Trials

  • January 4, 2018

    FIFA Convictions A Shot Across Bow Of Sports Corruption

    After U.S. prosecutors last month secured convictions of two former South American soccer officials in the first trial from the U.S. FIFA corruption probe, others in soccer and other international sports organizations should be wary of potential further U.S.-led probes into an industry rife with corruption allegations.

  • January 3, 2018

    FIFA Verdict Rewards EDNY's Bold Aim At Far-Flung Schemes

    Last month’s guilty verdicts in the FIFA trial vindicated an ambitious pursuit by the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of New York of powerful figures from soccer’s amorphous international governing body, a feat prosecutors accomplished by pairing conspirators' testimony with meticulous documentation.

  • January 3, 2018

    Ex-Merrill Lynch Manager Loses Mormon Bias Appeal

    A California appeals court on Tuesday rejected a former Merrill Lynch regional executive’s claims that judicial bias tainted his trial on allegations the firm discriminated against him because he is Mormon, saying a judge treated him fairly but must still rethink fees she awarded the company.

  • January 3, 2018

    GN Netcom Denied New Trial In $600M Antitrust Row

    A Delaware federal judge on Wednesday nixed a bid by Jabra headphones parent GN Netcom Inc. to revive a $600 million antitrust suit against rival Plantronics Inc., rejecting claims that evidentiary decisions in the underlying case deprived GN of a fair trial.

  • January 3, 2018

    Mass. Trial Courts Ban Certain Opioids From Courthouses

    Massachusetts’ trial courts will ban certain kinds of opioids from entering into courthouses under new protocols that stem from a desire to boost safety and minimize exposure to the “potent and toxic” drugs, according to a memo released on Tuesday.

  • January 3, 2018

    'Rogue FBI Agent' Didn't Taint Gambler's Trial, 2nd Circ. Told

    Manhattan federal prosecutors have urged the Second Circuit to disregard prominent gambler Billy Walters' claims that a rogue FBI agent’s leaking of grand jury information to the press tainted the insider trading case against him, saying a lower court rightly found the leaks caused no harm to Walters.

  • January 3, 2018

    NJ Justices Weigh Bid For Whistleblower Suit's $2M Atty Fee

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday challenged Heartland Payment Systems Inc.'s stance that it could keep roughly $2 million in attorneys' fees awarded after a bench trial, when a state appellate panel has called for that amount to be cut and an ex-employee's whistleblower claim to go to a jury.

  • January 3, 2018

    Judge Sets Busy Trial Slate For Philly Testosterone Cases

    Attorneys handling a suite of testosterone product liability cases that had been moldering in Philadelphia will be busy for the next 13 months, after a state court judge on Wednesday scheduled 17 trials to take place between June and January 2019.

  • January 3, 2018

    Kia Didn't Infringe Allstate Trademark, Judge Says

    A California federal judge recently ruled that Kia Motor Corp.’s “Drive Wise” brand didn’t infringe Allstate Insurance Co. “Drivewise” trademark, rejecting a jury’s earlier advisory verdict against the carmaker.

  • January 3, 2018

    5th Circ. Trims Harboring Convictions For Texas Lawyer

    A Texas attorney who was ordered to serve 17 years in prison for helping his fraudster client remain a fugitive and carry out a fraudulent stock sale scheme can have some of his convictions thrown out but doesn't need to be resentenced, a Fifth Circuit panel ruled Tuesday.

  • January 3, 2018

    Alissa Starzak Talks Net Neutrality, US Army, Leap To Startup

    Cloudflare Inc.'s Alissa Starzak discusses her former role as general counsel for the U.S. Army and the lengthy confirmation process leading up to it, as well as her present work in the private sector and views of net neutrality.

  • January 3, 2018

    Duane Morris Nabs Former Sedgwick Trial Pros In Calif.

    Duane Morris LLP has hired a pair of former Sedgwick LLP trial lawyers to bolster its West Coast presence in its second batch of hires from the defunct firm, adding the new partners in its San Francisco and Los Angeles offices, according to a Wednesday announcement.

  • January 3, 2018

    Robins Kaplan Adds Ex-Anderson Kill Litigator In NY

    Robins Kaplan LLP on Wednesday announced it has hired a New York trial lawyer as a partner from Anderson Kill PC, bringing on board an experienced commercial litigator known for his unique legal strategies and extensive courtroom work.

  • January 3, 2018

    Ill. Court Nixes Order For New Trial In Hot Pack Burn Case

    An Illinois appellate court has told a lower court to abide by a jury verdict in favor of a doctor accused of allowing a patient to be burned by hot packs during physical therapy, ruling that the jury’s decision was justifiable given the evidence and the trial court was wrong to set it aside.

  • January 3, 2018

    Turkish Banker Convicted Of Scheming To Aid Iran

    A Manhattan federal jury on Wednesday convicted Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish banker charged with helping Iran evade billions of dollars of U.S. sanctions, finding him guilty on five of six criminal counts after a high-profile trial that roiled Turkish politics.

  • January 2, 2018

    Ex-Katten Atty Conviction A Cautionary BigLaw Tale

    The conviction of former Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP partner Evan Greebel for conspiring with “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli to defraud Retrophin Inc. and its investors is a harsh reminder to lawyers of the importance of knowing when to walk away from a dangerous client, experts said Tuesday.

  • January 2, 2018

    Ill. Panel Backs Health Group's Win In Brain Damage Case

    An Illinois appeals court has affirmed a trial win for a Memorial Health System affiliate accused of negligently discharging a newborn who suffered brain damage after developing bacterial meningitis, finding the lower court properly excluded a nurse practitioner’s expert testimony due to its potentially prejudicial impact.

  • January 2, 2018

    La-Z-Boy Reaches $13.5M Settlement In Footrest Patent Case

    More than six months after a Florida federal judge denied La-Z-Boy a new trial following a $6 million verdict against it for failing to pay an automated footrest inventor royalties for using its patented technology, the furniture company has agreed to settle the case for $13.5 million.

  • January 2, 2018

    Cumulus Host Can't Shake $1.7M Verdict In Overpayment Row

    A Texas federal judge on Friday rejected radio host Michael Baisden’s bid to escape a jury’s finding that he was overpaid by a Cumulus Media unit and owes $1.7 million in damages, finding he was just replaying previously rejected arguments about his contract.

  • January 2, 2018

    No New Trial For EEOC In Hijab Bias Case, 10th Circ. Says

    The Tenth Circuit has rejected the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s bid for a new trial against a United Airlines subcontractor at the Denver International Airport that it accused of discriminating against Muslim women who wore headscarves, saying the lower court didn’t improperly refuse to sanction the company for destroying certain records.

Expert Analysis

  • An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Hurdles To Consider When Securing A Personnel File

    Michael Errera

    Attorneys should follow seven key points to ensure that their discovery requests and pleadings are appropriately prepared to overcome common hurdles that may be encountered when requesting production of a personnel file, say Michael Errera and Paul Ferland of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • Deliberate Discovery Responses Shift Onus Onto Opponent

    Alexis Kellert

    In a recent ruling, the Fifth Circuit found that a plaintiff who failed to pursue discovery of withheld documents was not entitled to relief from summary judgment in favor of the defendant. Keeping discovery responses specific and narrow puts the onus on your adversary to follow up as cases develop, says Alexis Kellert of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Pennsylvania NOL Cap Ruling Presents Taxpayer Challenges

    Jeffrey Friedman

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently held that the state’s flat $3 million cap on net operating loss carryforwards violates the state constitution’s uniformity clause. While the court’s reasoning is based upon the application of a Pennsylvania constitutional provision, it may be applicable to other states that have net operating loss carryforward caps, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Unreliable Expert Opinion Dooms California Talc Verdict

    Steven Boranian

    After the recent $417 million verdict against a talcum powder manufacturer in California, the trial court set the verdict aside, entering judgment for the defendants. The court’s order paints a clear picture of what happened: The jury, goaded by improper argument from plaintiffs counsel, ignored instructions and spun out of control, says Steven Boranian of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Being There: Defending Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • How Calif.’s Anti-SLAPP Law Affects Amended Complaints

    Felix Shafir

    Horvitz & Levy LLP partners Felix Shafir and Jeremy Rosen examine two complex subjects implicated by California's anti-SLAPP statute — whether the statute prevents a plaintiff from filing an amended complaint after an anti-SLAPP motion challenges the initial complaint, and whether anti-SLAPP challenges can be marshaled against amended complaints.