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  • July 2, 2018

    Jury Awards $25M In Nuisance Suit Over Hog Farm Stench

    A federal jury in North Carolina awarded a couple there $25.13 million on their nuisance claims against a pork company over the feces, urine and associated odors and flies at a hog farm near their property.

  • June 29, 2018

    The Most Talkative Justices Of The Term

    Once again, Justice Stephen Breyer was the most talkative member of the U.S. Supreme Court during oral arguments, but another member of the court turned heads by speaking out 50 percent more than she did in the prior term.

  • June 29, 2018

    The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

    A handful of law firms argued multiple cases during the latest high court term — with varying degrees of success. Here’s how the familiar law firms fared in some of the most high-profile cases of the year.

  • June 29, 2018

    The Supreme Court Term By The Numbers

    Back at full strength, the justices worked their way through a docket full of blockbusters. Here’s our data-driven look at the term that was.

  • June 29, 2018

    Justice Kennedy Leaves Mixed Record On Civil Rights

    Over three decades on the Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy perhaps became best known for upholding the constitutional right to abortions and to same-sex marriage, but his deference to states’ rights and his inclination to take a race-blind approach to legal analysis have complicated his civil rights legacy.

  • June 29, 2018

    Judge Inclined To Vacate Nearly $1M Award For Miami Auditor

    A Florida judge said Friday he is leaning toward vacating a nearly $1 million jury award for a former city of Miami independent auditor who says he was fired for reporting securities violations, with the judge now weighing that the whistleblower did not go to Miami’s Civil Service Board with his retaliation claim before filing suit.

  • June 29, 2018

    College Hoops Corruption Defendants Denied Evidence

    A New York federal judge declined Friday to force prosecutors to provide evidence to former Adidas employees and a former NBA agent charged with participating in a corrupt scheme to co-opt promising high school athletes.

  • June 29, 2018

    4 Ways The Apple-Samsung Case Shaped Patent Law

    Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have reached a settlement in their epic smartphone patent feud, but several rulings during the seven-year dispute will have a lasting legacy. Here’s a look back at some key decisions in the case and their influence on patent law.

  • June 29, 2018

    NJ Court Told To Rethink Share Of Cos.' Asbestos Liability

    A New Jersey state appeals court ordered a new trial on Friday for a widow whose asbestos judgment was reduced when damages were allocated among nine companies, ruling that a lower court improperly allowed evidence from companies which weren’t represented at the trial to help a jury determine their share of liability.

  • June 29, 2018

    Platinum Partners Execs Set For New Year Fraud Trial

    A New York federal judge set a January trial date for former executives of Platinum Partners accused of a $1 billion securities fraud scheme in which they allegedly inflated the value of investments and duped bondholders of defunct offshore driller Black Elk.

  • June 29, 2018

    Seyfarth Beats Malpractice Suit At Trial, Wins $133K

    A California jury held Friday that Landmark Worldwide owes its former firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP $133,000 for unpaid work on an employee's discrimination suit, rejecting the self-help company's allegation that the firm committed malpractice by not advising it to claim insurance in the case.

  • June 29, 2018

    Manafort To Seek Change Of Venue In Fraud Case

    Attorneys for Paul Manafort told a Virginia federal judge Friday that they intend to seek a change of venue for his rapidly approaching tax and bank fraud trial, saying government leaks and media coverage have poisoned public sentiment toward the former Trump campaign chairman.

  • June 29, 2018

    Trump Says He Will Announce Supreme Court Nominee July 9

    President Donald Trump said Friday he will announce his nominee to take Justice Anthony Kennedy’s place on the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9, and that he has narrowed down the pool of candidates to “around” five people, including two women.

  • June 29, 2018

    Pa. Doc, Hospital Say $47M Baby Injury Award Was Punitive

    Non-economic damages are supposed to compensate victims for their mental and physical pain and suffering, not punish doctors in malpractice cases, a doctor and hospital argued Thursday in Pennsylvania federal court as they fight a $47 million jury verdict that they argue "simply defies common sense."

  • June 29, 2018

    Kennedy's Retirement: Legacy, Fallout & The Battle Ahead

    Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the longest-serving active member of the U.S. Supreme Court, announced his retirement Wednesday after three decades on the high court. Here, Law360 analyzes his immense impact and what his departure means for the future of the court.

  • June 29, 2018

    AbbVie, Besins Owe $448M In FTC Androgel Antitrust Case

    AbbVie Inc. and an affiliate must pay $448 million in the Federal Trade Commission’s suit alleging they netted more than $1 billion after bringing sham patent lawsuits to stave off generic competition to AbbVie’s AndroGel testosterone replacement drug, a Pennsylvania federal court ruled Friday.

  • June 29, 2018

    Ex-Norris McLaughlin Atty Gets 27 Months In Pa. Bribery Case

    An ex-Norris McLaughlin & Marcus PA partner was sentenced to more than two years in federal prison on Friday after being found guilty on bribery and conspiracy charges for attempting to land legal work for his firm with promises of campaign contributions to the now-convicted mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania.

  • June 29, 2018

    J&J, Talc Supplier Can't Escape $117M Verdicts In NJ

    A New Jersey state judge on Friday upheld verdicts totaling $117 million in damages against Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier over claims that a man’s decades-long exposure to the pharmaceutical giant’s alleged asbestos-containing talcum powder contributed to his mesothelioma.

  • June 28, 2018

    Ill. Court Restores $3M Punitives For Man's Forklift Injury

    An Illinois appellate panel on Thursday reinstated a $15.2 million jury verdict in favor of a man severely injured by a forklift while working for an exhibitor at a trade show, saying a $3 million punitive damages award for willful conduct was supported by the evidence.

  • June 28, 2018

    Why The Defense Bar Celebrates Kennedy

    Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy spent his three decades on the high court making a name for himself as a champion of individual freedoms, but he also authored the majority opinion in Ashcroft v. Iqbal that changed corporate litigation so much, it is cited in nearly every dismissal bid and has become the bane of the plaintiffs bar.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • The Principal Purpose Test — A US Tax Court Preview

    Rusudan Shervashidze

    The IRS argument in a case pending before the U.S. Tax Court was similar to the principal purpose tests laid out by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the European Commission. To that extent, European and Canadian tax advisers who face application of a principal purpose test under domestic law or a tax treaty should take note of the court's ruling, say Rusudan Shervashidze and Stanley Ruchelman of Ruchelman PLLC.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • Employee Promotion Lessons From Hussain V. FedEx

    Jill Vorobiev

    While Federal Express succeeded at summary judgment and juries twice found in its favor in Hussain v. FedEx, the path to its recent victory was a long and likely costly one. Employers seeking to mitigate the risk of similar promotion-related discrimination claims should bear in mind the factors that led the Seventh Circuit to reverse the district court's summary judgment, say Jill Vorobiev and Adam Weiner of Reed Smith LLP.

  • The Future Of Design Patent Remedies Is Unclear

    Derek Dahlgren

    The Apple v. Samsung design-patent retrial — scheduled to begin on Monday — is an opportunity to clear up confusion on remedies. However, the complicated test that will be used for determining the article of manufacture presents the risk of creating more confusion, say Derek Dahlgren and Spencer Johnson of Rothwell Figg Ernst & Manbeck PC.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • 4 Views On Snap Removal Expressed By Illinois Courts

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    As courts increasingly rely on electronic docket monitoring systems, they have reached inconsistent outcomes on whether a defendant can "snap remove" a case to federal court. The various approaches taken by Illinois courts show that defendants must weigh the risk that removal will fail against the time and expense involved in removal, say Amy Rubenstein and Mary Shepro of DLA Piper.

  • Views From The Bench On Sentencing Representation: Part 11

    Alan Ellis

    In my interviews with judges for this series on sentencing, some of the more interesting insights have come from those who were formerly criminal defense lawyers, says attorney Alan Ellis.