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The Lines Just Got Blurrier for Musicians

I have previously discussed the Marvin Gaye and Robin Thicke/Pharrell Williams copyright dispute over the song “Blurred Lines”. Earlier this week, matters got considerably worse for the funk duo: a jury found that “Blurred...more

Snell & Wilmer Defends Ford Explorer Sport Trac Roof and Safety Canopy® System in California Federal Court Trial

Snell & Wilmer attorneys Dan Rodman, Jay Schuttert and Jonathan Murphy recently represented Ford Motor Company in the trial of a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac rollover lawsuit in the United States District Court for the...more

Federal Appellate Court Ruling Sounds the Liability Alarm for Officers and Directors of Struggling Health Care Providers – Both...

Last month, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued an important, 28-page opinion that confirmed a jury verdict, holding former officers and directors of a not-for-profit health care provider in...more

Fifty-Six Hope Road Music, Ltd. v. A.V.E.L.A., Inc. - USCA, Ninth Circuit, February 20, 2015

Following jury verdict on Lanham Act claim in favor of entity owned by Bob Marley’s children, Ninth Circuit affirms denial of defendants’ motion for judgment as matter of law, finding that trial evidence supported jury’s...more

Not so Fast — The Texas Supreme Court Shows Reluctance to Allow Claims for Spoliation of Evidence

In Wackenhut Corp. v. Gutierrez, 2015 Tex. LEXIS 112, 58 Tex. Sup. Ct. J. 289 (Tex. 2015), the Texas Supreme Court reversed the jury verdict against Wackenhut because a spoliation instruction was erroneously given by the...more

Major Verdict in Electric Utility Easement Case

More than five years after starting in state court before later restarting in federal court, a federal court jury in Missouri has issued a major verdict in litigation concerning the use of electric utility easements for...more

Environmental Alert: "Texas Supreme Court Declines to Determine Effect of Permit in Subsurface Trespass Case"

The Supreme Court of Texas upheld a jury verdict finding that a landowner did not suffer trespass from a wastewater injection well located on adjacent property. Environmental Processing Systems, L.C., v. FPL Farming Ltd.,...more

Religious Accommodations: May Be Required by Law, Unless the Request is Unlawful

Several weeks ago, the EEOC secured a jury verdict of $150,000 in compensatory damages against an employer for failure to accommodate an employee’s religious objection to a workplace rule. But last week, the Sixth Circuit...more

Religious Objections to Biometric Scanning: Jury Verdict for Employee Is a Cautionary Tale for Employers

A Virginia federal jury recently awarded $150,000 to a miner who refused on religious grounds to use his employer’s biometric hand scanner that was installed to track attendance. Such scanners read each person’s unique hand...more

When can an organization conspire with itself?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit last week reversed a jury verdict and rendered judgment for American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) in a much-contested antitrust case about AQHA’s ban of cloned horses. The...more

Appellate Court Reverses Jury Award To Golf Course Contractor

The Second District Court of Appeal recently reversed a jury verdict that awarded a contractor nearly $300,000 after determining that the amount had already been paid by another entity. The dispute in Tern Bay Community...more

HIPAA Violation — Pharmacy Held Liable for Employee’s Misdeeds

Recently, the Indiana Court of Appeals let stand a $1.4 million jury verdict against a national pharmacy chain for its employee pharmacist’s unauthorized disclosure of a customer’s confidential medical records.  Given the...more

Practical Guidelines for Jury Instructions, Verdict Forms, and the Charge Conference (Part 4 of 5)

You have been asked to prepare a set of jury instructions and a verdict form for trial. What do you do? Where do you start? In my last op-ed, I talked about the charge conference and persuading the court to give your...more

Braun v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc: Opening the Door to Class Actions?

In Braun v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld a $187 million jury verdict in favor of class action plaintiffs. The rationale of the ruling raises the concern that Pennsylvania state courts may...more

First Post-Actavis Jury Verdict Goes to Defendants on Causation Question

After six weeks of trial and two days of deliberation, the jury has returned its verdict in favor of the defendants in In re: Nexium. This trial began as a challenge to the allegedly anticompetitive effects of the settlements...more

Beastie Boys v. Monster Energy Company - USDC, S.D. New York, December 4, 2014

Following jury verdict in favor of Beastie Boys on copyright infringement and Lanham Act claims, district court denies defendant Monster Energy Company’s motions for judgment as matter of law, for new trial, and for reduction...more

Employment Law - December 2014

California Jury Awards Record $185M Verdict to Female Employee - Why it matters: A California jury made national headlines and terrified employers across the country when it awarded $185 million in punitive damages...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- December 2014

Texas Appeals Court Upholds $8.7M Verdict for Policyholder Against Broker - Why it matters: An appeals court in Texas upheld an $8.7 million jury verdict against a broker that procured coverage with significant...more

Federal Judge Upholds Record $185 Million Punitive Damages Verdict Won by Fired Female Manager

Last month, a federal district judge in San Diego upheld a $185 million jury verdict in a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against AutoZone Stores. The verdict is a record for a single-plaintiff employment discrimination...more

Indiana Appeals Court Upholds Jury Verdict For Pharmacist’s Wrongful Use Of Patient Information

A recent decision by the Court of Appeals of Indiana reinforces the peril faced by health care employers when employees authorized to access confidential information do so for improper purposes. In Walgreen Co. v. Hinchy, the...more

Practical Guidelines for Jury Instructions, Verdict Forms, and the Charge Conference (Part 2 of 5)

You have been asked to prepare a set of jury instructions and a verdict form for trial. What do you do? Where do you start? In my last op-ed, I offered advice on drafting jury instructions. Now I tackle how to prepare for...more

California Court Overturns Employee’s Jury Verdict in Reverse Discrimination Case

Norton v. San Bernardino City Unified School District, No. G049496 (October 9, 2014): A California Court of Appeal recently overturned a jury verdict against an employer on the basis that the jury was incorrectly instructed...more

The Bittersweet in Whirlpool’s Moldy Washing Machine Class Action Victory: The War Wages On as We Still Question Whether the Class...

After many years of battle, Whirlpool Corporation finds itself celebrating a favorable jury verdict in a class action lawsuit. A few weeks ago, a jury had the rare occasion to find for Whirlpool in Glazer v. Whirlpool Corp....more

UPDATE: United States Supreme Court Declines Review of Ninth Circuit Decisions Involving “Any Exposure” Theory and Government...

As reported in our January 2014 edition, the Ninth Circuit en banc affirmed a prior ruling vacating a $10 million jury verdict in an asbestos personal injury action, holding that the Washington federal district court abused...more

Insurance Law Alert: Defective Policy Limit Demand Precludes Bad Faith

In Graciano v. Mercury General Corp. (No. D061956, filed 10/17/14), a California appeals court reversed a jury's verdict, ruling that a defective demand letter from the claimant's attorney precluded a finding of bad faith...more

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