Trials

  • July 09, 2024

    Nirvana, Marc Jacobs Reach Deal In Smiley Face Logo Fight

    The rock band Nirvana, the fashion brand Marc Jacobs International LLC and a former record company employee have reached a settlement resolving a yearslong dispute over Nirvana's "smiley face" logo, according to a joint report filed in California federal court Tuesday.

  • July 09, 2024

    Veteran EDNY Federal Prosecutor Joins Covington

    The former Criminal Division chief at the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney's Office has returned to private practice as a partner in Covington & Burling LLP's New York office, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • July 09, 2024

    HEC Can't Get Damages Over Injunction In Novartis Feud

    A Delaware federal court on Tuesday shot down HEC Pharm Co.'s bid for damages stemming from a preliminary injunction against it over the launch of a generic version of Novartis Pharmaceuticals' blockbuster multiple sclerosis treatment Gilenya.

  • July 09, 2024

    NY Judge In Trump Case OKs Narrow Subpoena For Atty

    An attorney who told reporters he held an impromptu hallway conversation with a New York state judge in the lead-up to February's $464.6 million civil fraud judgment against Donald Trump must turn over any communications he had with the court regarding the underlying action, according to a Tuesday ruling.

  • July 09, 2024

    NJ Jury Begins Deliberating COVID Test Kit Fraud Case

    Jurors began deliberating Tuesday in the retrial of a securities fraud case that ended with a dramatic mistrial after a juror announced in open court last December that he disagreed with the guilty verdict that had just been delivered by the jury forewoman.

  • July 09, 2024

    Chiquita Says $38M Verdict Must Be Reduced

    Chiquita said Monday that the $38.3 million verdict won by the families of victims of Colombian right-wing paramilitaries that were funded by the banana grower should be reduced because the damages awarded far exceed the caps on non-economic damages in Colombian law.

  • July 09, 2024

    Menendez Atty Accuses Feds Of 'Trickery' As Trial Nears End

    The bribery case against Sen. Bob Menendez is being "fudged" to compensate for pervasive gaps in evidence, his counsel told a federal jury in Manhattan at the start of defense closing arguments Tuesday.

  • July 09, 2024

    Feds Seek 37 Mos. For Tippee In JPMorgan Insider Case

    California federal prosecutors are seeking a three-year prison sentence for a Los Angeles man who was found guilty of trading on privileged information supplied by a childhood friend who was an analyst at JPMorgan Securities LLC, saying that his repeated lies under oath suggest he does not fully understand the consequences of his actions.

  • July 09, 2024

    2 Cooperators In Bankman-Fried Case To Be Sentenced In Fall

    Two former FTX executives who pled guilty and testified for the government at the trial of Sam Bankman-Fried, the collapsed cryptocurrency exchange's founder, will be sentenced this fall, a New York federal judge said Tuesday.

  • July 09, 2024

    No Conflict For Ballard Spahr In Ex-Union Leader's Bribe Case

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday rejected a claim by former Philadelphia union leader and convicted felon John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty that his Ballard Spahr LLP defense team marred its representation of him in a bribery prosecution because of a conflict of interest with Comcast.

  • July 09, 2024

    Ex-DOJ Atty Tells Guo Jury Of Illicit Extradition Campaign

    Prominent Chinese Communist Party critic Miles Guo capped off his defense to $1 billion fraud charges Tuesday with testimony from a former U.S. Department of Justice attorney, who admitted to participating in a plot to lobby the U.S. government for Guo's extradition to China.

  • July 09, 2024

    Meet Alec Baldwin's 'Rust' Shooting Defense Team

    Facing a high-profile trial this week on involuntary manslaughter charges and the possibility of prison time, Alec Baldwin has turned to an eclectic group of defense attorneys who have represented Jay-Z and Elon Musk, recovered the art of Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso, and last year secured an acquittal in another shooting case.

  • July 09, 2024

    Young Thug Wants To DQ Prosecutors Over Secret Meeting

    Atlanta rapper Young Thug has called for the removal of two Fulton County prosecutors from his racketeering trial, arguing that a transcript of a secret meeting involving those prosecutors, a Georgia state judge and a key witness has revealed they unethically persuaded the witness to reconsider and testify against the rapper.

  • July 09, 2024

    Weinstein May Face Nov. Retrial As DA Vets New Rape Claims

    Manhattan prosecutors Tuesday said November is a "realistic" date for Harvey Weinstein's retrial on rape charges as they continue to investigate new claims that the disgraced Hollywood producer assaulted other women, saying they expect to seek a superseding indictment by late September.

  • July 09, 2024

    Ex-NRA Finance Chief Agrees To 10-Year NY Nonprofit Ban

    A former chief financial officer of the National Rifle Association has agreed not to serve as a fiduciary of a New York nonprofit for 10 years as part of a settlement in the state attorney general's suit in state court alleging he and other executives misused donor money, according to deal terms disclosed Tuesday.

  • July 09, 2024

    Medical Office Manager Gets 5 Years For Tax, Mail Fraud

    The former office manager of an Illinois medical practice was sentenced to five years in federal prison and ordered to pay $3 million in restitution — most of it to his former employer — after admitting to filing a false tax return and stealing from the practice.

  • July 09, 2024

    'ComEd Four' To Renew Acquittal Bid After Bribery Ruling

    An Illinois federal judge effectively pushed the next ruling in the criminal case against former Commonwealth Edison CEO Anne Pramaggiore and her three co-defendants to at least winter, as the defendants vowed to renew their acquittal bid in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling finding that federal bribery law doesn't criminalize rewards given after an official act.

  • July 08, 2024

    Jurors Told To Decide Who Is Lying In COVID Test Fraud Case

    The task for jurors in the retrial of a securities fraud case over a COVID test kit deal that never materialized will be to determine not whether lies were told but who told them, according to closing arguments delivered Monday in New Jersey federal court.

  • July 08, 2024

    Feds Slam Hunter Biden's 'Laughable' New Trial Bid

    Prosecutors urged a Delaware federal judge Monday to reject Hunter Biden's request for a new trial based on the district court's purported lack of jurisdiction after a jury found him guilty of three felony gun charges last month, slamming Biden's jurisdictional arguments as "laughable" and erroneous.

  • July 08, 2024

    Menendez 'Put Power Up For Sale,' Feds Say In Closing

    Sen. Robert Menendez "put his power up for sale" in a slew of bribes often brokered by his wife but for which the New Jersey lawmaker was always "calling the shots," a Manhattan federal prosecutor said during closing arguments in the high-profile trial Monday.

  • July 08, 2024

    Philly Charter School Exec Sentenced To 1½ Years In Prison

    Shahied Dawan, a former nonprofit executive for a Philadelphia charter school and low-income housing nonprofit founded by R&B producer Kenny Gamble, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Monday for conspiring to conceal embezzlement from the organization.

  • July 08, 2024

    Archegos Jury To Mull If $100B Flop A Crime Or Just Failure

    Archegos founder Bill Hwang's disastrous hedge fund trading was legal, his lawyer argued in closing to a Manhattan federal jury Monday, after prosecutors claimed "undeniable proof" that Hwang and a co-defendant criminally distorted Wall Street to the tune of $100 billion.

  • July 08, 2024

    Anesthesia Death Trial Ends In $15.4M Award For Estate

    A Connecticut anesthesiology group must pay $15.4 million to the estate of a 57-year-old woman who suffered cardiorespiratory collapse and severe brain damage during a routine 20-minute outpatient gastroenterology imaging procedure and died a month later in an intensive care unit, a state superior court jury has decided.

  • July 08, 2024

    Baldwin's Role As 'Rust' Producer Off Limits At Trial

    A New Mexico state judge ruled Monday that Alec Baldwin's role as a producer of "Rust" is irrelevant to the involuntary manslaughter charges he faces in the shooting death of the movie's cinematographer, cutting off a key theory of the prosecution's case against the actor on the eve of his trial.

  • July 08, 2024

    The Biggest Patent Rulings Of 2024: A Midyear Report

    The Federal Circuit issued its first en banc patent decision since 2018, a circuit judge's suspension was solidified and courts shed further light on foreign damages and skinny labels. Here's a look back at these rulings and other top patent decisions from the first half of 2024.

Expert Analysis

  • How Associates Can Build A Professional Image

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    As hybrid work arrangements become the norm in the legal industry, early-career attorneys must be proactive in building and maintaining a professional presence in both physical and digital settings, ensuring that their image aligns with their long-term career goals, say Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners and Estelle Winsett at Estelle Winsett Professional Image Consulting.

  • Firms Must Rethink How They Train New Lawyers In AI Age

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    As law firms begin to use generative artificial intelligence to complete lower-level legal tasks, they’ll need to consider new ways to train summer associates and early-career attorneys, keeping in mind the five stages of skill acquisition, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Always Be Closing

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    When a lawyer presents their case with the right propulsive structure throughout trial, there is little need for further argument after the close of evidence — and in fact, rehashing it all may test jurors’ patience — so attorneys should consider other strategies for closing arguments, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • Series

    Playing Chess Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    There are many ways that chess skills translate directly into lawyer skills, but for me, the bigger career lessons go beyond the direct parallels — playing chess has shown me the value of seeing gradual improvement in and focusing deep concentration on a nonwork endeavor, says attorney Steven Fink.

  • Litigation Inspiration: Attys Can Be Heroic Like Olympians

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    Although litigation won’t earn anyone an Olympic medal in Paris this summer, it can be worthy of the same lasting honor if attorneys exercise focused restraint — seeking both their clients’ interests and those of the court — instead of merely pursuing every advantage short of sanctionable conduct, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • Updated Federal Rules Can Improve Product Liability MDLs

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    The recent amendment of a federal evidence rule regarding expert testimony and the proposal of a civil rule on managing early discovery in multidistrict legislation hold great promise for promoting the uniform and efficient processes that high-stakes product liability cases particularly need, say Alan Klein and William Heaston at Duane Morris.

  • Lean Into The 'Great Restoration' To Retain Legal Talent

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    As the “great resignation,” in which employees voluntarily left their jobs in droves, has largely dissipated, legal employers should now work toward the idea of a “great restoration,” adopting strategies to effectively hire, onboard and retain top legal talent, says Molly McGrath at Hiring & Empowering Solutions.

  • 9th Circ. Ruling Shows Lies Must Go To Nature Of Bargain

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    The Ninth Circuit’s recent U.S. v. Milheiser decision, vacating six mail fraud convictions, clarifies that the key question in federal fraud cases is not whether lies were told, but what they were told about — thus requiring defense counsel to rethink their strategies, say Charles Kreindler and Krista Landis at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Opinion

    New Guidance On Guilty Plea Withdrawals Is Long Past Due

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    In light of the Sentencing Reform Act's 40th anniversary, adding a new section to the accompanying guidelines on the withdrawal of guilty pleas could remedy the lack of direction in this area and improve the regulation's effectiveness in promoting sentencing uniformity, say Mark H. Allenbaugh at SentencingStats.com and Alan Ellis at the Law Offices of Alan Ellis.

  • Why Jurors Balk At 'I Don't Recall' — And How To Respond

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    Jurors often react negatively to a witness who responds “I don’t remember” because they tend to hold erroneous beliefs about the nature of human memory, but attorneys can adopt a few strategies to mitigate the impact of these biases, say Steve Wood and Ava Hernández at Courtroom Sciences.

  • Series

    Fishing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Atop the list of ways fishing makes me a better lawyer is the relief it offers from the chronic stress of a demanding caseload, but it has also improved my listening skills and patience, and has served as an exceptional setting for building earnest relationships, says Steven DeGeorge​​​​​​​ at Robinson Bradshaw.

  • 10 Tips To Build Trust With Your Witness During Trial Prep

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    Preparing a witness for deposition or trial requires more than just legal skills — lawyers must also work to cultivate trust with the witness, using strategies ranging from wearing a hat when conducting mock cross-examination to offering them a ride to court before they testify, say Faye Paul Teller and Sara McDermott at Munger Tolles.

  • A Healthier Legal Industry Starts With Emotional Intelligence

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    The legal profession has long been plagued by high rates of mental health issues, in part due to attorneys’ early training and broader societal stereotypes — but developing one’s emotional intelligence is one way to foster positive change, collectively and individually, says attorney Esperanza Franco.

  • To Make Your Legal Writing Clear, Emulate A Master Chef

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    To deliver clear and effective written advocacy, lawyers should follow the model of a fine dining chef — seasoning a foundation of pure facts with punchy descriptors, spicing it up with analogies, refining the recipe and trimming the fat — thus catering to a sophisticated audience of decision-makers, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Circuit Judge Writes An Opinion, AI Helps: What Now?

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    Last week's Eleventh Circuit opinion in Snell v. United Specialty Insurance, notable for a concurrence outlining the use of artificial intelligence to evaluate a term's common meaning, is hopefully the first step toward developing a coherent basis for the judiciary's generative AI use, says David Zaslowsky at Baker McKenzie.

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