Trials

  • March 13, 2017

    Two Ex-PSU Admins Plead Guilty In Sandusky Cover-Up

    Two former Penn State University administrators pled guilty Monday to child endangerment charges stemming from the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, avoiding a trial that was scheduled for later this month.

  • March 13, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Susman Godfrey's Mark Wawro

    For both sides, the most compelling case will be one that tells a good story. It’s just harder for the defendant to set the stage for the story, says Mark Wawro of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • March 10, 2017

    Last Ups At Hand In Cuban Ballplayer Smuggling Trial

    The federal trial of baseball agent Bartolo Hernandez and athletic trainer Julio Estrada over Cuban ballplayer smuggling has entered the ninth inning, with federal prosecutors and defense counsel warming up for closing arguments after witness testimony wrapped Friday without Hernandez taking the stand.

  • March 10, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms AT&T Trial Win In Enovsys Patent Suit

    The Federal Circuit on Friday affirmed a California federal court’s invalidation of the asserted claims of a Enovsys cellphone privacy technology patent asserted against AT&T, rejecting arguments that the claims were wrongly construed and that certain evidence of infringement was wrongly excluded.

  • March 10, 2017

    Whirlpool Wins $7.6M Jury Award Over Water Filter IP

    A Texas federal jury awarded Whirlpool Corp. $7.6 million in damages Friday, finding that TST Water LLC had willfully infringed on a patent for refrigerator water filters.

  • March 10, 2017

    Star Dewey Cooperator Tells Of 'Master Plan' To Con Banks

    The highest ranking Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP staffer to plead guilty in the Manhattan district attorney’s case accusing the law firm’s top executives of an accounting fraud scheme on Friday told jurors of the “master plan” to falsely inflate Dewey’s income, and said that the firm’s chief financial officer was in on the scam.

  • March 10, 2017

    Pastor In Coin.mx Bribery Trial Can't Be Trusted, Feds Say

    Prosecutors in the bribery and fraud trial of a New Jersey pastor and a Coin.mx bitcoin consultant told a Manhattan jury on Friday not to “trust a single word” said by the pastor, rounding out closing arguments by saying “corruption permeated the case.”

  • March 10, 2017

    Corzine Takes A Few Hits In $2B PwC Malpractice Scrap

    Jon S. Corzine, the former CEO of the now-defunct MF Global, was at the receiving end of a couple of sharp jabs just before the bell on Friday as he testified in a New York federal court in a $2 billion malpractice suit against PricewaterhouseCoopers, admitting none of the reasons Moody’s downgraded MF Global’s rating was the auditors’ fault.

  • March 10, 2017

    Food Tray Co. Tells 3rd Circ. $3M Award Should Stay Nixed

    A food tray supplier on Thursday asked the Third Circuit to uphold a decision that tossed a $3 million jury award against it on claims it breached a contract and lured away customers from a distributor, saying the lower court was right to determine Roberts Technology Group Inc. had misled the jury when estimating its losses.

  • March 10, 2017

    Texas Justices Take Up Med Mal Case Attacking Jury Charge

    The Texas Supreme Court said Friday it will review a medical malpractice suit accusing a doctor of botching a hysterectomy, a case that may determine whether a trial judge’s broad jury charge purportedly incorporating multiple theories of liability improperly influenced a jury.

  • March 10, 2017

    Brazilian Soap Star Gets $1.2M Verdict Over Botched Face

    Brazilian actress Rita Guedes has won a $1.2 million verdict by a California jury in her malpractice suit against a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon over a botched dermal filler procedure and repair that wound up making her face look swollen and costing her work.

  • March 10, 2017

    Jury Sides With Health Care CEO In Merger Spat

    The former CEO of a chain of behavioral health clinics and the company that he merged with dodged a shareholder suit on Friday when a Massachusetts federal jury found that the class of disgruntled investors didn’t suffer an economic loss caused by a breach of fiduciary duty.

  • March 9, 2017

    Corzine Stands By Bond Bet Prior To MF Global’s Collapse

    Jon S. Corzine, the former New Jersey governor and U.S. senator who presided over the demise of MF Global, told a New York federal jury hearing a $2 billion malpractice suit against PricewaterhouseCoopers Thursday that the investment firm never lost money on the $6.3 billion in European sovereign bonds long blamed for its collapse.

  • March 9, 2017

    Wal-Mart Worker Gets $5.5M Verdict In Retaliation Suit

    A Connecticut federal jury on Wednesday found that Wal-Mart retaliated against an employee after he complained about race discrimination and awarded punitive and noneconomic damages of $5.5 million, a figure the worker’s attorney estimates is a record in the state.

  • March 9, 2017

    Ex-MLB Player Gamed $1.3M From CEO Pal’s Tips, Jury Hears

    Federal prosecutors on Thursday opened a California insider trading trial with claims former Baltimore Orioles player Doug DeCinces made $1.3 million from nonpublic merger tips about a friend’s medical device company, but the retired athlete’s attorney countered that the government's case hinged on a “biased and sloppy investigation.”

  • March 9, 2017

    Colo. Court Affirms Bulk Of $14.3M Med Mal Verdict

    A Colorado appellate court on Thursday largely denied a hospital’s bid to reduce a $14.3 million jury verdict finding a hospital liable for giving a wrong drug dosage that caused a baby’s brain damage, saying certain third-party health care benefits the baby received can’t be considered under state law.

  • March 9, 2017

    Paxton Prosecutors Want To Postpone Trial Till They're Paid

    Special prosecutors pursuing securities fraud charges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton who say they haven’t been paid in more than a year asked a Texas district judge to delay a May 1 trial until an appellate action challenging their pay structure wraps up.

  • March 9, 2017

    Coin.mx Tech Guru, Pastor Had 'Corrupt Intent,' Feds Say

    A Coin.mx bitcoin consultant and a pastor whose paths crossed in the allegedly nefarious handover of a credit union both displayed "corrupt intent" in a series of emails, WhatsApp chats and other documents, federal prosecutors said Thursday in closing arguments of a monthlong trial.

  • March 9, 2017

    Fla. Eye Doctor Says Overbilling Was 'Honest Mistake'

    As they opened their Medicare fraud case against Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen on Thursday, federal prosecutors described a scheme rife with unnecessary eye injections, misdiagnoses and even treatments billed for glass eyes, which Melgen chalked up to an aggressive approach to treatment and honest mistakes.

  • March 9, 2017

    GSK, Reed Smith Partner's Widow Preview Paxil Jury Trial

    An FDA-endorsed label change for antidepressants in 2007 didn’t go far enough to alert doctors about the increased risk of suicidality in patients taking GlaxoSmithKline’s Paxil, the widow of a deceased Reed Smith partner told an Illinois federal judge Thursday, offering a brief glance of what is to come at a jury trial next week.

Expert Analysis

  • Miami-Dade Civil Justice Initiative Is A Welcome Project

    Etan Mark

    Florida's Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court's new pilot program will hopefully revitalize the world of civil litigation as well as the state of modern discovery, which has been described with words such as "morass," "nightmare," "quagmire," "monstrosity" and "fiasco," says Etan Mark of Berger Singerman LLP.

  • Opinion

    Love And Law In The Age Of Trump

    Kevin Curnin

    Love is not a subject that lawyers typically devote themselves to professionally. But as we witness this historic transition to a new administration, lawyers in particular are reminded that love is tied, however imperfectly, to our cherished founding ideals, says Kevin Curnin, president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • The State Of The Litigation Finance Industry In 2017

    Christopher P. Bogart

    In the United States, the number of lawyers whose firms have used litigation finance has quadrupled since 2013. Even so, too many remain poorly informed, leaving them at a competitive disadvantage and prone to oddly persistent “alternative facts” about litigation finance, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital.

  • 6 Ways To Get More From A Limited Budget For Trial Graphics

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    With so many possibilities and variables, it can be difficult to adhere to a strict graphics budget when preparing effective visuals for trial. There are several things you can do to limit the cost of your visuals without sacrificing quality, says Marti Martin Robinson of Litigation Insights Inc.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 12, Stockholm Syndrome

    Roy Futterman

    In this weekly column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series airing on CBS about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist. Spoiler alert ...

  • New Jersey’s TCCWNA: New Year, Same Uncertainty

    Jeffrey Jacobson

    Online retailers concerned about lawsuits under New Jersey’s Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act had hoped to end 2016 with some clarity about its application in recent class action complaints. But motions to dismiss those cases may remain mostly undecided until the New Jersey Supreme Court and Third Circuit issue rulings later in 2017, says Jeffrey Jacobson of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: A Year Of Vanishing MDLs

    Alan Rothman

    2016 was a notable year for the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation: It created only 26 new MDL proceedings, a low-water mark for new MDL proceedings not seen in almost a quarter of a century. In this installment of his bimonthly series on the panel, Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP looks at the panel’s activity over the past year.

  • The Anatomy Of A Successful FELA Cumulative Trauma Case

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    Railroad work can be dangerous, and even nonfatal injuries can lead to career-ending cumulative trauma. When railroads fail to protect employees from preventable injuries, they may be liable under the Federal Employers Liability Act. Arvin Pearlman and Benjamin Wilensky of Sommers Schwartz PC detail how FELA was key to their recent $2.5 million jury victory in Lilly v. Grand Trunk Western Railroad, in Michigan's Third Circuit.

  • Cybersecurity And The Economic Loss Doctrine

    Alexis Kellert

    The Eleventh Circuit's holding earlier this month in Silverpop Systems v. Leading Market Technologies helps clarify the type of evidence a party must offer to prove that a duty existed in the context of a cybersecurity breach. It also shows how the economic loss doctrine can provide a shield against tort actions brought over cyberattacks, says Alexis Kellert of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • 1st Circ. Affirms Narrow Scope Of Federal Criminal Statutes

    Joshua S. Levy

    The First Circuit's decision last month in U.S. v. Tavares unexpectedly added real teeth to the “in furtherance of” requirement of the mail and wire fraud statutes, say Joshua Levy and Daniel Fine of Ropes & Gray LLP.