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Legal Ethics

  • November 9, 2018

    9th Circ. Ends Oft-Heated Trade Secrets Suit Against Ex-CEO

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Friday affirmed a district judge’s decision to toss an artificial intelligence startup’s contentiously fought trade secrets case against its former CEO that escalated to an attorney spilling — or perhaps throwing — an iced coffee, saying the judge didn’t abuse his discretion.

  • November 9, 2018

    Who Has Standing To Challenge Whitaker DOJ Appointment?

    Democratic senators have questioned the legality of President Donald Trump's appointment of a Mueller critic to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but it may take someone directly affected by what new acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker does on immigration or other policy issues to challenge his appointment.

  • November 9, 2018

    Ex-Liddle Partner Looks To Exit Equal Pay Suit

    A former partner at Liddle & Robinson LLP has told a New York federal court that he should be cut from another former partner’s $23 million equal pay suit against the firm, arguing that she has not made a valid case against him and that her claims would be time-barred even if she had.

  • November 9, 2018

    Vantage Pushes Back On Petrobras Expert In $622M Battle

    Vantage Deepwater Co. continues to push a Texas federal court to strike the declaration of an expert Petrobras relied on to support its bid to vacate a $622 million award, claiming the testimony is unreliable and that a second declaration does not remedy the issues.

  • November 9, 2018

    Atty Confessed To NJ Killing In Suitcase Note, Docs Say

    A New York City attorney accused of fatally shooting the mother of his daughter in their New Jersey home last month allegedly confessed in a note left in a suitcase when he dropped off the child with his brother before fleeing to Cuba, according to prosecutors and court documents.

  • November 9, 2018

    Attys Accused Of Scamming Artist Out Of Life Story Rights

    A New Jersey janitor turned successful artist has sued two partners of a north New Jersey law firm, claiming they manipulated him into signing over the rights to his life story to them for $10 after a Hollywood movie producer indicated he was interested in adapting it.

  • November 9, 2018

    State AGs Call On Whitaker To Recuse Himself From Probe

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, along with 18 other state attorneys general, sent a letter Thursday to acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker asking him to recuse himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

  • November 9, 2018

    Metal Band Drummer Loses DQ Appeal Targeting Guitarist Atty

    The former drummer for glam metal rockers Ratt can’t stop the music on the ex-lead guitarist’s relationship with his current lawyer, a California appeals court said Thursday.

  • November 9, 2018

    Atty Taken Off Ill. Rolls In '09 Still Practicing, Regulator Says

    An attorney who lost his authority to practice in Illinois in 2009 has continued to represent clients in real estate matters ever since, the state’s attorney conduct regulator has said.

  • November 9, 2018

    As Pirates Settle, Net Installer Last Defendant In Foul-Ball Suit

    The Pittsburgh Pirates reached a settlement with a woman injured by a foul ball at PNC Park in 2015, attorneys said Friday, but a jury trial under a new judge in state court scheduled to get underway Wednesday will determine the liability of the company that installed the allegedly defective safety netting behind home plate.

  • November 9, 2018

    Hogan Lovells Suspends Partner For Watching Porn At Work

    A partner in Hogan Lovells’ London office has been suspended for watching adult videos at work, the firm confirmed Friday, adding that it will be tightening its policies for what employees can view online.

  • November 8, 2018

    Bid To DQ Prosecution Spurs Fiery Row In Health Fraud Case

    A federal judge heard impassioned arguments during a daylong hearing Thursday in Miami over a magistrate’s recommendation that suggested suppressing certain evidence in a $1 billion health fraud case due to prosecutorial misconduct, but also noted that the defendant's requests to disqualify the prosecutors or dismiss the case are not warranted.

  • November 8, 2018

    Atty Left MoneyGram Files In Stolen Hummer, Co.'s Suit Says

    A lawyer whom MoneyGram International Inc. hired to collect third-party debts breached his duty to protect client data by leaving sensitive documents unattended in a “tricked-out Hummer” that was stolen from a hotel parking lot, according to a suit filed in New Mexico federal court Wednesday.

  • November 8, 2018

    NJ Judge Censured For Misusing Office In Personal Matter

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has censured a state judge for misusing his position by making repeated references to his judicial office while interacting with court staffers last year about his personal child support case, thereby creating the risk that his status as a jurist would influence how the matter was handled.

  • November 8, 2018

    Judge Takes Loeb & Loeb Atty To Task Over Evidence At Trial

    A California federal judge on Thursday questioned whether a Loeb & Loeb LLP attorney defending Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. in a class discrimination trial had misrepresented evidence to jurors, saying "it looked to me that there [were] some misrepresentations happening" and allowing opposing counsel to clarify the evidence with the jury.

  • November 8, 2018

    CRT Judge Admits Error, Blasts Possible Atty Conflict

    A California federal judge floated the possibility of appointing separate counsel Thursday for a class of indirect cathode ray tubes purchasers, after saying he shouldn't have cleared a $576.8 million bundle of antitrust settlements and admonishing the current attorneys for "a classic indication of a potential conflict of interest."

  • November 8, 2018

    Ex-Pa. Judge Apologizes For Affair With Defendant's Girlfriend

    An ex-Pennsylvania judge facing discipline for exchanging sexually explicit text messages and eventually sleeping with the girlfriend of a man participating in a court-mandated rehab program he oversaw told a state ethics panel on Thursday that he regretted his conduct.

  • November 8, 2018

    Net Installer Wants Judge Off Pa. Foul Ball Injury Suit

    The company that installed safety netting at the Pittsburgh Pirates’ PNC Park wants a new state court judge for the upcoming case of a woman injured by a foul ball behind home plate, alleging improper communication between the current judge and one of the woman’s attorneys.

  • November 8, 2018

    NJ Justices Won't Review Malpractice Suit In Contract Row

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has declined to review a state appellate court decision against reviving a legal malpractice case that accused Starr Gern Davison & Rubin PC of not turning over discovery materials to a former client’s new counsel during a breach of contract suit over $2 billion in defense contracts.

  • November 8, 2018

    Former Judge Who Extorted Staff Slams Ex-Counsel's Advice

    Facing a possible threat to his pension and medical benefits after being found in violation of ethics rules for trying to wring campaign contributions out of his court staff, a defiant ex-Pennsylvania judge told a state disciplinary panel Thursday that he’d only copped to the allegations thanks to misplaced reliance on his former counsel's advice.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.

  • Q&A

    Wendy Olson Talks Twin Falls, Tribes, Private Practice

    Wendy Olson

    Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olson discusses her decades of experience prosecuting white collar crimes and civil rights violations, her work and challenges as U.S. attorney, and her move to private practice.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Brown Reviews 'Dangerous Leaders'

    Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown

    Anthony Thompson’s "Dangerous Leaders: How and Why Lawyers Must Be Taught to Lead" explores the conflict many lawyers face when charged with the responsibility of leadership. The book is an excellent read for all lawyers, says U.S. District Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the Eastern District of Louisiana.

  • Breaking The Rules: 3 Ways To 'Lead' A Direct Examination

    Matthew Menchel

    Trial lawyers are frequently taught that they should appear invisible during direct examination — that their job is merely to prompt the witness to start speaking. But the most powerful direct examinations are the ones in which the examiner, not the witness, is controlling the pace, say attorneys with Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • How Employers Can Address Secret Workplace Recordings

     Jackie Ford

    Secret recordings allegedly made by President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen and former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman provide a useful vehicle for reviewing the ethics and legality of surreptitious taping, and may be instructive for employers concerned about limiting such recording in the workplace, says Jackie Ford of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.