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Trials

  • September 27, 2018

    Testimony Allowed In Greenberg Traurig Forgery Case

    A New York appeals court gave a former Apollo fund manager a second chance Thursday to use one of his previously barred expert witnesses in a case against a former Greenberg Traurig LLP partner over an alleged plot to fake evidence to dodge a $6.5 million contract claim.

  • September 27, 2018

    Dealership Hit With $5.8M Verdict For Selling Lemon Ferrari

    An Arkansas federal jury on Wednesday slammed a Mercedes-Benz dealership with $5.8 million in punitive damages for defrauding a man who bought a $90,000 Ferrari from them, finding the dealership’s employees lied when they said the car was in excellent condition.

  • September 27, 2018

    9th Circ. Backs Hollywood Payroll Co. CEO’s Fraud Sentence

    The Ninth Circuit has upheld the conviction and sentence of the former CEO of a Hollywood payroll services company for falsifying a tax return and diverting some $5.1 million in funds from the company.

  • September 27, 2018

    Latham Adds Antitrust Cartel Defense Partner

    Latham & Watkins LLP announced the hiring Thursday of a new antitrust defense partner and former U.S. Department of Justice competition enforcer who specializes in representing companies facing allegations of participation in illegal cartels.

  • September 27, 2018

    Trading 'School' Proprietor To Pay $1.9M In 2nd CFTC Run-In

    In his second run-in with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a man who led a sham day-trading school has been ordered to cease trading on commodities and to pay a combined $1.9 million in civil penalties and disgorgement.

  • September 27, 2018

    Ex-U Of S. Fla. Employee Gets Jury Win On Retaliation Claim

    A Florida federal jury has found a black former University of South Florida employee should get $310,500 in damages on her claim that she was retaliated against because she filed internal race bias complaints and also because she filed a discrimination charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • September 26, 2018

    3rd Circ. Fee Fracas A Warning: Not All Billing Is Equal

    The Third Circuit's rebuke of a near-million-dollar fee request from lawyers who had won a bad-faith verdict against an auto insurer is a new directive for courts to pick apart fee requests, experts say, and signals to lawyers that while certain billing practices are permissible, they may not be advisable.

  • September 26, 2018

    No 'Second Bite' At Damages On Remand: Fla. Appeals Court

    Florida's Third District Court of Appeal clarified Wednesday that, as a general rule, a party that it finds failed to meet its burden of establishing the correct measure of damages at trial is not entitled to a new trial on damages if the case is remanded.

  • September 26, 2018

    Shearman & Sterling Expands In Bay Area With IP Litigator

    Shearman & Sterling LLP has snagged a former McDermott Will & Emery LLP partner who will bring her experience handling intellectual property for tech companies to the firm's Northern California offices.

  • September 26, 2018

    J&J Fights $245M Faulty Hip Implant Judgment

    Johnson & Johnson and its orthopedics unit told a Texas federal judge on Wednesday that they are entitled to a judgment in their favor, despite a jury verdict over allegedly defective hip implants that led to a $245 million judgment, saying the patients didn't prove parts of their claims.

  • September 26, 2018

    Galveston Must Pay $14.7M For Ike Recovery Work, Jury Says

    A Texas jury has awarded construction company CDM Smith $14.7 million from the city of Galveston for work administering the city’s Hurricane Ike disaster recovery program, rejecting the city’s claims that it didn’t have to pay because CDM didn’t comply with their agreement.

  • September 26, 2018

    Panel Nixes $420K Award In 'Hummer Mom' Sex Assault Case

    A California appeals court overturned a $420,000 verdict in favor of a student who was sexually assaulted repeatedly at age 14 by a friend's mother, saying the woman was not given a fair chance to present a defense.

  • September 26, 2018

    Ga. Doc's Win In Hunter's Paralysis Suit Overturned

    A Georgia appeals court on Wednesday vacated a defense verdict in a suit accusing a doctor of prescribing too much medication to a patient who later fainted, fell out of an 18-foot deer hunting stand and became paralyzed, saying certain jury instructions were improperly given by the trial judge.

  • September 26, 2018

    Ex-Adidas Duo, NBA Agent Say Expert Relevant In Bribe Case

    Three defendants accused of bribing high school basketball stars and coaches to steer players to universities sponsored by Adidas said their expert’s testimony is relevant to showing they had no intent to harm the schools, urging a New York federal judge to reject the government’s argument that the expert was unqualified and his testimony irrelevant.

  • September 26, 2018

    Doctor DQ'd From Testifying About Opioids In Insys Case

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday disqualified an expert on pain management and opioids from testifying at the 2019 racketeering trial of former executives at drugmaker Insys Therapeutics Inc., whose counsel at Wilkinson Walsh Eskovitz LLP accused the expert of double-crossing them.

  • September 26, 2018

    Cadwalader, Redskins Owner Settle $22M Malpractice Fight

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP and Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder told a New York court Tuesday they had reached a settlement in Snyder's $22 million malpractice suit against the firm, just three days before trial was scheduled to begin in the case.

  • September 25, 2018

    NY Atty Indicted In Scheme To Bribe Homicide Trial Witness

    A Queens defense attorney has been indicted in connection to his role in an alleged scheme to bribe a witness to lie during a double murder trial, an indictment unsealed in New York federal court Tuesday revealed.

  • September 25, 2018

    Ill. Court OKs Nix Of $272K Verdict In School Fight Suit

    An Illinois appeals court on Monday affirmed a trial court’s decision to toss a jury’s $272,285 verdict for a seventh grader who alleged his school district negligently allowed him to be assaulted by a high schooler after gym class, finding the school district had no reason to anticipate the assault.

  • September 25, 2018

    Chipotle Asks Texas Panel To Ax $3M Sexual Assault Verdict

    As Chipotle and a former assistant store manager sought to overturn a $3 million jury verdict stemming from the sexual assault of a 16-year-old worker, a Texas appellate judge Tuesday asked whether the manager's defense equates to saying the minor "liked" or "wanted" the assault.

  • September 25, 2018

    Pa. Court Affirms $4.5M Award In Bacterial Infection Suit

    A Pennsylvania Superior Court panel affirmed Tuesday a $4.5 million verdict in a suit accusing Temple University Hospital and two doctors of failing to prevent a patient’s bacterial infection following knee surgery resulting in an amputated leg, rejecting an argument that the patient’s expert witness was not qualified to testify.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • Employment Litigation And Jury Opinions In A #MeToo World

    Ellen Brickman

    Jurors’ beliefs about social inequality, intergroup differences and disparate treatment are likely to play a role in their evaluations of discrimination and harassment claims, especially in the current political climate. To understand that role better, we undertook a survey of registered voters in New York and Los Angeles, say Ellen Brickman and Chad Lackey of DOAR Inc.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • 2 Strikes And You’re Out: The Litvak Saga Comes To An End

    Joon Kim

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut, following reversals of two prior convictions, has moved to dismiss its remaining securities fraud claim against bond trader Jesse Litvak. While it can be difficult to prove misstatements are material as a matter of law, the government's move is certainly not a death knell for similarly grounded fraud charges, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Tackling Digital Class Notice With Rule 23 Changes

    Brandon Schwartz

    Proposed modifications to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially recognize the use of electronic notice in class action administrations. Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC provide guidance on navigating a daunting digital landscape.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

  • An Upgrade For Expert Evidence Standards In New Jersey

    James Beck

    In the Accutane litigation, the New Jersey Supreme Court just unanimously upgraded the state’s standards for admission of expert testimony. This decision may finally break the back of the long-running — and scientifically bogus — Accutane litigation that has plagued New Jersey courts, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: My RBG Guide To Judging

    Goodwin Liu

    I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.