Legal Ethics

  • March 19, 2018

    Manhattan DA's Weinstein Probe To Get Unheard-Of Review

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. will face a review into how his office handled a sexual assault complaint against former media mogul Harvey Weinstein after a report suggested prosecutors on the case sought to discredit an alleged victim, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday.

  • March 19, 2018

    Judge OKs Eagan Avenatti's Exit From Ch. 11

    A California bankruptcy judge has approved a settlement ending the bankruptcy of defunct class action law firm Eagan Avenatti LLP — owned by the attorney representing Stormy Daniels in her legal battle against President Donald Trump — that allows a former partner to collect $4.85 million to resolve his claims of allegedly unpaid fees.

  • March 19, 2018

    SF Firm Settles Appeal Of $1.1M Discovery Deceit Sanction

    A San Francisco law firm hit with a $1.12 million sanction for “egregious” discovery misconduct and a failure to investigate and turn over thousands of documents withheld by a client in an asbestos case has had the order vacated by a Hawaii state court as part of a settlement deal.

  • March 19, 2018

    Chiropractors, Attys Say Geico Fraud Claims Lack Specifics

    Florida-based chiropractic network Path Medical LLC, a pair of law firms and several other parties on Friday filed a flurry of motions to dismiss Geico’s $15 million suit over allegedly fraudulent insurance claims, contending the company had not backed up its claims with specifics.

  • March 19, 2018

    UK Atty Tells Jury He Is Scapegoat For Tax-Cheating Heirs

    British lawyer Michael Little told a Manhattan jury Monday he is the “scapegoat” for the family of deceased investor Harry Seggerman, defending himself against charges that he helped his client’s heirs dodge taxes on $14 million of inheritance money and dodged his own tax bills to boot.

  • March 19, 2018

    EZCorp Fights Class Cert. In 'Lawyer-Driven' Investor Suit

    Pawn shop operator and "instant cash" loan provider EZCorp Inc. on Friday told a Texas federal judge that a foreign investor was allowing his counsel to make all the decisions in his "lawyer-driven" securities suit accusing the company of misrepresenting its financial well-being.

  • March 19, 2018

    High Court Won't Hear Two Consumer Protection Suits

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to take up two matters with implications for consumers, rejecting requests to review a pair of decisions, one reviving litigation accusing a law firm of pursuing a debt-collection action in the wrong venue and the other upholding the denial of class certification in a junk-fax suit.

  • March 19, 2018

    White & Case Reports 24% Gender Pay Gap In London

    White & Case LLP became the first U.S. law firm on Monday to report its gender pay gap data to the U.K. government under a new law, revealing a 24 percent divide between what the average man and average woman earns in its London office.

  • March 19, 2018

    Outten, Cohen Attys Held In Contempt Over Chipotle OT Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Monday held in contempt lawyers from Outten & Golden LLP and Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC and their client, saying they had improperly pursued a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action against Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. based on an invalidated overtime rule.

  • March 19, 2018

    Ex-Air Force Officer Can Recant Plea Over Bad Counsel

    A Florida federal judge set the stage for trial Friday by allowing a retired U.S. Air Force officer to withdraw part of his guilty plea over an alleged $5.4 million bribery scheme involving government contracts, as the officer convinced the court he got bad advice from his counsel.

  • March 16, 2018

    Beyond #MeToo: How Female Lawyers Are Mobilizing Online

    While they’ve largely declined to share public stories of sexual harassment, female lawyers have also found strength in numbers online amid the #MeToo movement. Now, they’re setting their sights on reshaping the legal industry.

  • March 16, 2018

    Philly Litigator Rips Opioid Defense Attys At Conference

    A veteran Philadelphia plaintiff's attorney who is representing the city in litigation against drugmakers over the opioid crisis suggested that attention should be paid to the drug manufacturers' lawyers, at a forum on legal responses to the crisis on Friday.

  • March 16, 2018

    Ex-Judicial Watch Head Hit With $2.8M Verdict In TM Row

    Conservative legal analyst Larry Klayman is on the hook for a $2.8 million judgment after a federal trademark and contract trial in Washington, D.C., that went in favor of Judicial Watch, the legal activist organization he founded.

  • March 16, 2018

    Ill. Atty Beats Malpractice Suit In Domino's Franchise Row

    An Illinois federal judge on Friday tossed a lawsuit accusing an attorney of malpractice for representing both a Domino’s Pizza franchise co-owner and his business partner in the sale of their restaurant, ruling that the suing co-owner should have provided an expert opinion about the alleged conflict of interest.

  • March 16, 2018

    No Sanctions For Ex-Fox News Host, Atty In Cyberstalk Suit

    A federal judge declined Friday to impose sanctions against former Fox News personality Andrea Tantaros and her ex-attorney in the TV host’s suit alleging the network cyberstalked her after she complained about sexual harassment, saying the court wouldn’t describe Tantaros’ claims as “clearly frivolous.”

  • March 16, 2018

    Asbestos Firm Must Face Insurers' Coverage Payback Suit

    A Texas federal court on Friday refused to toss a suit from three health insurers that claims a law firm failed to pay the companies money out of its clients’ asbestos settlement funds, asking the parties for additional information but saying the suit could remain for now.

  • March 16, 2018

    Robocall Class Fights Walmart's Bid To Escape TCPA Suit

    A proposed class of cellphone owners mistakenly robocalled by a law firm collecting unpaid shoplifting debts for Walmart asked a Florida federal judge Thursday to dismiss the retail giant's bid to toss the suit alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, saying it’s responsible for the calls.

  • March 16, 2018

    Space Travel Co. Demands Sanctions Over Leaked Docs

    A commercial space travel company demanded sanctions and a strict accounting of "privileged" documents leaked to lawyers of a customer claiming the company got him to agree to a $30 million nonrefundable deposit under false pretenses, according to a motion filed in Virginia federal court Friday.

  • March 16, 2018

    Ore. Judge Suspended For 'Screen' Of Gay Marriage Couples

    Oregon's highest court on Thursday suspended for three years without pay a judge who instituted a "screen" on gay couples trying to get married in his court and also allowed a convicted felon to handle loaded guns in his presence. 

  • March 16, 2018

    A Chat With Littler Info Chief Durgesh Sharma

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Durgesh Sharma, chief information officer at Littler Mendelson PC.

Expert Analysis

  • Choice-Of-Law Takeaways From Dole Insurance Dispute

    Kevin LaCroix

    The insurance coverage litigation arising from the settlement of the shareholder claims filed in connection with Dole Food’s 2013 going-private transaction continues to grind on, and the latest ruling could be helpful for companies seeking to argue that Delaware law should govern the interpretation of their insurance policies, says Kevin LaCroix of RT ProExec.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • No Bright-Line Rule For 'Telework' As ADA Accommodation

    Alexis Ronickher

    As technology has evolved to make telecommuting possible in more types of jobs, so too has the answer to the question of whether it's a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, as demonstrated by two recent Sixth Circuit decisions, at least one pattern can be discerned in these types of cases, say Alexis Ronickher and Mehreen Rasheed of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Working With IT To Preserve Data

    John Tredennick

    Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.

  • Protecting Privilege In Litigation Financing Negotiations

    Eric Robinson

    Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.

  • Opinion

    From Cowboy Boots To Wingtips: Prosecutions Gone Awry

    John Banks Brooks

    What do a cattle rancher, an attorney, a financier and a professional sports bettor have in common? All have been subject to recent abuses of power by prosecutors and law enforcement officials. Violating defendants’ rights with shady tactics and leaks undermines our justice system, says communications consultant John Banks Brooks.

  • Why Machine Learning Should Matter To Lawyers

    Dan Puterbaugh

    Legal leaders who want to meet their clients' expanding expectations should start moving their documents to future-ready document management solutions now if they want to stay competitive in the next few years, says Dan Puterbaugh of Adobe Systems Inc.

  • Overcoming The Mistrust Of Science In An Alt-Fact Age

    Kirstin Abel

    You cannot fight alternative facts with facts alone. But with a combination of inoculation, changing the narrative, and building common ground between the jury and your experts, you should be able to significantly lessen their impact, says Kirstin Abel, managing partner at Bodyfelt Mount LLP and vice chair of the Trial Techniques and Tactics Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel.