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