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Litigator of the Week: A $72M Save in Talc Case

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:29

In the nationwide litigation over talcum powder, Johnson & Johnson turned to Thomas Weaver of St. Louis-based Armstrong Teasdale to overturn a $72 million verdict in Missouri. But a lot more was at stake than $72 million.

        

The Posner Effect (With Help from Kirkland & Ellis)

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:51

When Judge Richard Posner in September abruptly retired from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, he levelled pointed criticism at his colleagues on the bench for failing to do enough to help pro se litigants. On Tuesday, his fellow Seventh Circuit judges offered something of a...

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Psst … Want to Buy Some Sovereign Immunity?

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 01:18

Facing a high-stakes patent validity proceeding at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, pharmaceutical giant Allergan assigned the IP rights being challenged to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. Because hey—sovereign immunity!

        

‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Lawyer’s Libel Case Is Just Making Things Worse

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:39

You’d like to think a lawyer would recognize when filing a lawsuit is not just ill-advised, but might actually make things worse. Or not. Case in point: Attorney Andrew Greene’s libel suit against Paramount Pictures.

        

At High Court, Just One IP Case That Matters

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 04:13

The 2017 term at the U.S. Supreme Court looks to be a quiet one for intellectual property. But with one potential bang in the middle.

        

PG&E Looks to Quinn Emanuel’s Kathleen Sullivan to Hold the Line

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 11:41

My parents’ house in my hometown of Santa Rosa, California was saved on Wednesday by a firebreak. In some ways, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan name partner Kathleen Sullivan has been tasked with an analogous role for Pacific Gas & Electric in fire-related lawsuits: that is, to stop a...

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Litigators of the Week: How Teamwork Allowed Plaintiffs’ Lawyers to Pull Off a Nearly $300M AndroGel Double Header

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:58

“It definitely adds pressure to the situation when you achieve a home run your first time at the plate,” Seeger Weiss partner David Buchanan told The Litigation Daily of his win over a team from Paul Weiss and Dechert.

        

Seeger Weiss Asks for $70M in Fees as Co-Lead NFL Concussion Class Counsel

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 04:56

Chris Seeger, one of the lawyers leading class counsel in the settlement has made a $70 million fee request on behalf of his firm, Seeger Weiss, which he outlined Tuesday in a 22-page declaration to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

        

Judge Hands Two-Year Sentence to Ex-Herrick Tax Head

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 04:03

Four months after pleading guilty to tax charges, former Herrick, Feinstein partner Harold Levine was sentenced Wednesday to 24 months in prison for his role in a scheme to defraud the IRS.

        

Both Sides Ask Panel to Consolidate Equifax Suits in Atlanta Before Judge With King & Spalding Ties

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 07:23

Equifax’s King & Spalding counsel joined with some plaintiffs lawyers to ask the federal Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation to consolidate in Atlanta hundreds of cases that have been filed against the Atlanta-based credit bureau and assign them to a judge with King & Spalding...

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In Gun Control Case, Orrick Associate Scores En Banc Win

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 06:14

In a win for gun control advocates, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday ruled en banc that a Bay Area county ordinance restricting where firearms can be sold does not violate the Second Amendment.

        

Donald Verrilli Returns to SCOTUS in New Gay Rights Challenge

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 04:06

Former Obama administration U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. is returning to the U.S. Supreme Court for the first time since leaving government last year, advocating on behalf of the challengers to a Mississippi law that allows religious objectors to refuse services to gay, lesbian and...

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SCOTUS to Hear Oral Arguments in Florida-Georgia Water War

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 03:31

The high court's order list included a brief note: “The exceptions to the Special Master Report are set for oral argument in due course.” The order refers to a February report that favored Georgia, to which Florida has objected. The due course will likely be in the current term, which began...

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3 Things to Watch as Yahoo Fights Male Employees' Gender Discrimination Suit

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 02:39

Yahoo Inc. is set to ask a federal judge in San Jose Wednesday to knock out claims from two former managers in the company’s media unit who claim they were discriminated against based on gender.

        

Jury Hits AbbVie With $140M Verdict—But Ultimate Liability for 6,000 Cases is Far From Clear

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 01:07

Bellwether trials seem like such a sensible idea: let’s put a few cases in front of a jury and use the results to settle the rest. Except sometimes bellwethers just make everything more confusing. The latest example: AndroGel.

        

Wait, What? Jury Awards $546K to Hotel Guests Bitten by Bed Bugs

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 12:43

A jury in San Bernardino County, California just awarded a family a record $546,000 for being bitten by bed bugs during a one-night stay at a Hilton Garden Inn. No medical bills. No property damage. Just emotional distress from the bug bites plus $50,000 in punitive damages. Say what?

        

Litigator of the Week: A $1.74B Payout in a Monster of a Case

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 01:15

They called it “a tale of two Citis.” Representing Lehman Brothers and its creditors committee, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan partner Andrew Rossman led a team in securing a $1.74 billion settlement from Citigroup on Sept. 29

        

North Face Founder’s Daughter Loses Suit Seeking Money From His Estate

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 11:36

Six months after North Face founder Doug Tompkins died, his daughter Summer Tompkins Walker quietly filed a “forced heirship” suit in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking a share of her father’s assets—litigation that has not previously been reported.

        

How the Largest FCA Judgment in History Fell Apart (Hint: Gibson Dunn)

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 01:20

In a sweet win for lead counsel James Ho, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher who was nominated last week by President Donald Trump for a seat on the Fifth Circuit, highway guardrail maker Trinity Industries dodged a $682 million bullet. What happened?

        

In Marketing Its ‘Trial Jocks,’ K&L Gates Takes a New Approach

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:58

Don’t you hate it when you slog away through motions and discovery for months or years, only to get bumped when the client realizes (holy crap!) that this thing is going to trial? Conversely, don’t you love it when you’re the one who gets the call to parachute in? Both sentiments animate a...

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