Katyal won an important victory for employers when the Second Circuit adopted a more employer-friendly test to determine when interns need to be paid.
An African-American flight attendant for United Air Lines who received anonymous death threats on the job can proceed with her hostile work environment against the airlines, now that the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has vacated a lower court ruling.
Vice Chancellor John Noble implied he was troubled by some pay decisions at Cablevision, but deferred to the company's compensation committee.
More than a dozen years after Allfirst Bank discovered $691 million fraud by foreign exchange trader John Rusnak, Citibank NA faces a potential trial in Manhattan on claims that it aided Rusnak's scheme.
Lawyers at Foley & Lardner convinced a Manhattan federal judge that ArtistShare's crowd-funding patent covered an abstract idea, making it ineligible for protection under Section 101 of the Patent Act.
An unusual settlement between Apple and private plaintiffs who challenged e-book prices looks like quite a good deal for the plaintiffs and their lawyers, now that the Second Circuit has upheld the DOJ's antitrust win against Apple.
A Manhattan federal jury awarded Hanna Bouveng $18 million, including $16 million in punitive damages, in her sexual harassment and defamation lawsuit against Benjamin Wey.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rejected JPMorgan's attempts to force a group of financial advisers into individual arbitration.
When KKR faced a groundbreaking investigation by the SEC into its allocation of expenses, it turned to someone who is familiar with the agency’s views on that topic. It hired Debevoise partner Robert Kaplan, the former co-chief of the SEC's asset management unit.
The company will pay $210 million to settle claims by five recording companies, including Capitol Records and Sony Music. Sirius still appears to be fighting two other lawsuits filed by '60s rock group The Turtles.
Swedish national Hanna Bouveng sued Benjamin Wey and his company, New York Global Group, for sexual harassment. Wey made a name in the business world by connecting Chinese companies with advisers and investors in the U.S.
Over 25 years of litigation ups and downs, Davidoff has represented property owners near the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant in Colorado who sued Dow and Rockwell. With a dramatic win from the Tenth Circuit, Davidoff and his clients may finally get some relief.
The court made it clear that it didn't appreciate the legal strategy of cable TV giant Cox in an antitrust class action, stating that it had engaged in a willful attempt to play "hide the ball."
A Texas federal judge has allowed lawsuits to continue against Proskauer, Chadbourne and a former lawyer at the two firms over the roles they played representing convicted Ponzi scheme promoter R. Allen Stanford.
The Tenth Circuit rules for Colorado property owners in the quarter-century-old Rocky Flats litigation, dealing a blow to Dow and Rockwell and their lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis.
Walter Forbes, the former chairman of Cendant Corp. who was given a 12 1/2-year sentence for fraud, argued that he had newly discovered evidence in the form of testimony of a former CFO.
In a battle over foreign oil and gas assets, the Republic of Kazakhstan has won a ruling that the New York office of U.K.-based law firm Clyde & Co must turn over information about the value of an oil and gas plant seized by the republic.
In a turn of events, Sirius XM Radio and its lawyers at O’Melveny & Myers convinced a Florida judge that the founders of the 60s rock group the Turtles can't stop the radio company from playing their music.
Intellectual Ventures can pursue a patent infringement case against JPMorgan, but a judge warned it that "further gamesmanship will not be tolerated."
Bayer raised multiple objections to the fees of Dow's lawyers at Orrick, including overstaffing claims, but the judge noted that Bayer had the same number of attorneys working for it.
For the second time in a week, a Deutsche Bank affiliate has won a federal appeals court ruling on statute of limitations that has been a boon to banks.
Banks that sold or sponsored mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis breathed a sigh of relief last week, when Woll persuaded New York's highest court that the deadline for most investors to sue has long since passed.
With billions of dollars possibly at stake, a federal judge granted the company’s request for a hearing to explore the IRS' use of Quinn Emanuel for a tax audit of the technology giant.
On the same day that the SEC announced that it had reached a $20,000 settlement with Sand Hill Exchange for illegally running a fantasy stock trading operation, one of the company's young founders posted a self-made video apologizing.
Boston federal prosecutors won a conviction of golfer Eric McPhail, despite defense arguments that the Second Circuit's ruling last year in Newman barred cases like this.
While lamenting how much deference it had to give a lower court judge, the court cleared away a derivative shareholder lawsuit against JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon and others over massive trading losses.
The judge declined to award the $2.4 million in legal fees that the Beastie Boys had requested after a copyright victory over the maker of Monster energy drink, granting instead less than $668,000.
The government and Davis Polk inadvertently opened up to discovery all of the law firm's communications with the government when two Davis Polk partners testified during the trial.
After 13 years of litigation, Hogan Lovells has won a defense verdict for Anthem Inc., beating a class action brought by thousands of Connecticut state employees seeking nearly $100 million.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a FCC plan to repackage television airwaves for use by mobile Internet providers.
A special patent master urged a federal judge to grant summary judgment in Capital One's favor on two data security patents that Intellectual Ventures accuses the bank of infringing.
New York's highest court imposed strict time limits for investors to bring so-called put-back lawsuits against banks that packaged and sold mortgage-backed securities.
Litigators of the Week: Michael Magner of Jones Walker; Brian Heberlig and Reid Weingarten of Steptoe & JohnsonBy Scott Flaherty |
This defense team convinced a New Orleans jury to acquit former BP executive David Rainey of charges he lied to federal investigators about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
This week's decision by the Second Circuit marks the latest in a string of mostly favorable rulings the firm has secured for Medtronic in litigation over its Infuse spinal fusion device.
As Kirkland & Ellis continues to fight claims that it violated conflict of interest rules to advise Teva in a hostile takeover bid for rival Mylan, Teva has opted to move on, hiring Sullivan & Cromwell.
A federal judge blocked the SEC from continuing administrative proceedings against a real estate developer. Siding with lawyers at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, the judge ruled that the SEC's administrative process may violate the Appointments Clause of the Constitution.
Two allies of American Apparel founder Dov Charney have been dealt a setback in their lawsuit attempting to help Charney regain control of the company.
Carter Phillips of Sidley Austin convinced the court to review an employment case against Tyson Foods that used a statistical model to compute class damages.
Real estate mogul Roger Wang's failure to show for a deposition caused the dismissal of a securities case brought by his wife over Bear Stearns' collapse.
In an early test of state laws that attempt to curb patent trolls, a Vermont federal judge has allowed a challenge to proceed under that state's law.
The firm was forced to deny that it made improper payments to a Chicago lawyer indicted for tax evasion.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett partner Barry Ostrager, freshly retired from the firm at 67, reported to his new chambers at 60 Centre Street in Manhattan this week as New York's newest acting Supreme Court justice.
While Michael Hausfeld presses for massive class action fees in California, a similar case over the use of college players' likenesses has fizzled in Tennessee.
Marc Mukasey of Bracewell & Giuliani, who represents former UBS VP Gary Heinz, said he's considering his next legal steps after Thursday's Second Circuit ruling.
This time of year the U.S. Supreme Court enters its version of postseason play, doling out many of its most-anticipated rulings before the term winds down at the end of June. For Elwood, the fast pace made for a big week.
Workers injured while supporting the U.S. war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan suffered a courtroom defeat this week, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit stamped out a proposed $2 billion class action against their employers and insurers.
DataTreasury, which has wrested more than $350 million in licensing fees from banks over the years, was ordered to return $69 million for breaching a 2005 deal with JPMorgan.
A former employee of a U.S. firm that shepherds Chinese companies through reverse mergers claims that its owner, Benjamin Wey, sexually harassed her and then used his own online soapbox to defame her.
Safeway Inc. and its lawyers at Reed Smith finally cut Kroy IP's litigation campaign short last week, when a judge found the company's patent invalid on multiple grounds.
The decision comes in one of six lawsuits that Bernstein Litowitz brought last year against banks that served as trustees for more than $2 trillion in residential mortgage-backed securities.
Relying on informants can help nudge a case past a motion to dismiss—but the practice has become minefield for the securities class action plaintiffs bar.
The appeal, which could help decide the fate of overtime claims against both Skadden and Quinn Emanuel, explores whether some contract lawyers' work shouldn't be considered legal practice.
Changing lawyers hasn't changed fortunes so far for Sirius XM Radio Inc. in its copyright battle with the founders of the 60s rock group The Turtles.
With Mayor de Blasio intent on enforcing the city's Responsible Banking Act, H. Rodgin Cohen and Robert Giuffra Jr. of Sullivan & Cromwell renewed their efforts to block the law on behalf of the New York Bankers Association.
In his U.S. Supreme Court debut, Werbner prevailed over one of the high court's most seasoned veterans in a closely watched patent case against Cisco Systems Inc.
An industry group represented by Cooley failed to persuade a federal judge that new Department of Education regulations were devised "in a fit of anti-proprietary school zealotry."
If Ultramercial's lawyers at McKool Smith get their way, the company's foiled patent case could offer the justices a chance to rein in the Federal Circuit.
Proving that an apparent circuit split isn't always a ticket to the U.S. Supreme Court, the justices on Tuesday declined to review whether a company's failure to abide by a certain securities regulation can give rise to fraud claims.
The appeal, which asks whether some attorney duties are so mechanical that they don't amount to practicing law, could decide the fate of overtime cases facing Skadden and Quinn Emanuel.
Lawyers hoping to resurrect a decade-old securities class action against Pfizer Inc. will make their case to the Second Circuit on Tuesday.
Arnold & Porter's Lisa Blatt didn't fare any better than White & Case in fending off New York's efforts to block a "forced switch" to a new version of Actavis' Alzheimer's drug, Namenda.
After wresting billions from Wall Street, the departing New York regulator is steering clear of the big law firms that cater to the banking industry. But whether he remains in private practice or shoots for public office, it's a good bet we'll all be hearing from him again.
Kirkland & Ellis came out swinging this week against a lawsuit alleging that it ignored a conflict of interest by advising Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in an ongoing $42 billion bid for rival drugmaker Mylan N.V.
Katyal turned a troubling defeat for Google and its industry allies into a major copyright victory at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Citi is the fourth bank to settle with private antitrust plaintiffs, bringing the collective settlements above $800 million.
Approving a record $275 million settlement in a derivative case, a Delaware judge opted not to allow some of the money to go directly to shareholders, as another court recently did.
Two months after the Supreme Court refused to undo certification of a "gargantuan" antitrust class action, a half-dozen foam manufacturers have agreed to pay big bucks to bow out of the price-fixing case.
A federal judge in Delaware turned away Philips' attack on its adversary's conduct before the PTO, setting the stage for a likely appeal.
After losing an early bid to escape the wrath of Facebook Inc., DLA Piper, Milberg and others are hoping they'll have better luck before a New York appeals court.
Granting a cert petition lodged by Latham's Gregory Garre, the high court agreed to consider whether defendants can derail class actions before they're certified by offering the named plaintiff full individual relief.
Amid its $20 billion triumph for the FHFA, Quinn Emanuel is facing scrutiny over the firm's latest litigation venture for the U.S. government.
The business press may never tire of reminding Lululemon Athletica about its see-through yoga pants debacle. But for the securities class action plaintiffs bar, Lululemon is proving to be an elusive target.
Fresh off a Second Circuit win against ASCAP, Pandora and its lawyers at King & Spalding ran into trouble in their parallel royalty dispute with Broadcast Music Inc.
The case, which dates back to 2004, has been pending for twice as long as Merck's blockbuster painkiller was offered for sale.
Even if Selendy had lost his landmark securities trial for the Federal Housing Finance Agency, it would be hard to call the FHFA's litigation campaign against Wall Street anything but a victory. But boy, did he ever win.
A federal magistrate judge in Texas ruled that Acacia subsidiary Adaptix can't escape a loss in parallel California patent litigation involving AT&T, Verizon and major handset makers.
The Second Circuit on Wednesday added some clarity but no more finality to a seemingly endless dispute between the owner of the Ralph Lauren POLO trademark and the U.S. Polo Association, the sport's governing body.
Two weeks after JPMorgan Chase persuaded a federal judge that three Intellectual Ventures patents failed the test for patent eligibility under Section 101 of the Patent Act, IV has beaten back a parallel defense in its related infringement case against Capital One.
In a sign that the courts are still grappling with the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, a bitterly divided federal appeals court on this week ordered the certification of a class of black steelworkers at Nucor Corp.
In yet another dispute alleging that Goldman Sachs marketed a CDO that it was wagering would fail, a FINRA panel sided with the bank's adversaries at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.
It sounds like the setup to a joke: an octogenarian nun and two Army vets break in to a nuclear facility. But the government wasn't amused, and to a group of pro bono lawyers at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, the case was too good to pass up.
Sullivan & Cromwell and Simpson Thacher couldn't pull off a surprise win before U.S. District Judge Denise Cote.
DLA Piper, Milberg and other firms will have to face claims of malicious prosecution and attorney deceit lodged by Facebook Inc., a New York state judge ruled Monday.
A Seattle federal judge backtracked from a decision tossing a patent infringement lawsuit against Microsoft Corp. after acknowledging she used the wrong standard to dismiss the wrong claim.
A Chicago federal judge on Friday dismissed most of the city's lawsuit, which alleges that several drug manufacturers concealed the true addiction risks of OxyContin and other opioid painkillers.
Jones Day's involvement in American Apparel's nasty spat with founder Dov Charney landed it back in the news this week, when Charney suggested that the firm carried out a hatchet job at the company's behest.
Three years after Aereo Inc. first rattled the broadcast television industry with its online TV streaming service, the company's copyright battle with the nation’s major networks is finally over.
As the music industry struggles to adapt to an endless stream of tunes online, Bucholtz and Steinthal reminded ASCAP and the major music publishers of the limits of their clout.
A federal appeals court on Thursday dealt with a question most employers would prefer never to confront: whether a manager has created a hostile work environment by slinging two vicious racial slurs at an employee within a 24-hour period.
Being called a "sophisticated investor" may be less of a handicap for plaintiffs in New York after a ruling by the state's highest court Thursday in ACA v. Goldman Sachs.
The Second Circuit ruled that ASCAP and music publishers can't bypass new media outlets like Pandora when licensing songs from the ASCAP catalog.
Siding with Quinn Emanuel, a judge dismissed the last in a series of cases targeting AIG and its former CEO Maurice Greenberg for a decades-old fraud involving workers' compensation premiums.
Facing allegations that they discriminated against black job applicants by using criminal background checks to vet potential hires, Dollar General and BMW both tried to shine a spotlight on the EEOC's own hiring policies, with differing results.
Allergan's counterattack in a contract battle gained steam Tuesday, when a judge refused to dismiss claims that patent holder Miotox misused its patents by trying squeeze Allergan for Botox royalties.
The firm has tapped Kevin Rosen, the chair of Gibson Dunn's law firm defense group, to contest claims that it ignored a conflict of interest when it agreed to advise Teva in its hostile takeover bid for Mylan Inc.
Cementing a victory for Barclays plc and its lawyers at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for Barclays to keep some $4 billion in a long-running asset dispute stemming from the bank's frenzied 2008 buyout of Lehman Brothers' brokerage business.
Less than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that judges can review the EEOC's efforts to resolve employment bias disputes before suing, a federal appeals court will weigh another aspect of the agency's pre-suit obligations.
A top bankruptcy and restructuring lawyer from Miami and Manhattan heads to horse country.
The case began with Goldman Sachs' foray into high-frequency trading and was nearly derailed by a missing avocado.
McGuireWoods' Brian Riopelle must have known it would be a major undertaking when he signed on to a trade secrets case against Kolon Industries. But he couldn't have foreseen the scope of what followed: A $920 million verdict, a reversal, a criminal prosecution, and now a guilty plea and a settlement worth more than a quarter-billion dollars for his client DuPont Co.