Trials

  • March 24, 2017

    Prevezon Wants No Mention Of Magnitsky In Seizure Trial

    A holding company that federal prosecutors say benefited from a huge Russian fraud scheme whose alleged perpetrators have been blacklisted by the U.S. government for having investigator Sergei Magnitsky killed asked a Manhattan federal judge on Thursday to bar any mention of the man at an upcoming trial.

  • March 24, 2017

    Aykroyd's Booze Brand Survey Was 'Unrealistic,' Jury Hears

    Tequila company Element Spirits on Friday defended itself against claims it ripped off Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka’s unique skull-shaped bottle, calling an expert to testify in the California federal jury trial that a survey showing consumers confused the two brands was “unrealistic.”

  • March 24, 2017

    Oil Cos.' Trade Secrets Row 'Waste Of Time,' Judge Says

    A Texas judge mulling National Oilwell Varco’s requests for sanctions against a Schlumberger unit and the toss of some jury findings following a two-week trade secrets trial scolded both sides during a hearing Friday, telling the competing equipment and service providers in the oil and gas industry that the case represented a waste of time.

  • March 24, 2017

    NY Judge Says UPS On Hook In King-Size Cig Tax Row

    A New York federal judge ruled Friday that UPS Inc. is liable for allegations by the Empire State and New York City that the shipping giant helped traffic untaxed cigarettes from tribal lands, but said she needed more information before deciding how much of the $872 million the plaintiffs are seeking should be awarded.

  • March 24, 2017

    Homeowner Wins $1.3M Against Ameriprise In Bad Faith Case

    A California state jury on Thursday awarded a homeowner more than $1.3 million in his dispute with an Ameriprise insurer over vandalism coverage, finding that the insurance company had failed to pay policy benefits and engaged in bad faith conduct.

  • March 24, 2017

    JPMorgan Says Jokes Can't DQ Judge In Whistleblower's Suit

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Friday blasted a former executive’s bid to disqualify the New York federal judge handling her retaliation suit against the company, saying the judge’s comment that he “wouldn’t wish the case on [his] worst enemy” was “obviously humorous.”

  • March 24, 2017

    Texas Jury Convicts Doc For Role In $40M Medicare Scheme

    A Texas doctor was convicted by a federal jury on multiple counts of health care fraud Friday after federal prosecutors alleged he had participated in a scheme that bilked Medicare out of $40 million for home health services by filing false claims for services that were either unneeded or were never provided.

  • March 24, 2017

    Dewey Staffer Says She Didn't Think She Committed Crimes

    A former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP finance staffer told a Manhattan federal jury Friday she did not think she was committing a crime by making improper accounting entries into the law firm’s books, and confirmed that former Executive Director Stephen DiCarmine never told her to do anything inappropriate.

  • March 24, 2017

    Texas Jury Hits Motorola For $9M In HD Voice Patent Trial

    A Texas federal jury on Friday hit Motorola Mobility LLC with a $9 million verdict, finding willful infringement of five patents related to voice quality on phone calls and rejecting Motorola’s claims the patents are invalid.

  • March 24, 2017

    GM Drivers Say Experts' Testimony Holds Water

    Several drivers in upcoming trials over General Motors' alleged ignition switch defect on Friday blasted the automaker’s criticisms of their expert witnesses as “meaningless,” telling a New York federal judge that GM fails to address their opinions head on and that its own experts offer unreliable and misleading opinions.

  • March 24, 2017

    Ex-Mortgage Banker Gets 12.5 Years Over $30M Scheme

    The former head of a mortgage lending bank was sentenced Friday by a New York federal judge to 150 months in prison in connection with a $30 million scheme to rip off lenders by lying about property values, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • March 24, 2017

    Feds Drop Money Laundering Count In $45M Medicare Case

    Federal prosecutors have dropped a money laundering conspiracy charge from the trial against alleged ringleaders of a $45 million Medicare fraud scheme, they told an Illinois federal judge on Thursday.

  • March 24, 2017

    Ex-PSU Prez Found Guilty Of Child Endangerment

    Ex-Penn State University president Graham Spanier was found guilty of one count of child endangerment on Friday after a jury in Harrisburg agreed that his failure to report a suspected child abuse incident involving Jerry Sandusky more than 15 years ago had left children at risk from the recently convicted sex offender.

  • March 24, 2017

    Pa. Atty Accuses Rival Of Perjury In Frivolous Suit Trial

    A suburban Philadelphia attorney saddled with a nearly $2 million verdict in state court over frivolous litigation he was found to have pursued has accused a rival attorney who is seeking sanctions in the case of committing perjury.

  • March 24, 2017

    Uber Arbitration Appeal May Hinge On Rakoff Court Comment

    Second Circuit Judge Denny Chin asked Friday if a trial should be held on whether Uber's mandatory arbitration clause was unlawfully buried in the smartphone of a rider who brought a price-fixing action — and the answer may hinge on a comment U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff made in open court.

  • March 23, 2017

    Verdict Form Reveals Close Call In Meningitis Murder Case

    An unprecedented case ended in a most unusual way: Jurors considering a sweeping indictment against a Massachusetts pharmacist who shipped mold-infested drugs that caused a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak declared him not guilty of murder on Wednesday, but appeared to indicate that the majority wanted to convict him.

  • March 23, 2017

    Exec Sentenced To 15 Months In NYC Tour Bus Monopoly Suit

    A former executive of a New York City tour bus company will spend 15 months in prison after admitting to concealing and destroying documents during a U.S. Department of Justice antitrust litigation over an alleged monopoly of the hop-on, hop-off tour business, federal prosecutors announced on Thursday.

  • March 23, 2017

    Jurors Start Mulling Ex-PSU Boss's Child Endangerment Case

    A jury began deliberations Thursday over whether ex-Penn State University president Graham Spanier conspired to endanger children by agreeing not to tell child welfare authorities about a school employee’s claim that he saw now-convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky showering with a young boy in a campus locker room.

  • March 23, 2017

    Dan Aykroyd Breaks Down Booze Bottle Angles In IP Trial

    Comedy legend Dan Aykroyd on Thursday told a California federal jury that a tequila company had ripped off his Crystal Head Vodka brand’s unique skull-shaped bottle, pulling out a ruler to dissect what he said are obvious similarities between the two bottles.

  • March 23, 2017

    Dean Foods Chairman Feared His Wife Was Wired By Feds

    The defense in the insider trading trial of prominent gambler Billy Walters in a New York federal court hammered the government’s star witness on his lies and swindle, little and large, and reveled in revealing former Dean Foods chairman Tom Davis took his wife to a cemetery and asked her whether she was wearing a wire.

Expert Analysis

  • How Past And Present Aerial Photography Can Make The Case

    David Ruiz

    Many cases hinge on visual evidence. And aerial photography can play a key role, showing how geographic features or buildings looked in the past or have changed over time. Legal teams should be aware of the aerial photography resources available and the impact technological advances in the field may have on helping prove their case, says David Ruiz of Quantum Spatial Inc.

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • A Gorsuch Decision In Favor Of Federal Jurisdiction

    Forrest Latta

    U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's legal path has adhered closely to waypoints of originalism and conservatism in his career. But judicial conservatism and political conservatism do not always follow parallel paths. A recent example is Gorsuch’s opinion for the Tenth Circuit in Hammond v. Stamps.com, favoring federal removal jurisdiction despite concerns of federalism and state authority, says Forrest Latta of Burr & Forman LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • Not From Around Here? Trying A Case As An Out-Of-Towner

    William Oxley

    The importance of authenticity is magnified when trying a case outside your home jurisdiction. While using references to local landmarks or history can help make arguments relatable, adopting local expressions or style in an attempt to ingratiate oneself with the judge and jury almost always backfires, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly of Dechert LLP.

  • The Struggle To Apply Spokeo's Injury-In-Fact Requirement

    Edmund O'Toole

    In last year's Spokeo ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court checked the wave of class actions against companies for technical violations of disclosure requirements under myriad consumer protection statutes, by adding an injury-in-fact requirement for plaintiffs. But federal courts are having trouble applying this standard, interpreting its impact on class certification of consumer plaintiffs in varying ways, says Edmund O'Toole of Venable LLP.

  • Challenging The Internal Revenue Code’s Omnibus Clause

    Joseph Martini

    A recent dissent by two judges on the Second Circuit in United States v. Marinello could lead to U.S. Supreme Court scrutiny of the Internal Revenue Code's omnibus clause, which makes it a felony to violate any provision of the code. The time may be right for the high court to tackle this issue, say Joseph Martini and Judd Lindenfeld of Wiggin and Dana LLP.

  • Texas Senate Bill 10 Would Adversely Affect All Insureds

    John R. Hardin

    Senate Bill 10, recently introduced in Texas, has been touted as legislation tailored to curb "hailstorm lawsuit abuse." However, this bill fails to reference hail or hailstorms, and would meaningfully and adversely impact the rights of all Texas policyholders, say John Hardin and Gilbert Perales of K&L Gates LLP.