• December 05, 2023

    Trump's Broker & Club Member Touts Mar-A-Lago's $1B Value

    A Florida real estate broker and member of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club took the stand Tuesday in New York state court to defend the former president's valuation of the property, saying it was worth more than $1 billion based on his billions in sales experience and "gut" feelings.

  • December 05, 2023

    SEC, Terraform Clash Over Jury's Role At Upcoming Trial

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Terraform Labs are sparring over whether a jury can determine if Terraform's tokens are securities as the parties await the court's decision on competing motions for summary judgment.

  • December 05, 2023

    Intel Seeks New Trial In $1B VLSI Case After Ax Of $2B Verdict

    After the Federal Circuit vacated a $2.18 billion verdict against Intel Corp. in a patent dispute with VLSI Technology LLC, Intel told a Texas federal judge that the ruling means a new trial is also needed in a $948 million case over a different VLSI microchip patent.

  • December 05, 2023

    7th Circ. Signals Issue With $540M Motorola Trade Secret Win

    Seventh Circuit judges reviewing Motorola's $540 million win in a mobile radio trade secret case suggested Tuesday part of the verdict might come undone, with one judge saying the calculation of foreign sales was a thorny problem in the case. 

  • December 05, 2023

    Ga. Judge Puts Hold On Murder Retrial Of Ex-BigLaw Atty

    The Georgia retrial of a former Fisher Phillips partner accused of murdering his wife was put on hold Tuesday after the Fulton County Superior Court judge overseeing the case said he would not allow prosecutors to allege for the second time that Claud "Tex" McIver intended to kill his wife when he shot her.

  • December 05, 2023

    Trump, SBF Trials Spotlight Nonverbal Signaling, Prof Says

    Recent trials involving Donald Trump and Sam Bankman-Fried — and even the much older O.J. Simpson trial — show clearly that savvy trial lawyers are wielding forms of nonverbal communication that aren't subject to ethics guidelines, an expert on the topic said Tuesday.

  • December 05, 2023

    Gannett Beats 401(k) Class Action Over Tegna Stock

    A Virginia federal judge granted Gannett a win Tuesday in a class action accusing it of costing its 401(k) plan $135 million by keeping too much money invested in ex-parent company Tegna's stock, saying the newspaper conglomerate showed it didn't make its decisions recklessly.

  • December 05, 2023

    Jury Awards Man $25K In Retaliation Case Against Apparel Co.

    A New York federal jury awarded a $25,000 verdict to a man who represented himself in a retaliation case accusing his former employer, an apparel company, of firing him after he lodged two harassment complaints against a supervisor.

  • December 05, 2023

    Judges 'Troubled' By Trial Rulings For Denver Cheese Co.

    A panel of Colorado appellate judges expressed concerns Tuesday about a trial court's handling of a family fight that threatened dissolution of a $5 billion cheese company, with one judge saying she was "troubled" by a jury instruction that seemed to favor the company.

  • December 05, 2023

    Florida Jury Awards Driver $12.2M In Dump Truck Crash

    A Florida state jury has awarded a woman $12.2 million for injuries she sustained in a 2020 crash involving a dump truck — the full amount that her attorneys had sought — after less than two hours of deliberation, law firm Morgan & Morgan announced on Tuesday.

  • December 05, 2023

    Aspiring Antiques Bigwig Took $6M And Fled, SEC Tells Jury

    A Nevada man who raised $20 million from investors to launch a sports-focused collectibles and media empire misappropriated $6 million before fleeing the United States, securities regulators told a Manhattan federal jury Tuesday.

  • December 05, 2023

    DC Judge Slams Giuliani No-Show In Pretrial Hearing

    Rudy Giuliani's absence during a Tuesday pretrial conference "sets the tone ... for this whole case," a D.C. federal judge remarked as the former New York City mayor prepares to face trial to determine damages owed to two Georgia poll workers that Giuliani accused of committing ballot fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

  • December 05, 2023

    JetBlue-Spirit Deal Trial Wraps As Judge Mulls Middle Ground

    While hearing closing arguments in a monthlong bench trial, a Massachusetts federal judge weighed Tuesday whether he could strike a balance between permanently barring a proposed $3.8 billion merger between JetBlue Airways Corp. and Spirit Airlines and letting the deal go through as is.

  • December 05, 2023

    Illinois Firm Wants Jury Trial On All Counts Over Missing $3M

    An Illinois law firm that earlier this year was found liable for the loss of a client's $3 million placed in an escrow account under the firm's control has urged a federal judge to uphold its right to a jury trial.

  • December 05, 2023

    Texas Jury Finds Microchip Co. Infringed Purdue Univ. Patent

    A Western District of Texas jury has found that European microchip maker STMicroelectronics infringed a patent covering semiconductor technology held by the trustees of Purdue University and awarded the trustees $32.5 million in damages.

  • December 05, 2023

    Married Attys To Face Off Against Judiciary In Their 1st Trial

    A former North Carolina federal public defender is preparing to try her own case accusing the judiciary of bungling an investigation into her sexual harassment claim, capping off a thorny litigation path that left her with only her husband as co-counsel after the abrupt departure of her legal team.

  • December 05, 2023

    COVERAGE RECAP: Day 40 Of Trump's NY Civil Fraud Trial

    Law360 reporters are providing live coverage from the courthouse as former President Donald Trump goes on trial in the New York attorney general's civil fraud case. Here's a recap from day 40.

  • December 04, 2023

    Intent Issue Looms As Ex-BigLaw Atty Faces 2nd Murder Trial

    Prosecutors and the defense sparred Monday over whether a former Fisher Phillips partner's appellate win and partial past trial victory bar the state from arguing that his wife's death was an intentional, financially motivated act as jury selection for the upcoming retrial began.

  • December 04, 2023

    Trump Seeks NY High Court Review Of Fraud Trial Gag Orders

    Former President Donald Trump on Monday sought to have New York's highest court review his appeal of the reinstatement of gag orders in the civil fraud trial over the state's claims that he defrauded banks and insurers by falsely inflating his net worth.

  • December 04, 2023

    Federal Jury To Decide Fate Of Ex-Philly Labor Leader

    The embezzlement trial of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 business manager John Dougherty wrapped up Monday with prosecutors restating their claims to a Philadelphia federal jury that Dougherty stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the union he was duty-bound to protect to pay for home improvements, concert tickets, expensive suits, and other luxuries.

  • December 04, 2023

    Dynamite Wins Injunction After $1.9M Wallet Gadget Verdict

    A New York federal judge has granted Dynamite Marketing's request for approximately $1.5 million in attorney fees and a permanent injunction after a jury found in September that the company's patent covering the Wallet Ninja, a gadget like a Swiss Army knife, was willfully infringed by WowLine Inc.

  • December 04, 2023

    'Varsity Blues' Dad Could Spark More Refund Bids, Feds Warn

    Federal prosecutors argued Monday that a court-ordered refund of $1 million to a parent who largely beat so-called Varsity Blues charges would have a widespread effect and encourage "scores" of other after-the-fact cases with defendants who want forfeited money returned.

  • December 04, 2023

    Fired Davis Polk Atty's Bid To Expand Trial Ripped By Judge

    A Manhattan federal judge on Monday rejected an attempt by a Black former Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP associate to drastically expand his upcoming retaliation trial, calling it an arbitrary bid to potentially "torture" his former employer with excessive litigation.

  • December 04, 2023

    Gov't Contractors Sentenced In $8M Bid-Rigging Scheme

    A Georgia federal judge has sentenced two military contractors for using false bids to secure Pentagon contracts worth almost $8 million, a month after a co-conspirator was hit with a four-month sentence, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday.

  • December 04, 2023

    Texas Co., ASUSTeK Settle Patent Claims Ahead Of Trial

    A Texas licensing company and Taiwanese manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer Inc. came to an 11th-hour settlement agreement over the weekend in a patent dispute that was scheduled to go to trial Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Series

    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.

  • How Color Psychology Can Help Tell Your Trial Narrative

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    Research shows that color is a powerful sensory input that affects memory and perception, so attorneys should understand how, when and why to use certain shades in trial graphics to enhance their narrative and draw jurors’ focus, says Adam Bloomberg at IMS Consulting.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Asserting 'Presence-Of-Counsel' Defense In Securities Trials

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    As illustrated by the fraud trial of FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, defense attorneys in securities trials might consider arguing that counsel had some involvement in the conduct at issue — if the more formal advice-of-counsel defense is unavailable and circumstances allow for a privilege waiver, say Joseph Dever and Matthew Elkin at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Why Criminal No-Poach Cases Can Be Deceptively Complex

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    Mark Rosman at Wilson Sonsini discusses the reasons many criminal no-poach cases that appear simple are actually more complicated than they seem, following several jury trial acquittals and two dismissed cases.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Ga. Appeal Shows Benefits Of Questioning Jury Instructions

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    A Georgia Court of Appeals’ October decision, holding a trial court erred in using pattern jury instructions that refer to a long-repealed standard of evidence, underscores the importance of scrutinizing language in established jury instructions and seizing the opportunity to push back against outdated patterns, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • How Social Media Can Affect Trial Outcomes

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    With social media’s ability to seize upon an issue and spin it into a specifically designed narrative, it is more critical than ever that a litigation communications strategy be part of trial planning to manage the impact of legal action on a company's reputation, say Sean Murphy and Steve Wood at Courtroom Sciences.

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