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Trials

  • September 28, 2018

    Manatt Can't Dodge Recruiter's $335K Trial Win, Panel Says

    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.

  • September 28, 2018

    $4.5M Award Affirmed In Paraplegic Man's Suit Against Doctor

    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.

  • September 28, 2018

    Harvard, Rejected Applicants Must Go To Trial, Judge Rules

    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.

  • September 28, 2018

    Ill. Panel Ends Malpractice Suit Against Quarles & Brady

    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.

  • September 28, 2018

    In Redo, Woman Gets $1.2M For Injuries In Cruise Ship Fall

    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.

  • September 28, 2018

    Hog Farm Says NC Law Nullifies Nuisance Verdict

    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.

  • September 28, 2018

    Ala. High Court Wipes Out $20M Award In Patient Death Suit

    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.

  • September 28, 2018

    Docs, Atty To Try Settling After $18M Malpractice Verdict

    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.

  • September 28, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Tosses $506M WARF Patent Verdict Against Apple

    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.

  • September 28, 2018

    Prosecutors Want $55M Restitution For Soccer Bribe Convicts

    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.

  • September 28, 2018

    Zeppelin Must Face New 'Stairway' Copyright Trial: 9th Circ.

    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.

  • September 28, 2018

    Rocket-er Docket: Mass. IP Case Sees 2 Trials In 6 Months

    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.

  • September 28, 2018

    Jeffer Mangels Adds IP Litigator From Glaser Weil In Calif.

    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.

  • September 27, 2018

    Bull Stud Co. Wins $5M Fees, Costs In Semen-Sorting Row

    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.

  • September 27, 2018

    3D Printing Rivals Settle IP Dispute Just Days Into Trial

    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.

  • September 27, 2018

    Another Ex-Deutsche Trader Tells Jury Of Libor-Rigging

    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.

  • September 27, 2018

    Testimony Allowed In Greenberg Traurig Forgery Case

    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.

  • September 27, 2018

    Dealership Hit With $5.8M Verdict For Selling Lemon Ferrari

    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.

  • September 27, 2018

    9th Circ. Backs Hollywood Payroll Co. CEO’s Fraud Sentence

    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.

  • September 27, 2018

    Latham Adds Antitrust Cartel Defense Partner

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • NY Commercial Division Backs Technology-Assisted Review

    Elizabeth Sacksteder

    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.

  • Why CFPB Should Not Regulate The Practice Of Law

    Joann Needleman

    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.

  • Sentencing May Change With 2 Kennedy Clerks On High Court

    Alan Ellis

    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 Future Of Authenticating Audio And Video Evidence

    Jonathan Mraunac

    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.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: A Flood Of MDLs

    Alan Rothman

    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.

  • Opinion

    Law360's Global 20 Doesn't Acknowledge Global Networks

    Glenn Cunningham

    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.

  • The Millennial Juror’s Thoughts On IP

    Johanna Carrane

    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.

  • Takeaways From 5th Circ. Wind Farm Scam Case

    Kip Mendrygal

    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.

  • The Opioid Epidemic: Who Will Jurors Hold Accountable?

    Christina Marinakis

    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.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Genomics In Toxic Tort Cases: Part 3

    Kirk Hartley

    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.