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Legal Ethics

  • August 17, 2018

    Bowles Rice, Insurer Resolve $41M Fight On Eve Of Trial

    Bowles Rice has resolved a $41 million fight with a title insurer stemming from a troubled coal plant build and averted a trial that was set to start Monday, according to a lawyer involved in the case, heading off what at least one expert said was a sizable threat to the firm in the face of its limited malpractice coverage.

  • August 17, 2018

    Courts Can Hear Bias Suits Sans EEOC Complaint: 10th Circ.

    Courts in the Tenth Circuit can hear employment bias cases even if the workers bringing them did not file a timely complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission before suing, an appeals panel said Friday in a sprawling order that narrowly revived a disability discrimination suit against BNSF Railway Co.

  • August 17, 2018

    Client's Benicar Trial Bill Shouldn't 'Scare Off' Firm: Judge

    A Missouri firm representing a man who passed on a $300 million opt-in settlement for injuries caused by blood pressure drug Benicar can’t be “scared off” the case just because his desired trial would be costly, a New Jersey federal court has said.

  • August 17, 2018

    Ex-Clerk Says NY Courts Protected Judge Who Harassed Her

    A former law clerk has accused the New York state judicial system of covering up for a judge who she says sexually harassed her, allegations she made in a suit filed in federal court against the jurist and 16 other judges, administrators and attorneys.

  • August 17, 2018

    Ex-Judge Was Falsely Accused Of Drinking At Work, Suit Says

    The attorney for a former Newark, New Jersey, municipal judge who claims she was falsely accused of being drunk at work and then fired said on Friday that his client unequivocally denies drinking on the job.

  • August 17, 2018

    2nd Circ. Finds No Bias In Erie Project Contractor Termination

    The Second Circuit on Friday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit over the termination of a female contractor’s involvement in a harbor construction project in Buffalo, saying she failed to prove the decision to pull the contract was part of a gender-based conspiracy orchestrated by Empire State Development Corp. and others associated with the project, including a law firm.

  • August 17, 2018

    Despite Abuse Horrors, Attys Feel Duty To Defend The Church

    Despite horrific details in a recently unveiled grand jury report about sexual abuse suffered by more than a thousand victims at the hands of Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania, attorneys who have represented the church say that public scorn hasn't swayed them from their duty to provide a vigorous defense.

  • August 17, 2018

    Feds Fire Back At Sheldon Silver's Post-Conviction Bail Bid

    Federal prosecutors on Thursday rejected as “baseless” a request by Sheldon Silver to stay free while appealing his conviction and seven-year sentence for political corruption, telling a Manhattan federal judge that the jury that convicted the former New York Assembly speaker had clear instructions.

  • August 17, 2018

    Fraudster's Ex-Wife Gets Email Hunt Paused In Atty Tryst Suit

    An Indiana federal court on Friday temporarily paused discovery for emails sent by the ex-wife of an incarcerated hedge fund manager in his suit claiming that his attorney had an affair with his wife while representing him in his criminal case, but refused to halt discovery all together. 

  • August 17, 2018

    Ex-Katten Atty Gets 18 Months In Prison For Shkreli Fraud

    Former Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP attorney Evan Greebel on Friday was sentenced to 18 months in prison over allegations that he aided now-imprisoned former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli in defrauding Retrophin Inc.

  • August 17, 2018

    Amid Assault Case, Maine DA Candidate Loses Bar Suit

    A candidate for district attorney in Maine lost a wide-ranging suit on Thursday in the state’s high court against bar officials and others over the suspension of his license, even as he faced possible disbarment and an ex-client who says he assaulted her.

  • August 17, 2018

    Prenda 'Porn Troll' Atty Pleads Guilty To Fraud Charges

    A former attorney who filed thousands of copyright suits over pornography in an elaborate scheme known as Prenda Law reached an agreement Friday to plead guilty to federal fraud and money laundering conspiracy charges.

  • August 17, 2018

    Quinn Emanuel Says Ex-Partners Can't Duck Fee Arbitration

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP reiterated on Thursday in New York court that its former partners who launched Selendy & Gay PLLC cannot escape arbitrating a dispute over a clause in their partnership agreement requiring them to remit fees earned from clients they took to their new firm.

  • August 17, 2018

    Atty Suspended For 5-Year Legal Fight With Neighbors

    The Washington Supreme Court has agreed to suspend a Whatcom County attorney for 18 months for a drawn-out, five-year legal battle with his neighbor over the boundary line between their properties, which the court said was "frivolous and was intended to harass."

  • August 16, 2018

    Judge's Wild Order Threatens To Make Warring Attys Kiss

    A Texas federal judge threatened to make opposing attorneys kiss one another at the Alamo, lamented the days when Texas cases were handled by Texas attorneys, quoted Elvis, and generally went off in an order setting a status conference for a trade secret dispute between HouseCanary Inc. and Quicken Loans.

  • August 16, 2018

    Atty Suing Google Sees No Conflict With Law Firm

    A lawyer seeking to represent thousands of online advertisers in a suit against Google urged a California federal judge Thursday to certify a class and reject the tech giant's objections that the named plaintiff — himself an attorney —is now a partner at a law firm that once worked on the case.

  • August 16, 2018

    Legal Funder Wants Fraud Suit Stayed After CFPB Ruling

    RD Legal Funding, the litigation funder accused of gouging NFL players and 9/11 responders who were loan customers, asked a Manhattan federal judge Wednesday to press pause on the suit as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau appeals its surprise ejection — or to greenlight a broader appeal.

  • August 16, 2018

    Judge Won't Rethink Trim Of Foreclosure Services FCA Case

    A New York federal judge is standing by his decision to pare down False Claims Act litigation alleging that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the government were overcharged for foreclosure services, rejecting a relator’s bid for a shot at bringing Bank of America, Wells Fargo and several other mortgage servicers back into the case.

  • August 16, 2018

    Will Law Schools Start Counting ‘Generation ADA’?

    No one is tracking law students with disabilities to see where the education system may be failing them, but some advocates are working to change this dynamic and build a better pipeline.

  • August 16, 2018

    TIKD Slams Fla. Bar's Bid For Quick Exit In Antitrust Suit

    Traffic ticket services start-up TIKD punched back Thursday at bids by the Florida Bar and the state's leading traffic ticket law firm for a quick exit from its multimillion-dollar antitrust suit, pointing to what the company says is ample evidence of their anti-competitive acts against its business.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • California Opens The Door To International Arbitration

    Sarah Reynolds

    Last month, California passed a law clarifying that lawyers who are not members of the state bar may appear in international arbitrations seated in California without local counsel. As a result, San Francisco and Los Angeles will likely see an increase in international arbitrations — particularly given their access to the Pacific Rim and Latin America, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Kavanaugh On Attorney-Client Privilege — 3 Takeaways

    Louis Ramos

    In what may be one of his final acts on the D.C. Circuit, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has written an opinion that may strengthen attorney-client privilege over communications between a company and its in-house counsel. Attorneys at DLA Piper discuss what this holding could mean for the future of the privilege and offer advice for current in-house counsel.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.