Trials

  • April 28, 2017

    Law Firm Secretary Suing For OT Did Exec Work, Jury Hears

    The founding partner of a boutique Los Angeles firm cross-examined a former secretary Friday in California court over claims he shorted her $140,000 in overtime pay, questioning her duties at the firm and laying the groundwork for a possible defense that she was an executive and therefore not due overtime.

  • April 28, 2017

    FastShip Snags $6.5M IP Win Against Navy, Sues Lockheed

    FastShip LLC won a $6.5 million infringement verdict against the U.S. Navy on Friday over its patented ship hull technology, the same day it launched a trade secrets suit against Lockheed Martin and a naval design firm for allegedly violating non-disclosure agreements to fulfill a Navy ship contract.

  • April 28, 2017

    Atty Seeks $2M Damage Challenge After Frivolous Suit Ruling

    In the wake of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling questioning the constitutionality of punitive damages against attorneys for pursuing frivolous litigation, a lawyer facing a nearly $2 million verdict over a purportedly meritless lawsuit urged a trial judge Thursday to allow him to brief the issue for appeal.

  • April 28, 2017

    New GM Says Tronox Decision Blocks Successor Liability

    General Motors LLC tried Thursday to use the Second Circuit’s recent Tronox ruling to shut down the onslaught of faulty ignition suits it’s been fighting for years, telling a New York federal court those claims would benefit all the creditors of its predecessor Old GM, and therefore only Old GM should be liable for them.

  • April 28, 2017

    Some Expert Testimony Allowed In SEC Funds Transfers Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Friday told the expert witnesses in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s funds tranfers suit against defunct investment advisory outfit The Nutmeg Group LLC that they can stay on the case if they keep their testimony in the lines.

  • April 28, 2017

    Gilstrap Properly Denied LED Sales Ban, Fed. Circ. Says

    The Federal Circuit on Friday refused to undo U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap’s ruling that found a Nichia Corp. rival infringed LED semiconductor patents but denied the patent owner a permanent sales injunction, saying he properly considered potential harm to the company.

  • April 28, 2017

    Jury Finds Fla. Eye Doctor Guilty Of Overbilling Medicare

    A Florida ophthalmologist linked to New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez was found guilty Friday of overbilling Medicare by $32 million for unnecessary eye injections and other treatments.

  • April 28, 2017

    Trial Consultants Q&A: A2L Consulting's Ken Lopez

    One of my colleagues likes to say, “They call it the practice of law, but nobody is practicing.” I agree. If I could change one thing about the way trial lawyers prepare for trial, it would be the way they practice, says Kenneth Lopez, founder of A2L Consulting.

  • April 28, 2017

    Dewey Execs' Fraud Prompted By 7-Figure Pay, State Says

    Two former executives at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP were motivated by their multimillion-dollar paychecks to deceive the firm's financial backers, a prosecutor said during New York state's closing arguments Friday.

  • April 28, 2017

    SAC Trader Says 1st Circ. Upheld Newman After Salman

    Ex-SAC Capital Advisors manager Mathew Martoma encouraged the Second Circuit Thursday to follow its sister circuit’s lead in holding the U.S. Supreme Court’s Salman opinion didn’t flip the New York appellate court’s earlier finding that close relationships are necessary to sustain insider trading convictions.

  • April 28, 2017

    Dallas Leader Cleared Of Bribery, Gets Mistrial On Tax Fraud

    A Texas federal jury cleared Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price of bribery and mail fraud charges Friday, but deadlocked on four tax fraud-related charges, leading to a mistrial on those four counts and the potential he’ll have to face trial again.

  • April 28, 2017

    Pa. Court Won't Revisit $10.1M Medical Malpractice Verdict

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court will not rehear a case in which it affirmed a $10.1 million jury verdict in favor of a woman who sued a Philadelphia hospital over her infant's untimely bacterial meningitis diagnosis.

  • April 28, 2017

    J&J Hit With $20M Pelvic Mesh Verdict In Philly

    A Pennsylvania state jury hit Johnson & Johnson on Friday with a $20 million verdict over injuries suffered by a New Jersey woman after receiving a vaginal mesh implant, the third consecutive eight-figure award against Johnson & Johnson in the pelvic mesh mass tort program in Philadelphia County court.

  • April 28, 2017

    Apple Can't Nix $7.3M Patent Verdict, Court Rules

    A California federal judge on Thursday rejected Apple’s arguments that a jury's verdict was not based on sound evidence and that it calculated damages based on a flawed model, letting stand a $7.3 million verdict against Apple for infringing Core Wireless’ mobile communications patents.

  • April 27, 2017

    Nomura Trader Seeks Split From Conspirators In RMBS Case

    One of three traders at Nomura Securities International Inc. accused of juicing profits by lying to customers about mortgage bond prices asked a Connecticut federal court on Thursday for his own separate trial, warning that if he were tried along with his colleagues he could be found guilty by association.

  • April 27, 2017

    Managing Law Partner Broke No-OT Vow, Secretary Testifies

    A California legal secretary suing a boutique Los Angeles firm for over $140,000 in overtime wages testified Thursday at trial that although she agreed to a $1,000 a week salary, the firm's namesake partner broke his promise not to work her long days and late hours.

  • April 27, 2017

    Misconduct Can’t Undo Med Mal Verdict, Ky. Justices Rule

    The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated a jury verdict clearing a doctor of medical negligence in connection with a patient’s surgeries to repair a broken arm, saying the jury was properly advised to disregard certain trial statements made by defense counsel that violated the trial judge’s order.

  • April 27, 2017

    $9.6M Birth Injury Award Tossed Due To Lack Of ACA Info

    A California appeals court on Thursday tossed a jury's $9.57 million award to a boy who suffered a brain injury at birth for his future medical expenses, ruling the jury should have heard evidence about the benefits he could obtain under the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid.

  • April 27, 2017

    Feds Broke Law Investigating Ex-Rep. Schock, Court Hears

    An attorney for the U.S. House of Representatives told an Illinois federal court that a staffer-turned-informant on former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock may have broken laws in the course of investigating the Peoria Republican's alleged theft of government funds, according to a letter made public Thursday.

  • April 27, 2017

    Dewey Defense Says Execs Were Trying To Save Failing Firm

    Two former executives at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP had no intent to defraud the doomed firm's banks and lenders, but were merely working as hard as they could to save a sinking ship, a jury heard on Thursday as the defense finished its role in the retrial.

Expert Analysis

  • The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants

    Dennis Klein

    Mediators’ proposals, which call for an unconditional and confidential acceptance or rejection, are resolving high-value disputes on a regular basis. Dennis Klein of Critical Matter Mediation examines why this is happening and the tactical implications for litigants in anticipating that a mediator’s proposal could resolve litigation.

  • Haeger V. Goodyear: Just Put The Cookie Back In The Jar

    Jeb Butler

    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Haeger v. Goodyear illustrates how manufacturers and their lawyers who withhold evidence too often get away with it. If the chances of getting caught cheating are low, and the penalty for cheating is merely that you go back to where you started, there is little incentive to play fair, says Jeb Butler of Butler Tobin LLC.

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • How Privilege Applies To Multinationals' In-House Counsel

    Devika Kewalramani

    How does attorney-client privilege apply to an international company with corporate legal departments at a U.S. parent and at foreign subsidiaries? When does it attach to communications between such entities? These questions were the subject of a recent decision by a New Jersey federal court. The court's opinion provides real-world guidance to both in-house and outside counsel, say attorneys from Moses & Singer LLP.

  • UK Product Liability Law Moves Toward US Norms

    Marilyn Moberg

    Metal-on-metal hip prosthesis litigation is still in its infancy in the United Kingdom, but a landmark English High Court decision in one such case adopts many of the product liability doctrines and principles that apply in the U.S. This is welcome news for manufacturers who sell medical products in the U.K., say Marilyn Moberg and Kathryn Bond of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Florida 'Black Box' Ruling: Game Changer For Vehicle Tech

    Tina Sciocchetti

    A split panel of a Florida state appellate court has held that police need a warrant to search a vehicle’s electronic data recorder or “black box” absent exigent circumstances. The ruling in Florida v. Worsham demonstrates that the constitutional, legislative and regulatory privacy protections afforded data-capturing vehicle technologies are expanding rapidly, say Tina Sciochetti and Charles Dell'Anno of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • 10 Tips For Creating Winning Trial Visuals

    Kerri Ruttenberg

    Effective visuals require effective design. In her new book, "Images with Impact: Design and Use of Winning Trial Visuals," published by the American Bar Association, trial lawyer and Jones Day partner Kerri Ruttenberg discusses how to design and use visuals to help viewers understand, believe and remember the messages being conveyed.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.