Trials

  • May 10, 2017

    Intel Claims Victory In $2B Circuit Patent Jury Trial

    A Delaware jury freed Intel Corp. from a $2 billion suit alleging the company infringed a circuit patent, finding the company didn’t infringe any of the asserted claims in a verdict issued Wednesday, according to WilmerHale, which represented Intel in the dispute.

  • May 10, 2017

    Ga. Court Affirms $4.3M Verdict For Premature Baby Death

    A Georgia appellate panel on Wednesday upheld a jury’s $4.3 million award to a couple accusing a doctor of providing negligent maternity care that purportedly contributed to the death of the couple’s prematurely delivered baby, saying certain evidence was properly allowed by the trial judge.

  • May 10, 2017

    RJ Reynolds Urges Fla. Court To Reverse $35M Jury Award

    R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. asked a Florida appeals court Wednesday to order a new trial in a smoker's suit that resulted in a nearly $35 million jury verdict, arguing that the trial court impermissibly allowed the family of the smoker to attack the company for defending itself in court.

  • May 10, 2017

    Prevezon Wary Of Anti-Russian Jury Bias In $230M Fraud Trial

    Prevezon Holdings Ltd. asked a New York federal court on Tuesday to allow it to use a questionnaire to ferret out “anti-Russian bias” in potential jurors in its upcoming trial on charges it benefited from a $230 million Russian tax fraud, saying “negative media attention” may affect the trial.

  • May 10, 2017

    Antero Wins $60M Verdict In Natural Gas Pricing Suit

    A Colorado federal jury has awarded just over $60 million to Antero Resources Corp. stemming from its allegations that a New Jersey company and its affiliate breached the terms of natural gas contracts by unilaterally deciding to change the price they paid.

  • May 10, 2017

    Schiff Hardin Nabs Ex-Stetler & Rotert White Collar Partner

    One of the founding partners of Stetler & Rotert Ltd. has joined Schiff Hardin LLP as a partner in the litigation practice group, the firm announced on Wednesday.

  • May 10, 2017

    Expert Can't Use $9M Motorola Verdict In ZTE Patent Case

    Saint Lawrence Communications LLC may not introduce testimony regarding a $9 million verdict against Motorola in a separate but related patent suit against ZTE Corp., U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap has ruled, saying the Motorola case is far from tied up.

  • May 10, 2017

    Aeroflex Wins $2.8M In Trade Secrets, Interference Trial

    A Kansas state jury awarded $2.8 million to Aeroflex Wichita on Tuesday in a suit against Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp. over meddling with Aeroflex's business opportunities and former employees, Tel-Instrument said Tuesday.

  • May 10, 2017

    Gov't Breathes Sigh Of Relief In Russian Fraud Evidence Row

    A New York district judge considering federal attorneys’ bid to seize real estate and bank accounts linked to a $230 million Russian tax fraud gave the government permission Tuesday to refer to a massive bundle of evidence whose disqualification would have threatened the case's viability.

  • May 10, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Bernstein Litowitz's Hannah Ross

    Over the last five to 10 years, we have seen the emergence of new substantive hurdles in the prosecution of a securities class action, making it more time-consuming and more procedurally challenging, says Hannah Ross of Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP.

  • May 9, 2017

    Cuban Ballplayer Smuggling Verdict Must Stand, Feds Argue

    Prosecutors urged a Florida federal judge Tuesday not to disturb a verdict convicting a baseball agent and athletic trainer of smuggling Cuban ballplayers, including current Major League Baseball stars, arguing the government's evidence supported jurors finding the pair guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

  • May 9, 2017

    Mylan, IRS Trade Opening Shots Ahead Of $100M Tax Trial

    Mylan and the IRS have exchanged opening salvos in a $100 million tax fight relating to its transaction with Forest Laboratories Holdings Ltd. over the anti-hypertensive compound nebivolol, submitting dueling briefs to the U.S. Tax Court ahead of a May 22 trial in New York City.

  • May 9, 2017

    Split Dewey Verdict Shows Difficulty Of Convicting Top Execs

    The conviction of just one out of three former executives of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP shows the problems prosecutors face in trying to hold senior management accountable for crimes that are not directly tied to the C-suite, experts said Tuesday.

  • May 9, 2017

    Lynn Tilton Testimony Wraps In Chancery Trial

    Lynn Tilton of Patriarch Partners sparred a bit from the witness stand with her collateralized loan obligation businesses in the Delaware Chancery Court on Tuesday as her testimony wrapped in the case where the board composition of three associated companies is in dispute.

  • May 9, 2017

    Ga. Justices Should Weigh $8M Bad Faith Case, 11th Circ. Told

    The Georgia Defense Lawyers Association has urged the Eleventh Circuit to seek the Georgia Supreme Court's guidance on whether insurance carriers may be held liable for negligent, as opposed to bad faith, failure to settle a claim against a policyholder, saying the issue is key to deciding Nationwide's appeal of an unfavorable $8 million trial award.

  • May 9, 2017

    Pa. Judge Backs $625K Jury Award In Needless Surgery Case

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday declined to disturb a $625,000 jury award in a suit accusing a doctor of performing an unnecessary surgery to remove a noncancerous mass that turned out to be nonexistent, saying the award was reasonable.

  • May 9, 2017

    New Trial Ordered Against Nurse In NJ Malpractice Case

    A New Jersey appellate court ordered a new trial for a psychiatric nurse on Monday, ruling that penalties for an eleventh-hour revelation of evidence tampering by the nurse were inadequate, and that an expert for the plaintiffs was unfairly barred from testimony.

  • May 9, 2017

    Detroit-Area Doctor Convicted For $17.1M Medicare Fraud

    A Detroit-area doctor was convicted Monday for his part in a $17.1 million Medicare fraud scheme that involved medically unnecessary home doctor visits, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the same day.

  • May 9, 2017

    Glavin Dishes On 'Nightmare' Case For Dewey's DiCarmine

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf Executive Director Steven DiCarmine beat state fraud charges on May 8, three years and two trials after they were brought. Rita Glavin of Seward & Kissel LLP spoke with Law360 about trying the case she described during the trial as DiCarmine's “nightmare.”

  • May 9, 2017

    Pharmacist Gets Prosecutor's Evidence During Acquittal Bid

    Evidence that the federal government provided to a jury before it convicted a New England Compounding Center pharmacist of a wide-ranging racketeering scheme related to a deadly meningitis outbreak should be entered into evidence when the court decides whether to grant an acquittal, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Monthly Column

    FBI Leaks And The Sanctity Of Grand Jury Secrecy

    Daniel Wenner

    FBI special agent David Chaves is being investigated for leaking information about a grand jury investigation to the press. And this public episode might engender more attacks on the grand jury process, says Daniel Wenner, a partner at Day Pitney LLP and former federal prosecutor.

  • Opinion

    Untold Stories: Trump's Budget Would Silence Legal Services

    Kevin Curnin

    President Trump's draft budget proposes total defunding of the Legal Services Corporation. Yet leaders of over 160 of the nation's top law firms and 185 general counsel from leading corporations, who make their living at the intersection of business and law, make the case that destroying the LSC is bad for both, says Kevin Curnin of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Another Step Toward Reasonable Preemption Case Law

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    In its recent ruling in Rheinfrank v. Abbott Laboratories, the Sixth Circuit affirmed a complete defense verdict, based in part on branded drug preemption. This defense decision is another step toward limiting liability for manufacturers that could not prevent these types of claims even if they endeavored to, say Erin Bosman, Julie Park and Austin Marsh, Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • A Law Firm’s Guide To Social Media

    Julie Bagdikian

    Bear in mind that the internet seldom forgets and never forgives, and you are just one screen grab from a meme. A law firm's core messages and unique selling points must be clearly determined before embarking on a social media strategy, says Julie Bagdikian of The Pollack PR Marketing Group.

  • 8 Tips To Give Your Fee Application A Great Start

    Michael E. Waller

    Once you determine that your case may permit an award of attorneys' fees, it is extremely important that you advise litigation team members of all billing requirements and confirm compliance with billing protocols. Michael Waller of K&L Gates LLP offers eight tips to consider based on the rules in New Jersey.

  • Failing To Prevent Inadvertent Disclosures Can Be Costly

    Pierre Grosdidier

    Last month, a Virginia court ruled that a party waived attorney-client communication privilege and work-product doctrine immunity when it uploaded privileged documents to an unprotected cloud-based account. This ruling illustrates how an e-discovery fluke can compromise a case, says Pierre Grosdidier of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Talking 'Bull': Episode 17, Name Game

    Roy Futterman

    You know how on medical shows they teach you how to commit malpractice and get away with it? In this episode of Bull, we learn how to get away with jury tampering — and how to get disbarred, says jury consultant Roy Futterman in his latest review of the CBS series "Bull."

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: MDLs And The High Court

    Alan Rothman

    On the heels of last week’s confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch, this month’s column by Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP explores the impact that various high court decisions have had on multidistrict litigation practice, and the statutory role that the Supreme Court plays with respect to the panel and MDLs.

  • Jam Recipe Yields 1st DTSA Verdict

    Thomas A. Muccifori

    A federal jury in Pennsylvania recently returned the first verdict under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Although Dalmatia’s proprietary fig spread recipes would have been protected under the Pennsylvania Uniform Trade Secrets Act, the case stands as a reminder of the powerful protections that can arise from the DTSA in the proper factual scenario, say Thomas Muccifori and Daniel DeFiglio of Archer & Greiner PC.

  • Judge Gorsuch's Dubious Commitment To Legal Textualism

    Max Kennerly

    In practice, being an “originalist” or a “textualist” is a lot like being “gluten-free” except when it comes to pasta and bagels. Most “textualists” are happy to apply these concepts rigorously when it will produce the result they want — but they’ll relax or ignore them if it produces a politically inconvenient outcome. Judge Neil Gorsuch seems to fit this profile, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.