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Legal Ethics

  • January 16, 2019

    Ex-Hallmark Host's Atty DQ'd In Wrongful Termination Suit

    The Bloom Firm cannot represent a former Hallmark Channel host accusing the television network of firing him for reporting sexual harassment on set, a California federal judge ruled Wednesday, finding that the firm previously had a legal consulting agreement with one of the network’s producers embroiled in the harassment claims.

  • January 16, 2019

    Platinum Judge Sees No Misconduct, But Raps Gov't 'Candor'

    A Brooklyn federal judge on Wednesday rejected the latest request from several Platinum Partners LLP executives to dismiss a criminal fraud case against them, saying there wasn't enough proof to support the idea that prosecutors hid evidence or fabricated threats to witnesses.

  • January 16, 2019

    Mich. Atty Granted New Trial In Injury Referral Fee Fight

    A Michigan appellate court said Tuesday improper jury instructions warrant a new trial in a suit accusing a firm of failing to pay a solo practitioner a $680,000 fee as part of a referral agreement in an auto collision suit that ended in a $10.2 million award.

  • January 16, 2019

    For-Profit Ariz. Law School Drops ABA Suit Over Accreditation

    A for-profit law school has settled its suit that alleged the American Bar Association’s decision to pull the school’s accreditation was “arbitrary and capricious.”

  • January 16, 2019

    Ill. Panel Affirms Thompson Coburn's Win In Malpractice Suit

    An Illinois construction company was too late to bring malpractice claims against Thompson Coburn LLP because the contractor should have known about the firm’s alleged negligence in securing a mechanics lien four years before filing suit, a state appellate court ruled Tuesday.

  • January 16, 2019

    Pa. AG Goes After Phony Philly-Area Immigration Atty

    A Philadelphia-area man who admitted to posing as an immigration attorney is facing a lawsuit from the Pennsylvania attorney general's office in a bid to recoup some $20,000 in fees he allegedly extracted from individuals he took on as clients in citizenship cases.

  • January 16, 2019

    Objector Admits To Unethical Conduct To Exit Edelson Suit

    A Texas attorney known for filing objections to class action settlements has offered to stop practicing in Illinois and only bring objections that meet certain criteria to resolve a lawsuit brought by plaintiffs firm Edelson PC over what it says is his extortionate use of the objection process.

  • January 16, 2019

    Law Center Hit With RICO Suit Over 'Hate Group' Label

    The Center for Immigration Studies, a nonprofit think tank that advocates for more restrictive immigration policies, filed a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act lawsuit against two leaders at the Southern Poverty Law Center in federal court on Wednesday, disputing the legal advocacy organization’s choice to label it a “hate group.”

  • January 16, 2019

    Court Censures NY Atty Caught In CBS '60 Minutes' Sting

    A New York business attorney caught up in a CBS 60 Minutes exposé in 2016, who was recorded saying, “They don't send the lawyers [in the United States] to jail because we run the country," has received a public censure as part of an agreement with the state’s Attorney Grievance Commission.

  • January 15, 2019

    Firm Tries 3rd Time To Toss Malpractice Arbitration Award

    A Texas law firm has asked the state's high court to undo lower court rulings that affirmed a nearly $460,000 arbitration award against it stemming from an ex-client's malpractice lawsuit, arguing the arbitrator's ruling goes against Texas law and must be reviewed.

  • January 15, 2019

    NJ Judge Says Hostile Boss Prompted Secret Recordings

    A New Jersey state court judge facing a possible suspension for surreptitiously recording meetings with her superior and then denying it urged the state Supreme Court to forgo disciplining her, arguing Wednesday that she'd been new to the job and the higher-up was bullying her.

  • January 15, 2019

    Hunton Andrews DQ Bid Under Fire In Crash Coverage Suit

    Ranger Construction Industries Inc. slammed Allied World National Assurance Co.'s bid to disqualify Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP for allegedly using inadvertently disclosed confidential documents in a pending case, saying Tuesday the insurer is trying to turn its own errors into a "reason to rob Ranger of its chosen counsel."

  • January 15, 2019

    4th Circ. Hands Saveri Firm Win In $1.2M Legal Fees Battle

    Former Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP attorney Joseph Saveri's firm doesn't have to pay another plaintiffs firm a $1.2 million referral fee out of his score from settlements in titanium dioxide price-fixing litigation, the Fourth Circuit ruled Monday, finding he'd never agreed to shell out the sum.

  • January 15, 2019

    Timeshare Owners Seek Fees Over Marriott's Withheld Docs

    Attorneys for timeshare owners locked in a lawsuit against Marriott Vacations over an alleged drop in the value of their properties asked for more than $200,000 in fees and expenses Monday after a Colorado federal magistrate judge sanctioned Marriott for a delay in turning over critical documents.

  • January 15, 2019

    Miami Atty Humiliated Ex-Partner, Ethics Complaint Says

    The Florida Bar filed an ethics complaint Monday against Miami-area divorce attorney Daniel Kaplan, saying he disparaged and humiliated other attorneys, including in connection with a legal dispute with his former partner Eduardo Rasco, and violated a related court order.

  • January 15, 2019

    Drink Co. Wants Bradley Arant DQ'd After Jump To Rival

    A coffee and tea company facing a patent infringement suit over its sweet tea drink told an Alabama federal court its attorneys of nearly a decade at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP dumped the company and entered an appearance for the other side in the case less than an hour later.

  • January 15, 2019

    Blank Rome Can Arbitrate Ex-Dickstein Partners' $4M Suit

    A Los Angeles judge told a group of former Dickstein Shapiro LLP partners Tuesday they must arbitrate claims that Blank Rome LLP mischaracterized its hire of more than 100 lawyers from the now-defunct Dickstein as an asset sale, rather than a merger, to avoid paying the former partners $4 million.

  • January 15, 2019

    Pa. Judge's Tough Sex Offender Sentences Challenged Again

    Attorneys again questioned whether a Pittsburgh-based state judge had given an excessive sentence to a convicted sex offender, although the judge has announced her resignation after the Superior Court of Pennsylvania chastised her for an appearance of bias and removed her from two similar cases.

  • January 15, 2019

    London Lawyer 1st Fined Over Panama Papers Revelations

    A partner at London law firm Child & Child on Tuesday became the first English lawyer to be punished as a result of revelations from the Panama Papers scandal after he was fined £85,000 ($109,000) by a U.K. disciplinary tribunal for failing to carry out money laundering checks.

  • January 14, 2019

    Quinn Says High Court Arbitration Ruling Sinks Ex-Partners

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP seized on a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that removed one basis on which parties could escape arbitration, in order to bolster its case in a dispute against a group of former partners it contends must remit fees earned from clients they took to their new firm.

Expert Analysis

  • Arbitrators And Mediators Should Reflect Society's Diversity

    James Jenkins

    Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • Worldwide Freezing Orders Can Backfire Without Proper Care

    Nicola McKinney

    Worldwide freezing orders, which preserve a respondent's assets until the outcome of the substantive case, are an important weapon in the arsenal of a commercial litigant. However, as FSDEA v. Dos Santos demonstrates, courts lay heavy obligations upon WFO applicants, says Nicola McKinney of Grosvenor Law Ltd.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

    Judge David Barron

    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 2

    Peter Jarvis

    Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 1

    Peter Jarvis

    Contrary to what the New York City Bar Association concluded in an ethics opinion last year, lawyer-directed nonrecourse commercial litigation funding does not violate New York rules on sharing fees with nonlawyers, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • 7 Questions To Add To Your Lateral Partner Questionnaire

    Howard Rosenberg

    Law firms should redesign the vetting process for lateral candidates so it directly addresses sexual harassment and assault issues, says Howard Rosenberg of Decipher.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Reed Smith Chief Marketing Officer Sadie Baron

    Sadie Baron

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Sadie Baron, chief marketing officer at Reed Smith LLP.

  • 'Flexible Work' Makes Freelancing More Viable In BigLaw

    Elizabeth Black

    The rise of remote work capabilities and advances in technology are making flexible, freelance legal work a more accessible career option for corporate attorneys, say Elizabeth Black and Sara Eng of InCloudCounsel.

  • Opinion

    A Call To Permit Judicial Substitution In MDL Proceedings

    Doug Smith

    While several proposed changes to multidistrict litigation procedures may be warranted and appropriate, consideration should be given to a modest modification of the judicial selection process, says Doug Smith of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.