Trials

  • 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.

  • January 2, 2018

    RJR Ordered To Continue Fla. Tobacco Payments

    A Florida judge has ruled that R.J. Reynolds must continue making annual tobacco settlement payments to the state for the Winston, Kool and Salem cigarette brands that the company sold to ITG Brands LLC for $7 billion.

  • January 2, 2018

    Gloria Estefan's Hotel Wins $5.64M In Hurricane Claims Suit

    Singer-songwriter Gloria Estefan’s hotel company has won a $5.64 million judgment in Florida against Landmark Insurance Co., with the judge ruling the insurer is on the hook for covering building-code-related upgrade costs after two 2004 hurricanes severely damaged the property.

  • January 2, 2018

    Waymo Says Withheld Letter Could Be Uber 'Cover-Up'

    Waymo has urged a California federal judge to order Uber to release a list of employees who were aware of a letter from the attorney of a former employee, saying it would help determine whether the letter was "intentionally concealed" during discovery in a suit claiming Uber acquired trade secrets from a former Waymo engineer.

  • January 2, 2018

    US Wants 20 Years For Payday Loan Boss Scott Tucker

    Scott Tucker, the auto racer and businessman convicted of using sham tribal contracts to operate a $2 billion criminal payday loan empire, should spend at least 20 years in prison, while accomplice and former lawyer Tim Muir should be locked up for at least 10 years, federal prosecutors have said.

  • January 2, 2018

    Feds Urge 3rd Circ. To Uphold GWB Scandal Convictions

    The actions taken by two former associates of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in reducing local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge were “aberrational, dangerous and criminal,” and not politics as usual, prosecutors have told the Third Circuit in urging the court to affirm the ex-officials' convictions.

  • January 2, 2018

    New Med Mal Trial Ordered Over Focus On Expert's Own Case

    An Illinois appellate court ruled on Friday that a trial court was wrong to allow a doctor sued for perforating a patient’s bowel to bring up a similar injury that the patient’s expert caused 20 years earlier, overturning a jury verdict in the doctor’s favor and ordering a new trial.

  • January 2, 2018

    Ex-Dewey Exec DiCarmine Unable To Bury Hatchet With SEC

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executive director Stephen DiCarmine, who was acquitted of criminal charges in May, has been unable to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission fraud claims after months of trying and is due in Manhattan federal court Friday.

  • January 1, 2018

    Illinois Cases To Watch In 2018

    The courthouse in Chicago is among the busiest in the country, and hot-button issues from the status of sanctuary cities and generic drug safety are among the cases lawyers will be watching in 2018.

  • January 1, 2018

    Medical Malpractice Cases To Watch In 2018

    A Pennsylvania Supreme Court case that will decide how much significance social media can have on the discovery rule and constitutional challenges to caps on noneconomic damages in Wisconsin and Oklahoma are among the matters medical malpractice attorneys will be following in 2018. Here are five key cases for the upcoming year.

  • January 1, 2018

    Trials To Watch In 2018

    Trial mavens will have plenty of drama to catch in 2018, from heavyweight technology disputes between Apple and Samsung and Waymo and Uber to the federal government’s unique False Claims Act suit seeking to recoup millions of dollars in sponsorship money from disgraced cycling star Lance Armstrong.

  • December 27, 2017

    Ex-Katten Attorney Convicted Of Aiding Shkreli Fraud

    Former Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP corporate attorney Evan Greebel on Wednesday was convicted of conspiracy by a New York federal jury, after he was accused of aiding controversial former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli to drain Retrophin Inc.'s assets to pay off his hedge fund debts.

  • December 26, 2017

    Former Peru Soccer Boss Acquitted In FIFA Corruption Trial

    The former president of the Peruvian soccer federation was acquitted by a Brooklyn federal jury of racketeering conspiracy Tuesday, clearing him of the sole charge he faced in the U.S. government’s wide-ranging FIFA corruption case just days after two other defendants were convicted in the investigation's first trial.

  • December 22, 2017

    Ex-Katten Atty's Trial Heads To Jury For The Holidays

    Jury deliberations began Friday in the trial of former Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP attorney Evan Greebel after attorneys for the government and the defense made their final arguments to the panel, painting starkly different pictures of the lawyer accused of helping “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli carry out two separate fraud schemes.

  • December 22, 2017

    Turkish Banker's Jury Ponders 'Aiding And Abetting' Language

    The Manhattan jury weighing charges against Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the Turkish banker accused of scheming to help Iran dodge U.S. sanctions, asked Friday if it is “obligated” to consider whether Atilla aided and abetted money laundering — a potential sign of disagreement that emerged just before jurors left for an extended holiday pause.

Expert Analysis

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • Are 'Smart' Courts Smart Enough For IP Disputes?

    Junqi Hang

    Remote video appearance is already in use for certain trials, hearings, and arbitration and mediation proceedings. But the methodology of court remoteness and the concept of "smart" courts may not be able to accommodate intellectual property cases, which tend to be complex in subject matter, say Junqi Hang and Jingqiang Zhang of Dragon Intellectual Property Law Firm.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Get Real, But Get It Right

    Dawn Reddy Solowey

    At my first job out of law school, I handled prepublication review of stories for local TV news and newspapers. With little time for legal research, I had to know the rules cold, how to apply them, and how to make judgment calls when the answer was more gray than black or white, says Dawn Reddy Solowey of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • Federal Claims Must Meet Diversity Jurisdiction Burden

    Jeffrey Odom

    The Third Circuit recently dismissed a plaintiff’s fear of cancer claims arising from a chemical spill, and found the diversity jurisdiction burden was not met. Defendants should look beyond the sensational facts of toxic tort claims and challenge the evidence presented at filing to determine whether jurisdiction is proper, says Jeffrey Odom of Lane Powell PC.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Perception Vs. Reality At Trial

    Martha Luring

    The long litigation life cycle for large, complex civil lawsuits provides ample time for clients and counsel to form strong opinions — often negative when based on adversarial exchanges — about the opposing trial team, their witnesses and their experts. Martha Luring of Salmons Consulting shares some common perceptions not always shared by jurors.

  • Countering Statutes Of Limitations With Equitable Estoppel

    David Newman

    There are only a few situations in which a New York plaintiff can avail itself of the discovery rule to delay the accrual of a cause of action. However, New York does offer parties a way to avail themselves of discovery-rule-like protections — the doctrine of equitable estoppel, say David Newman and Matthew Lippert of Sills Cummis & Gross PC.

  • Litigators, Wrangle That Data With Content Analysis

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    Content analysis offers scientific methods for making sense of large volumes of data generated by the internet. While content analysis is a nascent tool in litigation, its use by expert witnesses may transform the kinds of evidence considered by courts, say Lisa Tichy and Anna Shakotko of Cornerstone Research.