A Louisiana federal judge has refused to revive suits of two women who claim drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis didn't inform them that their chemo drug could cause permanent hair loss, saying there was no error in finding that their cases were filed years too late under Louisiana law.
A Missouri state court trial over allegations Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was put on hold hours after it was set to begin in St. Louis Friday, as the company sought to buy some time to resolve thousands of similar claims in federal court.
A Delaware federal jury on Friday hit VMWare Inc. with a roughly $235 million verdict after finding the tech giant willfully infringed on two of smaller rival Cirba Inc.'s patents related to virtualization technology.
Actress Annabella Sciorra shared her vivid allegations of rape and manipulation at the hands of Harvey Weinstein with a New York state jury Thursday as the first of several witnesses who will claim at trial that the Hollywood titan violently sexually assaulted them.
Once plastered all over cable news screens, Michael Avenatti will soon be making his first of several planned appearances before a different audience: federal jurors. The embattled attorney and former Trump sparring partner will be facing an uphill battle next week in New York as he fights charges that he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike.
Monsanto and the four people alleging its Roundup weedkiller gave them cancer seated 16 jurors Wednesday. They'll hear the first trial outside California, where the agricultural giant has lost three verdicts. Law360 looks into what can be gleaned from two days of voir dire.
Alkem Laboratories shouldn’t be allowed to sell a generic version of Assertio Therapeutics’ opioid painkiller Nucynta ER three years earlier than an injunction allows after changing its drug's label to dodge a patent, Assertio has told a New Jersey federal court.
Tech giant VMware told a Delaware federal jury Thursday that Cirba's claims it should get roughly $235 million in damages for alleged infringement of two of its patents is "unreasonable" and asserted Cirba's case is "a fabrication" fueled by pressure from unhappy investors.
A New Jersey state appeals court on Thursday said judges should consider the substance of witness testimony, among other factors, in deciding whether someone can testify via live video at a civil trial, ending at least eight years of uncertainty about the parameters of testimony permitted by the state Supreme Court but unaddressed in state court rules.
A new trial is required after a court improperly limited a Texas shipping company's liability in a $400,000 dispute with Zurich American Insurance Co. over a shipment of damaged pipe, a Texas appeals court held Thursday.
Insys Therapeutics Inc. founder John Kapoor was sentenced to more than five years behind bars Thursday as victims decried him as a “mobster” and “murderer” who devastated countless families by bribing doctors to prescribe a powerful opioid spray.
An Arizona appeals court on Thursday handed a win to Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tony La Russa in a suit alleging he was negligent for keeping a cable fence on his property that injured a bicycle rider, finding that the trial court was correct in determining the rider was trespassing on his land.
A Texas appellate court on Thursday determined Pathfinder Oil & Gas Inc. is entitled to a 25% working interest in a group of Permian Basin leases, after the Texas Supreme Court held the court had wrongly wiped out a verdict for Pathfinder.
The Second Circuit looked ready Thursday to undo Tiffany & Co.'s $21 million victory over Costco Wholesale Corp. in a trademark fight over diamond rings, with three appellate judges suggesting a jury was deprived of its chance to decide if the retailer willfully traded on the jeweler's name.
An Illinois state appellate panel has reversed a family's $3.2 million asbestos trial win and ordered judgment in favor of roofing material maker Tremco Inc., saying the family didn't prove the company's products substantially factored into a former employee's fatal cancer.
IBM hammered away Thursday at the chief executive of a British insurer suing for £130 million ($170 million), calling for any evidence that the tech giant failed to report substantial problems with a technology system it was hired to build.
Former Insys Therapeutics Inc. Vice President Alec Burlakoff, infamous for dressing as an anthropomorphic bottle of fentanyl spray and rapping about titration in a sales video, was sentenced Thursday to 26 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to bribe doctors to prescribe opioids.
Prosecutors told a California federal jury during openings of a trade secret trial Wednesday that Jawbone's ex-consumer experience director stole studies that were its "crown jewels" before taking a job at rival Fitbit, while her attorney argued she simply forgot she'd backed up the data onto her personal "cloud" account.
A name partner and a founding partner of litigation boutique Wilkinson Walsh & Eskovitz have left the firm, resulting in a name change, a spokesman confirmed Wednesday.
A New York federal judge on Wednesday refused to bar the mention of adult film actress Stormy Daniels' hush money dispute with President Donald Trump from the trial of embattled celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti over an alleged plot to extort millions of dollars from Nike Inc., and ordered the proceeding to commence on Monday.
A Kansas appeals court has again voided a $3.1 million verdict against BNSF Railway Co. for a conductor’s slow-developing back injury, saying the worker’s counsel made an improper closing argument intended to “inflame the passions of the jury” and that warranted a retrial.
Counsel for Harvey Weinstein and the Manhattan district attorney on Wednesday told a New York state jury starkly different stories — one of sexual predation and the other of transactional sex — in describing the fallen mogul’s relationships with six women during opening statements in his rape trial.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. asked the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to take another look at a panel decision from earlier this month that affirmed a $54.6 million jury win for truckers who said the retailer violated California law by not paying minimum wage for breaks and other work interruptions.
A Bristol-Myers Squibb subsidiary and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have asked a California federal judge to more than double a jury's $752 million patent infringement verdict against a Gilead unit for its cancer treatment Yescarta, saying the company must be punished for its "undisputed willfulness."
The widow of a Reed Smith partner asked the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday to restore her $3 million verdict against GlaxoSmithKline, but judges on the panel were skeptical the lower court abused its discretion when it decided a U.S. Supreme Court ruling didn't warrant a second look at her case.
Groundbreaking rules from the American Bar Association impose new standards on how law firms can govern departing lawyers’ contact with clients, placing major restrictions on this ubiquitous practice, say Amy Richardson and Hilary Gerzhoy at Harris Wiltshire.
Lawyers can draw a number of useful lessons about reputation management from the efforts of former Nissan executive Carlos Ghosn — who recently escaped house arrest in Tokyo — to restore his sullied reputation, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.
In light of a recent Delaware Supreme Court case in which a litigator was rebuked for failing to control his evasive witness during a deposition, attorneys should consider when they may be held responsible for client misconduct and what to do if a client crosses the line, says Philip Sechler of Robbins Russell.
After the Federal Circuit’s recent ruling in TCL v. Ericsson, which puts juries at the helm of calculating FRAND damages for standard-essential patents, litigators should focus on preparing a simplified and emotionally persuasive story and garnering the evidentiary support necessary for a favorable appeal, says Larry Sandell of Mei & Mark.
During the last 10 years, the need to embrace change was fundamental for law firms, and that change affected associates in many ways — most, but not all, for the better, says Brad Kaufman, co-president of Greenberg Traurig.
The Second Circuit’s recent decision in U.S. v. Blaszczak potentially makes it easier to prosecute insider trading cases by ruling the government doesn't need to prove an insider received any personal benefit in exchange for sharing material, nonpublic information, say attorneys at Goodwin.
With third-party litigation funding increasingly being used to finance large and prolonged multidistrict litigations, more disclosure of funding agreements may be warranted to address potential biases and distortions of control and decision-making, say attorneys at Duane Morris.
In their new book "Democracy and Equality: The Enduring Constitutional Vision of the Warren Court," Geoffrey Stone and David Strauss provide valuable context for U.S. Supreme Court decisions under Chief Justice Earl Warren that have profoundly affected the country, but their overly protective attitude sometimes obscures reality, says Federal Circuit Judge Timothy Dyk.
While the Texas Supreme Court's recent decision not to disqualify Kelly Hart & Hallman's representation of owners of the Billy Bob's Texas rodeo in a dispute over control of the business is noteworthy, its clarification on firms' conflicts of interest in derivative cases is the more important point, says former Texas Court of Appeals Justice Douglas Lang, of Dorsey & Whitney.
For outside firms wondering how to best support busy in-house lawyers, several practices can help navigate critical legal issues and novel business challenges while strengthening the working relationship, says Virginia Hudson, associate general counsel at Capital One.
In the 50 years since the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act was passed, courts' attempts to clarify the statute have had some success, but many interpretive dilemmas remain unresolved, says Randy Gordon of Barnes & Thornburg.
As ethical constraints on pretrial social media use evolve, the American Bar Association's Model Rules and several court opinions provide guidance on avoiding violations when collecting evidence, researching jurors and friending judges, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Mark Davis at Harris Wiltshire.
Because the American Bar Association's new rule on diversity continues to use the Model Rules of Professional Conduct as a cultural bludgeon, states should create independent codes limited to constitutionally valid purposes of attorney regulation, says Bradley Abramson of Alliance Defending Freedom.
As we approach the first anniversary of the American Bar Association's adoption of guidelines for the appointment and use of special masters in civil litigation, retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now at Stroock, explains how special masters can help parties and courts with faster decision-making and subject matter expertise.
Uber's recent policy update allowing drivers to audio-record passenger rides is a reminder for lawyers to observe the highest standard of care in protecting client information under the American Bar Association's confidentiality model rule, says Paul Boehm at Williams & Connolly.