A California judge on Friday tossed a jury award of $417 million from Johnson & Johnson to a woman who claimed the company's baby powder gave her ovarian cancer, finding the plaintiff relied on speculative expert testimony that failed to link talcum powder to cancer.
If Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products contained asbestos, a person using them on their child or on themselves could develop mesothelioma, a former Tulane pathology professor and asbestos expert testified in a California trial Friday for a woman alleging she developed the cancer in this way.
A tech expert who was convicted in a scheme to co-opt a credit union to process illegal bitcoin-dollar exchanges was sentenced Friday to 16 months in prison by a New York federal judge, who granted him a “substantial variance” from the guidelines for his relatively small role and positive personal characteristics.
An upcoming trial over patents for wireless home audio systems will be impossibly unwieldy if it includes all three patents that home audio giant Sonos wants to include, rival Denon told a Delaware federal court on Friday, saying Sonos flouted explicit instructions from the judge.
Former Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP partner Evan Greebel's conspiracy trial began in Brooklyn federal court Friday with accusations he betrayed his pharmaceutical company client's trust through a greedy plot with Martin Shkreli, the company's then-CEO who was convicted of securities fraud in August.
Federal prosecutors in Boston asked jurors Friday to find guilty of murder a former Massachusetts pharmacist they claim recklessly and with extreme indifference to life, causing a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people, while his defense blamed the pharmacy manager and poor training.
A whistleblower suit against IBM Corp. over $50 million in allegedly false claims for federal grant funds meant for a public safety project in Cook County, Illinois, settled just days ahead of its scheduled trial in Illinois federal court, according to court records.
Swartz Campbell LLC announced Thursday that it has snagged Chartwell Law Offices LLP partner Kristopher Kachline to bolster its toxic tort, occupational disease and workers’ compensation practices.
A Federal Circuit panel affirmed Friday a Delaware federal jury’s finding that a mapping patent Art+Com Innovationpool GmbH had accused Google Earth of infringing in a $106 million case was invalid as anticipated.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP has added a former federal prosecutor and ex-Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP partner with expertise in economic sanctions and anti-money laundering regulation to its Washington, D.C., office.
The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday tossed a $1.95 million verdict in a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary over a movement disorder allegedly caused by its antipsychotic drug Risperdal, saying the drug’s label sufficiently warned about the drug's associated risks.
Two consumers who lost bellwether trials claiming Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Janssen Pharmaceuticals’ bloodthinner Xarelto causes unstoppable bleeding have told a Louisiana federal court that they’re going to appeal a handful of orders and the final judgments to the Fifth Circuit.
A California federal judge on Thursday rejected Google affiliate Waymo’s latest bid to get its hands on Uber’s self-driving car source code in its trade secrets suit, saying that a magistrate judge’s recent decision calling the request “profoundly overbroad” was neither clearly wrong or contrary to law.
A former Massachusetts pharmacist on Thursday asked a federal judge to acquit him of murder and other charges that allege he is responsible for a fatal meningitis outbreak, saying prosecutors failed to prove their case and undermined their own arguments by pinning the wrongdoing on his boss in a separate trial.
A technology company asked a Texas federal judge Thursday to award it a total of $25 million for its win against Nintendo by adding prejudgment interest to the $10.1 million verdict handed down from a jury that found Nintendo infringed a motion detection patent through its Wii gaming system.
A former foreign policy adviser to Sen. Bob Menendez testified Thursday that she did not recall him threatening to hold a hearing during a 2012 meeting with a U.S. Department of State official, challenging one of the prosecutors' claims at the bribery trial of the senator and a Florida ophthalmologist.
The jury selected for the in the conspiracy trial of former Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP attorney Evan Greebel will not be allowed to hear that "pharma bro” Martin Shkreli was acquitted of allegedly conspiring with Greebel to defraud Retrophin Inc., a Brooklyn federal judge ruled Thursday.
Jury deliberations began Thursday in the trial of ex-HSBC foreign exchange executive Mark Johnson over claims he defrauded Scottish oil and gas developer Cairn Energy PLC via a $3.5 billion forex deal, with questions about Johnson's and a cooperating witness' testimony coming up late in the day.
Residential mortgage-backed securities trustees and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. squared off in New York bankruptcy court Thursday on the value of claims submitted in the wake of the financial crisis, with the trustees arguing that their “straightforward breach of contract claims” are worth $11.4 billion, while the shuttered bank argued they’re worth $2.38 billion or less.
A Florida federal judge was right to consolidate the cases of four women who say they were injured by Boston Scientific Corp.'s allegedly defective pelvic mesh implants, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Thursday, upholding a jury’s $27 million verdict.
Recent rule changes in the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of New York are the latest of several efforts made to foster greater use of mediation and to institutionalize alternative dispute resolution, says Christopher Palermo, a litigation partner at Bleakley Platt & Schmidt LLP who serves on the Commercial Division Advisory Council.
Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation waived its authority under the Clean Water Act by failing to either issue or deny a water quality certificate for a gas pipeline within the statutory time frame. The order signals that FERC will not countenance state inaction on pipeline projects, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.
There has been much discussion of discovery proportionality in federal litigation since the December 2015 changes to Civil Rule 26. But arbitrators have long used procedures to simplify the discovery process that courts have only recently begun to adopt, says attorney and arbitrator Richard Seymour.
The courts have come up with various ways of limiting the application of the "doctrine of equivalents" infringement theory. The Federal Circuit's recent decision in Jang v. Boston Scientific demonstrates an example of the ensnarement rule, says Alan Wang of Haynes and Boone LLP.
Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.
Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.
In the final part of this article, Marjorie McMahon Obod of Dilworth Paxson LLP addresses Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 30(b)(6) deposition tactics, such as preparing a designee, defending the deposition, and reviewing and finalizing the deposition transcript.
When a witness says one thing in a deposition, but later offers an affidavit directly contradicting the prior testimony, with no credible explanation, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that the affidavit should be disregarded. James Beck of Reed Smith LLP offers a survey of significant medical product liability cases in which both plaintiffs' experts and plaintiffs themselves have contradicted their own prior statements.
In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 30(b)(6) allows an employee to depose an employer that is a corporation, governmental agency or other organization. Marjorie McMahon Obod of Dilworth Paxson LLP examines the use of depositions under this rule when an employee has sued an employer for a violation of employment law.