Federal securities authorities filed a civil complaint in California federal court Thursday accusing an immigration attorney and her husband of fraudulently making millions of dollars through a federal immigrant investor program.
A New Jersey town commissioner forced to resign over an illegal law firm referral fee and a Wisconsin lawyer having trouble keeping track of his victim restitution debts lead Law360's The Week In Discipline, which compiles sanctions and conduct charges that may have flown under the radar.
The American Bar Association's recent guidance on notifying clients about data breaches sets a high standard for lawyers striving to meet their ethical obligations and will likely prompt many law firms to take a harder look at their current incident preparation and response efforts, attorneys say. Here, attorneys flag three major takeaways from the new guidance.
The Trump administration this week sent a summons to an attorney who operates an immigration law blog to try to shake out his source for a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement internal memorandum that the lawyer publicly posted in July.
A battle is brewing in the litigation over The Woodbridge Group of Companies’ Chapter 11 plan concerning the pro hac vice admission in Delaware of an attorney representing a group of noteholders who oppose the plan, as unsecured creditors claim he violated ethical rules by not properly disclosing conflicts that exist among his clients.
The victims of a fatal 2006 crash have urged the Eighth Circuit to uphold a ruling that cut the fee award allotted to one of their representatives, the Padden Law Firm PLLC, arguing that the lower court correctly reduced the award because Padden "did little or no substantive work."
Pryor Cashman LLP told a Manhattan federal court Wednesday that an ex-associate claiming age discrimination was terminated after 18 years due to his inadequate work and hostile attitude, while the attorney argued he was a “steady” lawyer who generated more revenue than almost all of his fellow associates.
New York's district attorneys have sued Gov. Andrew Cuomo to block a law that would establish a new oversight body intended to combat prosecutorial misconduct, calling the measure "riddled with fatal constitutional defects."
A former attorney serving 12 years for using hypnosis on female clients for sexual gratification has been hit with a $2.3 million judgment in Ohio state court in a suit brought by one of the women.
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday permanently disbarred a now-jailed criminal defense attorney who attempted to gain leniency on drunk driving charges by arranging to have a package containing heroin sent through the mail, in hopes of become a police informant.
A telecom tower maintenance and construction company sued Texas law firm Hindman Bynum PC in Dallas County District Court on Thursday, saying the firm cost its shareholders more than $1 million by exposing them to personal liability through the sale of company assets to a computer sales and repair services outfit.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has handed down a reciprocal disbarment to a New York attorney who didn't deny she stole $55,000 from her client but cited numerous reasons, including Donald Trump's presidency, why she should get a second chance, according to a decision and high court order made public Thursday.
Horizon Healthcare Services Inc. has sought to disqualify DLA Piper LLP from representing a group of specialty pharmaceutical companies who sued Horizon for allegedly refusing to pay for health plan members' hemophilia treatments, arguing that the law firm was still representing Horizon when it decided to take the case.
Pittsburgh law firm Keevican Weiss & Bauerle LLC must give a former attorney four months of his unpaid salary plus damages and interest after failing to show he had effectively quit or failed to do his job, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania ruled Wednesday.
Blank Rome LLP was unable to shake a $33 million legal malpractice suit brought by the former wife of a senior Morgan Stanley executive, who claims the firm never told her during her divorce that Morgan Stanley was a client and had her waiver potentially valuable claims on her husband’s income.
A New Jersey judge who asked an alleged sexual assault victim if she could “close her legs” to avert such an attack told a state ethics panel Wednesday that he had been trying to elicit clearer testimony from her, and was not trying to humiliate and embarrass her.
A small California law firm is facing allegations that it tricked a property owner into settling a lawsuit over construction defects for less than it was worth, potentially costing the landowner more than $10 million.
After an emotionally fraught confirmation process with sexual misconduct allegations front and center, a new justice joins the Supreme Court bench and brings four female clerks with him. The hires bring gender parity to the court's clerkship ranks for the first time, but will the shift be long-lasting?
A recent survey of in-house and private firm lawyers shows a spike in the use of third-party litigation funding and plenty of organizations forgoing worthy claims in the face of big legal bills, according to a Wednesday report from funder Burford Capital.
A California appellate court has refused to revive a suit against a Silicon Valley law firm that allegedly changed details of a stock buyout agreement without client approval, resulting in an underlying suit by a creditor of the client’s company.
In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.
The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.
The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.
In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.
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 Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
The English Court of Appeal's much-anticipated decision in Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation means that companies will continue to face difficulties in obtaining the information they need to investigate suspected wrongdoing, without losing the benefit of legal advice privilege under English law, say Mark Beeley and Rebecca Dipple of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
The U.S. Supreme Court should agree to hear Lacaze v. Louisiana, a case involving an egregious conflict of interest for a judge who presided over a capital case. It is an opportunity to remind judges to disclose their known connections to cases before them, and recuse themselves when necessary, says George Eskin, a retired California Superior Court judge.
Sitting U.S. senators and a former congressional staffer have accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of misconduct, including being untruthful in his nomination and confirmation processes for both the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Could this subject him to impeachment? Attorney Barbara Radnofsky explores the question through past precedent.
In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.
A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.