A Massachusetts loan officer on Wednesday was sentenced by a federal judge to six months behind bars after admitting to taking part in what prosecutors dubbed a "sweeping conspiracy" to defraud banks and mortgage companies by short-selling houses.
A California judge on Wednesday tentatively dismissed a Los Angeles attorney's $4.3 million suit alleging that Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP committed legal malpractice and fraud by backing a Ponzi scheme, finding that the attorney waived his claims when he reached a deal in arbitration with the scammer.
A file clerk with Powell Trachtman PC has filed a proposed class action against the disbanding firm and several of its attorneys on behalf of its support staff, alleging that the firm does not pay file clerks, assistants and paralegals overtime.
Investment consulting firm The Townsend Group LLC has accused the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System of “transparent gamesmanship” in its lawsuit alleging the pension fund lost $580 million due to bad real estate investment advice, and wants the Texas Supreme Court to split up the case.
A New York federal judge on Tuesday rejected King & Spalding LLP’s bid to escape allegations it fired an associate for raising ethical concerns about two partners, saying at a hearing she found it "incredibly hard" to buy the firm's stated reasons for terminating him.
An ex-Penn State University general counsel and former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice went before a disciplinary committee in Pittsburgh on Tuesday to fight allegations that she violated professional conduct rules in representing three school administrators who were eventually charged in connection with the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.
A referee recommended Tuesday that the Florida attorneys who gave a judge Tampa Bay Rays baseball game tickets while litigating a case before him receive one year's probation and be required to speak to new attorneys about the incident.
A California bankruptcy judge on Tuesday entered a $10 million judgment against defunct class action law firm Eagan Avenatti LLP — which is owned by Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her legal battle against President Donald Trump — finding the firm defaulted on its bankruptcy-resolving settlement with a former partner over allegedly unpaid fees.
The Tenth Circuit declined to revive a dispute between a Colorado foreclosure attorney and his insurance company, ruling that the lower court was right to find the company did not have to defend the lawyer from a class action over alleged overbilling.
The D.C. Circuit thwarted an attorney’s attempt to avoid half a million dollars in taxes when it ruled Tuesday in favor of a Tax Court decision that a statute of limitations began when a notice was mailed, not when it was dated.
A green card holder urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to review his case alleging that he was unlawfully deported after both his lawyer and an immigration judge failed to inform him of all the relief he could seek, arguing that it has major implications for both removal proceedings and criminal prosecutions for illegal re-entry.
An Illinois state judge convicted earlier this year in a $1.4 million mortgage fraud scheme appeared in court on Tuesday to reset the date of her sentencing while she argues that the government had not proved she intended to commit fraud.
A Pennsylvania state judge’s “slanted” reading of a book about an infamous murder trial he oversaw fatally undermines allegations he was defamed by the authors as a defense-friendly hack and a drunk, the book's authors argued in a Monday federal filing.
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellot LLC and a financial firm both accused in a newly filed lawsuit of misleading the city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, about an incinerator project that nearly sank the state capital under $360 million in debt are arguing that the project’s financial failure lies not with them, but with the construction company that couldn’t complete the project.
Drinkware manufacturer Tervis Tumbler urged a Florida federal court Monday to deny a bid to disqualify its counsel Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP in a $25 million trade secrets case, saying there is no conflict from the firm's past representation of plaintiff Trinity Graphic on unrelated matters.
A New York state judge on Tuesday rejected an investment group’s bid to void an arbitrator’s finding that Herrick Feinstein LLP owed no damages for allegedly bungling filing deadlines in a breach of contract suit alleging a trader used the group's funds for a "pump and dump" scheme.
A once-incarcerated star of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" and her bankruptcy trustee have called on a New Jersey federal bankruptcy court to dismiss her bankruptcy case in order to finalize a settlement in their malpractice action against her former attorney in state court.
A Florida circuit court judge faces a 30-day suspension without pay after he used racial slurs to describe black defendants and family members in his courtroom, according to a recommendation from the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission on Monday.
A Minnesota appellate panel on Monday affirmed a verdict in favor of a hospital sued for causing a man’s stroke and seizure following emergency treatment, saying the trial judge properly allowed evidence that the man’s chronic alcohol abuse may have caused the stroke.
Months after the resignation of Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski following allegations of sexual harassment, the appellate circuit on which he sat rolled out a series of policy changes aimed at preventing workplace harassment for court employees, according to a statement Monday.
How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.
One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.
In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.
The American Bar Association continues to oppose legislation that would impose certain European Union and U.K. anti-money laundering requirements on U.S. lawyers. The ABA should further consider its approach to this issue as there is a viable middle ground that protects privileged communications and confidential information while advancing the interests of the legal profession, says Matthew O’Hara of Freeborn & Peters LLP.
The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.
The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.
In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.
I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.
In a recent opinion on lawyers' public online commentary, the American Bar Association noted that even when attorneys don't name clients, a breach of confidentiality can occur if a third party could deduce the client's identity. But state laws can differ, so lawyers must know their own jurisdictions' rules, say Trisha Rich and Allison Martin Rhodes of Holland & Knight LLP.
Given the competing public policies of protecting clients’ right to counsel of their choice, lawyer mobility, and the fiduciary duty partners owe to a dissolved firm, it behooves law firms to carefully review their partnership agreements to make sure they adequately spell out what happens in the unfortunate event that the law firm chooses to wind down, say Leslie Corwin and Rachel Sims of Blank Rome LLP.