In this edition of Litigation Roundup, a federal judge in Texas determines an insurer does not have to cover policyholders accused of stealing $80 million in Bitcoin through a malware attack, the operators of a pyramid scheme agree to pay Texas $10.76 million and the state draws a lawsuit from booksellers over a new regulation.
The jury cleared Richard Hall of conspiring to defraud the government but convicted him on charges of paying kickbacks and conspiring to launder money. Hall, the former owner of Rxpress Pharmacy and Xpress Compounding, faces decades in prison.
In the nine months attorney Kyle Pugh worked on the case, he took 20 depositions, hired numerous experts and prepared to simultaneously prove the government was responsible for his client’s injuries and that the orthopedic surgeon who treated Michael Le was not.
The jury of five women and three men heard six days of testimony before beginning deliberations around 1 p.m. Wednesday. About three hours later they determined Schlumberger had not discriminated against Jessica Cheatham based on her sex, had not subjected her to a hostile work environment, had not retaliated against her and had not constructively discharged its former field engineer.
Litigation Roundup: Waco Jury Slams Google in Patent Case, American Airlines Taps O’Melveny for Class Action Defense
In this edition of Litigation Roundup, closing arguments are coming soon in a $55 million pharmacy fraud trial, Porter Hedges gets $15.35 million for a developer client in an eminent domain fight and a jury in Waco on Friday unanimously determined Google owes $339 million for patent infringement.
A former Schlumberger field engineer who is suing the company over alleged sexual harassment and discrimination she experienced during her two-and-a-half-year employment with the oilfield services company was on the stand for much of Thursday and Friday, sharing her claims with jurors in her own words.
The Fifth Court of Appeals has granted an unopposed request from Ken Paxton to postpone oral arguments in the lawsuit brought against him by the state bar’s Commission for Lawyer Discipline, days after he requested they be delayed until after the conclusion of his impeachment trial.
“The case will be reset for submission in due course,” the court’s order reads.
More than 90 insurers have been named as defendants in the lawsuit brought by settlement trustee Barbara Houser, who formerly served as the chief bankruptcy judge in the Northern District of Texas until her retirement in May 2020.
Jurors heard opening statements Tuesday that included examples of the rig site sexual harassment Jessica Cheatham alleges she endured for more than two years while working for Schlumberger. The trial taking place before U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt is expected to last 10 days.
Litigation Roundup: Oral Arguments Set in Paxton Disciplinary Case, Fifth Circ. Won’t Rehear En Banc ‘State Created Danger’ Case
In this edition of Litigation Roundup, the Dallas Court of Appeals sets the panel and date for oral arguments in the state bar’s disciplinary lawsuit against Ken Paxton, an oilfield services company’s trade secrets suit against its ex-president gets rolling and an East Texas jury hits LG with a $1.68 million patent infringement verdict.