The nation's first fully remote jury trial with a binding verdict ended with a $354,000 award for a strip club dancer who said she was beaten by the club's bouncers, although the judge and other court personnel expressed doubts Tuesday about whether Zoom teleconference proceedings can really replace in-person trials.
Movie-sanitizing service VidAngel has asked the Ninth Circuit to erase a $62 million verdict against it in a copyright-infringement suit brought by major Hollywood movie studios such as Disney and Warner Bros., saying there were errors at trial.
A Pennsylvania appeals court on Tuesday rejected arguments that improperly admitted testimony from a woman's treating physician led a jury to erroneously clear a Johnson & Johnson unit in a lawsuit over alleged injuries from a pelvic mesh implant.
A class of indirect resellers accusing a group of generic-drug makers of a price-fixing conspiracy don't want their cases to proceed to trial first in multidistrict litigation, the drugmakers told a Pennsylvania federal court in a Monday filing.
A West Virginia doctor charged in a wave of arrests last year by a federal opioid task force was convicted Monday of prescribing opioids to two patients without a legitimate medical need.
The federal government will drop its Sixth Circuit appeal of a $15 million bench verdict in a suit accusing a Tennessee military hospital of causing a newborn baby's permanent and severe brain damage, in exchange for paying a lower $10 million settlement, according to court papers filed Tuesday.
A California judge declined Tuesday to postpone an impending San Francisco jury trial in an asbestos suit against Honeywell International and others, overruling defense attorneys' concerns that in-person trials amid the COVID-19 pandemic are unsafe and that remote jurors can be inattentive as they juggle home life and jury service.
Following a bench trial over the risks of adding fluoride to drinking water, a California federal judge told the challengers to file a new administrative petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency so it can consider the substance's risks with the benefit of new evidence.
Former Iconix Brand Group Inc. CEO Neil Cole was given a tentative 2021 trial date Tuesday after telling a Manhattan federal judge that his reputation has been ruined by accounting fraud charges and he has now been "unemployable" for five years.
The anesthesiologist at the center of a $200 million hospital referral fraud scheme has been sentenced to five and a half years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $82 million in restitution, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
A California federal judge on Tuesday delayed former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes' criminal jury trial from October to March in light of challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, but he shortened the parties' proposed pretrial briefing schedule by about two weeks.
In the country's first in-person jury trial over patents since the COVID-19 pandemic led to nationwide court closures, a Texas federal jury on Tuesday said Apple should pay PanOptis and related companies more than $506 million for willfully infringing patents covering 4G LTE technology.
U.S. District Judge Alan D. Albright on Monday again delayed a patent jury trial involving Roku because of the coronavirus pandemic, noting his surprise this time that Roku's attorneys had asked for the case to start in October because of persistent safety concerns.
A California federal judge has rejected challenges related to a jury's finding that Kingston Technology Co. Inc.'s USB flash memory device with a "swiveling" cover infringed a patent owned by Pavo Solutions LLC and declined to slash the jury's $7.5 million award.
Citing the ongoing spread of the coronavirus in Texas, a federal judge ordered a two-month delay Monday in VirnetX's hotly anticipated retrial against Apple over two patents related to the program VPN On Demand.
A D.C. federal judge said Monday he doesn't have enough for an "informed" ruling on a request for COVID-19-related release from the ex-owner of an Afghanistan marble mining company who is serving 4½ years in prison for defrauding the U.S. government on a $15.8 million loan.
The Tenth Circuit has ruled that four former Afghanistan investigators for defense contractor Vectrus who won $1.7 million over claims they were retaliated against for reporting malfeasance will keep their awards and receive a new chance to bring claims that were dismissed before trial.
An indicted health care executive doesn't have to repatriate up to $7.2 million that he may have put in African banks before his fraud case goes to trial, the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday, finding that an order requiring him to do so violated his rights.
Counsel for a Chubb Ltd. primary insurer told a panel of Fifth Circuit judges in oral arguments Monday that his client shouldn't have to pay a Zurich North America excess carrier nearly $8 million in a coverage dispute over a mutual policyholder's settlement of a fatal crash lawsuit.
The Fifth Circuit has affirmed a lower court ruling that Petroleum Analyzer Co. LP hadn't wrongly used proprietary oil and gas technology developed by a competitor, saying there's no evidence the company swiped a trade secret.
Opioid companies on Monday told a New York state judge that the trial and upcoming hearings over the state's claims that they fueled the opioid crisis shouldn't be livestreamed, saying since courts transitioned to virtual proceedings because of the coronavirus pandemic, not one court has used livestreaming to ensure public or press access.
A former compliance examiner accused of stealing information from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sought a rare criminal bench trial over prosecutors' objections on Monday, saying it is the only way to hold a speedy trial during the pandemic.
A property valuation method a Florida appeals court previously held as illegal in a Disney property tax dispute does not violate state law, the appellate court said in a revised opinion.
An Ohio appeals court on Thursday upheld a $50 million jury verdict in favor of a man who said he was detained without probable cause, beaten and kept in a storage closet for four days by East Cleveland police.
A Maryland appeals court has ordered a new trial in a suit accusing a physician of performing an unnecessary genital exam of a patient, saying the trial judge misinterpreted another judge's summary judgment ruling in favor of the patient, which should have triggered a trial solely on damages for one claim.
A review of post-2015 discovery orders reveals that the International Trade Commission has followed trends toward proportional discovery in patent-infringing import investigations by considering the cost-benefit calculus associated with requested information, say Joshua Hartman and Hayley Ostrin at Adduci Mastriani.
Following the American Bar Association's recent publication of third-party litigation funding guidance, Jiamie Chen and Dai Wai Chin Feman at Parabellum Capital outline some additional considerations, including the ethical limitations on single-case funding and the futility of economic prenegotiations between attorneys and their clients.
As an attorney with cerebral palsy, Danielle Liebl at Reed Smith says that while the 30-year-old Americans with Disabilities Act has protected her against discrimination, the legal industry must do more to accommodate lawyers with disabilities and make them more comfortable in self-identifying.
Many small towns and rural counties have few lawyers or none at all, which threatens the notion of justice for all Americans and demands creative solutions from legislators, bar associations and law schools, says Patricia Refo, president of the American Bar Association.
Advances in legal technology are often accompanied by bombastic overstatements, but it is important to separate the wheat from the chaff by looking at where various technologies stand on the hype curve, says Lance Eliot at Stanford Law School.
As courts resume criminal jury trials amid the pandemic, there are several ways special masters can assist overtaxed federal judges in efficiently and expeditiously navigating pretrial issues, say former Third Circuit Judge Thomas Vanaskie and Geoffrey Johnson at Stevens & Lee.
The American Bar Association should revise its recently approved best practices on third-party litigation funding as they do not reflect how legal finance actually works and could create confusion among lawyers, says Andrew Cohen at Burford Capital.
While putative class action filings against the food and beverage industry over often baseless allegations around food labeling persist during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is fortunate that judges are dismissing many of these cases based on a lack of any plausible theory of deception, say attorneys at Perkins Coie.
In the final year of any presidential administration, there is an undeniable appetite on the part of large law firms for government-savvy legal talent, but firms need to first consider how they will actually utilize their new star hire, says Michael Ellenhorn at Decipher.
The Federal Judicial Center's patent tutorial video is intended to provide unbiased explanation to jurors, but the recent research of Alexis Knutson and Jeffrey Jarman at Tsongas Litigation Consulting reveals that the video influences the perception of the patent process in subtle but meaningful ways.
Delegating legal work to robots involves several risks, including running afoul of statutes dictating unauthorized practice of law, but with the right precautions, law firms can lawfully employ artificially intelligent chatbots that can imitate human conversations, say attorneys at Haynes and Boone.
After the Second Circuit's recent decision upholding FIFA officials' bribery convictions, foreign businesses with multilateral development bank-sponsored projects whose financing emanates from the U.S. must ensure they are not violating U.S. wire fraud statutes, even if commercial bribery is legal in the foreign country, says Joshua Ray at Rahman Ravelli.
The NBA's Houston Rockets' recent insurance coverage claims for interruption losses due to COVID-19 may not survive summary judgment or trial because of clearly worded policy requirements and the absence of direct physical damage, say Glenn Jacobson and Mark Binsky at Abrams Gorelick.
The challenges of administering bar exams this year have put the future of the profession in jeopardy, but the American Bar Association at its ongoing annual meeting can adopt a resolution that would urge jurisdictions to take emergency actions with respect to licensure of new attorneys, says Nicholas Allard, former president of Brooklyn Law School.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way judges work, but how has it impacted the volume of work product they generate? Ben Strawn and Omeed Azmoudeh at Davis Graham investigate using data from the PACER federal courts registry.