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Trials

  • October 2, 2018

    Man Who Tried To Kill Texas Judge Gets Life Sentence

    A Texas fraudster was sentenced to life in prison for his role in a crime spree that culminated in the November 2015 attempted murder of State District Court Judge Julie Kocurek, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.

  • October 2, 2018

    NCAA Can't Introduce New Witness Proffer, Athletes Say

    Student-athletes challenging the NCAA's rules limiting player compensation in a landmark antitrust bench trial have urged a California federal judge not to admit a new "offer of proof" about the burdens of upending those rules from a deposition witness who never testified.

  • October 2, 2018

    GE Says It's Entitled To Atty Fees In Well Blowout Row

    Attorneys for a GE unit told a Texas state judge during a bench trial in Houston on Tuesday that it was entitled to collect close to $1 million in attorneys' fees it racked up defending itself in a product liability case stemming from a well blowout.

  • October 2, 2018

    Ex-Soccer Official Fights $55M Restitution Over Bribes

    A former South American soccer official who's been indicted on bribery charges has shot back against prosecutors' request that he pay more than $55 million in restitution to FIFA and other organizations, telling a New York federal court he should only have to pay a fraction of that, if anything.

  • October 2, 2018

    Fraud Motive Missing, Ex-Adidas Exec Tells NCAA Hoops Jury

    Jim Gatto, the former Adidas marketing executive accused of defrauding college basketball powers including the University of Louisville by paying athletes on the sly, broke National Collegiate Athletic Association rules but had no intent to break the law, his lawyer told a Manhattan jury Tuesday.

  • October 2, 2018

    NC Recycling Co. Founder Gets 10 Years For $27M Fraud

    A North Carolina federal judge has sentenced the founder of a now-defunct electronics waste recycling company to 10 years in prison for fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars by lying to investors, franchisees and lenders and spending the money on personal luxuries, according to authorities.

  • October 2, 2018

    NYU Workers Want New Trial After Judge Joins Cravath

    The judge who threw out a $358 million Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action against New York University should have recused herself because she planned to join a law firm chaired by an NYU trustee, according to the workers who brought the suit.

  • October 1, 2018

    Papa John's Founder Denies Racist Label In Chancery Trial

    Insisting that he is an "anti-racist," ousted Papa John’s pizza chain Chairman John Schnatter took the stand in Delaware's Chancery Court on Monday to deny that his use of a racially charged word in May had been intended as a slur.

  • October 1, 2018

    Colo. Jury Clears Docs In Patient Brain Damage Case

    A Colorado federal jury found Friday that four medical professionals who allegedly failed to diagnose and treat a brain abscess early enough to prevent serious brain damage were not negligent.

  • October 1, 2018

    Brain Damage Not Bike Helmet Co.'s Fault, Jury Says

    A Georgia federal jury on Friday said that bicycle helmet maker Bell Sports is not liable for brain damage a woman suffered after falling from her bike while wearing a Bell-made helmet.

  • October 1, 2018

    Scammer Get Your Gun: Court To Let Securities Felon Carry

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge appears to have become the first jurist to find that people convicted of securities fraud and bookkeeping violations are exempt from a law prohibiting felons from owning guns, rejecting a bid by the U.S. Department of Justice to dismiss a former CEO's Second Amendment suit on Friday.

  • October 1, 2018

    Ill. Court Affirms ER Doc's Trial Win In Patient Death Suit

    An Illinois appellate panel has affirmed a defense verdict in a suit accusing an emergency room physician of failing to timely inform a patient of possible cancer, which contributed to her death, saying certain testimony was properly excluded by the trial judge.

  • October 1, 2018

    Ex-SAP Sales Rep Wins $662K In Trial On Retaliation Claims

    A Massachusetts federal jury on Friday found that SAP America had shorted one of its former salespeople on his commissions and then fired him for complaining about it, awarding the man $662,200 in damages.

  • October 1, 2018

    Ex-Life Partners Atty, CEO Ordered To Pay $7M In Fines

    A Texas federal judge on Friday adopted the bulk of a magistrate judge’s recommendation as to penalties for two former insiders of bankrupt life settlement trader Life Partners Holdings Inc., saying that nearly $7 million in individual punishments is appropriate.

  • October 1, 2018

    Sprint's $140M IP Win Based On Bad Methods, Fed. Circ. Told

    Time Warner Cable on Monday urged a Federal Circuit panel to toss a Kansas federal jury decision to award Sprint Communications $140 million after finding the cable giant's internet voice service infringed patents held by Sprint, saying the jury improperly relied on a debunked method for calculating damages in the case.

  • October 1, 2018

    Doc Traded On Wife's Cancer Drug Knowledge, Jury Hears

    A Massachusetts cannabis doctor sold stock in Ariad Pharmaceuticals after his wife met with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about the risks of the company's leukemia drug, prosecutors told a federal jury in Boston on Monday.

  • October 1, 2018

    Improper Closing Prompts New Med Mal Trial, Ill. Court Says

    An Illinois appeals court has cleared the way for a new trial in a suit accusing a nursing home physician of failing to properly treat a man’s blood clot that caused his death, citing defense counsel’s improper statements during closing arguments.

  • October 1, 2018

    Groupon, IBM Agree To $57M Post-Trial Deal In Patent Row

    Groupon Inc. has agreed to pay IBM Corp. $57 million to end claims in Delaware federal court that Groupon infringed e-commerce patents dating to the early days of personal computing, vacating an earlier $82.5 million jury verdict, the companies announced Monday.

  • October 1, 2018

    Jury Clears Buchalter In Dairy Heirs' Atty Misconduct Suit

    A California state jury has determined that Buchalter PC is not liable for the alleged misconduct of an estate planning attorney accused by heirs to a dairy fortune of costing them millions of dollars in losses after he transferred money out of secure trusts into risky assets in which he had interests.

  • October 1, 2018

    Chancery Lets Fresenius Ditch $4.3B Akorn Deal

    Pharmaceutical company Fresenius Kabi AG can walk away from its proposed $4.3 billion acquisition of Akorn Inc., a Delaware Chancery judge determined Monday, saying regulatory compliance issues at Akorn triggered the buyer's rights to terminate the merger.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

  • An Upgrade For Expert Evidence Standards In New Jersey

    James Beck

    In the Accutane litigation, the New Jersey Supreme Court just unanimously upgraded the state’s standards for admission of expert testimony. This decision may finally break the back of the long-running — and scientifically bogus — Accutane litigation that has plagued New Jersey courts, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: My RBG Guide To Judging

    Goodwin Liu

    I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Financial Elder Abuse Claims

    Geoffrey Gold

    Recent litigation surrounding Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee has drawn attention to the issue of financial elder abuse. Geoffrey Gold of Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP offers practice pointers on using the provisions of the California Elder Abuse Act to protect senior clients who may have been victims of financial fraud.

  • Responding To Fed. Circ.'s Latest Patent Damages Test

    Eric Phillips

    Although the Federal Circuit's decision last month in Power Integrations v. Fairchild appears to raise the bar on using an entire product as the royalty base, other recent decisions appear to relax requirements for certain plaintiffs or even provide an alternate path to the same damages figure, say Eric Phillips of VLF Consulting Inc. and Amol Parikh of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • NJ Condo Associations' Right To Recover Attorneys' Fees

    David Byrne

    No matter how often New Jersey trial judges deny condo associations the right to recover reasonable attorneys' fees from delinquent units, the state appeals court will continue to reverse their decisions, says David Byrne of Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC.

  • New Cross-Claim Burdens For Asbestos Defendants In NJ

    Manuel Guevara

    In June, the New Jersey Appellate Division brought sweeping changes to the method by which asbestos defendants may prove cross-claims at trial. New limits on the use of prior testimony mean that defendants must now call live witnesses, and will lead to longer, more costly trials, say attorneys with Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP.