Despite a contentious confirmation hearing for Justice Neil Gorsuch, the U.S. Supreme Court term itself was mellow this year, with more unanimous cases and fewer controversial decisions. Still, there were a handful of business rulings that packed a punch.
One firm went undefeated at the U.S. Supreme Court this term. Another built on last year’s winning streak. And some high court powerhouses took their lumps. Here, Law360 breaks down how the firms most frequently seen at oral arguments performed this term.
Intellectual property cases took four of the top 10 spots on Law360's ranking of the U.S. Supreme Court cases that attracted the most amicus briefs this term, as disputes involving issues like patent exhaustion and offensive trademarks each generated dozens of amicus filings.
Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a Chinese businessman accused of bribing United Nations officials after prosecutors told a Manhattan federal judge they had rejected his attorneys' proposed plea deal the week before.
The U.S. government has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Second Circuit’s decision in July that it can’t use search warrants to access consumer data stored overseas by service providers such as Microsoft, which had declined to turn over a user’s email data located in Ireland.
A clinical psychologist asked a Kentucky federal judge Friday to throw out a jury’s finding that he defrauded Social Security of at least $550 million in disability benefits, saying the government hasn’t shown he had the intent to co-conspire with the other two defendants.
A Texas city’s former mayor and city attorney were convicted by a federal jury Monday for their involvement in a kickback and bribery scheme that prosecutors say “decimated city coffers.”
Ex-U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara surprised legal and media communities on Monday when he revealed he’s taking his tweets to the next level by joining his brother Vinit’s media company Some Spider Studios as an exceutive vice president and podcast host.
An investor in a Ponzi scheme who was accused by Regions Bank NA of kiting checks to cover up the fraud was cleared on Friday when a Florida federal judge concluded that Marvin Kaplan had no idea he was taking part in a scam.
An energy industry networking site that sued its former chief and his colleagues after they allegedly started a rival site with stolen information has reached a deal with the defendants, leading a Texas federal judge to conditionally dismiss the case Monday.
A U.S. Navy commander faced a court-martial hearing Monday over allegations that he participated in a massive bribery scheme intended to steer lucrative Navy contracts to Singaporean firm Glenn Defense Marine Asia.
A New England Compounding Center pharmacist convicted of racketeering for his role in a deadly meningitis outbreak in 2012 will serve nine years in prison, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Monday.
A Philadelphia nightclub owner, dubbed “super friend” by District Attorney Seth Williams in text messages, testified in federal court Monday that he gave the city’s top law enforcement official airline tickets, cash and the use of a 15-year-old Jaguar in exchange for a series of favors.
The Second Circuit on Monday approved the general shape of a $655 million class action settlement involving investors in hedge funds that placed money with Bernard Madoff’s investment firm, but said attorneys’ fees were set too high given the low risk they took on.
A New Jersey state appeals court on Friday overturned the conviction of a disbarred attorney for his intentional failure to pay nearly $200,000 in state income taxes for tax year 2007, finding that he was indicted two days after a five-year statute of limitations had expired for that charge.
Federal prosecutors on Sunday urged a Connecticut federal judge to block proposed evidence by a man accused of overbilling the city of Hartford, Connecticut, for work related to the construction of a professional soccer stadium, calling it hearsay.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to expedite its consideration of a petition for writ of mandamus filed by former southern Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio as he faces criminal contempt charges for allegedly flouting court orders to stop profiling Latinos.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review an appeal brought by the former CEO of baggage-handling company Universal Express Inc. who was sentenced to three years behind bars for his purported role in a pump-and-dump stock scheme.
Cases are typically decided based on a relatively small number of key issues. It is critical not only to identify those key issues at the outset of the case, but to also plot a strategy for getting them resolved in your favor, says Matthew Berry of Susman Godfrey LLP.
A California appeals court on Friday reversed nearly half of the corruption charges against a former Bell, California, city official convicted for a scheme to fleece the working-class city for millions of dollars, citing erroneous jury instructions.
The U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly examining whether Barclays breached antitrust laws by agreeing not to hire JPMorgan Chase employees. Reports that no formal investigation has yet been launched will only go so far in comforting the banks and individuals involved, given the DOJ’s recently announced intent to pursue certain no-poaching agreements criminally, say attorneys with Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.
The number of multinational criminal and regulatory investigations is increasing. The good news for companies that find themselves to be subjects of these investigations is that the U.S. Department of Justice now recognizes a need for global resolutions, says Brandon Fox, a partner at Jenner & Block LLP and former federal prosecutor.
The immediate effects of imposing a five-year statute of limitations on SEC disgorgement claims may be limited. A far more intriguing element of the Kokesh opinion is found in a footnote, which brings opportunities for real damage to the SEC’s toolbox, say attorneys with Walden Macht & Haran LLP.
The U.S. Department of Justice recently arrested Isaac Choi, founder and former chief executive of the Silicon Valley startup WrkRiot, on wire fraud charges. The situation has lessons to teach about the evolving landscape of criminal investigation and prosecution in the startup environment, say Casey O’Neill and Hanley Chew of Fenwick & West LLP.
The deft bundling of the Russia and Iran sanctions, backed by broad support in the Senate and Speaker Paul Ryan’s support in the House, will almost certainly lead to the president signing the bill into law — or risk his veto of a national security bill being quickly overridden. Assuming it becomes law, will enforcement be a priority for the Justice Department? The answer is a strong yes, says Harry Dixon of Taylor English Duma LLP.
States have routinely sought to defend their place in the federal system and to protect themselves from unfair competitive practices — but never before from a president whose allegedly unconstitutional business ties might impact those interests, say former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and Aaron Lang of Foley Hoag LLP.
Last month, the American Bar Association published revised guidance regarding an attorney’s duty to protect sensitive client material in light of recent high-profile hacks. The first step in compliance is understanding how your data is being stored and accessed. There are three key questions you should ask your firm’s information technology staff and/or external solution vendors, says Nick Holda of PreVeil.
With the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reportedly investigating bond valuation procedures and policies, fair-valuing illiquid assets should be a key concern for fund managers. Valuation can be more art than science, but there are heightened regulatory risks in certain areas, say attorneys with Proskauer Rose LLP.
One of the easiest ways to improve civil jury trials is to give juries substantive instructions on the law at the beginning of the trial rather than at its conclusion. It is also one of the most popular proposals we are recommending, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.
To make America great again, the president should abandon the "Rambo" litigation tactics that apparently served him well in New York real estate disputes, and instead view whistleblowers as allies, not enemies, says Jason Zuckerman of Zuckerman Law.