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A WARN Act Roundup: Jury Trial Rights, the Unforeseen Business Circumstances Defense, and the Single Employer Rule

Towards the end of 2014, three federal courts explored developing issues under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988 (WARN Act), 29 U.S.C. §§ 2101-2109 et. seq. Below is a summary of three...more

Supreme Court Finds Trademark Tacking to Be a Jury Question - Hana Financial, Inc. vs. Hana Bank, et. al.

The Supreme Court of the United States, in a unanimous decision stated that “because the tacking inquiry operates from the perspective of the ordinary purchaser or consumer, we hold that a jury should make this...more

Fair Trial May be Difficult for American Sniper Killer

On February 2, 2013, Chris Kyle, a former SEAL and inspiration for the recent Hollywood blockbuster, American Sniper, went to a shooting range with two friends at the Rough Creek Lodge 90 miles southwest of Dallas. While the...more

Do we lawyers really know it all? What about the “ focus group ?”

Trying a business case to a jury presents unique and sometimes difficult challenges. As commercial litigators, we’re trained to develop the facts (or the parties’ versions thereof), research the applicable law, and, most...more

Supreme Court Decides Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank

On January 21, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank, No. 13-1211, holding that whether two trademarks are “legal equivalents” creating a single, continuing commercial impression and may be...more

Supreme Court Update: T-Mobile V. City Of Roswell (13-975), Hana Financial, Inc. V. Hana Bank (13-1211), Gelboim V. Bank Of...

Greetings, Court Fans! What began as a trickle of decisions from the Court's October sitting has swiftly burgeoned into a flood. Yesterday, the Court announced decisions in three more cases, on top of the three decisions...more

Autozone's Predicament: A $185 Million Punitive Damage Award

The record $185 million punitive damage award by a California jury in November 2014 against AutoZone has been widely reported. This huge verdict raises immediate questions: How did this happen? What circumstances led the jury...more

Supreme Court Decides Warger v. Shauers

On December 9, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Warger v. Shauers, No. 13-517, holding that Rule 606(b) of the Federal Rules of Evidence bars a federal court from considering evidence of a juror's comments during...more

Friending and Following Jurors: The Ethical Boundaries of Researching Jurors on Social Media

What are the ethical boundaries of an attorney’s internet research of jurors? Before the ubiquity of the internet, an attorney obviously couldn’t walk up to a potential juror in a restaurant and strike up a conversation. But...more

Recent Changes to the Oklahoma Uniform Jury Instructions—Civil (Second)

Earlier this year the Oklahoma Supreme Court adopted several new uniform civil jury instructions and made revisions to some existing uniform instructions. These changes had been recommended by the Oklahoma Supreme Court...more

Missouri Supreme Court Holds Statute Capping Punitive Damages Violates Right To Trial By Jury

On September 9, 2014, in a unanimous opinion authored by the Honorable Patricia Breckenridge, the Missouri Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional a Missouri statute which imposed a cap on the amount of punitive damages...more

No Right to Jury Trial Under Pennsylvania’s Whistleblower Statute

On August 19, 2014, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that individuals bringing suit under the Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law have no right to a jury trial. Writing for the court, Judge Judith Olson explains that “the...more

SEC Prevails in Jury Trial Against IA and Principal

The Commission prevailed in another jury trial this week, securing a favorable verdict against a registered investment adviser, Sage Advisory Group, LLC, and its principal, Benjamin Grant. SEC v. Sage Advisory Group, LLC,...more

Jury questions during civil trial are a valuable tool for attorneys

I recently read an article by Sarah Mui regarding whether judges should allow questions from jurors during a jury trial. The article brings up some interesting points. In the original Boston Globe article that Ms. Mui...more

The Art of Communicating to a Jury [Video]

Whether it’s business, politics or in the courtroom, knowing your audience is essential to success. This is particularly important in intellectual property law because the issues being communicated are often highly complex....more

May 2014: Trial Practice Update: Courts, Lawmakers, and Other Groups Grapple with Juror Misuse of Social Media and the Internet

Jurors are expected to decide cases based on evidence they see and hear in the courtroom, after deliberating while sequestered from outside influences. For decades, courts have enforced rules and practices designed to make...more

Are Jurors Entitled to Have a Conscience? #CriminalDefense

Jury nullification occurs whenever a criminal jury’s collective conscience is troubled by what is deemed to be an unjust law or a truly unique set of circumstances that justify ignoring the law. In such rare cases, the jury...more

Illinois Whistleblower Awarded $3 Million Following Jury Trial

In what appears to be an alarming trend for employers, the Chicago Tribune recently reported that a former Chicago State University employee was awarded $3 million after a Cook County, Illinois jury found that the University...more

Some Considerations when Preparing to Try a Property Damage Subrogation Case in the Age of CSI

Recent criminal trials turned national media events, such as the Trayvon Martin and Casey Anthony trials, have highlighted modern jurors’ expectations for forensic evidence. Commentators have termed jurors’ expectations for...more

SEC Prevails Following Two Week Jury Trial

The SEC prevailed in a jury trial against hedge fund manager Marlon Quan and his entities in a case tied to the massive Petters Ponzi scheme. Mr. Quan and Acorn Capital Group, LLC and Stewardship Investment Advisors, LLC...more

GRBJ Article Focuses On Declining Number Of Jury Trials

This week's edition of the Grand Rapids Business Journal (January 27, 2014) includes an interesting article entitled "Is Trial by Jury Headed for Extinction?" The author interviewed several local attorneys, including...more

Federal Courts Take Divergent Approaches to Jury Trials for Whistleblower Plaintiffs Under Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley

A recurring question under the federal whistleblower laws is whether plaintiffs suing their employers for retaliation have the right to a jury trial. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act1 appears...more

Court Approves Automatic Electronic Delivery Of Juror Questionnaires

The Western District of Michigan has been pilot-testing for several months a process of automatically delivering electronic juror questionnaires to attorneys of record three business days before trial. The questionnaires are...more

Court Holds Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Has No Right to Jury Trial

In an apparent case of first impression, a federal district judge in Atlanta has ruled that whistleblowers claiming retaliation under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Financial Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 are not...more

A New Limit on Juror Rehabilitation in Florida

According to the Florida Supreme Court in Matarranz v. State, No. SC11-1617, 2013 WL 5255117 (Fla., Sept. 26, 2013), there is no reliable rehabilitation for a prospective juror who raises doubts of partiality based on...more

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