Litigation boutique Kendall Brill & Kelly settled a major pro bono case that will desegregate Arizona’s prisons, and it pledged to give its entire court-awarded fee to public interest organizations.
It’s only February, but we’ve already got a strong contender for worst lawsuit of the year.
My brother has schizophrenia. He’s been ill for almost 30 years, and he has little to no awareness of this fact. Some localities have passed laws that allow judges to order severely mentally ill people to undergo outpatient treatment. It's controversial—but it's also right.
Twentieth Century Fox Television can keep the title of its hit show “Empire” after O’Melveny & Myers trial practice head Daniel Petrocelli led a team of firm lawyers to beat back a trademark challenge.
The software patent gravy train is still chugging for VirnetX and its lawyers, who won a $625.6 million infringement verdict against Apple this week.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan boasts that firm lawyers have tried more than 2,400 cases, winning 88 percent of them. New lateral partner Tara Lee, who joined the firm from DLA Piper, should fit right in. This case is one reason why.
Scott Gilbert made his name as a star insurance litigator who has helped clients recover more than $50 billion in claims. But he's also the lawyer behind the releases of Amir Hekmati in Iran and Alan Gross in Cuba. It's all about the ability to broker a settlement.
Sometimes opting out of a class action can backfire. That’s what happened last week to The Valspar Corp., which came up empty=handed in a huge price fixing suit against E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. What went wrong?
Securities litigator Jonathan Youngwood is stepping up to co-head the litigation practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, the firm announced Monday. What are his plans for the 200-plus lawyer group?
Yes, I know, you’re a real lawyer, and you don’t watch Judge Judy. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t lessons to be learned from the Hon. Judith Sheindlin. Because this lady has seen it all—and she’s quick to say what other judges may only think.
A team of Weil Gotshal & Manges litigators rebuffed a bid for class certification in a product liability suit, handing client Nortek Global HVAC a win on Thursday in Miami federal court.
In the first GM ignition switch trial, the automaker’s lawyers exploited an unexpected advantage.
Michael Robertson made a fortune—more than $190 million, he testified at trial in 2014. But now that he’s got a $15.8 million judgment for copyright infringement hanging over his head, the money is … gone. Plaintiffs lawyers think his estranged wife might be hiding it.
Securities class action filings last year hit the highest level since 2008, according to a new report. What's behind the numbers?
Kirkland & Ellis is stepping up its litigation practice in Houston with the addition of lateral partner Anna Rotman from top trial boutique Yetter Coleman.
The litigation landscape has a new power player: boutique Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz. Name partner Alexandra Walsh spoke to The Lit Daily about how the firm came into being, its market niche and why going to her kids' soccer games makes her a better litigator.
Big Brothers Big Sisters was in big trouble. After more than 2,000 hours of pro bono work by 21 lawyers in 10 offices, Greenberg Truarig brokered a $1.6 million settlement with the government to resolve allegations that the charity failed to properly account for grant money.
The toxic drinking water in Flint, Michigan is a disgrace, a profound public failure. But a new class action lawsuit going after lower-level officials because those at the top have blanket immunity isn't the answer.
After a highly visible lobbying campaign in Washington, D.C. and around the world, Amal Clooney helped secure the release—at least for now—of the ex-president of the Maldives, who arrived in London on Thursday. And she's already got a new client to save.
An unexpected champion of class action rights, law professor Jonathan Mitchell helped win a rare victory for consumers at the Supreme Court.
That Michael Jagodzinski’s co-workers at Rhino Energy WV disliked him seems clear. But did they violate civil rights laws when they called him a "dumb Polack"?
A team from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom led the way in securing an appellate victory for E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., affirming the dismissal of a shareholder derivative lawsuit that accused current and former DuPont directors of breaching their fiduciary duty.
For three undocumented women, each the mother of a U.S. citizen child, the immigration case before the Supreme Court is personal. They won the right to intervene in the case with help from MALDEF, DLA Piper and O'Melveny & Myers.
Think what you will about Ted Cruz the Republican presidential candidate. But Ted Cruz the appellate lawyer was undeniably impressive. It makes his rise from presidential long shot to one of the front-runners look like more than happenstance. It suggests a master plan, the product of a deeply shrewd mind.
Facing a skeptical judge, the pair scored a welcome defense victory for Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan in a closely watched antitrust case over zinc prices.
A team from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips rebuffed a would-be class action by people who got unwanted dirty text messages from a phone sex provider.
It may not be as extreme as winning the Powerball, but getting tapped to be a federal judge is its own kind of lottery.
A team from Nixon Peabody won dismissal of a suit against gym chain Planet Fitness after a member challenged its transgender-friendly locker room policy.
The monetary value of employment-related class actions hit an all-time high last year, according to a report by Seyfarth Shaw, with the top 10 settlements totaling $2.48 billion.
Is it illegal to discriminate against an employee based on sexual orientation? In a powerful and persuasive brief, Lamba Legal hopes to convince the Eleventh Circuit that discrimination based on sexual orientation falls under Title VII's scope.
The federal government makes thousands of payments every year to settle lawsuits. But to a taxpayer, few are more frustrating or costly than those involving the storage—or lack thereof—of spent nuclear fuel. The five-year tab tops $4 billion. It's a shameful public policy failure.
The plaintiffs who sued the family of an autistic boy give perspective on the high-profile suit, which claims that the parents' failure to control their child created a public nuisance and could lower property values.
A team from Weil, Gotshal & Manges won dismissal of a securities fraud class action against French drug giant Sanofi, which was accused of using an illegal kickback scheme to pump up sales of its diabetes drugs.
Kudos to Dechert for the best acronym ever. The firm issued its annual DAMITT report, otherwise known as the Dechert Antitrust Merger Investigation Timing Tracker. The 2015 findings are striking.
In the latest settlement tied to so-called feeder funds that funneled money to Bernie Madoff, PricewaterhouseCoopers agreed to pay $55 million to investors.
We at The Lit Daily get lots of press releases. Most of them have headlines like “EPA Radon Action Month.” And then there’s this one, which arrived on Thursday: “Client of Eric Traut Sues Applebees After Finding Fingertip in Salad.”
Why would you buy something again if you thought it was so terrible that you filed a lawsuit over it? Yet a federal judge held that would-be class action plaintiffs invoking California’s Unfair Competition Law only have standing if they plan to buy the (unsatisfactory) product again.
You’d think companies would have caught on by now. If, in your ads, you brag about scientific studies that prove how great your product is, you’d better have the goods to back it up. Because if you don’t, be prepared for the wrath of the Federal Trade Commission.
Defense attorneys Dean Strang and Jerome Buting have emerged as heroes of the 10-part Netflix series "Making a Murderer," attracting masses of (often swooning) fans. But not all of the lawyers involved in the case are enjoying the limelight.
For litigators, 2016 may be less than happy, according to big-picture forecasts from legal consultants. But at the practice-specific level, lawyers are focused on more tangible shifts and trends.
Just months after the U.S. Supreme Court dealt Cisco Systems a stinging defeat, Lee reversed his client’s fortunes at the Federal Circuit.
It’s one of those stories that’s like a car crash. You can’t help but gawk.
Kudos to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for sticking up for vulnerable people who were subjected to terrible abuse.
If Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Terry Green had a fan club, we at The Lit Daily would join. This hilarious hearing in a defamation suit brought by ex-American Apparel CEO Dov Charney is why.
This is a story that should make you feel proud to be a lawyer.
The two won a $73.6 million verdict for a small U.K. engineering firm battling a trade secrets case against the colossus Caterpillar Inc.
Everything about this case is bad—the legal basis, the underlying sentiment, the precedent it could set.
It’s been quite a week for litigators at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, who racked up six wins in seven days.
If you read one opinion just for pleasure this year, make it this one: U.S. District Judge William Young’s decision in a reverse payment antitrust case. Not for the antitrust law (we’re not sadists), but for its remarkably engaging, eloquent look behind the bench at how he approaches the art of judging and the importance of trial by jury.
Landau kept up a defense winning streak in cases challenging consumer contracts that mandate arbitration.
Chipotle was hit with another lawsuit Wednesday, this one stemming from the norovirus outbreak in Boston. The restaurant chain faces an estimated tens of millions of dollars in exposure, but it's got bigger problems than litigation.
What does the retailer do to a manager who hires a good employee who’s an ex-con? It fires the manager.
Most of the time, the inventions that underlie patent litigation are less than gripping (semiconductors, anyone?). But now and again, infringement suits come along involving inventions that are just plain fun. Take two recent fights over beloved summer pastimes—baseball and fishing.
At first glance, it looks like a total rip-off. Class members in a settlement involving deceptively marketed Duracell batteries collected just $345,000, but their lawyers got a whopping $5.7 million in fees. On Friday, the Center for Class Action Fairness filed a cert petition challenging the award. Except on closer inspection, the fee doesn’t seem so outrageous
With $10 billion on the line, Willkie Farr & Gallagher lawyers delivered a major win for Barclays Bank PLC, securing complete dismissal of a suit brought by a Saudi Arabian real estate developer.
To vacate the conviction of a former bond trader who had admitting to lying to investors, Shanmugam pressed a bold argument: Lots of bond traders lie.
Being a test case can make you a hero—or it can be a bust. For Wyndham Worldwide Corp., which was represented by Kirkland & Ellis, Ropes & Gray and Gibbons, it was the latter. On Wednesday, the hospitality company settled its data security fight with the Federal Trade Commission.
Big-time college football coaches get fired all the time. But former University of Southern California head coach Steve Sarkisian in a lawsuit filed Monday claims that he was illegally terminated for being an alcoholic, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In France, it’s known as “l’affaire Tapie”—a juicy, long-running fight involving some of the country’s top politicians and businessmen. Last week, a Paris-based team from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe scored a megawin in litigation against French business mogul, actor and singer Bernard Tapie.
What’s surprising about Electrolux’s failed $3.3 billion bid for General Electric Co.’s appliance business is not just that it collapsed midtrial, but that it went to trial at all. Because it feels as if Electrolux's all-star team from Jones Day got caught in a game of chicken with the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division.
So much for holding individuals accountable for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The last felony charges against actual human beings—as opposed to corporations—floated away last week, whittled down from manslaughter to a misdemeanor count of water pollution. Why is no one going to prison for the 2010 disaster that killed 11 and spilled 3.1 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico?
In the universe of bad defenses, this has got to be near the top. The lawyer for family members of the suspected San Bernardino shooters suggested that people shouldn’t rush to make conclusions about the attack. Fair enough—but check out his reason why.
In a closely watched patent battle over fetal DNA testing, Gindler cut off his opponent’s options one by one.
Ford Motor Co. may be on the hook for selling people “a pig in the poke” when they purchased a Ford Focus, a federal court of appeals panel said in a decision on Wednesday. It’s a welcome win for consumers—not just the people who got stuck buying new tires after a mere 20,000 miles thanks to an alleged rear suspension defect, but for everyone who expects manufacturers to fully honor their warranties.
After a five week trial, a unanimous jury in the Eastern District of Virginia rejected 41 counts against a prominent dermatologist charged with health care fraud. A closer look at the case is troubling, pointing to an investigation that was fundamentally flawed and a prosecution that never should have happened.
There’s no place like a new law firm for the holidays. A series of star litigators made the leap to new firms in the waning weeks of the year, with securities and intellectual property litigators in especially high demand. Here’s a look at some of November’s most notable moves.
Also, a fight grows over Sumner Redstone's estate; and here's a candidate for worst use of legal proceedings.
By going on the offensive for client Depomed, Lutz helped bring an abrupt end to a $1.75 billion hostile takeover bid.
For the first time in a decade, Morgan Stanley tried a case to verdict in front of a real, live jury. What happened? Also, results from Alix's litigation survey; SEC head Mary Jo White gets personal; and a letter to the editor.
The Sullivan & Cromwell partner turned plaintiffs lawyer says a verdict he won against Ernst & Young may be his most significant yet.
There’s been a lot of criticism lately about arbitration being unfair. But here’s an instance where confidential, binding arbitration seems eminently appropriate—actor Charlie Sheen reportedly required would-be paramours to agree to arbitrate all disputes.
On the list of things homeowners don’t want, a giant new cell tower next door has got to be near the top. But if you live in Connecticut, New York or Vermont, there may not be much you can do about it, not if there’s a gap in cell phone coverage in your area.
Prosecutors said it was the biggest criminal tax fraud case in history. How did Barry Berke's client walk away with a deferred prosecution agreement?
In an out-of-the-blue announcement, litigation funder Bentham on Monday said that it has struck more than $30 million in deals with seven law firms. The takeaway: It's full speed ahead for the young but fast-growing litigation funding industry, never mind a recent inquiry into the inner workings of the industry by suspicious Senate Republicans.
Hausfeld's curiously timed $120M settlement; why the city of San Francisco is paying Journey guitarist Neal Schon $290,000; another Wilmer partner lands a top SEC job. All this and more in The Lit Daily's take on under-the-radar legal news.
A Houston plaintiffs lawyer and a dentist took on the International Trade Commission’s authority to regulate data transmissions, and they won.
In 2014, Dillon Shadle pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual assault of a 3-year-old boy and possession of child pornography. He now identifies as a woman, and wants the state of Nebraska to pay for hormone treatment and sex reassignment surgery. If prior holdings by other courts are any indication, Shadle has a good chance of winning.
Trial technology consultants offer expertise and experience—the best of them have seen more trials than most lawyers. But do you really need them?
When Abbott Laboratories found the domestic market for its diabetes test strips flooded with cheaper gray market imports from Europe, it tapped lawyers from Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler to shut down the scheme.
It’s hard to imagine a world more removed from Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ Fifth Avenue offices in Manhattan than a dusty rodeo ring. But Weil partners James Quinn and Eric Hochstadt are leading the charge on behalf of championship rodeo riders, filing an antitrust class action on their behalf in Dallas federal court on Monday.
DOJ hires hundreds of laterals every year, but for some would-be government lawyers, there’s one scary obstacle: the background investigation and security clearance. So will the pot you smoked in college disqualify you from getting the job?
Is Philip Morris finally clear of a $10.1 billion verdict for misleading smokers? The roller-coaster case is still too early to call, but Thompson and Blatt may be close to claiming a final victory.
For the first six months of the year, it looked like securities class actions were in the doldrums. But since June 30, there’s been a series of big-ticket settlements in cases brought by Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd. The latest: a $215 million payout by HCA.
Peet's Coffee is allegedly short-changing customers who order 12- or-32 ounce French press coffees. It's one in a series of less than compelling class actions over food labeling.
Prism Technologies LLC was on a roll, suing the five largest cellular telephone service providers for infringing the same two patents. The first two cases, against AT&T and Sprint, went Prism's way—until it was Gibson Dunn and T-Mobile's turn.
“Expensive, bitter, time‐consuming and hard‐fought.” That’s how a federal judge in Miami described a $380 million antitrust battle between two pharmaceutical manufacturing and marketing companies.
In law and sports, fielding the right team is everything. The Illinois High School Association found its champion in Latham & Watkins partner Thomas Heiden, who scored a win last week in a case with far-reaching implications for high school football and other contact sports.
After steadily chipping away at claims that online video provider Hulu LLC broke privacy laws by sharing users’ viewing histories, Schwartz and Jih finally closed the book on the case.
Criminal Defense Star Billy Martin on Dog Fighting, Monica’s Blue Dress and the Worst Thing a Judge Ever Said to HimBy Jenna Greene |
Professional athletes, entertainers and politicians in a world of trouble have all turned to Billy Martin, who recently joined Miles & Stockbridge as a partner. He spoke to the Lit Daily about his practice, his work to diversify the legal profession and why getting rear-ended by a guy in a Porsche changed his life.
In popular culture, FBI agents—think Mulder and Scully or Clarice Starling—are brilliant investigators who relentlessly seek the truth. In real life, not so much, as an appalling case of false arrest in Texas makes clear.
What law firm has the top patent litigation practice? It depends on how you measure it, but new data from Lit Daily affiliate Corporate Counsel suggests one possible answer. When you factor in other surveys, though, it's not so clear-cut.
Corporate disputes are often dry, bloodless things, but every once in a while, a case comes along with enough drama, scheming and betrayal to be worthy of a soap opera. That’s what happened last week in a fight over control of Genelux Corp., a privately held company with a mission to cure cancer.
Months after Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams suffered a major blow in the "Blurred Lines" case, Lepera helped score a big win for music copyright defendants in the battle over Jay-Z’s "Big Pimpin'."
Conventional wisdom has it that the fourth quarter is slow for lateral moves—partners are supposed to hunker down and wait for the end of the year. But in the past week, we at the Lit Daily have been struck by a number of notable lateral moves. Here's a look at the most interesting among them, and what they tell us about the market.
“Bet the company” litigation is a phrase we legal journalists like to use, but it’s not often literally true. The stakes were actually that high, though, in a suit against Athilon Capital Corp. and its board of directors in Delaware Chancery Court. After a weeklong trial, a team from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan on Tuesday scored a resounding win.
Even for a bank, $787 million is a big penalty. But in many ways, the deal that lawyers from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom on Tuesday secured for Crédit Agricole SA for sanctions violations was a good one. How does it stack up compared to what Sullivan & Cromwell negotiated for BNP Paribas last year?
In a way, it’s fitting that the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial ended with a hung jury. You take a group of people, throw them together, ask them to work for a common purpose—and they fail to reach consensus when it counts. A lot like the Dewey & LeBoeuf partnership, the unindicted co-conspirators in the proceedings.
In the world of professional boxing, there’s no question that manager Al Haymon is a heavyweight. But that’s not the same thing as being a bully who KO'ed antitrust laws, as a team of lawyers from O’Melveny & Myers led by Daniel Petrocelli found out.
In a case that could offer a template for other companies looking to cut off shareholder class actions, lawyers from Foley & Lardner secured dismissal with prejudice last week of a suit against Emergent Capital Inc. in Florida federal court.
When Jay Lefkowitz rejoined Kirkland & Ellis in 2003 after serving as a top adviser to President George W. Bush, he could naturally have slid into the role of lobbyist or public policy hired gun. Instead, he’s helped turn Kirkland into a go-to firm for pharma litigation, racking up wins from the Supreme Court on down. He spoke with the Lit Daily about his practice and his time in government.