A Georgia federal court has decided to allow a suit alleging that a woman breached a 25-year-old settlement agreement by sharing details about her original claims with an attorney handling a different suit against Aflac Inc., who then threatened further legal action against the insurance company unless it paid $50 million.
An insurer for the now-defunct asbestos plaintiffs giant Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik LLP wants a New York federal judge to say it won’t have to pay a $4 million-plus arbitration award for a Los Angeles lawyer who accused the firm of cutting him out of lucrative case referral fees.
The union representing America’s immigration judges accused the Department of Justice on Wednesday of violating principles of judicial independence when it allegedly pressured a Philadelphia judge to either close a missing juvenile immigrant’s case or deport him and then reassigned the case and dozens of others to different judges.
A Texas state appellate court declined on Wednesday to revive a petroleum engineer’s suit against the attorneys he claimed cost him an extra $20 million in losses after representing him in an underlying arbitration, saying that the lower court was right to find the engineer’s expert was introduced too late.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP can’t call experts in a legal malpractice trial brought by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, after a New York judge found that none of the determinations a jury would have to make require specialized knowledge.
Members of a West Virginia legislative committee voted Tuesday to impeach all four sitting state Supreme Court justices for “unnecessary and lavish” spending of taxpayer money on high-priced office upgrades and other alleged violations of their oaths of office.
American Bar Association delegates on Tuesday approved a resolution calling on law firms and other legal employers to eschew requirements that people with claims of sexual harassment go to arbitration.
Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Monday again sought a reprieve from prison while he appeals his second conviction on corruption charges, claiming the trial court wrongly told jurors that no quid pro quo deal needed to be proven to find the formerly powerful Empire State politician guilty of bribery.
The First Circuit on Monday affirmed a jury’s verdict convicting a former Puerto Rican judge of taking bribes in exchange for acquitting an attorney accused of causing a fatal car crash while drunk, ruling there was sufficient evidence the judge knowingly engaged in a bribery scheme.
A California federal judge has ruled that diabetes glucose monitoring company Dexcom Inc. must pay rival AgaMatrix Inc. more than $1.3 million in fees after proceeding with patent infringement litigation that bordered on bad faith.
A Washington state appeals court has affirmed a lower court's dismissal of a woman's defamation suit against a law firm for summarizing on its website allegations against her from a wrongful death suit filed by firm clients, ruling the statements are covered by the same fair report privilege afforded to news organizations.
A former King & Spalding LLP associate accusing the firm of firing him for reporting ethics violations is less willing to settle the case than he's let on, his attorney said Monday while pressing a bid for a lien on the associate, who the attorney claims has stopped paying legal bills and refuses to cut a deal.
The New York law firm Raff & Becker received court approval Monday to settle a former high-ranking administrative judge's claims that it conspired to retaliate against him after he reported the alleged diversion of funds meant for unemployment claims hearings.
The government asked a California federal judge to disqualify Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, which is representing a former Fitbit Inc. employee accused of stealing trade secrets from another previous employer, Jawbone, saying that the firm's previous representation of other defendants in the case presents a conflict of interest.
The New Jersey law firm Dario Yacker properly won summary judgment in a suit brought by an unsatisfied personal injury client stemming from a 2009 fall, an appeals court ruled Monday, saying there was no evidence of negligence on the firm's part.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup expressed regret Monday for approving a $125 million deal ending securities class actions against LendingClub Corp., saying “he may have made a mistake” since he learned the parties “have gotten away” with releasing claims beyond the litigation’s allegations.
The American Bar Association's House of Delegates overwhelmingly approved a sweeping set of changes to the rules governing lawyer advertising and client solicitation in a voice vote Monday in Chicago.
A special master who suggested a team of lawyers overbilled a class of 1,300 institutional State Street clients by at least $10 million has no authority to chime in when the law firms criticize the findings, Labaton Sucharow LLP and Thornton Law Firm LLP argued Monday.
RD Legal, a settlement advance company accused of scamming injured NFL players and ailing 9/11 first responders out of millions, has asked a federal court to toss the New York attorney general’s suit against it after the same court issued a head-turning ruling in June finding the Consumer Financial Protection Act unconstitutional.
The Florida Bar has filed a formal complaint for reciprocal discipline against a South Florida patent attorney who was suspended for eight months before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for allegedly mishandling and abandoning a client's patent application.
An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.
In March, the American Bar Association issued a manual to help legal employers and victims fight sexual harassment in the legal profession. While automatic disbarment for sexual misconduct with clients may have been considered too harsh a sanction almost a decade ago, it may be revisited in the current climate, say Bonnie Frost and Kristi Terranova of Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost PC.
As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.
Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.
Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.
Presidential impeachment exists not so that one party can decapitate the other, but to preserve the foundation of our democracy. For an impeachment to be legitimate, it must be a fair process in which Congress speaks for a majority of the American people in undoing an election, say Laurence Tribe of Harvard Law School and Joshua Matz of Gupta Wessler PLLC.
The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.
Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.
Under the U.S. Constitution, impeachment requires no charging of crime, no intent to do wrong and no lawbreaking. Rather, impeachment focuses on significance of effect. President Bill Clinton's 1998 impeachment was a clear demonstration of the differences between criminal and impeachment prosecution, says attorney Barbara Radnofsky.
The #MeToo movement has called attention to something that feminists avoided focusing on during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton — something the law is not very good at capturing. “Consent” may be obtained under varying kinds and degrees of coercive conditions. And it can be refused at a high cost, says Elizabeth Rapaport of the University of New Mexico School of Law.