Trials

  • June 11, 2021

    Ill. Atty Created Sham Creditor To Hide Client Assets, Jury Told

    A former Freeborn & Peters partner engaged in a scheme to create a sham secured creditor with a senior lien on a client's struggling Chicago company in order to hide its assets from legitimate creditors, prosecutors told an Illinois federal jury Friday.

  • June 11, 2021

    Allergan Unit Must Face Bulk Of Namenda Pay-For-Delay Suit

    Allergan subsidiary Forest Laboratories LLC must face a jury over a union health and welfare fund's class action antitrust claims that pay-for-delay deals kept generic versions of Alzheimer's drug Namenda off the market after a New York federal judge largely rejected the parties' competing bids for a quick win Friday.

  • June 11, 2021

    EDTX Jury Clears LED Maker And Axes Patents

    An Eastern District of Texas jury on Friday found that LED maker Absen Inc. did not infringe a Texas lighting manufacturer's patents for modular light-emitting diode technology, while striking down parts of the patents as well.

  • June 11, 2021

    Amazon Asks 9th Circ. To Ax $2.5M Verdict In Shipping Suit

    Amazon urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to order a new trial after it was hit with a $2.47 million verdict for allegedly failing to pay a shipping company, claiming the Seattle federal judge presiding over the case made factual decisions that should have been left to the jury.

  • June 11, 2021

    Low Wage Is Fine When State Is Paying, GEO Witness Says

    GEO Group sought Friday to bolster its claim that Washington state's trial over immigrant wages at a detention center it runs is hypocritical, bringing a witness who testified that the state itself pays just a couple of dollars an hour for resident work at a different non-criminal commitment facility.

  • June 11, 2021

    Ex-CVS Exec Probed On Drug Prices In Overcharge Trial

    A former CVS Pharmacy executive conceded to a California federal jury trial Friday that the chain didn't report its discounted drug prices to pharmacy benefit managers to avoid losing about $500 million annually.

  • June 11, 2021

    Tenn. Appeals Court Won't Halt Endo's $2.4B Opioid Trial

    A Tennessee appellate court on Friday refused to stay lower court proceedings, including a trial set for July 26, that will determine whether Endo Pharmaceuticals should pay $2.4 billion in damages after being found liable by default in an opioid case.

  • June 11, 2021

    Texas High Court To Review $7M Gas Explosion Verdict

    The Texas Supreme Court agreed Friday to review an almost $7 million jury verdict award against CenterPoint Energy Resources Corp. for injuries a man sustained in a residential gas explosion, which the utility company argues it isn't liable for under a tariff ending its duties at the gas meter.

  • June 11, 2021

    Justices Urged To Nix 'Devastating' IPR Rulings In $44M Case

    Ultratec has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a series of 2019 Federal Circuit orders summarily affirming Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions that invalidated eight of its closed-caption patents, saying the decisions imperil a $44 million jury verdict it won against rival CaptionCall.

  • June 11, 2021

    Meet The Judge Overseeing The 1st Opioid Jury Trial

    Jerry Garguilo, the son of a family of bakers, fantasized about being a judge since his law school days at Duquesne University in Pennsylvania, although it was a dream he never voiced aloud.

  • June 11, 2021

    SDNY, 2nd Circ. Set To Loosen Virus Safety Restrictions Soon

    Federal judges anticipate a relaxation of COVID-19 safety protocols in the Southern District of New York and the Second Circuit, with details set to be announced as early as Monday.

  • June 11, 2021

    Roche Can't Beat $171M Judgment, Fed. Circ. Told

    A diagnostics company accused Roche of misunderstanding "the nature of license rights" in the Swiss giant's efforts at the Federal Circuit to dodge a Delaware court's $171 million willful infringement judgment over ripping off lab test patents.

  • June 11, 2021

    Texas Court Revives Apache Oil And Gas Lease Dispute

    A Texas appeals court on Thursday reversed Apache Corp.'s eve-of-trial win in a Texas Panhandle oil and gas lease fight, saying a trial court wrongly interpreted lease terms in the suit over the company's alleged failure to adequately compensate other companies it acquired leases from.

  • June 11, 2021

    Credit Suisse Says Banker Knew Risks Of Working In Romania

    A former banker suing Credit Suisse for £60.3 million ($85.2 million) for failing to protect him when he was convicted in Romania while working on the privatization of state assets was an expert on the country's political and economic climate, the lender's lawyer said at a trial on Friday.

  • June 10, 2021

    Calif. Counties Battle Drugmakers' Bid To Nuke Opioid Trial

    Pharmaceutical companies are rehashing failed legal arguments and cherry-picking statistics in hopes of escaping a multibillion-dollar opioid crisis trial, California communities said Thursday, telling a state court judge there's "overwhelming evidence" of a drug abuse epidemic fueled by shady marketing practices.

  • June 10, 2021

    Albright Urged To Triple $13M Verdict In Payment IP Fight

    U.S. District Judge Alan D. Albright has been asked to triple a $13.2 million jury award against cash register manufacturer NCR Corp. and to tack on attorney fees based on the company's conduct during a case that "earned rebukes from both the clerk and the court."

  • June 10, 2021

    Freezer Co. Hit With $15M Verdict Over Destroyed Embryos

    A California federal jury on Thursday found freezer manufacturer Chart Industries Inc. liable for the damage to and destruction of harvested eggs and embryos stored in its defective equipment, awarding nearly $15 million to the patients affected by a 2018 cryopreservation tank implosion.

  • June 10, 2021

    GEO Hints At Banned Email As $1 Wage Defense Begins

    GEO Group began its trial defense Thursday in a class action claiming it grossly underpaid immigrants who filled important work shifts at a Washington Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detention facility, drawing numerous objections as it asked a state employee questions related to an email banned from trial in which she said detainees aren't eligible for minimum wage.

  • June 10, 2021

    CVS Pricing Practice 'Cheated' Insured Drug Buyers, Jury Told

    Drug buyers leading a class action alleging CVS Pharmacy Inc.'s now-defunct discount program overcharged insured customers for generic drugs took the stand in a California federal jury trial Thursday, testifying that they believe CVS "cheated" them out of lower copays and lied about their insurance coverage for years.

  • June 10, 2021

    Virtual Voir Dire Devolved Into Circus, Texas Justices Hear

    Prospective jurors were spotted putting on makeup, drinking wine, gaming with headsets on and more during remote jury selection in the same Houston court that's wrongly trying to force a $100 million personal injury dispute into a virtual trial, a fuel company told the Texas Supreme Court on Thursday.

  • June 10, 2021

    Teva Gets Judge To Nix Drug IP Inventorship Correction Order

    A New Jersey federal judge took the unusual step of reversing an order telling the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to add two inventors to a Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. patent after its rival Teva informed the court that it had never consented to the inventors' addition.

  • June 10, 2021

    Judge Throws Out No-Jail Deal For Corrupt Mayor's Aide

    The chief of staff to a former Massachusetts mayor convicted on corruption charges may have to face a jury of her own after a federal judge on Thursday rejected a plea agreement that would have spared her any prison time.

  • June 10, 2021

    Jury Charge Error Means New Trial Against Windstorm Insurer

    An improper jury charge probably caused an improper verdict in favor of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association in a storm damage dispute with the owner of a Corpus Christi hotel, a Texas appellate court said Thursday, ordering a new trial.

  • June 10, 2021

    RJR Faces Punitive Damages After Verdict In Cigarette Case

    A Florida jury found R.J. Reynolds partially liable Thursday for lung disease that caused $540,000 in damages to an entrepreneur and Winstons smoker, saying the man was 70% at fault for his injuries but nevertheless sending the case to a punitive damages phase.

  • June 10, 2021

    Donziger Prosecutor's Final Pitch: Guilty 'Beyond Dispute'

    The special prosecutor tapped to bring criminal contempt charges against disbarred human rights lawyer Steven Donziger said evidence at trial clearly shows he flouted court orders, as both sides submitted their final arguments to a Manhattan federal judge.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Congress Should Step In To Solve The Opioid Crisis

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    Instead of relying on piecemeal litigation to solve the opioid crisis, Congress should utilize data to create a coordinated national solution that would distribute culpability between parties and then allocate funds to affected areas, say Peter Kelso and Kristen Knorn at Roux Associates.

  • A Biz Strategy Model To Improve Lateral Atty Hiring Diversity

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    Quantitative comparison tools commonly used by companies in evaluating merger targets will allow law firms to assess lateral hire candidates in a demographically neutral manner, help remove bias from the hiring process and bring real diversity to the legal profession, says Thomas Latino at Florida State University.

  • 5 Steps To Successful Mass Tort Management

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    When handling mass tort litigation, making strategic preparations before you're swimming in an ocean of data can maximize efficiency and increase the chances of delivering wins for your client, say Ryan Cobbs and Ashley Drumm at Carlton Fields.

  • Smaller Firms Need Employee Wellness Programs, Too

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    As we emerge from the pandemic, small and midsize firms — which offer an ideal setting for companywide connection — should follow in the footsteps of larger organizations and heed the American Bar Association’s recommendations by adopting well-being initiatives and appointing a chief wellness officer, says Janine Pollack at Calcaterra Pollack.

  • Opinion

    CFAA And The High Court's Fight Against Overcriminalization

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    When confronted with a notoriously broad and somewhat out-of-date statute like the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, it is important for the judiciary to continue to protect defendants from prosecutors' tortured or extreme readings of these criminal laws — and that's what the U.S. Supreme Court did this month in Van Buren v. U.S., say Harry Sandick and Jacob Chefitz at Patterson Belknap.

  • Stop Networking, Start Relationship Marketing

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    USA 500 Clubs' Joe Chatham offers four tips for lawyers to get started with relationship marketing — an approach to business development that prioritizes authentic connections — and explains why it may be more helpful than traditional networking post-pandemic.

  • What Attorneys Should Know About Fee Deferral

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    Milestone Consulting’s John Bair explores contingency-fee structuring considerations for attorneys, laying out the advantages — such as tax benefits and income control — as well as caveats and investment options.

  • Predictions On Pandemic's Lasting Impact On Legal Education

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    The pandemic accelerated the pace of technological change for legal education, and some of the changes to how law school courses are taught and on-campus interviews are conducted may be here to stay, says Leonard Baynes at the University of Houston.

  • Lawyer Perfectionism Is A Disease We Can Control

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    The pursuit of perfection that is prevalent among lawyers can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health impacts, but new attorneys and industry leaders alike can take four steps to treat this malady, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • 5 Tips To Help Your 2021 Summer Associates Succeed

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    Despite pandemic-related challenges this year, law firms can effectively train summer associates on writing and communicating — without investing more time than they ordinarily would, says Julie Schrager at Schiff Hardin.

  • Firms Should Use Surveys To Make Smart Legal Tech Choices

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    The utility of legal technology innovations may be limited without clear data and objectives from the outset, but targeted surveys can provide specific insights that enable law firms to adopt the most appropriate and efficient tech solutions, says Tim Scott at Frogslayer.

  • Opinion

    IP Ordinary Observer Test Lacks Consistency And Clarity

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's test for evaluating design patent infringement through the eyes of an ordinary observer is too subjective and unpredictable due to a dearth of guidance concerning the types of testimony permissible in applying the test, say Alexander Chen and Katja Grosch at InHouse Co. Law Firm.

  • Rover Pipeline Case Shows Risks Of Project Abandonment

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    The case of U.S. Pipeline v. Rover Pipeline, decided recently by a Texas court, demonstrates for contractors that walking away from an ongoing project because of a contract dispute can come with an enterprise-threatening level of risk, says A.J. Ferate at Spencer Fane.

  • Rebuttal

    There Is No 'Junk Science' Epidemic In Consumer Litigation

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    While corporations and tort reform groups seek to discredit plaintiffs' evidence as "junk science," as seen in a recent Law360 guest article, expert testimony standards apply to both sides of the aisle, and there is no evidence that junk is supplanting justice in consumer litigation, says Leigh O'Dell at Beasley Allen.

  • Don't Forget Due Diligence In Race For Lateral Associate Hires

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    Amid high demand for associates and aggressive competition to attract talent, law firms should take three key steps to conduct meaningful prehire due diligence and safeguard against lateral hiring mistakes that can hurt their revenue and reputation, says Michael Ellenhorn at Decipher.

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