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  • January 15, 2019

    Prof Calls Qualcomm Royalties 'Naked Tax,' Invokes Microsoft

    A University of California, Berkeley economics professor testified for the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday that Qualcomm's standard-essential patent royalties serve as a competition-killing "naked tax" on its modem chips, comparing the practice to software bundling that got Microsoft in trouble with the feds 20 years ago.

  • January 15, 2019

    PTAB To Review IBM Patent Despite $57M Groupon Case

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board will review an IBM Corp. e-commerce patent challenged by a group of travel websites, rejecting Tuesday the argument that it should deny the petition in light of a recent jury verdict against Groupon Inc. in a $57 million infringement dispute.

  • January 15, 2019

    Greatbatch Gets $22M In Redo Of Pacemaker Patent Trial

    Medical device maker Greatbatch Ltd. received a $22 million damages award Monday following a six-day trial in Delaware federal court over three pacemaker technology patents infringed by AVX Corp., replacing a 2016 jury decision that awarded it $37.5 million.

  • January 15, 2019

    Minn. Construction Co. Still On Hook For $4.7M Injury Award

    A Minnesota appeals court on Monday affirmed a $4.7 million verdict for a driver who was seriously hurt when a rock from a construction company’s truck smashed into his vehicle, and said the lower court needs to consider putting punitive damages back on the table.

  • January 15, 2019

    11th Circ. Jettisons NASA Worker’s Army Base Injury Award

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday vacated an injury award in a suit blaming the federal government for injuries a NASA civilian employee suffered in an auto collision due to a U.S. Army base security guard’s alleged negligence, saying the government is immune to liability under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

  • January 15, 2019

    Wabtec Raps 'Desperate' Siemens In $8.3M Railroad IP Suit

    Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp. on Tuesday called a battery of Siemens Mobility Inc. patent infringement claims "desperate" gambits by a latecomer to the U.S. rail safety market, during opening statements in Delaware for a nine-day $8.3 million federal jury trial.

  • January 15, 2019

    Ameriprise Rips 'Quadruple Damages' In Life Insurance Fight

    A state judge in Pittsburgh awarded “quadruple damages” against Ameriprise Financial Inc. based on an erroneous reading of Pennsylvania law and wrongly handed out attorneys’ fees that had ballooned during appeal, the company told a state Superior Court panel Tuesday in a life insurance overpayment dispute.

  • January 15, 2019

    Ex-Georgeson Adviser Guilty In Tix-For-Votes Scheme

    A Massachusetts federal jury convicted a former Georgeson LLC adviser on fraud and conspiracy charges Tuesday afternoon, delivering a win for prosecutors who claimed the adviser participated in a scheme to swap sports tickets for confidential shareholder voting data after their first bid to convict her ended in a mistrial.

  • January 14, 2019

    Chemical Co. Tells Jury Its Asbestos Didn't Kill NJ Worker

    Chemical company Union Carbide told a New Jersey jury during Monday closing arguments that a manufacturing plant worker's fatal mesothelioma couldn't have been caused by the asbestos it supplied to his employer, because there was no evidence the man ever worked with or around that asbestos.

  • January 14, 2019

    Atty Central To Marijuana Penny Stock Fraud Plot, Gov't Says

    A Florida-based securities attorney was a central figure in a plot to defraud investors who bought penny stock in a company involved in hydroponic marijuana growing equipment, prosecutors told a Colorado federal jury Monday at the start of his trial.

  • January 14, 2019

    Devout Dishwasher Fired For Resting Sundays Wins $21.5M

    A Florida federal jury on Monday handed down a $21.5 million verdict against Park Hotels & Resort, formerly known as Hilton Worldwide Inc., in a suit brought by a dishwasher alleging religious discrimination when she was fired after refusing to work on a Sunday.

  • January 14, 2019

    Jones Walker Snags Fowler Rodriguez Team In Merger

    Jones Walker LLP has absorbed the founding partner of fellow New Orleans-anchored international dispute firm Fowler Rodriguez, along with a group of attorneys versed in working with domestic and international maritime, energy and insurance clients on issues including infrastructure deals, immigration, tax matters, mergers and acquisitions, and international arbitration.

  • January 14, 2019

    10th Circ. Affirms Liberty's Win In Black Lung Coverage Row

    Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co. didn't breach any obligations to the ex-president of bankrupt Clemens Coal Co. when it failed to provide the company a policy with coverage for black lung disease claims, the Tenth Circuit affirmed on Monday, agreeing with a lower court that the former executive's case fails because the insurer owed no duty to him personally.

  • January 14, 2019

    Biologist Found J&J Talc In Dying Woman's Tissue, Jury Hears

    A cell biologist took the stand Monday in a California jury trial over allegations that Johnson & Johnson talcum-made baby powder contained asbestos that caused a dying woman’s cancer, testifying that the woman's lung tissue contains talc, which he believes came from J&J's products.

  • January 14, 2019

    United Airlines Staff Dropped, Hurt Disabled Flyer, Jury Told

    Attorneys for a woman who alleges that United Airlines contract employees dropped her while moving her from a wheelchair to her seat on an airplane in Houston told a federal jury on Monday that it would hear evidence that the airline covered up the incident.

  • January 14, 2019

    J&J Faces Retrial After $151M Hip Implant Loss Reversed

    Johnson & Johnson will face off this week in Texas federal court against five plaintiffs who claimed they received defective hip implants and whose $151 million award in the first trial was tossed over misleading expert witness testimony.

  • January 14, 2019

    HP Unit Settles Mid-Trial In Suit Over $17M Software Deals

    Hewlett-Packard Co. subsidiary Autonomy Inc. agreed Monday to settle allegations it failed to deliver software that its former reseller MicroTechnologies Inc. had paid the British software company $16.5 million to back, abruptly ending a California federal jury trial over the contract dispute.

  • January 14, 2019

    Mylan Fights To Put Consumer On Stand In Celgene Clash

    Mylan told a New Jersey federal court Friday that a consumer witness should be allowed to testify in its suit accusing Celgene of stifling generic competition for two cancer drugs because Celgene already has most of the information it needs from him.

  • January 14, 2019

    NJ Firm Can't Shake Malpractice Suit Over Lost $102M Verdict

    A New Jersey court ruled Friday that a law firm must continue to face malpractice claims over the settlement-related advice it gave a client before she lost a $102 million child-abuse verdict on appeal.

  • January 14, 2019

    Jury Mulls Georgeson Adviser's Fate In Tix-For-Votes Swap

    The fate of a former Georgeson LLC adviser accused of being part of a plot to swap sports and concert tickets for confidential shareholder voting data was placed in a Massachusetts federal jury's hands Monday after a different panel was denied a chance to decide her guilt or innocence last year.

Expert Analysis

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

    Judge David Barron

    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.

  • Why Apple Customers Lost A Suit Over Storage Capacity

    Jeffrey Edelstein

    A California federal court recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by Apple customers over the advertised storage capacity of iPhones and iPads. The case illustrates the importance of accurate advertising about the technical specifications of products, but also the need for plaintiffs to draft their complaints with care, says Jeffrey Edelstein of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 2

    Peter Jarvis

    Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Shutdown's Messy Impact On Consumer Protection Activities

    Alan Wingfield

    As it appears the federal government shutdown could continue for some time, attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP discuss its effect on the regulatory and litigation docket for consumer-facing companies.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 1

    Peter Jarvis

    Contrary to what the New York City Bar Association concluded in an ethics opinion last year, lawyer-directed nonrecourse commercial litigation funding does not violate New York rules on sharing fees with nonlawyers, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Correcting CFTC Course On Manipulative Intent

    Chad Silverman

    In U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Wilson, a New York federal court properly relied on 30 years of precedent to overturn the CFTC's broad new theory of manipulative intent, says Chad Silverman of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • 7 Questions To Add To Your Lateral Partner Questionnaire

    Howard Rosenberg

    Law firms should redesign the vetting process for lateral candidates so it directly addresses sexual harassment and assault issues, says Howard Rosenberg of Decipher.

  • Impressive Results From DOJ Fraud Section In 2018

    Kevin Muhlendorf

    The U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division's 22-page report on the Fraud Section's accomplishments in 2018 provides important hints at what the future holds for individuals and entities whose activities come within the section’s broad reach, say Kevin Muhlendorf and Madeline Cohen of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Reed Smith Chief Marketing Officer Sadie Baron

    Sadie Baron

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Sadie Baron, chief marketing officer at Reed Smith LLP.