Trials

  • September 23, 2019

    Comedy Writer Testifies Billionaire Frequently Asked For Sex

    A comedy writer who worked for Alki David's media companies testified Monday that the billionaire choked her, slapped her butt, and frequently propositioned her for sex, kicking off the trial of the third sexual battery case against David to go before a California jury in six months.

  • September 23, 2019

    Ex-FDA Director Says Agency Found J&J's Mesh Labels OK

    A former U.S. Food and Drug Administration's compliance director told a California judge Monday that the agency had reviewed the instructions and brochures for Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon's pelvic mesh devices and never found them misleading, as a bench trial over the state's claims that J&J falsely marketed the devices entered its eighth week.

  • September 23, 2019

    Polsinelli Uses Stories To Lead Jack Henry To Alice Trial Win

    By crafting a concise theme and focusing jurors' attention on a simplified set of issues, Polsinelli PC helped Jack Henry & Associates defeat a $14 million patent suit over electronic check deposit technology, highlighted by a finding the patent is invalid under the Supreme Court's Alice test because it covers only an abstract idea.

  • September 23, 2019

    Texas AG's Defense Attorney Joins Squire Patton Boggs

    Squire Patton Boggs LLP announced Monday that it has lured a prominent criminal defense attorney away from the firm he founded to join its Houston office, where he’ll continue defending Texas’ attorney general against felony securities fraud charges.

  • September 23, 2019

    Binary Options Sales Rep Gets 8 Months For $145M Fraud

    Another former binary options trader was sentenced to prison on Monday for his role in a $145 million investment scam based out of Israel.

  • September 23, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Won't Revive Bombardier Snowmobile Patents

    A Minnesota federal judge rightly upheld a jury verdict invalidating claims from two Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. snowmobile patents, the Federal Circuit has ruled, in a victory for Arctic Cat Inc.

  • September 23, 2019

    Mortgage Cos. Ask Full 5th Circ. To Revisit $298M FCA Verdict

    Two mortgage loan companies want the full Fifth Circuit to rehear their appeal of a nearly $300 million judgment arising from alleged federal loan insurance fraud during the mortgage crisis, saying the original appeals panel twisted a causation standard.

  • September 23, 2019

    Gov't Wins Trial In Suit Over Texas VA Surgery

    A Texas federal judge on Monday cleared the federal government of liability in a suit accusing a Veterans Affairs surgeon of causing a patient's nerve damage, finding the patient, a long-haul truck driver, had preexisting and long-term nerve damage due to his job.

  • September 23, 2019

    Bridgegate Figure Seeks Ireland Trip Amid High Court Review

    One of the two former public officials ensnared in the so-called Bridgegate political revenge scandal is seeking a New Jersey federal judge's blessing to travel to Ireland amid a pending U.S. Supreme Court review of their convictions, citing the need to rebuild his life.

  • September 23, 2019

    Police Officer Wins Sex Bias Suit Against Pa. Township

    A Pennsylvania police officer has won a $200,000 jury verdict in her federal suit alleging that local officials ran afoul of state and federal law by nixing her promotion to full-time status because she's a woman.

  • September 23, 2019

    Ex-JPMorgan Banker Again Convicted In Insider Trading Case

    Former JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Perella Weinberg Partners investment banker Sean Stewart on Monday was again convicted of insider trading over a purported scheme to leak confidential information about health care company mergers for his father to trade on.

  • September 20, 2019

    Norfolk Southern Liable In Coal Shipping Dispute, Jury Finds

    The Norfolk Southern railroad could owe a coal seller millions after a federal jury found that the shipper had frozen the Alabama importer out of selling coal to East Coast power plants.

  • September 20, 2019

    NCAA Bribery Convict's Dad Fired For $25K Ask, Univ. Says

    As convicted NCAA bribery conspirator Christian Dawkins fought for a more lenient sentence in Manhattan federal court Friday, Cleveland State University told Law360 that his father, Lou, was fired from his job as an assistant basketball coach in July for soliciting $25,000 from a student-athlete.

  • September 20, 2019

    Bilzin Sumberg Sanctioned For Claims Against Opponents

    A Florida state judge has sanctioned Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod PA and partner Jose M. Ferrer, finding they improperly handled attorney-client privileged communications that formed the basis for a bad-faith motion to strike their opponent's defenses ahead of a damages trial in a dispute between former business partners.

  • September 20, 2019

    Jury Rejects Celeb Chef's IP Claims Against Restaurants

    A California federal jury cleared a restaurant chain of liability over claims by its founder, a vegan celebrity chef who sold the chain in 2008, that it harmed her by illegally continuing to use her name and likeness.

  • September 20, 2019

    5 Keys To Selecting A Jury In A Patent Case

    Land the wrong group of jurors in a patent case, and the deck will be stacked against you at trial. But attorneys who do their homework, build a rapport with potential jurors and recognize the risks posed by those with subject-matter expertise will have a leg up in the selection process.

  • September 20, 2019

    Pradaxa User's Win Could Doom Thousands Of Other Suits

    A Connecticut judge has upheld a jury's finding that Boehringer Ingelheim's blood thinner Pradaxa caused a man's internal bleeding, but in a surprise twist, the post-verdict ruling could spell the end of thousands of other consolidated Pradaxa suits.

  • September 20, 2019

    J&J's Litigation Bravado In Sharp Relief After Epic Opioid Trial

    Johnson & Johnson's decision this year to risk a $17 billion penalty in the nation's first opioid-crisis trial added one of the most dramatic chapters yet to the company's increasingly remarkable willingness to spurn settlements and litigate financially perilous cases all the way.

  • September 20, 2019

    Binary Options Sales Rep Gets 14 Months For $145M Fraud

    A former sales representative in the binary options industry was sentenced to 14 months in prison Friday morning for her role in a $145 million investment scam based out of Israel.

  • September 20, 2019

    1st Circ. Revives Georgeson Tix-For-Votes Fraud Case

    A wild fraud case involving three former Georgeson LLC advisers was revived Friday by the First Circuit, which said a lower court dismissed the case improperly on double jeopardy grounds after their first trial abruptly ended on its next-to-last day because of a shorthanded jury.

  • September 20, 2019

    Rising Star: Susman Godfrey's Rocco Magni

    Susman Godfrey's Rocco Magni has amassed victories over his career including assisting in the largest verdict ever awarded in Bexar County, Texas, after a jury agreed that a Quicken Loans affiliate brazenly stole proprietary data recipes for home appraisals and comparisons from another company, earning a spot among the top trial lawyers under age 40 honored as Law360 Rising Stars.

  • September 20, 2019

    VirnetX Loses Bid For Fed. Circ. Rehearing In $1B Apple Row

    A Federal Circuit panel on Thursday shot down VirnetX’s petition to reconsider claims in two network security patents that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidated as part of an appeal tied to $1 billion in jury verdicts against Apple Inc.

  • September 20, 2019

    2nd Circ. Reinstates Conviction Of Ex-Nomura Trader

    The Second Circuit on Friday reinstated the conviction of a former Nomura Securities International Inc. bond trader’s conviction for adding secret profit margins to residential mortgage-backed bond transactions, finding the lower court’s interpretation of the appellate court’s latest Litvak ruling was “overbroad.”

  • September 19, 2019

    PG&E Bondholders, Wildfire Victims Propose $24B Reorg Plan

    PG&E Corp.’s bondholders have joined forces with wildfire victims to propose their own plan for California's largest utility to exit bankruptcy, one that puts more money — about $24 billion — toward wildfire claims, according to a motion filed Thursday in California bankruptcy court.

  • September 19, 2019

    Jury's Task In Ohio Opioid MDL Trial Divides Drug Cos.

    Drug companies involved in multidistrict opioid litigation voiced divergent views in Ohio federal court Thursday on the jury's role in a looming bellwether trial, a question with significant implications for a potential multibillion-dollar remedy.

Expert Analysis

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    Pursuing Wellness: Steps Toward A Supportive Firm Culture

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    As an early advocate of the American Bar Association's year-old well-being pledge, we launched an integrated program to create and sustain a supportive workplace culture with initiatives focused on raising mental health awareness, embracing creativity and giving back to the community, says Casey Ryan at Reed Smith.

  • White Collar Cases And Trends To Watch At High Court

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    In the approaching U.S. Supreme Court term, white collar practitioners should follow Kelly v. United States for its potential to narrow criminal fraud law, along with three pending certiorari petitions, and the voting patterns of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, say Brook Dooley and Cody Gray at Keker Van Nest.

  • Injunctive Relief Standard In Harassment Suits Is Fact-Specific

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    The Eleventh Circuit's decision in Furcron v. Mail Centers Plus demonstrates that the standards for injunctive relief in sexual harassment cases are flexible and allow creative remedies, but there are some legal constraints, says Matthew LaGarde at Katz Marshall.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Mental Health Education As A Firm Priority

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    Our firm drives a holistic concept of well-being through educational opportunities, such as a series of expert-led workshops intended to address mental health and substance abuse issues that we vowed to fight when we signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge one year ago, says Krista Logelin at Morgan Lewis.

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    Pursuing Wellness: A Firm's Work With Mental Health Experts

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    Signing the American Bar Association's well-being pledge last year was a natural progression of our firm's commitment to employee wellness, which has included developing partnerships with professionals in the mental health space to provide customized programming to firm attorneys and staff, say Annette Sciallo and Mark Goldberg at Latham.

  • SEPs In The Wake Of Qualcomm: 4 Enforcement Issues

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    As demonstrated by recent court decisions such as Federal Trade Commission v. Qualcomm, standard-essential patent infringement suits are hardly straightforward. But these cases as well as statements from government agencies reveal key factors that SEP holders should keep in mind when seeking to enforce their patents, say attorneys at Sterne Kessler.

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    Pursuing Wellness: When A Firm Brings Counseling On Site

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    One year ago, our firm signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge and embraced a commitment to providing on-site behavioral health resources, which has since become a key aspect of our well-being program, say Meg Meserole and Kimberly Merkel at Akin Gump.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Inside A Firm Meditation Program

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    After our firm signed the American Bar Association’s well-being pledge one year ago, we launched two key programs that included weekly meditation sessions and monthly on-site chair massages to help people address both the mental and physical aspects of working at a law firm, says Marci Eisenstein at Schiff Hardin.

  • Early Sampling Of Electronic Info Is Underutilized In Discovery

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    The early and prompt provision of samples from all electronically stored information sources as a part of ESI protocol search methodology is consistent with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and may allow for significant cost savings during discovery, says Zachary Caplan at Berger Montague.

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    Video Capacity Will Boost NY As Commercial Dispute Forum

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    The New York Supreme Court's Commercial Division Advisory Council recently proposed a rule on video conferencing that would save lawyers and their clients time and money, and allow the division to maintain its leadership in using technology to enhance the efficient administration of justice, says council member Scott Mollen of Herrick Feinstein.

  • The Factors Courts Consider In Deposition Location Disputes

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    In the absence of a federal rule governing deposition location, federal courts are frequently called on to resolve objections to out-of-state deposition notices. Recent decisions reveal what information is crucial to courts in making the determination, says Kevin O’Brien at Porter Wright.

  • What To Consider Before Filing For A Rule 57 Speedy Hearing

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    Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 57 and its state counterparts provide a method for expediting claims for declaratory judgment that warrants closer attention than it has historically received from litigants and courts, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • Creative Ways To Challenge Master Complaints In MDLs

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    By laying the appropriate groundwork, defendants can increase their likelihood of successfully challenging multidistrict litigation master complaints in early motion practice, and significantly affect the course of the litigation, says Jessica Wilson of DLA Piper.

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    Why I Became A Lawyer: Expanding The Meaning Of Diversity

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    My conservative, Catholic parents never skipped a beat when accepting that I was gay, and encouraged me to follow my dreams wherever they might lead. But I did not expect they would lead to the law, until I met an inspiring college professor, says James Holmes of Clyde & Co.

  • Discovery Counsel Vital In All Phases Of Mass Tort Litigation

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    Experienced discovery counsel helps the virtual law team shape case strategy and provides necessary advocacy, consistency and efficiency, plus cost savings, from the beginning of a case through trial, say attorneys at Nelson Mullins and FaegreBD.