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Trials

  • October 26, 2018

    Oil Rig Worker Awarded $1M For Helicopter Crash Injuries

    A Louisiana federal court awarded some $1 million plus interest on Friday to an oil rig worker injured in a helicopter crash, saying his physical and mental injuries continue affecting him to this day.

  • October 26, 2018

    Del. Trial Looms On Remanded Fairchild Infringement Claim

    A 14-year-old, multi-forum battle over Fairchild Semiconductor's alleged infringements of Power Integrations Inc. chip patents moved toward its latest eruption in Delaware on Friday, with a pretrial conference hashing out disputes over testimony, witnesses, evidence and other issues for a five-day trial on remanded inducement claims, set to begin Nov. 5.

  • October 26, 2018

    Axalta Coating Must Pay $473K To Severely Injured Contractor

    A Virginia federal jury on Thursday awarded $473,000 plus interest to a welder who alleged that he was permanently injured from a near-electrocution he suffered while performing contract work at Axalta Coating Systems, finding that the industrial coatings giant negligently set up the man’s equipment.

  • October 26, 2018

    OK To Attack Your Own Jury Question, Texas High Court Says

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday reversed a lower court and said the owner of a candy and tobacco distributor could challenge a jury finding in a dispute over the sale of the business, even though he was the one who requested the jury question at issue.

  • October 26, 2018

    Jury Blames Both Parties For Delays In Army Base Barracks

    A Georgia federal jury on Friday found that both the general contractor and a subcontactor who worked on a new barracks at the U.S. Army’s Fort Benning base in Georgia breached their agreement with each other, but awarded subcontractor Cleveland Construction $1.18 million more in damages.

  • October 26, 2018

    Yellen No Pro On Harvard Admissions Data, Expert Testifies

    The star expert witness for the group suing Harvard University over its affirmative action admissions policies defended his findings that Asian-American applicants are penalized for their ethnicity despite criticism from fellow economists, including former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, as he testified Friday morning in federal court.

  • October 26, 2018

    NYC Jury Set To Weigh Fraud Charges After 2nd KIT Trial

    A Manhattan jury was tasked Friday with weighing charges against Irfan Amanat, an investment adviser accused of lying to auditors about the financial condition of online video concern KIT Digital Inc. and defrauding investors in the fallen hedge fund Maiden Capital.

  • October 26, 2018

    Mortgage Services Co. Takes CFPB Fight To 9th Circ.

    An Ohio mortgage services company has urged the Ninth Circuit to reverse a nearly $8 million judgment entered against it in a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau suit accusing it of having misleadingly marketed a mortgage payment program, mounting a wide-ranging appeal that challenges the timeliness of the case, the constitutionality of the agency and more.

  • October 26, 2018

    NCAA Denied New Witness Proffer In Compensation Suit

    A California federal judge has denied an "offer of proof" of new witness testimony from the NCAA after the close of a landmark antitrust bench trial over the organization's rules limiting athlete compensation, ruling that the issues in the offer go well beyond the NCAA's pretrial disclosures and the offer is untimely.

  • October 26, 2018

    Cannabis Grower RICO Trial Puts Industry On High Alert

    The clash between state laws legalizing cannabis and federal laws outlawing it will take center stage Monday when a Colorado federal jury considers whether landowners were damaged by a nearby grow facility as their Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit goes to trial.

  • October 26, 2018

    'Cartel' Traders Cleared Of Forex-Rigging

    A Manhattan federal jury on Friday acquitted three former foreign exchange traders for Barclays PLC, Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. of forex-rigging charges, rejecting claims they used a chatroom dubbed “the cartel” to suppress competition.

  • October 25, 2018

    Coal Mining Cos. Reach $190M Settlement

    Mining companies Natural Resource Partners LP and Foresight Energy LP announced Thursday that they have reached a deal to settle lawsuits related to two Illinois coal mines.

  • October 25, 2018

    Texas Panel Affirms Well Co. Founder's Loss In Contract Row

    A Texas appellate court Thursday denied a co-founder's efforts to revive a contract suit alleging his three former business partners in a saltwater disposal well company kept millions of dollars in profits for themselves.

  • October 25, 2018

    'Cartel' Traders Deny Forex Collusion As Case Heads To Jury

    Attorneys for three former foreign exchange "cartel" traders for Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Barclays PLC on Thursday made their final pleas to jurors weighing criminal forex-rigging accusations, saying there's no evidence of an agreement between them to fix prices in the euro-U.S. dollar spot market.

  • October 25, 2018

    Official Linked To FIFA Case Seeks To Dodge $3M Restitution

    The former general secretary of the Cayman Islands Football Association has asked the Second Circuit to ax the $3 million restitution payment he was hit with after pleading guilty to playing a “peripheral role” in the sprawling FIFA corruption scandal, arguing that a lower court misconstrued what he had admitted to.

  • October 25, 2018

    Jury Rejects Sister's Claims That Car Dealer Siphoned $20M

    An Ohio federal jury on Wednesday ruled against a woman who alleged relatives illegally seized about $20 million from family-owned auto dealerships, finding she couldn’t show that her older brother breached his fiduciary duties to the family business.

  • October 25, 2018

    Harvard Data Reveals Asian 'Penalty,' Expert Testifies

    Asian-Americans face a statistically significant penalty and discriminatory treatment as a result of their race when applying to Harvard University, a star expert witness said Thursday in testimony for the group suing over the prestigious university's affirmative action admissions policies.

  • October 25, 2018

    Pitino Atty Says Hoops Trial Verdict Exonerates Ex-Coach

    The Greenberg Traurig LLP attorney representing ex-University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino reacted late Wednesday after a Manhattan jury convicted three men of defrauding NCAA schools, including Louisville, by paying student-athletes on the sly, saying the verdict proves Pitino didn't know about the secret payments.

  • October 25, 2018

    Calif. Atty Gets 5 Years For Pump-And-Dump Schemes

    A California lawyer convicted of directing two pump-and-dump schemes by selling off millions of shares in shell companies he secretly owned was sentenced to five and a half years in prison Thursday by a Massachusetts federal judge who said the defendant "absolutely perverted your oath as an attorney."

  • October 25, 2018

    Pizza Puff Rip-Off Leads To $220K Verdict

    Chicago restaurant supplier El-Greg Inc. owes competitor Illinois Tamale Co. $220,000 after an Illinois federal court jury found Thursday that it had infringed Illinois Tamale’s trademark on Pizza Puffs by selling a similar product.

Expert Analysis

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • Mediation Tips For Settling Big-Dollar Business Disputes

    Robert Fairbank

    Throughout a mediation, there are times of heightened uncertainty when something might happen to swing the leverage in one side’s favor. These windows of opportunity can be maximized by a number of methods other than in-person mediation sessions and formal exchanges of settlement numbers, say Robert Fairbank and Kimberly West of Fairbank ADR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Opinion

    Fixing Rule 41: A Balanced Approach To Voluntary Dismissal

    Adam Gershenson

    As written and often applied, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41 — governing voluntary dismissal — allows claimants to aggressively pursue baseless claims, essentially risk-free. A simple change would recalibrate the rule to allocate risk more rationally, properly align incentives and better protect parties responding to meritless suits, say attorneys at Cooley LLP.

  • Peering Behind The Peer Review Curtain

    William Childs

    The U.S. Supreme Court's opinion in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals specified peer review as one criterion for evaluating scientific evidence. But not all peer review is created equal, and sometimes additional exploration — whether through discovery into your adversaries’ experts, or early investigation of your own potential experts — may make sense, says William Childs of Bowman and Brooke LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • Ensnarement — A 2nd Bite At The Noninfringement Apple

    Brian D. Coggio

    Ensnarement is a potent defense to a finding of infringement under the doctrine of equivalents, as seen last month when a Massachusetts federal court granted Celltrion’s motion for summary judgment of noninfringement, holding that Janssen’s proposed hypothetical claims ensnared the prior art, say Brian D. Coggio and Ron Vogel of Fish & Richardson PC.

  • Why A Hoverboard Suit Against Amazon Went Up In Flames

    Jed Winer

    Should an e-commerce firm be held liable for the defects of every item it sells on its global internet marketplace? The plaintiffs in Fox v. Amazon.com argued exactly that, and the district court answered with a resounding “no.” Online marketplaces are simply not in a position to supervise every product sold on their platforms, says Jed Winer of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.