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  • January 2, 2019

    Schiff Hardin Escapes Insurer's Malpractice Suit At 5th Circ.

    Schiff Hardin LLP can’t be held liable to Ironshore Europe DAC for representations it made to the insurer during a product liability trial because those representations were made as part of the law firm’s legal services to its client, a Fifth Circuit appeals panel ruled Wednesday.

  • January 2, 2019

    LA Siblings Win $34M In Row Over Reclaimed Property In Iran

    A pair of Iranian-American siblings have won a $34.5 million judgment in a California court against a family friend who was hired to reclaim and sell properties their parents abandoned in Iran when fleeing the Islamic Revolution but kept profits and properties for himself.

  • January 2, 2019

    Co.'s Own Expert Sunk Case In Bike Death: Appeals Court

    An Illinois state appeals court has upheld a jury’s $1.9 million verdict for the estate of a bicyclist who died after getting run over by a transportation company driver, saying the company’s own expert testified its truck ran the bicyclist over.

  • January 2, 2019

    Shutdown 'A Real Challenge' For Cash-Strapped Courts

    Federal courts have dipped into spare funds to remain open during the current government shutdown, but they may soon have to make tough staffing and litigation decisions if the political impasse continues past next week, when those reserves are expected to dry up.

  • January 2, 2019

    FTC Asks For Stay Of D-Link Security Trial Amid Shutdown

    The Federal Trade Commission is pushing a California federal judge to put on hold a dispute set to go to trial later this month over D-Link System Inc.’s allegedly shoddy data security, arguing that its attorneys’ prep work and travel plans have been stymied by the government shutdown. 

  • January 2, 2019

    Bar Says Insurer, Atty Botched Fatal Tent Collapse Case

    The owners of a St. Louis bar are suing its liability insurer after they were hit with $5.2 million in damages in a suit over a deadly tent collapse, claiming the insurer and the attorney it hired ignored an opportunity to settle for far less.

  • January 2, 2019

    FTC, Qualcomm Tee Up Arguments Before Antitrust Trial

    Qualcomm has outlined its defense for the trial slated to begin Friday over Federal Trade Commission allegations that the chipmaker used its monopoly to force cellphone makers into unfair agreements, claiming its deals are the result of negotiations with “sophisticated” parties.

  • January 2, 2019

    10th Circ. Nixes Anadarko Win In Drilling Rights Dispute

    The Tenth Circuit has undone an Anadarko Petroleum Corp. unit's victory in a suit brought by Colorado landowners alleging the company's drilling method constituted trespassing, saying a lower court wrongly expanded Anadarko's rights to use the land to drill for oil and gas underground.

  • January 2, 2019

    WilmerHale Lands Former NY AG Chief Of Staff

    WilmerHale is adding the former chief of staff for the New York State Attorney General’s Office as a partner in February to augment the firm’s regulatory and crisis management concentrations, the firm has announced.

  • January 1, 2019

    White Collar Cases To Watch In 2019

    The coming year's white collar docket is an active one, with several large health care fraud cases set to go to trial and post-trial litigation that could shape the law in insider trading and other financial crimes and affect how companies cooperate in criminal probes.

  • January 1, 2019

    Personal Injury And Med Mal Cases To Watch In 2019

    A U.S. Supreme Court case that will decide whether a federally owned utility can be sued for personal injury and a Texas high court medical malpractice dispute that could change standards for expert witness testimony are among the cases that personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys will be following in 2019.

  • January 1, 2019

    Antitrust Cases To Watch In 2019

    The antitrust cases likely to dominate 2019 are for the most part continuations of 2018’s biggest cases, including contentious disputes over technology patent licensing, enforcement actions targeting makers of brand-name and generic drugs, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s efforts to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger.

  • January 1, 2019

    Trials To Watch In 2019

    From bouts between familiar foes, such as Johnson & Johnson and consumers of its talcum powder products, to cases of a more unusual nature, like an attorney's alleged murder at the hands of his former courtroom opponent, legal spectators will have plenty of major trials to watch in the coming year. Here, Law360 offers a preview of some of the interesting and important trials scheduled for 2019.

  • January 1, 2019

    Pennsylvania Cases To Watch In 2019

    From the trial court level all the way up to the Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania judiciary is looking at a busy year ahead with major litigation teed up over the extent of the state’s jurisdiction over foreign corporations, the statute of limitations in sex abuse cases against the Roman Catholic Church, and overtime obligations for employers.

  • January 1, 2019

    Massachusetts Trends And Cases To Watch In 2019

    The new year in Massachusetts brings several legal trends and cases to watch, including the trial for former executives at Insys Therapeutics Inc., the implementation of noncompete reform and a federal judge's decision on claims of discrimination in Harvard University's admissions process.

  • January 1, 2019

    Product Liability Cases To Watch In 2019

    Product liability attorneys are closely watching two appeals at the U.S. Supreme Court — one over Merck's osteoporosis drug Fosamax and another involving asbestos and maritime law — as well as the enormous multidistrict litigation over the opioid crisis and suits alleging that Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup causes cancer. Here, Law360 summarizes the top cases product liability attorneys will be following in 2019.

  • December 21, 2018

    Venable Adds Veteran Trial Atty As Partner In LA Office

    Venable LLP recently announced it has hired an attorney who's made a career of resolving high-profile cases, complex business litigation and white collar criminal defense, both in and out of the courtroom.

  • December 21, 2018

    Ex-Alstom Exec Jailed On Bribery Charges At London Court

    A former sales executive at Alstom Power Ltd., who was convicted for conspiring to bribe politicians and employees at a Lithuanian power plant to score €240 million ($274 million) in contracts, was jailed at a London court on Friday for four and a half years.

  • December 20, 2018

    Microcap Co. CEO Gets Over 4 Years For Securities Fraud

    The CEO of a microcap company that makes recreational vehicles was sentenced Thursday to more than four years in federal prison following his conviction in May for a multimillion-dollar securities fraud scheme, the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey announced.

  • December 20, 2018

    Justices Told Ax Of $140M Verdict Guts Patent Damages Rule

    Power Integrations urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to reinstate a $140 million patent verdict it won against rival Fairchild Semiconductor, saying that by throwing out the award, the Federal Circuit gutted a key patent damages rule and set an “insurmountable” new standard.

Expert Analysis

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • ​The New Reality Of Patent Trials Post-Halo

    Jeremy Taylor

    ​Jury verdicts following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2016 Halo decision suggest that previous patent litigation strategies are no longer working for trial-bound cases, say attorneys with Baker Botts LLP.

  • Should Juries Try To Predict FDA Drug Labeling Decisions?

    Alan Klein

    The U.S. Supreme Court's review of Merck v. Albrecht promises to shape the way decisions of regulatory agencies — such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s rejection of a drug manufacturer’s proposed label warning — can be interpreted by juries, say Alan Klein and Matthew Decker at Duane Morris LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game, and journalism trends.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • Roundup Verdict Points To Jury Realities In Product Cases

    Matthew Gatewood

    A California jury was recently asked to determine whether the popular herbicide Roundup causes cancer. The case demonstrates how jurors often must draw conclusions on unresolved scientific issues, and how manufacturers that ignore complaints about product risks will struggle to overcome the image of corporate irresponsibility at trial, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • 5th Circ. Weighs In On Sentencing Enhancements

    Mario Nguyen

    ​​Escaping sentencing enhancements​ is​ highly unlikely, and the defendant convicted of bank fraud in U.S. v. Miller is no exception​.​ But​ ​t​he Fifth Circuit’s opinion clarifies some legal standards and provides insight into the application of ​these ​enhancements​, says Mario Nguyen of Locke Lord LLP.

  • Opinion

    Defendants Can't Be Held To Impossible Discovery Standards

    Michelle Hart Yeary

    In a classic case of overreaching, plaintiffs in the Abilify multidistrict litigation recently sought sanctions against the defendant for not preserving emails from more than a decade before the start of the legal action. But their "everything plus the kitchen sink" approach couldn’t mask the lack of merit in any of their arguments, says Michelle Hart Yeary of Dechert LLP.