Trials

  • May 4, 2018

    Shire’s $2.4M Fee Bid In Adderall Row Too High, Rival Says

    Shire PLC is trying to overbill a generic competitor with a $2.38 million fee request after winning a patent infringement suit over its popular hyperactivity treatment Adderall XR, Shire’s competitor told a Massachusetts federal judge late Thursday.

  • May 3, 2018

    Judge Rips Quinn Emanuel's 2012 Tactic As Apple Trial Nears

    U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh told Samsung's counsel from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP they shouldn’t publicly post information she’s barred from the upcoming trial with Apple over smartphone designs, saying she’s “still extremely disappointed" the firm posted such information during the companies’ 2012 trial “to try to taint the jury.”

  • May 3, 2018

    Microsoft Seeks Atty Fees As Corel Decries 'Pound Of Flesh'

    Microsoft told a California federal judge Thursday that because a jury found Corel willfully infringed its Office software patents, the rival should pay attorneys fees for "deterrence and compensation," while Corel maintained it tried to settle pretrial but Microsoft wanted "their pound of flesh."

  • May 3, 2018

    Jersey City Hit With $2M Damages For Denying Police Promos

    A New Jersey federal jury has slammed Jersey City with roughly $2.1 million in damages in more than a decade’s worth of litigation over claims the city did not promote police sergeants to the rank of lieutenant as part of a retaliatory scheme against one of the officers.

  • May 3, 2018

    Court Sticks To Retrial Ordered Over Judge's Use Of Stun Belt

    A Texas appellate court won't reconsider its decision ordering a new trial for a man who was convicted of a sex crime and handed a 60-year sentence, an order it issued on grounds that the trial judge repeatedly and inappropriately used a stun belt on the man.

  • May 3, 2018

    Vegas Atty Calls Stock Fraud Trial Witnesses 'Serial Liars'

    Jurors in the trial of a Las Vegas attorney and the former CEO of a financial services firm accused of participating in a $300 million market manipulation scheme involving microcap companies heard that the Cane Clark LLP partner wasn’t involved in any fraud, despite the claims of “serial liars” that cooperated with the government.

  • May 3, 2018

    $10M Philidor Trial Opens With Focus On Valeant Kickback

    Federal prosecutors fired their opening salvo on Thursday against two former executives of Philidor Rx Services LLC who allegedly ripped off medical giant Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., telling a Manhattan jury that the men extracted a $9.7 million kickback from the company and used shell companies to cover it up.

  • May 3, 2018

    Contractor Dodges $17M Verdict Over Worker's Death

    A Texas appeals court on Thursday struck down a $17 million award in favor of the family of a steel worker who drowned while working on a bridge project associated with Baylor University’s football stadium, saying the project’s contractor is protected from the lawsuit by an insurance program established by the school.

  • May 3, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Rejects LG Claim Of ‘Sweeping’ Alice Exception

    The full Federal Circuit on Thursday denied LG’s bid for rehearing of a decision that display patents it was found to infringe are not invalid as abstract, declining to consider the company’s claim that the ruling created a “sweeping exception” to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice test.

  • May 3, 2018

    Jury Convicts Defendants After Medicare Insider-Trading Trial

    A Manhattan federal jury on Thursday delivered guilty verdicts in the government's case alleging a former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services worker, a health consultant and two hedge fund pros formed a “corrupt tipping chain” that funneled Washington policy secrets to Wall Street traders.

  • May 3, 2018

    NY High Court Affirms Goldman Code Swiper's Conviction

    A former Goldman Sachs programmer who swiped a chunk of valuable computer code on his last day of work can't dodge an unlawful use conviction under state criminal laws, the New York Court of Appeals said Thursday in an opinion that sought to untangle the term "tangible" as it applies to the seemingly abstract concept of coding.

  • May 3, 2018

    El Pollo Loco Franchisees Win $8.8M In Territory Dispute

    A California jury has handed an $8.8 million win to a husband-and-wife El Pollo Loco franchisee team claiming the fire-grilled chicken chain improperly encroached on their territory by not offering them the right to operate two restaurants the company built in their restaurant’s immediate vicinity.

  • May 3, 2018

    Former Wilmington Trust Execs Found Guilty Of Fraud

    A federal jury in Delaware on Thursday convicted four former Wilmington Trust Corp. executives on a string of criminal conspiracy, securities fraud and related charges for concealing hundreds of millions of dollars in bad commercial real estate loans in a series of disclosures and reports in 2009 and 2010.

  • May 3, 2018

    2nd Circ. Flips Ex-Jefferies Trader's RMBS Fraud Conviction

    The Second Circuit once again reversed the conviction of former Jefferies Group trader Jesse Litvak on Thursday, deciding that a Connecticut federal judge had erred in allowing a residential mortgage-backed securities buyer to testify about his mistaken belief that Litvak was working as his agent when Litvak lied to him during a transaction.

  • May 2, 2018

    Emerson Exec Says IP Theft Claim Made Him 'Nauseous'

    A top Emerson Electric Co. executive defended the company Wednesday against BladeRoom Group Ltd.’s allegations that his company stole trade secrets to build a $200 million Facebook data center, testifying that the accusation made him “nauseous” because Emerson had marshaled its own substantial resources to win the coveted contract.

  • May 2, 2018

    Atty, CEO Were Pump-And-Dump Masterminds, Jury Told

    Jurors in the pump-and-dump trial of former CEO of financial services firm OmniView Capital Advisors LLC and a Las Vegas attorney on Wednesday were told the pair used control and deception to manipulate the share price of microcap companies in a multipronged scheme to generate huge profits at the expense of unwitting investors.

  • May 2, 2018

    Anti-China Bias Merits New IP Trial, French Press Co. Says

    A manufacturer hit with a $2 million jury verdict for infringing Bodum's trade dress for its Chambord French press asked an Illinois federal court Tuesday for a new trial, claiming that the jury was biased because its coffee press is made in China.

  • May 2, 2018

    Calif. Atty Helmed Two Pump-And-Dump Schemes, Jury Told

    Federal prosecutors told a Massachusetts jury Wednesday that a California attorney masterminded two separate pump-and-dump schemes that unloaded millions of shares of stock he owned on unsuspecting investors.

  • May 2, 2018

    Feds Say Salary Expenses Back Up GWB Scandal Convictions

    Federal prosecutors told the Third Circuit on Wednesday that payroll records and testimony proved that two former Gov. Chris Christie allies convicted of causing a politically motivated traffic jam misused more than $5,000 in government resources, exceeding the monetary threshold to make the act criminal.

  • May 2, 2018

    Fox Rothschild Nabs Employment Atty From Hughes Hubbard

    Fox Rothschild LLP has bolstered its employment practice in New York with the addition of a former Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP attorney, whose experience includes advising employers on issues such as wages, discrimination and trade secrets and defending employers when litigation arises.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    We Need A Cybersecurity Framework For Law Firms

    Shaun Jamison

    In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University's Concord Law School.

  • Equity Partnership Isn’t What It Used To Be

    Jeff Liebster

    To many young attorneys, becoming an equity partner shows a firm's long-term commitment, meaning job security and a voice in important firm matters. However, the industry has changed and nowadays it may not be better to enter a new firm as an equity partner, says Jeffrey Liebster of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: An Inconvenient MDL

    Alan Rothman

    By their nature, multidistrict pretrial proceedings will not be in the home district of all parties. The MDL transfer process necessarily centralizes actions from around the country into a single forum. The linchpin for the panel is balancing competing factors and determining whether transfer best serves the convenience of parties and witnesses, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter.

  • Climate Change Litigation Is Coming — Is Your Co. Ready?

    Jack Luellen

    In the years to come, many companies in the energy sector likely will find themselves named as defendants in climate change lawsuits, and a number of those companies simply will not survive the litigation. Companies that prepare in advance for such actions are more likely to weather the attacks on their business, says Jack Luellen of Dickie McCamey & Chilcote PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hardiman Reviews 'Without Precedent'

    Judge Thomas Hardiman

    In his new book, "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times," professor Joel Richard Paul ably explains more than a dozen of Marshall’s most significant opinions, which comes as no surprise​. ​What is a surprise — a pleasant one — is the book's readability, says Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.

  • Overcoming Bad Evidence: Lessons From Waymo V. Uber Trial

    Arturo González

    One piece of “bad” evidence can sink a client at trial. This article addresses some of the bad evidence that we — Uber’s counsel — encountered in the Waymo v. Uber trade secrets battle and explains how that evidence was neutralized in front of the court and at trial, say Arturo González and Esther Kim Chang of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • 2 Things Missing From Debates On US-China Fights

    Scott Kieff

    Hardly a moment passes without another shot fired in the many high-profile fights between the U.S. and China over trade, intellectual property and antitrust. In this area, there is a problem and solution too often overlooked by commentators and business leaders, says Scott Kieff, a principal at McKool Smith PC and former commissioner at the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • Top Tax Changes For Law Firms: What Lawyers Need To Know

    Evan Morgan

    For law firms structured as corporations, a lower maximum corporate tax rate and repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax are good news. But many law firms are pass-through entities, so deduction limitations mean they'll see less benefit from the new tax law, says Evan Morgan of CPA and advisory firm Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Price Tag, You’re Not It: 4 New Pricing Claims

    Stephanie Sheridan

    As more pricing litigation is filed, we are seeing deviation from traditional claims related to discounts from a notional "original price." While reference price litigation has certainly not gone away, several new types of pricing claims have emerged, making it clear that pricing is a hot issue for the plaintiffs bar, say Stephanie Sheridan and Meegan Brooks of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Discovery Challenges In Transnational Class Actions

    Glenn Zakaib

    Plaintiffs in a recent case in Canada brought a motion for production of 120 million pages of documents by a Canadian drug company that had previously been produced by its U.S. and German affiliates in a parallel U.S. class proceeding. This highlights the risks of productions in one jurisdiction later being deemed relevant in foreign litigation, say attorneys with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.