Trials

  • February 09, 2024

    Avery Dennison Won't Get New Trial After RFID Patent Loss

    An Oregon federal magistrate judge refused Friday to grant a new trial for Avery Dennison after a jury found it had infringed Adasa's patent on radio frequency identification tags, rejecting a laundry list of issues Avery Dennison outlined regarding the July trial.

  • February 09, 2024

    'Emergency' Judge Tapped In Ex-Hawaii DA Bribery Case

    An "emergency" magistrate judge has been appointed in the corruption case against former Hawaii prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro and five others set for trial next month after other magistrates recused themselves, according to court papers.

  • February 09, 2024

    Fla. Judge Won't Halt Alleged 'Payback' By Miami Official

    A Florida federal judge on Friday declined to issue an injunction against a Miami city commissioner who's accused of continuing his campaign of retaliation against two business owners despite a $63.5 million judgment against him for the same conduct, saying the proposed order is too vague.

  • February 09, 2024

    Skillz Wins $42.9M IP Trial Against Rival Accused Of Bot Fraud

    A California federal jury awarded mobile game platform Skillz $42.9 million Friday in its patent infringement fight against rival AviaGames, which is currently facing a criminal probe into its purported use of bots.

  • February 09, 2024

    Ex-Ill. Senator Detained Pending Trial After Ignoring Feds

    Former Illinois Sen. William "Sam" McCann was ordered into federal custody on Friday for failing to contact probation officers following his discharge from a hospital, where he underwent a procedure the same day he was scheduled to go to trial on campaign fund misuse charges.

  • February 09, 2024

    Texas Hilton Hotel Tells DOJ It Will Comply With ADA

    An Austin, Texas, hotel has inked an agreement with the federal government to train its staff to provide equal services to guests after a disabled woman complained about her alleged treatment to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • February 09, 2024

    Atlanta Atty Keeps $1.15M Fee Award Despite Tossing Notes

    A Georgia state appellate court has upheld an award of $1.15 million in attorney fees to a solo-practice attorney, saying an Atlanta-based airport travel spa operator he did work for failed to show the trial court was wrong in finding the attorney didn't have to save notes about the legal services he provided.

  • February 09, 2024

    Conn. Justices Asked To Rule On McCarter Damages Dispute

    A Connecticut federal judge has granted McCarter & English LLP more than $680,000 in prejudgment interest after the firm's victory on claims a former client refused to pay legal fees in an underlying suit.

  • February 09, 2024

    NY Panel Rejects NYCLU Demand For Memos To State Judges

    A New York state appellate court said the state's court system is not bound to comply with a request by the New York Civil Liberties Union to disclose internal documents interpreting federal and state law that were sent to judges over the course of more than a decade.

  • February 08, 2024

    Texas Jury Clears Cloudflare, Axes Router Patent Claim

    San Francisco software company Cloudflare did not infringe a router patent owned by Sable Networks, a Texas federal jury determined Thursday, while also finding that Sable's asserted claim is invalid.

  • February 08, 2024

    $490M FCA Verdict Against Medical Distributor Cut In Half

    A Minnesota federal judge on Thursday chopped a $490 million False Claims Act verdict against an ophthalmology distributor for making kickbacks to doctors in half, finding the compensatory damages to be "notably severe" and "grossly disproportional" to the offense under the Excessive Fines Clause.

  • February 08, 2024

    Ex-Trump Aide Peter Navarro Can't Stay Free During Appeal

    A District of Columbia federal judge on Thursday refused to allow former White House adviser Peter Navarro to remain outside of prison while he appeals his sentence for refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas, rejecting Navarro's argument that his appeal raises a "substantial question of law" warranting his release.

  • February 08, 2024

    SEC Fights Hedge Fund Priest's Fee Bid After Mixed Verdict

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has urged a Massachusetts federal judge not to grant more than $1.7 million in attorney fees to a Greek Orthodox priest and hedge fund manager who fended off some of the agency's claims at trial, saying there is no justification for giving "adjudicated fraudsters money for their legal fees."

  • February 08, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Grapples Over Implying IP Success To Jury

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday tried to drill down on the impact of overlap between commercial success and industry praise when asking a jury to review factors that can overcome invalidating a patent as obvious.

  • February 08, 2024

    6th Circ. Affirms Most Of Ex-Pitcher's $450K Win In TM Case

    The Sixth Circuit on Thursday upheld most of a nearly $450,000 jury award for an ex-Major League Baseball pitcher in a trademark infringement case, but said $67,649 in punitive damages must be reconsidered under the correct legal standard.

  • February 08, 2024

    Ga. Judicial Watchdog Wants Probate Judge Ousted

    The long-running trial of a Georgia probate judge accused of violating the state's Code of Judicial Conduct on social media and jailing a woman seeking to amend her marriage record wrapped Thursday, with the head of the state's judicial watchdog arguing she should be removed from the bench.

  • February 08, 2024

    IP Forecast: 2nd Circ. To Hear TM Fight Over Whiskey Bottles

    The Second Circuit will consider whether a jury in the Southern District of New York was wrong to decide that the shape of bottles used by the Bulleit bourbon brand is distinctive enough to be protected by trademark law. Here's a look at that case — plus all the other major intellectual property matters on deck in the coming week.

  • February 08, 2024

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Tells Jury LaPierre Didn't Control NRA Board

    A former BigLaw partner was the latest National Rifle Association board member to testify in defense of the gun rights group at the New York attorney general's fraud trial, telling jurors Thursday that it's "just not true" that longtime CEO Wayne LaPierre had full power over NRA decisionmaking.

  • February 08, 2024

    Mass Shooting Survivor Loses $17M Judgment On Appeal

    A Texas appellate court has overturned a mass shooting victim's $17 million judgment she won against a restaurant after accusing one of its managers of not sufficiently intervening, ruling that the food joint can't be held to account because the manager wasn't found to have had a responsibility to control the shooter.

  • February 08, 2024

    Uber, Lyft Get May Trial Date In Mass. Worker Status Suit

    A lawsuit claiming Uber Technologies and Lyft Inc. break Massachusetts employment law by treating drivers as independent contractors rather than full-fledged employees will go to trial before a state judge in May.

  • February 08, 2024

    Monsanto Fights $2.25B Verdict After Philly Roundup Trial

    Monsanto is fighting a Philadelphia jury's explosive $2.25 billion rebuke of its Roundup weedkiller in a cancer lawsuit, claiming that the judge overseeing the case made a strong string of unfair rulings such as allowing "inflammatory" testimony and "abusive" cross-examination.

  • February 08, 2024

    Live Nation Worker Can Fight $5.5M Disputed Atty Fee

    A New York appeals court on Thursday sustained a breach of contract counterclaim in a suit over $5.5 million in attorney fees against Morelli Law Firm PLLC stemming from a Live Nation event worker's historic $20 million personal injury award.

  • February 08, 2024

    Seattle Hospital Owes $215K In Mold Suit, Jury Finds

    A Seattle jury awarded $215,000 Thursday to three families whose children were prescribed antifungal treatment after being potentially exposed to toxic mold at Seattle Children's Hospital, concluding a bellwether damages trial and rejecting plaintiffs' request for far more. 

  • February 08, 2024

    Alex Jones Atty Calls Infowars 'Nonsense' In $1.4B Appeal

    Arguing in front of the shooting victims' families and squarely calling his client's broadcasts "nonsense," a lawyer for Alex Jones told the Connecticut Appellate Court on Thursday that $1.44 billion was too high a price for the Infowars website host's claims that the Sandy Hook school massacre was a "hoax."

  • February 08, 2024

    NY Judge Scolds Trump Attys For Response To Perjury Query

    The New York state judge overseeing Donald Trump's civil fraud trial on Thursday chastised defense attorneys for their "misleading" response to his demands for information about reports of possible perjury by defendant and key trial witness Allen Weisselberg.

Expert Analysis

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    Children's Book Writing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Becoming a children's book author has opened doors to incredible new experiences of which I barely dared to dream, but the process has also changed my life by serving as a reminder that strong writing, networking and public speaking skills are hugely beneficial to a legal career, says Shaunna Bailey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • A Review Of 2023's Most Notable Securities Litigation

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    There is much to be learned from the most prominent private securities cases of 2023, specifically the Tesla trial, the U.S. Supreme Court's Slack decision and the resolution of Goldman Sachs litigation, but one lesson running through all of them is that there can be rewards at the end of the line for defendants willing to go the distance, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • SDNY Ruling Warns Parties To Heed Amended Disclosure Rule

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    A Manhattan federal court’s recent ruling in U.S. v. Mrabet forewarns both prosecutors and defense counsel that amended expert witness disclosure obligations will be rigorously enforced by judges, and gives some insight into how courts may deal with related constitutional challenges, say John Siffert and Brandon Davis at Lankler Siffert.

  • Lessons From This Year's Landmark Green Energy IP Clash

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    In this year's Siemens v. General Electric wind turbine patent dispute, a Massachusetts federal court offers a cautionary tale against willful infringement, and highlights the balance between innovation, law and ethics, as legal battles like this become more frequent in the renewable energy sector, say John Powell and Andrew Siuta at Sunstein.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge D'Emic On Moby Grape

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    The 1968 Moby Grape song "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" tells the tale of a fictional defendant treated with scorn by the judge, illustrating how much the legal system has evolved in the past 50 years, largely due to problem-solving courts and the principles of procedural justice, says Kings County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Matthew D'Emic.

  • Series

    Performing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    The discipline of performing live music has directly and positively influenced my effectiveness as a litigator — serving as a reminder that practice, intuition and team building are all important elements of a successful law practice, says Jeff Wakolbinger at Bryan Cave.

  • Tips For Defeating Claims Of Willful FLSA Violations

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    As employers increasingly encounter wage and hour complaints under the Fair Labor Standards Act, more companies could face enhanced penalties for violations deemed willful, but defense counsel can use several discovery and trial strategies to instead demonstrate the employer’s commitment to compliance, say Michael Mueller and Evangeline Paschal at Hunton.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • Trump NY Fraud Trial Shows Civil, Criminal Case Differences

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    Former President Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial currently unfolding in New York provides a reminder that civil bench trials can be just as damaging, if not more so, than criminal prosecutions, due to several key elements of civil litigation procedure, says retired attorney David Moskowitz.

  • How New Expert Rules Are Already Changing Court Decisions

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    Though not formally effective until last week, some courts have been relying for several years on amended federal rules clarifying judges’ gatekeeping role, so counsel should be prepared to justify their expert witnesses’ methodologies and expect additional motion practice on expert testimony admissibility, say Colleen Kenney and Daniel Kelly at Sidley.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

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    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

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