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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More than a month into the New York retrial of two Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executives accused of a long-running accounting fraud, the state’s star cooperator took the stand Thursday and quickly copped to helping cook the books as Dewey’s finance director.
A former Hunton & Williams LLP patent litigator broke down in tears Thursday when a federal judge in Brooklyn refused to dismiss charges that he shared insider knowledge of Pfizer Inc.'s plan to take over his then-client King Pharmaceuticals.
A Missouri state jury determined that a hospital was responsible for failing to diagnose a woman with a rare disorder that purportedly caused permanent brain damage and paralysis and awarded approximately $28.9 million in damages.
Jackson Lewis PC has welcomed back to the firm an experienced employment attorney from Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC to strengthen its San Diego office, the firm announced on Wednesday.
Packer Engineering Inc. asked an Illinois federal court Thursday to reduce a recent jury verdict awarding two women who alleged they were fired from the engineering consulting firm after experiencing gender discrimination and a hostile work environment from $6.45 million to $100,000, contending that there's an applicable cap on their damages.
An outdoor gear company's jury win in a tax refund suit does not entitle it to the amount of attorneys' fees it is requesting, the U.S. government told an Idaho federal judge on Thursday, asking that that part of the company's fee request be denied.
An ex-Penn State University football coach on Wednesday rebutted allegations that bias by a trial judge helped him win a $7.3 million whistleblower verdict against the school over its purported mishandling of sex abuse reports against convicted sexual predator Jerry Sandusky.
Federal prosecutors on Thursday finished presenting evidence against a Massachusetts pharmacist accused of murder related to a 2012 meningitis outbreak.
Alston & Bird LLP announced Thursday it has expanded its financial services litigation capabilities by adding the former acting chief of staff of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to its litigation and trial practice group.
A baseball agent told federal jurors Wednesday that he and fellow agent Bartolo Hernandez, who is accused of helping smuggle Cuban ballplayers into the United States, never discussed bringing their shared clients into the country illegally but also said he knew little about key parts of the players' journeys.
A former Ameriprise Financial Inc. adviser who traded on a hot inside tip about a drugmaker’s 2010 acquisition by Pfizer Inc., which prosecutors say came from a former Hunton & Williams LLP partner, on Wednesday told a Brooklyn federal jury that he lied to his employer in a desperate bid to cover up his crime.
Dish Network asked a North Carolina federal court on Tuesday for a new trial in a telemarketing class action after a jury found Dish liable for $20.5 million in January, saying the court erred by allowing numerous pieces of prejudicial evidence and excluding a question from the verdict sheet, among other things.
MF Global’s expert witness in its $2 billion professional malpractice lawsuit against PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP said in cross-examination in New York federal court on Wednesday he relied on an old rule when he testified earlier that repurchased bonds must be listed on a balance sheet if the company could get an economic benefit from them.
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.
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.
In Abston v. Jungerhaus Maritime Services, the Fifth Circuit recently held for a vessel owner against a longshoreman injured on the job during heavy rainfall. As the court noted, a vessel owner must exercise reasonable care to prevent injuries in areas under "active control of the vessel," but the owner often relinquishes control to contractors for loading or unloading, says Hansford Wogan of Jones Walker LLP.
In its systematic, careful and Rule 23-specific opinion in Briseno v. ConAgra, the Ninth Circuit found a way to eviscerate the Third Circuit’s views on “ascertainability.” This important opinion may not end the debate, but it may engender new thinking from the Third and Fourth Circuits, says Fred Taylor Isquith of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.
While some courts have declined to apply the common-law doctrine of champerty to invalidate third-party litigation funding agreements, two recent rulings by appellate courts in New York and Pennsylvania have brought renewed attention to champerty principles, casting doubts on the legality of certain forms of third-party litigation funding, say John Beisner and Jordan Schwartz of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
In two coordinated cases, the California Supreme Court recently ruled that employers using asbestos in the workplace have a duty of care to protect employees’ household members from exposure via workers' clothing or persons. This holding may encourage more asbestos lawsuits in California, but the court did offer some limitations of which defendants should be mindful, says Nicole Harrison of Manion Gaynor Manning LLP.
Last month in Delaware federal court, the jury in Idenix v. Gilead awarded Idenix $2.54 billion, the largest patent damages award in history. A review of the trial transcripts and documents provides valuable insight that can be applied to patent damages cases of all shapes and sizes, says Barry Herman of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Kokesh to review whether civil enforcement claims brought by the SEC for the remedy of disgorgement are subject to any statute of limitations. Attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP examine the significance of the statute of limitations question, especially for private equity firms.
Revenue suppression or “tax zapper” programs delete some or all of a restaurant’s cash transactions and then reconcile the books of the business, lowering the firm's tax bill. States have battled zappers for years, but the case of United States v. John Yin, filed last month in the Western District of Washington, shows federal authorities are now joining the fight, says Matthew Lee of Fox Rothschild LLP.
From the Titanic to the Deepwater Horizon, an obscure federal law has been invoked after many maritime disasters to limit vessel owners' liability for losses stemming from conditions outside the owners' privity or knowledge. But in today's offshore energy industry, technology can place the owner and its management in the wheelhouse, on the cargo deck and on the rig floor, says Andrew Stakelum of King & Spalding LLP.