For the Ecuadorians who hold a $19 billion judgment against Chevron Corporation over oil sludge in the Amazon, a mandamus petition to the Second Circuit was the last best hope of avoiding a looming trial on Chevron's accusations of wholesale fraud. Now that hope is gone.
In the second big ruling to go against Google this month, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh scoffed at the company's claim that it's exempt from wiretap laws, adding that Google violated its own privacy policies.
In a blistering decision issued Wednesday, a federal judge in Florida ordered treasure hunting company Odyssey Marine Exploration to pay more than $1 million in attorney fees and sanctions for a "continuous, core campaign of bad faith, deception, and deflection."
Google was looking for a quick way out of a high-stakes class action over its Street View project when it took a pretrial appeal to the Ninth Circuit over the meaning of the Wiretap Act. Now the tech giant is upset that the appellate court may have ended the dispute too quickly.
Did a former McDermott Will & Emery partner conspire with his family to rip off one of the firm's clients? The ex-partner, John Fuisz, says a lawsuit against his father and brother alleging as much is "utter fantasy." But a judge refused to toss the case, ruling that a jury should decide.
A judge in New York trimmed the government's case, which alleges that Wells Fargo duped HUD into insuring mortgages. But the ruling is the third this year to side with the DOJ's interpretation of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act, a statute dusted off by prosecutors in the wake of the financial crisis.
Burford Capital, the world's biggest litigation financing company, is getting bigger.
Jamie McCourt had claimed that her 2011 divorce agreement with Frank McCourt should be dismantled because her ex-husband fraudulently portrayed the value of the Dodgers at below $300 million. He sold the team last year for $2.15 billion.
Citing a forum selection clause in the companies' licensing agreement, Eli Lilly's lawyers at Morgan Lewis urged the Federal Circuit to nix the transfer of its patent case against Genentech to a new federal judge with strong IP chops.