Trials

  • February 5, 2018

    Jury Tacks $28M Onto Smoker's $14M Win From RJ Reynolds

    A Florida jury on Monday hit R.J. Reynolds with $27.8 million in punitive damages after finding last week the company owed nearly $14 million in compensatory damages to a woman who needed a lung transplant after smoking cigarettes for decades.

  • February 5, 2018

    Uber Cheated In Self-Driving Car Race, Waymo Tells Jury

    In the race to develop self-driving car technology, Uber was like Rosie Ruiz, the woman who won the Boston Marathon by riding the subway to victory, an attorney for Waymo told a California federal jury during opening statements Monday, saying Uber stole the Alphabet Inc. subsidiary’s trade secrets to “leapfrog” ahead of the competition.

  • February 5, 2018

    Jury Awards Developer $26M In Fight Over Miami-Area Condos

    A jury has awarded the developer of the luxurious Prive Island Estates $26 million after finding that the homeowners association on a neighboring island breached an agreement not to object to construction of other projects on the islands near Miami.

  • February 5, 2018

    Chiquita Settles With Families Before Terrorism Trial

    Ahead of trial on claims that it supported a Colombian terrorist organization that kidnapped and killed six Americans in the 1990s, Chiquita Brands International Inc. informed a Florida federal judge at a hearing Monday that the company reached settlements with the victims’ families.

  • February 5, 2018

    BofA Fraud Report An 'Ambush,' Ex-Worker Tells Jury

    A former Bank of America client manager told a California federal jury Monday the bank “ambushed” her when it fired her and listed her with a fraud reporting agency, testifying during the second day of a blacklisting and defamation trial that she was never told the bank was investigating her for fraud.

  • February 5, 2018

    1st Circ. Weighs Instructions In Insider Trading Verdict

    First Circuit judges on Monday questioned the legitimacy of a securities fraud conviction of a man who claims jurors should have been informed that evidence indicating he knew trading on his wife’s insider knowledge was illegal cannot, in itself, constitute guilt.

  • February 5, 2018

    Ex-NY Lobbyist Tells Jury Life Of Thieving Led To Plea

    Todd Howe, the disgraced lobbyist whose testimony prosecutors hope will lead to the corruption convictions of a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and three businessmen, told a Manhattan jury Monday that he stole roughly $1 million from Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP before he was fired in 2016.

  • February 5, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Tosses Enhanced Damages In Drain Patent Case

    The Federal Circuit on Monday set aside more than $2.7 million the plumbing supply company WCM Industries Inc. won in a lawsuit against IPS Corp. over patents for bathtub drain assemblies, finding flaws with the analysis the lower court used to enhance damages after a 2015 trial.

  • February 5, 2018

    Wells Fargo Denied New Trial In $1.25B Tax 'Sham' Case

    A Minnesota federal judge on Monday denied Wells Fargo & Co.’s request for a new trial in a case over a $1.25 billion transaction deemed a tax "sham" by the Internal Revenue Service, saying it could not consider new arguments by the financial institution.

  • February 5, 2018

    Atty Scolded For '#Killinnazis' Exits Pa. Xarelto Cases

    A Florida attorney who was chided by a Philadelphia judge last month for posting courtroom photos on social media with the inflammatory hashtag “#killinnazis" will not be involved in six upcoming trials over injuries allegedly caused by Bayer AG’s blood thinner Xarelto, according to an order docketed Friday.

  • February 5, 2018

    Trial Group Of The Year: McKool Smith

    When renowned music producer Quincy Jones looked to win royalties from the late pop superstar Michael Jackson’s estate, he turned to McKool Smith LLP, whose work winning a nearly $10 million verdict in the case has helped earn the firm a spot among Law360’s Trial Groups of the Year.

  • February 2, 2018

    Md. Justices OK Expert's Use Of Medical Files In Injury Case

    Maryland’s highest court ruled Friday that medical records used by an expert trial witness were properly admitted, because the expert relied on the records to form his opinion that a woman didn’t suffer personal injuries because of a car accident, and said the records satisfied a court rule regarding such evidence.

  • February 2, 2018

    BofA ‘Murdered’ Ex-Client Manager’s Career, Jury Told

    A former Bank of America client manager took the stand Friday during the first day of a California federal jury trial over allegations the bank defamed and illegally blacklisted her when it fired her and listed her with a fraud reporting agency, testifying that the bank’s actions “murdered” her career.

  • February 2, 2018

    Ky. Court Affirms Doc's Win In Suit Over Patient's Death

    A Kentucky appeals court on Friday affirmed a verdict in which a jury cleared a doctor accused of providing poor care to a patient who died in the aftermath of a gallbladder surgery, saying though it was a close call in some instances, the trial court did not abuse its discretion.

  • February 2, 2018

    Jury Says Shirt Co. Not Liable In $10M Suit Over Child's Burns

    A California federal jury has found that Schwab Co. Inc. is not responsible for severe burns sustained by a child while wearing one of its shirts, clearing the clothing manufacturer of all liability after co-defendants Macy’s and Ralph Lauren settled for roughly $860,000.

  • February 2, 2018

    Davis Polk Nabs Keker Van Nest IP Litigator In Calif.

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP has scored a top intellectual property litigator from Keker Van Nest & Peters LLP who has counseled leading technology and telecommunications companies including Comcast, Netflix, Hulu, HTC, Square and Broadcom, the firm announced Thursday.

  • February 2, 2018

    Ill. Judge's Fraud Trial A Rare Moment For The Bench

    A Cook County, Illinois, circuit court judge is set to face a federal jury Monday on charges she fraudulently obtained $1.4 million in mortgage and commercial loans before she took the bench, the first time in years that a sitting Illinois judge has been tried on criminal charges in federal court.

  • February 2, 2018

    Head To Head: Uber-Waymo Attys Bring Grit And Wit To Trial

    A high-stakes trade secrets trial over self-driving cars will pit a meticulous questioner against a courtroom charmer, their colleagues say. Here’s what to expect from a pair of high-octane advocates known for their scrappiness and skill.

  • February 2, 2018

    Biofuel Trader OK'd To Register $32M Award Out Of NY State

    A New York federal judge on Thursday cleared a Singapore biofuel trader to register in Utah and California a $32 million judgment issued over a fuel contract dispute, finding the trader has “good cause” to file the judgment in states where the company it was awarded against has assets.

  • February 2, 2018

    Trial Group Of The Year: Jones Day

    Jones Day pulled out a record-breaking $2.54 billion patent infringement jury verdict for a Merck & Co. subsidiary in a battle over a hepatitis C drug and zealously represented big-name clients in a broad range of major trials, making the firm one of Law360's Trial Groups of the Year.

Expert Analysis

  • Revisiting The FCA Public Disclosure Bar, Post-Bellevue

    Gerald Meyer

    In Bellevue v. Universal Health Services of Hartgrove, the Seventh Circuit recently ruled that a qui tam relator’s allegations were substantially similar to publicly disclosed allegations — meaning the suit was precluded by the public disclosure bar, though the relator’s allegations concerned a different time period. This could have major implications for False Claims Act cases, say Gerald Meyer and Emily Damrau of Molo Lamken LLP.

  • Roundup

    40 Years Of FCPA

    FCPA

    ​Dec. 19 marked the 40th anniversary of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Catch up on this series featuring reflections from attorneys who have played a role in the evolution of FCPA enforcement, defense and compliance.​

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Is Not The Solution To The Opioid Epidemic

    William Escobar

    It is irresponsible to fit the pharmaceutical industry into the mold of Big Tobacco. The opioid addiction crisis is a public health problem and litigation is not a proper solution, say members of Kelley Drye and Warren LLP.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: An Update From The DOJ

    Daniel Kahn

    U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors and law enforcement partners have secured more foreign bribery-related trial convictions and guilty pleas this year than in any other year in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in fact by almost twice as much. These are all significant cases with significant impacts, says Daniel Kahn, chief of the DOJ's FCPA Unit.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • How District Courts Split Over 'Infringing Acts'

    Mike Abernathy

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s May 2017 TC Heartland decision, an open question was how to interpret the patent venue’s statutory language regarding “has committed acts of infringement” in the Hatch-Waxman Act context. Two courts have thus far addressed this issue, but each has interpreted the statutory language differently, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.