utilizing technology and courtroom techniques to target heavily insured and heavily regulated trucking companies.

  • August 6, 2018

    Emerson Can't Undo BladeRoom's $30M Trade Secret Win

    A California federal judge refused to tinker with a jury's $30 million award to data-center manufacturer BladeRoom regarding competitor Emerson's theft of business info that allowed it to win Facebook's business for a data center in Sweden.

  • August 6, 2018

    2nd Circ. Revives Some Counts Against Convicted Ex-NY Sen.

    Former New York State Senate Minority Leader John Sampson, who is accused of embezzling funds held in escrow for real estate transactions, should face revived embezzlement allegations and be unable to escape obstruction and lying convictions related to his actions, the Second Circuit said in two orders on Monday.

  • August 6, 2018

    Texas Gas Station Can't Use Logo After Buc-ee's TM Win

    A Texas federal judge has issued an order barring a convenience store from using its cartoon alligator logo, after a jury in May sided with popular convenience store chain Buc-ee's Ltd. in a trademark infringement row, finding the convenience store's logo infringed Buc-ee's cartoon beaver logo.

  • August 6, 2018

    Arista Agrees To Pay Cisco $400M On Eve Of Antitrust Trial

    On the eve of trial in Arista Networks Inc.'s antitrust suit against Cisco Systems Inc. in California federal court on Monday, the parties settled multiple disputes in a deal that sees Arista paying $400 million and Cisco dropping patent infringement allegations.

  • August 3, 2018

    Gawker Bankruptcy Can't Shield Writer From Defamation Suit

    A Deadspin freelancer who was sued for defamation by a sports gambling expert is not protected by the Chapter 11 plan of Deadspin's former parent company, Gawker Media, a New York bankruptcy judge ruled Friday, because the gambling expert did not receive a benefit from the bankruptcy.

  • August 3, 2018

    El Pollo Loco Can’t Escape $8.8M Award In Franchise Suit

    A California superior court judge has confirmed a jury award of $8.8 million to a husband-and-wife El Pollo Loco franchisee team with a rejiggered formula that also penalizes the fire-grilled chicken chain for violations of the state's Unfair Competition Law in the couple’s suit claiming the chain improperly encroached on their territory.

  • August 3, 2018

    Forex Traders Want Pleas, Spoofing Claims Kept Out Of Trial

    Three London-based foreign currency exchange traders urged a Manhattan federal judge to block prosecutors from bringing up a group of large banks’ guilty pleas to manipulating the forex market, or any accusations of “spoofing” from their upcoming trial.

  • August 3, 2018

    Ex-Shkreli Atty Claims Companies Can't Be Victims

    Prosecutors seeking to make a lawyer convicted of aiding Martin Shkreli's securities fraud pay more than $10.4 million in restitution to one of Shkreli's former companies urged a judge Friday to reject the attorney's argument that companies aren't victims under a restitution law.

Expert Analysis

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 2

    Stuart Pattison

    With law firms increasingly exposed to professional liability risks associated with their corporate client relationships, firms must craft well-structured client engagement letters to help protect against malpractice claims. Two key elements of an engagement letter are how it defines the scope of engagement and how it handles conflicts of interest, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 1

    Stuart Pattison

    Corporate law departments are increasingly demanding more concessions from outside legal counsel, and presenting engagement letters that open the door to greater professional and cyber liability exposure for law firms — often beyond the scope of their insurance coverage. Firms must add their own language to engagement letters to limit liability, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • Martoma — The Latest Critical Insider Trading Decision

    David Miller

    This week, the Second Circuit revisited its August 2017 insider trading decision in U.S. v. Martoma, walking back its personal-benefit definition and rejection of Newman. But this new ruling may achieve the same practical result as the first, say David Miller and Grant MacQueen of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Design Patent Damages And The Jury's Confusion In Apple

    Derek Dahlgren

    Comments from a juror after the Apple v. Samsung trial revealed a specific problematic conclusion reached by the jury in its decision-making process, say Derek Dahlgren and Spencer Johnson of Rothwell Figg Ernst & Manbeck PC.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • Merger Or Acquisition? Beware The Wrong Description

    Jillian Thornton Flax

    The acquisition of other companies with complementary manufacturing practices or products is commonplace today. But the Eighth Circuit's April ruling in Kirk v. Schaeffler Group USA highlights the fact that an acquiring company must ensure its deals are properly represented in any public matter, given the possible consequences for future product liability litigation, says Jillian Thornton Flax is a member of Cozen O'Connor.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Which Deposition Costs Are Recoverable In Texas?

    Bryce Callahan

    Texas appellate courts seldom delve into questions about which litigation expenses are recoverable, and when they do, they can disagree about the answers. Trial lawyers should carefully consider which deposition-related expenses are truly necessary to the conduct of their case, since many of those costs may be unrecoverable even to a prevailing party, say Bryce Callahan and Elizabeth Wyman of Yetter Coleman LLP.