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Vikings Vs. NFL Goes To Trial Today

MINNEAPOLIS – (AP) More than a year after two Minnesota Vikings sued the NFL over its anti-doping procedures, the closely watched case heads to trial Monday with sports leagues worried the outcome will hurt their ability to enforce drug policies across the country. Defensive tackles Kevin...

Trial Begins Over Death Of U.S. Activist In Gaza

HAIFA, Israel – (AP) The family of an American activist crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza is suing Israel. The parents of Rachel Corrie are seeking compensation from Israel's Defense Ministry for the death of their daughter in 2003. Arguments in the civil case opened in...

Oregon Jury Begins Deliberations In Boy Scouts Trial

PORTLAND Ore. – (AP) After a monthlong trial, a sex abuse lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America is moving to an end with an Oregon jury considering whether to award $25 million in punitive damages. The jury awarded Kerry Lewis $1.4 million in compensatory damages last week after deciding the...

Judge Asked To Postpone Trial For Gulf Oil Spill Cases

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) Some of the companies sued over the massive Gulf oil spill are asking a federal judge to postpone until 2012 a trial designed to assign percentages of fault in the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling project. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

$8M Fosamax Verdict Remitted By MDL Judge To $1.5M Or New Damages Trial

NEW YORK -- (Mealey's) The New York federal judge overseeing the Fosamax multidistrict litigation on Oct. 4 sua sponte found that an $8 million verdict in a bellwether trial is excessive and ordered a remittitur of the verdict to $1.5 million unless plaintiff Shirley Boles wants a new trial on damages...

Virginia Federal Jury Says Woman Didn't Prove Prempro Warnings Were Inadequate

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - (Mealey's) A Virginia federal jury on Dec. 3 found that a woman who claimed to have developed breast cancer from taking Wyeth's Prempro hormone replacement therapy drug did not prove that warnings provided to her doctor were inadequate ( Georgia Torkie-Tork v. Wyeth , No. 04...

Jury Awards $1.8 Million To Plaintiff In First Levaquin MDL Bellwether Trial

MINNEAPOLIS - (Mealey's) A Minnesota federal jury on Dec. 8 awarded a plaintiff in the first Levaquin multidistrict litigation bellwether trial a total of $1,815,000 in compensatory and punitive damages after finding that manufacturer Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. failed to warn him that...

N.Y. Jury Awards $66 Million To Injured Physical Therapist

BUFFALO, N.Y. - (AP) A jury has awarded $66 million to a western New York woman who was left paralyzed when a weight machine at the physical therapy office where she worked fell on top of her. The Buffalo News reports that a jury in Buffalo reached the verdict Tuesday after. . . . Full version available...

John K. Rabiej On The 2010 Amendments To Rule 26 Of The Federal Rules Of Civil Procedure

Important amendments to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure became effective Dec. 1, 2010. The amendments extend work-product protection to the discovery of draft reports by a testifying expert witness and, with three important exceptions, to the discovery of communications between a testifying...

Pat Cathcart Of AlvaradoSmith On California Expedited Jury Trials

Effective Jan. 1, 2011, parties in litigation in California can choose a new trial option: an expedited jury trial, to be completed in one day with a small jury. Pat Cathcart, of AlvardoSmith in Los Angeles, explains this new litigation procedure in a timely article. He writes: "Litigation costs...

Is the Litigation Team Ready for Trial?

By Eric E. Bensen & Rebecca K. Myers The months (or years) of work Outside Counsel has spent working on the litigation - drafting, reviewing and analyzing the pleadings, collecting, reviewing and producing the documents, drafting, revising and arguing the motions, taking and defending the depositions...

William A. Ruskin: Does Wireless Internet In Courthouse Exacerbate Lawyer Abuse?

By William A. Ruskin Yesterday, we published an article titled 'Lawyers' Use Of Internet To Influence Jurors' raising the concern that the fairness of jury trials may be jeopardized if jurors can surf the Internet and read misleading or self-serving messages by trial counsel that have...

William A. Ruskin: Plaintiffs' Bar Embraces Reptile Strategy And Defense Bar Responds

By William A. Ruskin | Reptile strategy has taken the plaintiffs' bar by storm. The Reptile theory asserts that you can prevail at trial by speaking to, and scaring, the primitive part of jurors' brains, the part of the brain they share with reptiles. The Reptile strategy purports to provide...