A former EPA biostatistician testified Thursday in a California trial over whether Starbucks and other companies should warn consumers about the carcinogen acrylamide in their coffee, providing backing for the companies' argument that coffee falls under a provision of the state notification law permitting higher cancer risk levels for certain cooked foods.
The New Jersey federal judge presiding over the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist criticized the government Thursday for presenting irrelevant evidence about how the doctor footed the bill for the lawmaker's Paris hotel stay, saying prosecutors were pursuing a “tabloid” analysis.
Prosecutors on Thursday asked a Brooklyn federal judge to revoke Martin Shkreli’s bail in the wake of his conviction for securities fraud, saying the controversial former pharmaceutical executive’s bizarre threat to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other behavior represent a risk to the public.
The Sixth Circuit vacated a pair of government contractors’ fraud convictions on Thursday, saying a Tennessee federal judge ought to have held a hearing after a juror admitted to calling an acquaintance in the district attorney’s office as deliberations appeared to falter.
A Missouri federal judge on Thursday handed marketing company ccAdvertising a small victory after finding it made millions of illegal robocalls involving former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, awarding $32.4 million in damages rather than the $1.6 billion prescribed by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
The Federal Circuit on Thursday affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that held as valid the claims of a Cobalt Boats LLC patent covering a boat step asserted in a Virginia federal court trial in which a jury ordered Brunswick Corp. to pay $2.7 million.
Oil financier Raheem J. Brennerman endured a rough day Thursday at his trial for criminal contempt, as Manhattan jurors heard via a former Linklaters LLP partner that Brennerman didn't disclose a fat payment he made to himself last year when a bank that lent him $5 million wanted to know where its money was.
Two notable Dallas attorneys announced Wednesday that they have launched a new boutique, Hamilton Wingo LLP, that one of its name partners said he intends to build into “the best trial firm in the United States.”
Prosecutors asked a Delaware federal judge on Wednesday to label nine former and current employees at Wilmington Trust Corp. "hostile witnesses" ahead of a securities fraud trial, a designation that would change the ground rules when they testify.
A Philadelphia jury on Thursday awarded $57.1 million in damages to a woman who accused a Johnson & Johnson unit of manufacturing a defective pelvic mesh implant that scarred her urethra and left her incontinent.
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP has brought on a former U.S. Department of Justice higher-up for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement and highly experienced trial lawyer, the firm announced Thursday.
William E. Baroni Jr. and Bridget Anne Kelly, two New Jersey public officials who were sentenced to prison for their roles in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal, were given another six months of freedom on Wednesday while their appeals slowly advance.
A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday changed course and ruled an insurance claims administrator is protected by a state “safe harbor” law in a suit arising from a $16 million verdict stemming from a woman’s death at a nursing home, but said a trial is still needed to resolve the case.
Attorneys cast competing images of Sen. Bob Menendez's relationship with Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen on Wednesday when their bribery trial kicked off in New Jersey federal court, with a prosecutor saying Menendez sold his Senate seat for a luxurious lifestyle and defense counsel arguing that the two men exchanged gifts as part of their longtime friendship.
A California judge on Wednesday granted a BP subsidiary’s request to expedite a hearing on its $675,000 deal to exit a trial over whether Starbucks and other coffee sellers should warn consumers about carcinogens in coffee, after the company said it already has the state attorney general’s approval.
SWS Group Inc. investors filed an opening brief Wednesday with the Delaware Supreme Court in the bank holding firm's appeal of a chancery decision that lowered their consideration in SWS’ acquisition by Hilltop Holdings Inc. following a four-day appraisal trial.
A freight executive who received the longest-ever antitrust violation sentence for fixing prices told the First Circuit in Boston on Wednesday that he should get a new trial because the government didn't tell him that a key government figure had filed a sealed lawsuit that failed to finger him in the scheme.
A GrubHub attorney attempted to discredit a delivery driver Wednesday in a California federal bench trial over his claims that the company shorted his pay by misclassifying him as an independent contractor, pressing him on whether he signed up to work for GrubHub just to sue.
Oil entrepreneur Raheem J. Brennerman deliberately chose to defy U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in civil litigation over a $5 million bank debt, jurors heard Wednesday in an unusual Manhattan criminal contempt trial the defendant's team called a nightmare set in motion by the court.
Halo Electronics Inc. failed to establish that a rival’s conduct met new conditions for awarding enhanced damages set by the U.S. Supreme Court in a long-running infringement case over transformer patents that prompted the high court to reset that standard in the first place, a Nevada federal judge ruled Wednesday.
When a product is intended solely for use by adults, should a manufacturer anticipate that warnings to keep the product away from children will not be heeded by responsible parents? Counsel to manufacturers should be mindful that even the clearest warnings and the best safety features may still be insufficient to avoid a trial, says Bennet Susser of Jardim Meisner Susser PC.
When you look at your client through the "survival circuit" lens, what first appeared as an emotional mess is now valuable information about what is important to them, what needs have to be met to settle the case, or what further clarity your client requires before moving forward, say dispute resolution experts Selina Shultz and Robert Creo.
When a law firm appoints a chief privacy officer, not only does the firm benefit from the crucial operational impact of a well-managed privacy program, but clients see how seriously you take your duties of confidentiality and competence, says Rita Heimes, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
New York courts have recognized that optional safety features are appropriate under some circumstances — for example, when equipment is operated by trained employees. But the recent ruling in Fasolas v. Bobcat of New York, where the end user was a customer of an equipment rental yard, should concern manufacturers, says Richard Rubenstein of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.
To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.
As the lineup for this month’s Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation demonstrates, requests to create an MDL do not fit a single mold. They can involve headline news, contemporary politics or exotic vacations. They can even trigger forensic research from the National Archives on the status of cases filed decades ago, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.
Many commentators predict the Second Circuit's Allen decision last week will substantially chill the government's cross-border law enforcement efforts, but the truth is that the government won't have to make major changes to its increasingly robust coordination with foreign law enforcement to avoid similar problems in the future, say Jason Linder and John Long of Irell & Manella LLP.
Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.
Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.
Cases are built on evidence and evidence comes from discovery. But discovery is largely a voluntary process. Serving a document subpoena on a third party can be an efficient and creative way to fill in the gaps that may exist in the productions of opposing parties, says Wyatt Dowling of Yetter Coleman LLP.