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Jury Verdicts

It Is Not A Duck! $535 million pipeline verdict reversal portends new era of joint venture conflicts.

On July 18, 2017, the Dallas Court of Appeals reversed a 2014 jury verdict that resulted in a $535 million judgment in favor of Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (“ETP”) against its counterparty (appellate decision linked here)....more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Whistleblower Developments is a periodic report covering significant cases, decisions, proposals, and legislation related to whistleblower statutes and how they may impact your business. ...more

Dallas Court Reverses Enterprise v. ETP Verdict, Reaffirming Efficacy of Conditions Precedent

by King & Spalding on

On July 18, 2017, the Dallas Court of Appeals (the “Court”) reversed the more than $535 million jury verdict against Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (“Enterprise”), leaving Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (“ETP”)...more

A Toxic Pairing: Discovery Misconduct and Juror Neuropsychology in a Plant Patent Trial

The most important plant patent trial of the early 21st century just took place in northern California. California Berry Cultivars v. The Regents of the University of California sorts out “stakeholder” rights associated with...more

Court of Appeal upholds jury verdict in Petitpas et al. v. Ford Motor Company, et al

by Dentons on

In a unanimous 64 page decision, the Second District Court of Appeal, Division Four in Los Angeles affirmed the defense verdict in favor of Exxon Mobil Corporation and Ford Motor Company in a lawsuit brought by Marline and...more

Bottini v. GEICO: Parties to Bad Faith Action Not Bound by $30.8 million-dollar Verdict Without Appellate Review

For years, when a bad faith action was brought pursuant to a jury verdict in excess of policy limits in the underlying UM claim, everyone assumed the jury verdict was binding in the bad faith action. Then, Bottini v. GEICO...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms "Mark of the Beast" Religious Discrimination Verdict

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes North Carolina and South Carolina) affirmed a $600,000 jury verdict in favor of a West Virginia coal miner who refused to use a new biometric hand scanner installed by his...more

“Mark Of The Beast” Workplace Concerns Lead To Half-Million Dollar Verdict

by Fisher Phillips on

Here’s some advice you probably didn’t think you needed, employers: you should avoid, at all costs, giving or threatening to give your employees the biblical Mark of the Beast. And if they think you are doing so, you should...more

Portfolio Manager Sentenced to Prison In Mismarking Scheme

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Mismarking or misquoting securities can defraud market participants and harm the markets. It seems to be a recurring theme in recent weeks. See, e.g., SEC v. Im, Civil Action No. 1:17-cv-03603 (S.D.N.Y. Filed May 15,...more

Arizona Civil Verdicts, 2016

by Snell & Wilmer on

For the past 13 years, I’ve written the cover story of the state bar magazine, Arizona Attorney, about Arizona verdicts. The latest one is out. Here are 2016’s top Arizona verdicts, significant defense verdicts, punitive...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Contract Curveballs

by Lewitt Hackman on

In every Franchise Agreement, the franchisor and franchisee promise to fulfill obligations to the other. For some promises, whether or not they were performed can be a clear "yes" or "no." For example: either a franchisee...more

California Federal Court Upholds $8 Million Jury Verdict In Former General Counsel’s Whistleblower Lawsuit

Recently, a California federal court denied the defendant–employer’s motion for a new trial, upholding the jury’s $7.96 million verdict finding that the Company terminated its former general counsel for reporting alleged...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms First Federal Criminal Jury Conviction for Economic Espionage

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on May 5, 2017 upheld the 2014 convictions of a California businessman, Walter Liew (“Liew”), and his company USA Performance Technology, Inc. (“USAPTI”), for various violations...more

Intellectual Property Cases Dominate 2016 Verdict Awards

by Knobbe Martens on

According to the annual Top 100 Verdicts report by ALM’s VerdictSearch, five jury verdicts for Intellectual Property cases cracked the top 10 with a sixth breaking into the top 25 verdicts of 2016. While the amounts do not...more

Social Media Lesson for Employers: Recent $1.5 Million Retaliatory Discharge Verdict

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

On May 11, 2017, a federal jury in Charlotte, North Carolina awarded a former fire department employee, Crystal Eschert, a $1.5 million verdict in a retaliatory discharge lawsuit that teaches powerful lessons in today’s...more

Fourth Circuit Excludes FDA Evidence in Transvaginal Mesh Products Liability Case

by Sands Anderson PC on

In the Southern District of West Virginia, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon, Inc., were sued for defective design and failure to warn for their transvaginal mesh TVT-O, in addition to a loss of consortium claim....more

Opinions of Counsel Should Be Rendered Timely, and Evidence of Opinions of Counsel Should Be Credible

Omega Patents, LLC (“Omega”) sued CalAmp Corp. (“CalAmp”) for patent infringement in the Middle District of Florida. The jury returned a verdict for Omega, finding all of the asserted claims valid and infringed. On April 5,...more

Caveat creditor: Risks of filing an involuntary bankruptcy

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

When faced with a recalcitrant debtor, clients sometimes move too quickly to put the debtor into an involuntary bankruptcy, especially when fraudulent transfers and other creditor avoidance attempts become apparent. But...more

Supreme Court and Precedential Federal Circuit Patent Cases

In SCA v. First Quality Baby Products, the Supreme Court holds that laches should not be available as a defense in patent cases, refusing to concur with the Circuit’s en banc holding that the Patent Act’s 6-year limitation on...more

Patent Owner Cannot Create New Claim Construction Issues After the Jury Verdict

In TVIIM, LLC v. McAfee, Inc., [2016-1562] (March 21, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed jury verdicts that U.S. Patent No. 6,889,168 was invalid and not infringed because substantial evidence supported the jury’s findings,...more

Court Finds Taxi Cab Company Vicariously Liable for Taxi Driver’s Negligence

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Emanuele Secci v. United Independent Taxi Drivers, Inc. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District 8 Cal.App.5th 846 (February 15, 2017) - The California Court of Appeals reinstated a jury verdict of $335,000...more

Chris Lazarini Examines Whether a Commodity Futures Contract is a "Security"

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini examined a case in which the appellate court upheld a jury verdict in favor of Plaintiff, finding commodity futures contracts are not "securities" and Plaintiff, who was trading them...more

False Claims Act Dangers on Display in Ruckh

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

A recent jury verdict in an FCA lawsuit pending in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida resulted in a not-so-subtle reminder of just how high the stakes can be in such litigation....more

Criminal Defendants Have a Constitutional Right to Introduce Evidence of Clear Racial Bias in Jury Room After Guilty Verdict

The no-impeachment rule is that once a jury’s verdict has been entered, it cannot generally be called into question based on the comments or conclusions during jury deliberations. In Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado, the U.S....more

Michael Halvorson Saves Client From A Potentially Substantial Verdict

Michael Halvorson, a Partner with Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, saved Defendant from a potentially substantial verdict in a personal injury case. Defendant was operating a tractor-trailer weighing approximately 75,000 pounds...more

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