What do banana plantation workers in Nicaragua have in common with villagers beset by oil production in the Ecuadorean Amazon? Plenty, it turns out. Both teamed up with lawyers intent on collecting big bucks from multinational corporations. Then Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher stepped in for the defense, and the plaintiffs' cases went to hell.
The PTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board has instituted postgrant reviews of three patents owned by the Chicago Board Options Exchange that are at the center of a suit against the International Securities Exchange, represented by Winston & Strawn.
The latest came on Thursday in an insider trading case against Andrew Jacobs, a former executive at The Hershey Co., and his brother Leslie Jacobs.
In a ruling that could limit the scope of sovereign immunity for military contractors, an appeals court has revived claims that KBR Inc. and Halliburton injured U.S. service members by disposing of waste in open-air "burn pits" in war zones overseas.
Ricoh and its lawyers at Quinn Emanuel failed Thursday in their attempt to knock out a portion of the $75.8 million the company owes Eastman Kodak Company in a patent licensing dispute.
Wednesday's blockbuster arguments on the fate of securities class actions pitted Boies Schiller's David Boies against Aaron Streett of Baker Botts. But an amicus brief filed by Vinson & Elkins on behalf of a group of law professors nearly stole the show.
A judge in New York refused to throw out part of an antitrust class action brought by TV station owners against SESAC, a music licensing organization that represents thousands of composers. The ruling comes just months after a Pennsylvania judge ruled that radio broadcasters are likely to prevail on similar claims.
Energy Transfer Partners won at least $319 million this week in its lawsuit alleging that Enterprise Products Partners improperly backed out of a pipeline development deal. But ETP failed to persuade jurors that a codefendant, Enbridge Inc., interfered with the partnership.
The court told BP and its lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis and Gibson Dunn that the company has no one to blame for the Deepwater Horizon claims process but itself.
After 20 years and hundreds of millions of dollars in litigation costs, we have a winner in the Chevron Ecuador dispute. And of all the countless legal battlegrounds, it's now clearer than ever that U.S. litigation was the main event.
Plenty of attorneys besides Steven Donziger were drawn into the morass of Chevron's Ecuadorean environmental battle over the years. Tuesday's ruling in Chevron's fraud case against the plaintiffs can be read as a tale of lawyers run amok and sometimes led astray.
With Monday's cert grant in Omnicare, Winston & Strawn won a chance to resolve a circuit split over what constitutes a false statement under federal securities laws. Plus: Some good news for Aereo as it prepares for April arguments in its Supreme Court showdown with TV broadcasters.
One Federal Circuit panel issued a decision reviving a patent infringement lawsuit against the company in California, while another heard arguments in the appeal of a whopping $368 million jury verdict that Apple lost to VirnetX Inc. in 2012.
When does a branded drug maker have to turn over product samples to generic competitors? An antitrust battle between Actelion Pharmaceuticals and three of its generic rivals offered some clues, but the case settled Friday without providing a definitive answer.
The German company IPCom GmbH, which has been called Europe's first "patent troll" by its opponents, lost three big infringement cases on Friday, including one in which it was seeking €1.6 billion ($2.2 billion) from Apple Inc.
The Eastern District of Texas has ushered in a new approach to case management that could streamline patent cases and drive down costs, which some experts say is proof that the courts—and not Congress—are best-suited to reform patent litigation.
World Bank arbitrators asserted jurisdiction over more than $1 billion in claims brought by Churchill Mining plc and its Australian affiliate alleging that the Republic of Indonesia expropriated Churchill's coal mining concession in East Kutai, Indonesia.
Partner John Froemming cleared a hurdle for Reynolds on Thursday in a trademark and false advertising case against Handi-Foil, a competitor that wants to eat away at Reynolds' profits from its ubiquitous Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs say the ruling may bring them closer to brokering a deal for preferred shareholders who lost billions in expected profits when the terms of the government's Fannie and Freddie takeover suddenly changed in mid-2012.
Armstrong's doping confession made for great television, but it hasn't provided much fodder for false advertising class actions. Lawyers at Katten Muchin Rosenman and Greenberg Traurig defeated the latest suit this week, persuading a judge to toss claims by purchasers of sports supplements that Armstrong endorsed.
In a highly anticipated decision interpreting the reach of the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act, the court green-lighted investor claims against Chadbourne & Parke, Proskauer Rose and other advisers of convicted Ponzi schemer R. Allen Stanford.
Apple's lawyers at Gibson Dunn are trying to make the best of the cards they've been dealt by a New York federal judge in litigation over e-books price-fixing.
Don Dunner isn't the only lawyer making his U.S. Supreme Court debut this week as the justices take up the question of fee shifting in patent cases. Rudy Telscher of the IP boutique Harness Dickey & Pierce will also stand before the high court for the first time on Wednesday, arguing a case with potentially huge ramifications for the patent bar.
Two weeks before trial in a case alleging that Microsoft infringes a patent for Web browsing, Fish & Richardson won a ruling that nixes adverse inference findings against the company.
Two dozen major law firms came together on Monday to send an unlikely message to the U.S. Supreme Court: It's time to clamp down on open access to government.
Napo Pharmaceuticals claimed that Salix never delivered on a promise to promote a potentially lucrative Napo drug, but a state court jury in Manhattan told Napo to pin the blame elsewhere.
Defying expectations and the hopes of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the high court declined Monday to hear arguments that it should dismantle two class actions over allegedly defective Whirlpool Corp. washing machines.
The court held that even if the government paid for tainted drugs packaged by Omnicare, the company didn't violate the False Claims Act because the FDA had approved the unadulterated form of the drugs. The ruling is a win for Reed Smith.
With the Supreme Court declining to intervene, Gibson Dunn's Miguel Estrada cemented last year's victory for Comcast in a case that was widely viewed as a check on the Federal Communications Commission's power to regulate the cable industry.
A federal judge dismissed a class action claiming that oil companies Repsol SA and YPF SA misled shareholders about the possibility of YPF being nationalized by the Argentine government.
The relatively unknown world of manhole cover sealants drew the likes of Jones Day, which represented Stopaq in its bid to revive a patent infringement claim against Amcorr, advised by Winston & Strawn.
Television's old guard finally opened a chink in Aereo Inc.'s armor this week, winning a ruling that left the Internet TV upstart and its lawyers fighting to limit the damage ahead of arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in April.
When Royal Bank of Scotland agreed to pay a class of mortgage-backed securities investors $275 million, Cohen Milstein called the deal the third- largest class action settlement in a federal mortgage-backed securities case. For partner Joel Laitman, it's been a long time coming.
A judge in Manhattan told AIG and other objectors to Bank of America's mortgage-backed securities mega-settlement to bring their beef with the deal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Lawyers at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan struck out Wednesday in their latest attempt to revive a $4 billion arbitration claim against Citigroup on behalf of Abu Dhabi's sovereign wealth fund.
A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging that hotel chains and online travel companies conspired to fix the price of rooms booked online, handing a big win to a brigade of defense firms.
A 91-year-old Italian mogul's $500 million fraud case against Philips spanned seven years and implicated the laws of at least four nations. Now, thanks to Sullivan & Cromwell and a Delaware judge, the case may finally be kaput.
The firm couldn't reverse a ruling that a client convicted of insider trading must disgorge $7 million. But it did finish off a fraud case brought against longtime client Citigroup Inc. by a group of Norwegian investors represented by Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman.
Boies, Schiller & Flexner and Bingham McCutchen scored a partial win in Oracle's copyright battle with Rimini Street, a smaller rival that offers low-cost support to Oracle customers.
There's a $20 billion gulf between what Anadarko and its adversaries think the company should have to pay to resolve a battle over environmental liabilities in the Tronox Inc. bankruptcy.
Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc. and its lawyers at Alston & Bird have defeated claims that the company misled investors about the results of a clinical trial for its cancer drug Perifosine.
The Justice Department has a message for companies in trouble for fixing prices: If you're going to come clean, you better not hold back.
An appeals court ruled that IBM botched an assignment to privatize Indiana's welfare benefits system, putting the computing giant on the hook for as much as $177 million in damages. The decision is a major reversal of fortune for the state and its lawyers at Barnes & Thornburg, who were up against high-powered opponents at Kirkland & Ellis.
With a long-awaited trial on the horizon, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft persuaded an appeals court to trim a $70 million malpractice suit brought by former client Nomura Asset Capital Corp., a sponsor of mortgage-backed securities.
Better Markets' lawsuit challenging the Justice Department's $13 billion deal with JPMorgan is probably doomed to fail. But that doesn't mean the Wall Street watchdog is wrong to blast the DOJ for bypassing judicial scrutiny in its record out-of-court settlement.
Wednesday was a day of musical chairs for the New York securities bar. One top securities litigator and government enforcer opted to return to his longtime law firm, while another prominent practitioner landed at his fourth firm in eight years.
Single-serve coffee brewers are big business, especially now that market leader Green Mountain's patents on the technology have expired. So it's fitting that an upstart competitor has hired big-name litigator Dan Webb to challenge Green Mountain's recent efforts to maintain its huge market share.
Google and its lawyers at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton wanted a do-over in their patent fight with SimpleAir. Instead, a judge signed off on a jury's infringement verdict against Google and gave SimpleAir a second chance to win more than $125 million in a damages retrial.
We named Lisa Blatt of Arnold & Porter and Brian Hennigan of Irell & Manella Litigators of the Week for last month's Ninth Circuit win, in which the court found that lawyers for Abbott Labs improperly struck a self-identified gay juror because of his sexual orientation.
Apple lost its bid to stop court-appointed e-books monitor Michael Bromwich in his tracks, at least for now. But Apple's lawyers at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher nevertheless succeeded in curtailing Bromwich's authority as they continue fighting the government's antitrust case.
Better Markets Inc., a nonprofit led by a former partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, filed an unusual lawsuit Monday challenging the legality of the U.S. Department of Justice's $13 billion mortgage settlement with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh delivered a stern rebuke to Apple's lawyers for seemingly appealing to nationalism and xenophobia at the company's damages retrial against Korean rival Samsung.
After a long and hard-fought jury trial, a team from McCarter & English persuaded a jury to reject an $80 million trade secrets case that the fragrance and flavor giant Givaudan SA brought against a prominent perfumer and his new company.
On the eve of an expected ruling from the U.S. International Trade Commission, HTC Corp. and its lawyers at McDermott Will & Emery decided to play it safe and settle a patent infringement case brought by Nokia Oyj, which was being advised by Alston & Bird and Desmarais.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has had his share of big weeks since taking office nearly five years ago. But even for him, the last one was a doozy.
Despite the efforts of defense lawyer Richard Strassberg of Goodwin Procter, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara claimed yet another victory on Thursday in his campaign to clamp down on insider trading.
A judge has tossed Spanish oil company Repsol's claims that YPF SA and Bank of New York Mellon wrongfully blocked it from casting votes at a YPF shareholder meeting. On the losing end of the ruling were Repsol's attorneys at Butzel Long. Dechert represented BNYMellon while Chadbourne & Parke advised YPF.
A Delaware patent infringement trial pitting Intellectual Ventures against Motorola Mobility Inc. was billed as a referendum on the patent monetization business. So much for that.
Pfizer Inc. and its lawyers at White & Case fended off a major challenge from generic rivals on Thursday, persuading an appeals court that patents for the blockbuster painkiller Lyrica give the company exclusive rights to sell the drug through the end of 2018.
With so many zeroes at stake in Bank of America's megasettlement with mortgage-backed securities investors, some high-profile challengers aren't ready to declare an end to the case just yet.
JPMorgan's $614 million False Claims Act settlement with the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan indicates that major banks have a ways to go to shake off FCA liability stemming from the mortgage crisis.
Both sides are claiming victory after a mixed verdict in the Securities and Exchange Commission's fraud case against the Texan financial services firm Life Partners Holdings Inc. Can Patton Boggs and Baker & McKenzie persuade the judge to make it a clean defense win?
The latest blockbuster settlement was announced late Tuesday, when Morgan Stanley revealed it would pay $1.25 billion for selling faulty mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
The Ninth Circuit brought a likely end to an antitrust class action seeking to undo Southwest Airlines Co.'s 2011 acquisition of AirTran Airways Inc.
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank struck out for the second time Tuesday in its bid to revive a lawsuit against Credit Suisse Group AG over a troubled $40 million structured finance transaction.
Siding with lawyers at Quinn Emanuel, a judge in Tulsa ruled that PricewaterhouseCoopers can't escape billion-dollar claims that it paved the way for the collapse of energy transport giant SemGroup.
In a new lawsuit, the Irell & Manella partner alleges that Apple incorporated university technology in the processor that powers the company's newest blockbuster devices: the iPhone 5S, iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display.
The TV streaming start-ups Aereo Inc. and FilmOn have a lot in common, including the tiny antennas they use to transmit programming to subscribers. But when it comes to their record in the courts, FilmOn and its lawyers have some catching up to do.
A judge in New York largely approved a long-delayed $8.5 billion settlement between Bank of America and mortgage-backed securities investors, resolving in one fell swoop much of the bank's liability for its acquisition of Countrywide Financial Corp.
Siding with lawyers at Kaye Scholer and Munger Tolles, a federal judge declined to certify two classes in an antitrust case accusing a Pfizer subsidiary of conspiring to block cheaper generic versions of its Skelaxin muscle relaxant from reaching the market.
A New York appeals court has allowed a defunct Australian hedge fund, Basis Yield Alpha Fund, to proceed with a $1 billion fraud case against Goldman Sachs & Co. The ruling is a win for the small litigation boutique Lewis Baach, and a setback for Goldman's lawyers at Boies Schiller.
On the same day, Gibson Dunn's Andrew Tulumello helped SAIC win two major rulings in lingering investor litigation related to a New York City kickbacks scandal.
A gaggle of top plaintiffs firms that challenged a $20 billion deal involving Sprint got some disappointing news this week when a Kansas judge denied their bid for $8 million in fees.
Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, the former chairman of American International Group, has reached a dead end in his company's $25 billion lawsuit alleging that the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's takeover of AIG was unlawful.
In dribs and drabs, the 2012 patent infringement verdict that Vringo Inc. and its lawyers at Dickstein Shapiro won against Google has ballooned into one of the largest in years.
Bar associations should stop trying to judge moral character, and focus on punishing lawyers who actually harm their clients and the courts.
At 82, the revered IP litigator and appellate specialist Donald Dunner of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner has never argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. But, as Dunner says, "there's a first time for everything."
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has brought a near-certain end to RealTime Data's patent infringement campaign against a large swath of the financial services industry.
Faced with claims that Goldman Sachs saddled a failed credit union with toxic securities, Goldman's lawyers at Sullivan & Cromwell unearthed a long forgotten arbitration agreement that they hoped would offer a quick escape.
You know something big is brewing in investor litigation when every study on last year's uptick in securities class action filings includes the caveat that the practice could come to a screeching halt in 2014.
"Though treble damages are a tempting way to spice things up, civil RICO and marriage do not go together like a horse and carriage," a federal judge ruled in Patricia Cohen v. Steven Cohen.
After testing the waters at about a half-dozen law firms, the Justice Department's outgoing FCPA enforcer is joining Morrison & Foerster to lead the firm's global anticorruption practice.