A California appeals court on Friday affirmed a jury’s finding that Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP must pay a legal recruiter $335,000 for connecting the firm with its managing partner-elect, ruling that substantial evidence backed the jury’s verdict.
A Georgia appeals court on Friday affirmed a $4.5 million jury award in a suit accusing a doctor of botching a man’s treatment, which caused paraplegia, rejecting the doctor’s argument that the trial judge improperly allowed the patient to make statements about an inapplicable standard of care.
Only a bench trial can resolve claims that Harvard University’s undergraduate arm discriminates against Asian-American applicants, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Friday, denying cross-motions for summary judgment in a closely watched civil rights case.
An Illinois state appeals court affirmed Quarles & Brady LLP’s bench trial win over a former car dealership owner’s claims that the firm's malpractice cost him roughly $2 million in a buyout deal, ruling the firm's failure to bring a breach of contract claim didn't make a difference in the suit.
A Florida federal jury has awarded $1.2 million in damages in the second trial for a cruise ship passenger who fell over a cleaning bucket that she said was negligently left in a walkway — with the jury almost matching an award previously overruled by the Eleventh Circuit.
A North Carolina hog farm that a jury found guilty of illegally spraying urine and feces into the air asked a federal judge on Friday to vacate the verdict and $3.25 million punishment, citing a recently amended state law that shields farms from such lawsuits.
The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday vacated a jury’s decision to award $20 million in punitive damages in a suit accusing a rehabilitation hospital of negligently caring for an elderly patient and causing her death, saying certain instructions given to the jury were misleading.
An attorney who said he was left with severe health problems and unable to practice law after three doctors failed to properly diagnose his HIV will take one more stab at settling, even after being awarded an $18.4 million jury verdict, after the doctors on Friday in Massachusetts federal court made a bid to decrease the award.
Apple Inc. on Friday escaped a $506 million damages award in a patent case brought by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation as the Federal Circuit found the iPhone maker did not infringe a computer processor patent.
Federal prosecutors have told a New York federal court that two South American soccer bosses convicted of bribery-related charges as part of the wider FIFA corruption investigation should pay their victims nearly $55 million in restitution, plus a percentage of their salaries and some investigation costs.
The Ninth Circuit on Friday ordered a new trial in a high-profile copyright lawsuit accusing Led Zeppelin of stealing the intro to "Stairway to Heaven" from an obscure song, ruling a trial judge “undermined” the accusations.
Court watchers have been left marveling at the rapid pace of an intellectual property dispute between a pair of Massachusetts 3D printing rivals, which raced to trial in less than four months this summer and saw a second trial between the two end Thursday.
Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP has hired an intellectual property litigator previously with Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP as a partner in its Los Angeles office, the firm announced on Thursday.
A Wisconsin federal judge on Thursday awarded $5 million in attorneys’ fees and costs to a bull stud company even though a jury found it infringed a bovine semen-sorting company's patents because the sorting company had engaged in anticompetitive practices, saying the stud company did an “impressive job” limiting its request to work related to its victory.
A pair of Massachusetts-based 3D printing rivals, just four days into the second trial between the two within a six-month span, settled dueling claims that they stole each other’s trade secrets.
Another former Deutsche Bank derivatives trader on Thursday told a Manhattan federal jury that he pushed colleagues at the German lender to alter London Interbank Offered Rate submissions to benefit his trading positions, which cheated his counterparties.
A New York appeals court gave a former Apollo fund manager a second chance Thursday to use one of his previously barred expert witnesses in a case against a former Greenberg Traurig LLP partner over an alleged plot to fake evidence to dodge a $6.5 million contract claim.
An Arkansas federal jury on Wednesday slammed a Mercedes-Benz dealership with $5.8 million in punitive damages for defrauding a man who bought a $90,000 Ferrari from them, finding the dealership’s employees lied when they said the car was in excellent condition.
The Ninth Circuit has upheld the conviction and sentence of the former CEO of a Hollywood payroll services company for falsifying a tax return and diverting some $5.1 million in funds from the company.
Latham & Watkins LLP announced the hiring Thursday of a new antitrust defense partner and former U.S. Department of Justice competition enforcer who specializes in representing companies facing allegations of participation in illegal cartels.
Neither the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure nor most state procedure codes expressly address whether, in what circumstances, or how a party may use technology-assisted review to fulfill its disclosure obligations. A new rule introduced last week by the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court aims to fill that gap, say Elizabeth Sacksteder and Ross Gotler of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.
After a four-day jury trial, an Ohio federal judge ruled this week that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau failed to prove that debt collection law firm Weltman Weinberg & Reis Co. LPA had misled consumers by sending them demand letters. The decision calls into question the CFPB's authority to investigate or bring enforcement actions against collection law firms, says Joann Needleman of Clark Hill PLC.
Should Judge Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, he and Justice Neil Gorsuch — both former clerks for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy — will likely lead the court to finally rein in "relevant conduct" for federal sentencing, say criminal defense attorneys Alan Ellis and Mark Allenbaugh.
The recent emergence of artificial intelligence-based technology has prompted serious concerns about the future integrity of recordings. Attorneys must think critically about standards for authenticating audio and video evidence as well as legislative and regulatory safeguards to discourage pervasive manipulation and forgery, says Jonathan Mraunac of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.
At its most recent meeting, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation considered and denied a petition for an MDL proceeding to centralize flood insurance claims arising from recent hurricanes. The decision shows the careful line the panel must walk when considering petitions featuring cases with a variety of circumstances, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter.
While I read with interest Law360's report analyzing the top 20 global law firms of 2018, I also noticed it doesn't tell the whole story. Global networks of independent law firms compare favorably with multinational firms in terms of geographic coverage, legal expertise, and awareness of local cultures and customs, says Glenn Cunningham of Interlaw Ltd.
Millennials represent more than 25 percent of the U.S. population and grew up immersed in technology. Anyone preparing to face a patent jury should consider how this age group feels about the patent world. Our analysis of 5,000 mock jurors showed two important overall conclusions, say Johanna Carrane and Lynn Fahey of JuryScope Inc.
The misappropriation of funds charge can leave defense attorneys struggling throughout trial to distinguish personal expenses from legitimate business expenses. The Fifth Circuit's decision in U.S. v. Spalding sheds light on how to handle these situations, but also sets out the battles that attorneys won’t win, say Kip Mendrygal and Mario Nguyen of Locke Lord LLP.
Hardly a day goes by where we don’t hear about another lawsuit being filed accusing pharmaceutical companies, distributors, hospitals and pharmacies of fueling the country’s addiction to opioids. But without any of these cases reaching a jury to date, it can be difficult to predict how jurors will react to these claims, says Christina Marinakis of Litigation Insights.
Genetic data and techniques are becoming ever more powerful tools for explaining when and how diseases arise. They can also have very strong evidentiary value, and in some toxic tort cases, genetic findings can provide conclusive answers for a judge or jury, say Kirk Hartley and David Schwartz of ToxicoGenomica.