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  • July 20, 2018

    RJ Reynolds Must Pay For Causing Smoker's Death, Jury Told

    Counsel for the son of a man killed by lung cancer told a Florida jury on Friday that RJ Reynolds is responsible for the man’s death and should be forced to pay punitive damages, because it purposely created an addictive product and hid its dangers from the public.

  • July 20, 2018

    Oncologist Says Roundup Caused Groundskeeper's Cancer

    The active ingredient in Monsanto's weed killers caused a retired groundskeeper's non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the former medical director of the University of Chicago's cancer center testified Friday during a first-of-its-kind California jury trial on whether the company should have warned consumers about its pesticides' cancer risks.

  • July 20, 2018

    Ex-Balch & Bingham Partner, Coal Exec Convicted Of Bribery

    A federal jury has convicted a former Balch & Bingham environmental partner and a coal company executive of bribing an Alabama legislator for his help in dodging cleanup liability with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, prosecutors announced Friday evening.

  • July 20, 2018

    The Many Defenses Of Paul Manafort

    Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, whose trial on a dozen charges of bank and tax fraud is scheduled to begin in Virginia federal court Wednesday, has aggressively pushed back against the Office of Special Counsel’s allegations since his indictment, and experts told Law360 they expect him to use every legal tool he can to keep evidence away from jurors and cast doubt on the evidence put before them.

  • July 20, 2018

    J&J Faces Bid To Revive Cancer Victim's $417M Talc Win

    A woman whose cancer-stricken mother won a $417 million jury verdict saying Johnson & Johnson's talcum baby powder caused her ovarian cancer has appealed a California judge’s “about-face” decision to vacate the award, arguing in a brief Wednesday that there was sufficient evidence to support the jury’s finding.

  • July 20, 2018

    Ex-Temple Employee Gets $850K In Age Bias Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal jury has awarded $850,000 to a former Temple University executive assistant who claimed her Chinese boss said she was old enough to be put “out to pasture” in his home country, her attorneys announced Friday.

  • July 20, 2018

    Seattle Airport Worker's $40M Injury Award Slashed To $10M

    The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that the Port of Seattle need only pay $10 million to an injured airport baggage handler, rejecting the worker's claim that the port should be on the hook for the entirety of a jury’s $40 million award.

  • July 20, 2018

    Ariosa Can't Shake $27M Verdict In Illumina Prenatal IP Row

    A California federal judge on Thursday refused to toss a $27 million verdict against Roche unit Ariosa Diagnostics Inc. for infringing Illumina Inc.'s patents for at-home prenatal testing technology, but allowed Ariosa to continue selling two versions of its tests.

  • July 20, 2018

    JB Hunt Owes $4.8M Interest In Indiana Negligence Suit

    An Indiana appeals court on Wednesday affirmed the $4.8 million in prejudgment interest that J.B Hunt Transport Inc. owes to an injured woman awarded $19.5 million following an accident stemming from a J.B. Hunt driver’s negligence in a 2006 tractor-trailer crash, saying the interest was justified.

  • July 20, 2018

    Trial Wraps In Suit Over Texas Fetal Remains Disposal Rule

    The fight over a proposed law in Texas that would require health care providers to bury or cremate fetal remains moved forward Friday as the trial for a suit challenging the law concluded in federal court.

  • July 19, 2018

    Judge Referees NCAA, Athletes In Antitrust Pretrial Match

    A California federal judge on Thursday laid the ground rules for a Sept. 4 bench trial over allegations the NCAA illegally prevents athletes from being paid beyond their scholarships, requiring the parties to cut down over 2,000 exhibits, restricting layman witnesses and setting time limits on arguments.

  • July 19, 2018

    Drummond Exec, Balch & Bingham Partner Trial Goes To Jury

    An Alabama federal jury heard that a coal company executive who, along with a former Balch & Bingham partner, stands accused of bribery to help avert liability for an EPA cleanup was "doing his job," as closing arguments wrapped Thursday morning.

  • July 19, 2018

    Asbestos Link In $4.7B J&J Verdict Adds Twist To Talc Suits

    The first women to allege at trial that asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder causes ovarian cancer won a $4.69 billion verdict last week, and experts say their novel approach could represent a new stage for the myriad suits alleging talcum powder causes cancer.

  • July 19, 2018

    Ex-Albany Lobbyist Shouldn't Be In A Jail Cell, Judge Says

    Manhattan U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni said Thursday that jailed former lobbyist Todd Howe, a noted government witness whose cooperation in twin corruption trials helped secure the convictions of both a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a former SUNY president, should no longer be in detention for a bail violation.

  • July 19, 2018

    Ex-Cuomo Aide Seeks Short Prison Stint For Corruption

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's former “right-hand man” on Thursday pushed back against Manhattan federal prosecutors’ bid to lock him up for five years or more following his conviction on bribery charges, instead asking for no more than a two-year stretch.

  • July 19, 2018

    High-Low Deal Blocks Fees In Med Mal Row, NJ Justices Say

    A widow cannot seek attorneys' fees in a New Jersey medical malpractice action under the so-called offer-of-judgment rule because she did not explicitly preserve that claim when the parties agreed to a maximum judgment of $1 million regardless of a jury's award, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

  • July 19, 2018

    Nikon Didn't Infringe Carl Zeiss Patents, Calif. Jury Says

    A California federal jury on Thursday cleared Japanese camera giant Nikon of allegations by lensmaker Carl Zeiss and semiconductor equipment maker ASML that Nikon digital cameras infringe two patents protecting electronic image capture technology.

  • July 18, 2018

    Balch & Bingham Partner Pushed Bribes, Feds Say In Closing

    Federal prosecutors urged a Birmingham jury Wednesday to find that a former Balch & Bingham partner arranged the repeated bribery of an Alabama legislator so that a firm client, a prominent coal and coke company, might face less pressure to pay for cleanup of contamination in residential areas from a north Birmingham industrial complex.

  • July 18, 2018

    Manafort Can't Kill Evidence Collected In Home Raid

    A D.C. federal judge Wednesday denied Paul Manafort's request to suppress evidence collected from his home in Alexandria, Virginia, finding that the search warrant was not overly broad and that the feds’ search did not violate the former Trump campaign chairman’s Fourth Amendment rights.

  • July 18, 2018

    BladeRoom Wants Emerson IP After $30M Trade Secrets Win

    BladeRoom Group Ltd. urged a California federal judge Wednesday to block Emerson Electric Co. from peddling data center components created using its stolen trade secrets and reassign a patent related to the building technology on top of the $30 million verdict it won at trial.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Guest Feature

    Chris Dodd Talks Dodd-Frank, Nuremberg Trial, Hollywood

    Randy Maniloff

    Attorney Randy Maniloff recently sat down with former Sen. Christopher Dodd at his new office at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. The goal? To discover things we might not know about the author of some of the most important legislation of the last few decades.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Genomics In Toxic Tort Cases: Part 2

    Kirk Hartley

    The use of genetic testing in tort litigation is relatively new. Such testing may uncover one or more gene variants that help identify individuals at an increased risk of developing a disease. Whole genome sequencing can be the best and most appropriate approach for toxic tort civil litigation, say Kirk Hartley and David Schwartz of ToxicoGenomica.

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Genomics In Toxic Tort Cases: Part 1

    Kirk Hartley

    Genomic data and technologies can assist both plaintiffs and defendants in toxic tort and personal injury cases in uncovering the underlying causes of disease. In coming years, the influence of genomics in civil law will be even broader than its influence in criminal law, say attorney Kirk Hartley and scientific consultant David Schwartz of ToxicoGenomica.

  • AT&T Win May Help Partial Ownership Transactions

    Jon Dubrow

    While U.S. District Judge Richard Leon was careful to note that his opinion in the AT&T-Timer Warner merger trial was narrow, his evaluation of the evidence undercut the government's theoretical economic model in a way that may have broader applications, says John Dubrow of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.