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Dechert, Funds Win New York Debt Fight with Africa's DRC

By Jan Wolfe |

More than 20 years after Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) defaulted on loans from Citibank NA and other banks, a U.S. judge ordered the poverty-stricken nation to pay a combined $69 million to two hedge funds that snatched up the country's debt.

Iran Loses $1.9 Billion Appeal in N.Y. Bank Funds Case

By Julie Triedman |

The Second Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a decision ordering nearly $2 billion held in frozen New York bank accounts to be handed over to claimants who sued Iran over its role in multiple acts of terrorism.

Pfizer World Headquarters in New York City.

Loss of Key Witness Dooms Pfizer Investor Class Action

By Jan Wolfe |

In a victory for Beth Wilkinson of Paul Weiss and her cocounsel at Simpson Thacher and DLA Piper, a federal judge in Manhattan refused to give plaintiffs a new chance to explain how Pfizer caused their losses.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara at a press conference in January.

Rajaratnam Verdict Ends U.S. Attorney's Winning Streak

By Jan Wolfe |

With some indirect help from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Rengan Rajaratnam and his lawyers at Lankler Siffert & Wohl have snapped Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's undefeated record in insider-trading cases.

Orrick White-Collar Chair Departs as Firm Exits Seed Theft Case

By Jan Wolfe |

Was Orrick spooked by a senior partner's involvement in a corporate espionage case related to China's hunger for GMO seed technology? The firm won't say, but the partner is gone and the firm has withdrawn from the high-profile case even as it continues to expand.

U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer.

Judge Stomps Litigation Blitz Over Diet Planning Patent

By Ross Todd |

For three years the patent holder DietGoal Innovations has hounded dozens of food and media companies in courts all over the country, alleging that everyone from NBCUniversal's Bravo Media unit to Dunkin' Donuts infringed its patent for a system of computerized meal planning.

Bill Lee of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

Court Sides With Wilmer, Kenyon & Kenyon in Intel Chip Patent Row

By Jan Wolfe |

The Federal Circuit ruled Monday that Intel's computer chips don't infringe on tiny X2Y Attenuators' patents, dealing a final blow to X2Y's unlikely bid to block sales of Apple and Hewlett-Packard computers that use the Intel chips.

Irving Picard

Madoff Trustee Barred from Seeking Foreign Bank Funds

By Jan Wolfe |

While most people were enjoying the tail end of a long holiday weekend, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff was busy Sunday delivering a key victory to foreign banks targeted by Irving Picard, the liquidation trustee for Bernie Madoff's defunct investment firm.

The Global Lawyer: Is Arab Bank Headed for Trial?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Oyez, oyez, oy vey iz mir. This summer's trial of the century may just happen after all.

Paul Clement

Litigator of the Week: Paul Clement of Bancroft

By Jan Wolfe |

In the span of less than a week, the former U.S. solicitor general unraveled the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate and derailed a threat to the broadcast and cable TV industries.

Steven Donziger

Donziger Returns Fire as Chevron Appeal Heats Up

By David Bario |

Lawyers for New York attorney Steven Donziger reloaded this week in their epic fight with Chevron, asking an appeals court to vacate a finding that Donziger procured a $9.5 billion judgment against the oil giant through wholesale fraud.

Irell Steers Goldman Banker Past SEC Insider Trading Probe

By Jan Wolfe |

Irell & Manella's John Hueston said the SEC once appeared on the brink of bringing insider trading claims against ex-Goldman Sachs banker Matthew Korenberg.

Census Applicants Win Class Cert Over Background Checks

By Ross Todd |

In what appears to be the first order of its kind, a judge green-lighted a class action on behalf of about 250,000 African-Americans who claim they were subjected to discriminatory criminal background checks by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Texas Judge Nixes Bid to Transfer Android Patent Fight

By Jan Wolfe |

Which jurisdiction, Eastern Texas or Northern California, will oversee Apple's proxy patent war with Google? Both of them, according to a new order from U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap in Marshall, Tx., who refused to cede the litigation to another judge in San Francisco.

BNP Deal Shines Spotlight on Law Firms' Sanctions Advice

By Susan Beck |

In detailing their record settlement with BNP Paribas this week, prosecutors suggested that the French Bank relied on questionable advice from at least one major law firm to justify violating U.S. sanctions regimes.

Employers, EEOC Gear Up for High Court Showdown

By Jan Wolfe |

The EEOC closed out 2013 with a key win in its discrimination case against Mach Mining, persuading an appeals court that the agency's targets can't second-guess its prelitigation conduct. Now the EEOC is facing a much bigger test at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mark Zuckerberg

Ceglia, Prosecutors Spar Over Facebook Files

By Jan Wolfe |

With a potential fraud conviction in his future, Paul Ceglia is digging into the past to fight criminal charges that he fabricated a contract and other evidence in his failed suit claiming to own a 50 percent of Facebook Inc.

Sullivan & Cromwell Guides BNP in $9 Billion Criminal Deal

By Jan Wolfe |

Sullivan & Cromwell helped steer BNP Paribas SA to a historic guilty plea and settlement on Monday, bolstering the firm's reputation as go-to counsel for banks locked in hostile negotiations with regulators.

Irving Picard

Madoff Trustee Hits Dead End in Suits Against Banks

By Jan Wolfe |

The U.S. Supreme Court has finally put an end to Irving Picard's quest to recover billions of dollars from HSBC, UniCredit and other banks he accused of facilitating Bernard Madoff's fraud.

U.S. Supreme Court.

High Court Won't Intervene in Terror Financing Case

By Jan Wolfe |

Paving the way for trial and complicating the efforts of Jordan's Arab Bank to persuade jurors that its hands are clean, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a ruling that Arab Bank should be sanctioned for refusing to turn over documents.

Aereo's antennas, dormant for now.

Aereo Hits 'Pause' After Losing Supreme Court Showdown

By Jan Wolfe |

Less than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court shattered the legal argument underpinning Aereo Inc.'s business model, the online television streaming service told customers that it's shutting down while its lawyers try to pick up the pieces.

Jay Lefkowitz, senior litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis in New York. HANDOUT.

Siding with Drugmakers, Sixth Circuit Tosses Painkiller Cases

By Jan Wolfe |

The appeals court knocked out claims that dozens of drug companies ignored the risks of a painkiller pulled from the market in 2010.

Miguel Estrada

Gibson Dunn Extends Hot Streak With NLRB Ruling

By Ross Todd |

Thursday's ruling in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning caps a month of litigation victories involving Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

David Boies

Litigator of the Week: David Boies of Boies, Schiller & Flexner

By Ross Todd |

Unlike Boies's most famous cases, most Americans will never hear of Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund. But for corporations, or anyone whose bread is buttered litigating securities class actions, Halliburton was the big news at the Supreme Court this week.

Simpson Thacher Revives $1B Norex Suit Over Oil Venture

By David Bario |

After churning through more than 12 years of litigation, three law firms, at least five dismissals and who knows how much cash, Canada's Norex Petroleum Ltd. finally caught a break on Thursday in its billion-dollar brawl with a gaggle of oil companies and Russian oligarchs.

Ruling Hobbles NPE's East Texas Patent Litigation Campaign

By Jan Wolfe |

The prolific non-practicing entity EMG Technology has enjoyed great success asserting a patent on mobile website technology. But after six years of lawsuits, EMG's patent is now on life support following a rare pretrial defense win in the Eastern District of Texas.

Shire Scores in Patent Fight Over ADHD Drug

By Jan Wolfe |

Drugmaker Shire plc announced a big win Wednesday in a patent fight that's pitted the company's lawyers at IP boutique Frommer Lawrence & Haug against a phalanx of larger firms.

Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia.

For Aereo, a Failure of Innovation Through Litigation

By David Bario |

For Aereo's lawyers, the company's copyright battle with the television broadcast industry both epitomized bet-the-company litigation and turned the formula inside out.

IP Group Bashes Jones Day as Trademark 'Bully'

By Jan Wolfe |

According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Jones Day threatened a spurious lawsuit in hopes of censoring protected speech by a critic of the firm's Detroit bankruptcy work.

Companies Ink $500 Million Deal to End Truck Parts War

By Jan Wolfe |

The deal between Meritor Inc. and Eaton Corp. caps nearly a decade of antitrust litigation that pulled in lawyers from at least eight law firms.

Jay Lefkowitz, senior litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis in New York. HANDOUT.

After Calif. Ruling, Kirkland Targets Teacher Tenure in N.Y.

By Jan Wolfe |

When Gibson Dunn lawyers won a ruling this month that California's teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional, the firm predicted copycat suits would follow. Sure enough, now Jay Lefkowitz and his colleagues at Kirkland & Ellis are taking up the mantle in New York.

Securities Lawyers Dodge a Bullet with Halliburton Ruling

By Jan Wolfe |

In Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, the Supreme Court had a chance to shut down securities litigation as we know it. Instead, Monday's decision has plaintiffs lawyers thanking their stars—and may even promise more billable hours for defense lawyers.

Banks Cite Superfund Ruling in New Bid to Beat FHFA Claims

By Jan Wolfe |

Three hold-out banks that have refused to settle with the FHFA—Nomura, HSBC and Goldman Sachs—rehashed old arguments to defeat claims that they misled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac about the riskiness of billions of dollars in securities backed by home loans.

Boies, Reed Smith Square Off in Bizarre Phone Scam Case

By Ross Todd |

It's not often that litigators from Boies, Schiller & Flexner and Reed Smith go to battle over less than $3 million. But a peculiar lawsuit involving a fake semiconductor company CEO and Chinese wire transfers has the two firms duking it out in Manhattan federal court.

NFL Players Union Scores Reversal in Pay Cap Case

By Jan Wolfe |

The Eighth Circuit gave the NFL Players Association an opening to revive its $3 billion lawsuit accusing league owners of colluding to secretly cap salaries for the 2010 season. But the union's lawyers at Winston & Strawn and Latham & Watkins still face a long road to recovering any damages.

Antitrust Lawyers Gear Up for Trial in Transmission Fight

By Jan Wolfe |

A squadron of top litigators has descended on Delaware, ready to duke it out over claims that truck components manufacturer Eaton Corp. owes billions of dollars in damages to rival Meritor Inc.

Theodore Grossman

Litigator of the Week: Theodore Grossman of Jones Day

By Jan Wolfe |

Grossman didn't just help Macy's win its high-profile bench trial against rival J.C. Penney over the Martha Stewart brand. He publicly shamed J.C. Penney's entire leadership for trying to lure Stewart away.

Christopher Landau of Kirkland & Ellis.

PwC, Citco Escape Madoff Feeder Fund Class Action

By Ross Todd |

Lawyers at Kirkland and Paul Weiss tentatively freed their clients from a class action targeting them over services they provided to Fairfield Greenwich Group, a manager of so-called feeder funds that funneled billions of dollars into Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

Blair Nicholas of Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann.

Bernstein Litowitz Targets Banks in New RMBS Assault

By Jan Wolfe |

Judging by the flurry of lawsuits Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann just unleashed against some of the world's top banks, mortgage-backed securities litigation has life in it yet.

Skadden Stomps Securities Class Action Against BlackBerry

By David Bario |

BlackBerry Ltd. shareholders enjoyed some rare good tidings on Thursday when the company posted a surprise profit. But the news wasn't so good for investors-turned-plaintiffs suing BlackBerry in a proposed securities class action.

11th Cir. Shocks Conscience With Race Case Ruling

By Susan Beck |

White workers allegedly placed nooses around an Austal USA shipyard in Mobile and repeatedly taunted black workers with slurs. But that didn't create a pervasive hostile work environment, the court held.

Plaintiffs Firms Jockey to Lead 'Flash Boys' Case

By Jan Wolfe |

The competition is heating up for plaintiffs firms jostling to win the lead counsel spot in litigation inspired by Michael Lewis's best-selling book on high-frequency trading.

The Global Lawyer: Hardcore Prosecution

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

On Tuesday the greatest child pornography prosecution in history concluded with the sentencing of the Ukrainian child pornographer Maksym Shynkarenko to 30 years in prison.

Keurig K-Cups.

Ropes Defeats Keurig Green Mountain Securities Class Action

By Jan Wolfe |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a win that Ropes & Gray won for Keurig last year in Vermont, leaving the company free to fight other litigation battles related to its single-serving coffee brewers.

Apple Strikes Tentative E-Books Deal as Appeal Looms

By Jan Wolfe |

Apple is hedging its bets in the sprawling e-books antitrust litigation, agreeing to a settlement on damages that allows the company to continue fighting a year-old decision that it's liable for fixing e-book prices.

Rajat Gupta

Rajat Gupta Loses Latest Appeal as Prison Term Kicks Off

By Ross Todd |

On the same day that Gupta begins a two-year prison term for criminal insider trading, Wilmer's Seth Waxman lost a bid to contest a hefty fine and injunction won by the SEC in its parallel civil case.

KPMG Tax Shelter Scam Rejected by Ninth Circuit

By Susan Beck |

John Paul Reddam has a varied resume: businessman, former college philosophy professor, owner of the 2012 Triple Crown contender I'll Have Another, and failed tax shelter investor.

Cooley Prevails at Trial for Facebook Again

By Jan Wolfe |

The social media giant was accused of infringing patents that belonged to now-deceased Dutch computer programmer Joannes Van Der Meer, who was tinkering with a social networking website called SurfBook before his 2004 death.

WellCare Can't Be Coconspirator and Victim

By Ross Todd |

WellCare Health Plans' lawyers at Greenberg Traurig tried to use a federal victims' rights law to get restitution from former executives convicted of health care fraud. The Eleventh Circuit shot down that creative claim.

Hogan Lovells Challenges Vermont GMO Law

By Jan Wolfe |

Food industry trade groups are fighting back against Vermont's first-of-its-kind state law requiring the labeling of genetically engineered food, arguing that it violates the First Amendment as well as the Commerce Clause.

Appeals Court Invalidates Bristol-Myers Squibb's Hep B Patent

By Jan Wolfe |

In a win for the generic drug company Teva Pharmaceuticals and its lawyers at Winston & Strawn, the Federal Circuit knocked out a Bristol-Myers Squibb patent on the Hepatitis B drug Baraclude.

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr's Seth Waxman

Litigator of the Week: Seth Waxman of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr

By Jan Wolfe |

For the second time in two weeks, Waxman has clinched a victory at the U.S. Supreme Court. This latest win will allow his client Pom Wonderful to move forward with its false advertising claim against Coca-Cola.

Goldman, Bain Settle Antitrust Suit for $121 Million

By Ross Todd |

Ropes & Gray, Sullivan & Cromwell, Jones Day and Kirkland & Ellis reached the agreement Wednesday on behalf of the two companies, which were accused of conspiring with other private equity players to deflate the price of corporate takeovers.

First Circuit Rejects Med Monitoring in Raytheon Case

By Jan Wolfe |

Bingham prevails for Raytheon in a class action brought by plant workers who say they were exposed to dangerous beryllium dust and fumes.

Still from the 2001 The Fellowship of the Ring film.

Studios Seek DQ of Greenberg Glusker in Tolkien Dispute

By Ross Todd |

Warner Bros. and The Saul Zaentz Company claim that Greenberg Glusker accessed confidential attorney-client information by soliciting two former in-house lawyers who negotiated the original 1969 film rights agreements to the "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit."

Davis Polk Report: A Trickle of Whistleblower Awards

By Susan Beck |

Although $739 million been set aside to reward those who report wrongdoing in the financial markets, awards to date have barely dented those accounts.

Copyright Ruling in HathiTrust Case Will Aid Google

By Jan Wolfe |

HathiTrust, which defeated infringement claims by the Authors Guild, is something of a proxy for Google. The project, run by universities, is filled mostly with books scanned by Google as part of its Google Books project.

Why Is the SEC Stumbling With Insider Trading Trials?

By Jan Wolfe |

Back-to-back losses by the SEC in insider trading trials amplify concerns that it's done a poor job picking its battles, but they also suggest the agency is at a disadvantage compared to the more successful DOJ.

City of L.A. Moves Ahead Against Citi

By Ross Todd |

Citgroup and its lawyers at Mayer Brown failed to knock out a lawsuit by the city of Los Angeles accusing the bank of discriminatory mortgage lending. The city is assisted by Hagens Berman, which is working for a contingency fee.

ITC Stays Case Involving Digital Data

By Lisa Shuchman |

In a battle between two companies in the teeth-straightening business, the ITC previously ruled that infringing products brought into the U.S. through electronic transmission can be banned. Now the ITC will lift a cease-and-desist order until the Federal Circuit weighs in.

Court Revives Claims Against Bingham for Withholding Evidence

By Jan Wolfe |

The Massachusetts Court of Appeals on Friday revived allegations that former Bingham McCutchen lawyer John Snyder acted in bad faith by withholding evidence that would have supported investor claims against the firm's client, Merrill Lynch & Co Inc.

Adam Yauch and Michael Diamond of The Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys Win Copyright Fight Against Monster Energy

By Jan Wolfe |

With help from longtime counsel Kenneth Anderson of Sheppard Mullin, the Beastie Boys secured a $1.7 million jury verdict on Thursday against energy drink company Monster Energy Co. for using the band's music in a promotional video without authorization.

Cascades Challenges Constitutionality of Inter Partes Review

By Ross Todd |

Patent licensing firm Cascades Ventures Inc. claims that the inter partes review provisions of the America Invents Act violates the Seventh Amendment. K&L Gates is advising Square Inc., which initiated the review.

Joel Cohen of Gibson Dunn, Roland Riopelle of Sercarz & Riopelle,  Mark Cohen of Cohen & Gresser

Litigators of the Week: Joel Cohen of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Mark Cohen of Cohen & Gresser; and Roland Riopelle of Sercarz & Riopelle

By Jan Wolfe |

The three defense lawyers won trial victories for clients accused by the SEC of an insider trading scheme at hedge fund Wynnefield Capital.

BP Loses Another Fifth Circuit Case, With $18B at Stake

By Susan Beck |

The bad news for BP just keeps coming from the Fifth Circuit. On Wednesday, the court held that BP and codefendant Anadarko can be liable for enormous statutory damages under the Clean Water Act as owners of the Macondo well that polluted the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Public Interest Group Can't Appeal Patent Ruling

By Lisa Shuchman |

The public interest group Consumer Watchdog doesn't have standing to challenge the PTO’s decision to uphold a patent on human embryonic stem cells, according to a ruling Wednesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

The home of the Second Circuit at the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse in Manhattan.

Why Second Circuit's Citi Ruling Is So Depressing

By Susan Beck |

It's not the court's conclusion's that's so troubling, writes Susan Beck. It's the language the Second Circuit uses to talk about the SEC's deal with Citigroup and other government settlements.

Objector Frank Convinces Posner to Toss Pella Deal

By Jan Wolfe |

Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner pokes holes in a consumer class action settlement with the Pella window maker, finding the plaintiffs lawyers' $11 million fee wildly disproportionate.

Burford Touts 73% Return on Arbitration Case

By Jan Wolfe |

In a litigation financing arrangement that's structured more like a traditional loan, Burford Capital claims it made an $11 million profit on a $15 million financing with a U.K. power company.

Ex-ArthroCare Execs Convicted of Fraud

By Jan Wolfe |

A federal jury in Austin convicted former ArthroCare CEO Michael Baker and former CFO Michael Gluk of inflating financials at the surgical device company.

U.S. Supreme Court building

Supreme Court Upends Two More Patent Rulings

By Jan Wolfe |

A rough year for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit got rougher on Monday, when two more of its rulings were unanimously reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Pfizer Inks $325 Million Deal to Exit Neurontin Class Action

By Ross Todd |

After a failed bid by Quinn Emanuel for help from the U.S. Supreme Court, Pfizer opted to settle claims over the company's marketing of its epilepsy drug.

Citing Octane, Judge Rules Accused Troll Must Pay Defense Fees

By Lisa Shuchman |

FindTheBest CEO Kevin O'Connor lost a battle last month, when a judge tossed his RICO case against Lumen View Technology. But O'Connor still won his self-described "war" against Lumen View, especially now that the company is on the hook for FindTheBest's legal bills.

Terrence Collingsworth of Conrad & Scherer.

D.C. Circuit Revives Tort Claims in 'Plan Colombia' Case

By Jan Wolfe |

Lawyers at Hollingsworth have mostly defeated claims over DynCorp's antidrug crop spraying in South America two decades ago. But the long-running litigation isn't quite over, thanks to an appeals court ruling issued on Friday.

Mark Lemley

In Patent Litigation, Study Says, Plus Ça Change

By Jan Wolfe |

The patent litigation playbook has changed dramatically over the past two decades. But according to a trio of academics and patent experts, the average win-loss record has barely budged.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Andrea Neuman.

Litigator of the Week: Andrea Neuman of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

By Jan Wolfe |

Neuman made a name for herself exposing fraud on the part of plaintiffs lawyers suing Dole over its pesticide use in Latin America. This week, she finished off nearly all the remaining cases in a more old-fashioned way, winning a ruling that Dole's opponents waited too long to sue.

Qualcomm Unit Loses Bid to Shift Fees in Patent Fight

By Ross Todd |

Last month the Supreme Court gave district court judges more leeway in awarding attorney fees in patent cases. But at least so far, the decision hasn't done much to prompt judges to shift fees to losing plaintiffs.

The home of the Second Circuit at the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse in Manhattan.

Davis Polk Scores for Morgan Stanley in 2nd Cir. ERISA Case

By David Bario |

Morgan Stanley has been keeping its lawyers at Davis Polk & Wardwell busy with litigation stemming from the subprime meltdown. And judging by two decisions issued this week, the firm is earning its keep.

U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain

Judge Narrows Morgan Stanley MBS Case as Class Cert Looms

By Jan Wolfe |

A proposed class action against Morgan Stanley has served as a petri dish for key issues in mortgage-backed securities litigation, with mixed results for both sides.

Boehringer Inks $650M Deal to Escape Blood Thinner Cases

By Jan Wolfe |

The German drug company and its lawyers at Covington & Burling were facing their first trial in September over claims that the drug thinner Pradaxa caused patients to bleed out.

Ex-Client Says Akin Gump Breached Duty by Airing Confession

By Jan Wolfe |

Akin Gump said last week that LBDS Holding Company admitted to fabricating evidence at the heart of a $25 million jury verdict. In its haste to flee the case, did the firm reveal too much about its former client's conduct?

Keker Scores for Google in Patent Proxy Fight With BT

By Ross Todd |

A case that sparked debate over the murky backgrounds of many IP plaintiffs came to an unceremonious end on Tuesday, when an appeals court refused to revive patent infringement claims targeting Google Inc. over its lucrative Adsense program.

Korea Backs LCD Makers in Test of U.S. Antitrust Laws

By Jan Wofe |

The governments of South Korea and the United States are clashing over whether an appeals court should resurrect Motorola Mobility's price-fixing case against the world's liquid crystal display manufacturers.

Court Allows Whistleblowers to Pursue Claims Against BAE

By Jan Wolfe |

In a setback to BAE Systems Inc. and its lawyers at Foley & Lardner, an appeals court will allow claims to proceed against the military contractor for allegedly retaliating against two purported whistleblowers in violation of the False Claims Act.

Pfizer World Headquarters.

Judge Tosses Expert Testimony Against Pfizer

By Jan Wolfe |

The ruling could upend a huge securities fraud case against Pfizer over its marketing of the painkillers Celebrex and Bextra. Pfizer is represented by Paul Weiss, Simpson Thacher and DLA Piper.

Donziger Filing Puts Squire Sanders, Patton Boggs Merger in Limbo

By Katelyn Polantz and Julie Triedman |

A surprise filing by Steven Donziger aims to block Patton Boggs' settlement with Chevron and threatens the firm's plans to combine with Squire Sanders.

Steven Donziger

The Global Lawyer: Who Wins in Donziger v. Squire Patton Boggs?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

To call this a litigation about litigation about litigation is too simple. The case of Donziger v. Chevron has morphed into Chevron v. Donziger, which has morphed into Chevron v. Patton Boggs, which has morphed into Donziger v. Squire Patton Boggs.

Judge Dismisses Investor Suit Against Citigroup

By Jan Wolfe |

A Citigroup Inc. shareholder has hit a dead end in a lawsuit alleging that the bank didn't properly investigate its bets on collateralized debt obligations, marking a win for attorneys at Cravath, Paul Weiss and Wachtell.

Litigators of the Week: Stephanos Bibas and Glen Kulik

By Jan Wolfe |

Kulik of Kulik Gottesman & Siegel and U. Penn law professor Bibas scored a rare win against a movie studio this week after the U.S. Supreme Court revived a copyright infringement suit over the 1980 film "Raging Bull."

Judge Nixes Most of Investor Class Action over BP Spill

By Jan Wolfe |

Sullivan & Cromwell continued to chip away at BP's potential liability to investors this week, scuttling the larger of two proposed classes in securities litigation related to the Gulf Coast oil spill.

Akin Gump Says Client Duped Firm, Court in $25M Contract Fight

By Jan Wolfe |

A courtroom victory is turning into a nightmare for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld after the firm discovered that a client's case was premised on deceit.

Ahold Reaches $297 Million Deal to Exit RICO Class Action

By David Bario |

After fending off a last-ditch U.S. Supreme Court appeal in April, plaintiffs in a rare class action under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act inked a $297 million deal with U.S. Foods Inc. and its former parent, the Dutch retail conglomerate Royal Ahold.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the D.C. Circuit

Williams & Connolly Knocks Out Carlyle Investor Class Action

By Jan Wolfe |

The Carlyle Group LLP and its lawyers at Williams & Connolly killed off claims that the company misled investors about the riskiness of residential mortgage-backed securities.

Litigation Funder Gerchen Keller Launches Patent Fees Venture

By Jan Wolfe |

Gerchen Keller's new Athena FSP affiliate offers a solution for patent plaintiffs worried about having to pay their adversaries' legal fees.

Debevoise Fends Off RICO Suit Against Accused Patent Troll

By David Bario |

FindTheBest CEO Kevin O'Connor declared "war" on accused patent troll Lumen View Technology, calling patent trolls the "scum of the earth." The war may not be over, but this week a judge stripped FindTheBest of its chosen courtroom weapon.

Alki David Battles Michael Jackson Estate Over Hologram IP

By Lisa Shuchman |

The ghost of Michael Jackson performed live over the weekend in Las Vegas. And Alki David, the Hollywood heir to a Greek shipping and bottling fortune, isn't happy about it.

Court Rules for Prosecutors in Key Foreign Bribery Case

By Ross Todd |

In a highly anticipated decision, the Eleventh Circuit on Friday largely sided with federal prosecutors' broad definition of what constitutes a "foreign official" under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

BofA Escapes Investor Class Action Over AIG Suit

By David Bario |

The bank's lawyers at Munger Tolles and Winston & Strawn persuaded the Second Circuit that BofA didn't intend to dupe shareholders about a looming $10 billion lawsuit brought by AIG.

After Sentencing, SAC's Steinberg Looks to Second Circuit

By Jan Wolfe |

Three-and-a-half years in federal prison isn't exactly a slap on the wrist. Still, with prosecutors gunning to put convicted insider trader Michael Steinberg behind bars for nearly twice that long, Steinberg's sentencing on Friday could have gone much worse.

After SEC Win, Life Partners Can't Dodge Class Action

By Ross Todd |

Lawyers at Baker & McKenzie lost a bid to dismiss a proposed securities class action targeting Life Partners, which lets customers play poker with other people's life insurance policies.