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Legal Ethics

  • January 14, 2019

    GTC Law Group Settles Chancery Fight Over IP Asset Sale

    GTC Law Group told a Delaware Chancery Court judge Monday that it had reached a settlement deal for a temporary restraining order with a secured lender of its client Osterhout Group Inc. that will allow a sale of the technology company to move forward while setting aside up to $700,000 in unpaid legal fees.

  • January 14, 2019

    Auto Parts Co. Threatens US Exit Over Price-Fixing: Plaintiffs

    A Taiwanese auto parts company has threatened to pull out of the U.S. market if a proposed class of consumers accusing the company of price-fixing keeps pushing for a default judgment instead of accepting a $500,000 settlement the consumers had already rejected, the plaintiffs told a Wisconsin federal court.

  • January 14, 2019

    Baker Botts Defeats Takeda’s DQ Bid In Heartburn Drug Fight

    Baker Botts LLP can continue representing Zydus Pharmaceuticals as it pursues antitrust claims against Takeda over a heartburn medication, despite the law firm’s prior representation of Takeda’s ally in patent litigation over the same drug, a New Jersey federal judge said in a ruling made public Friday.

  • January 14, 2019

    Judge Broke Ethics Rules By Bullying Opponent's Supporters

    A Pennsylvania judicial ethics panel has agreed that a magistrate judge's hostile public confrontations with supporters of a political opponent, including an incident in which he threatened a woman with "payback" for her actions, constituted a violation of disciplinary rules.

  • January 14, 2019

    Mueller Probe To Dominate Barr Confirmation Hearing

    The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to start grilling President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee William Barr Tuesday, and the biggest item on the menu is undoubtedly his supervision of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

  • January 14, 2019

    Pittsburgh Firm Botched Case, Paid For Reviews, Suit Says

    A proposed class action in Pennsylvania state court has accused Kraemer Manes & Associates of botching a Pittsburgh woman’s federal harassment case by missing the statute of limitations while also inflating its reputation through soliciting five-star reviews from non-clients.

  • January 14, 2019

    NJ Firm Can't Shake Malpractice Suit Over Lost $102M Verdict

    A New Jersey court ruled Friday that a law firm must continue to face malpractice claims over the settlement-related advice it gave a client before she lost a $102 million child-abuse verdict on appeal.

  • January 14, 2019

    Calif. Judge Accused Of 20-Year Pattern Of Sex Harassment

    A California appeals judge engaged in a two-decade pattern of misbehavior that included repeatedly groping a fellow judge, making unwanted sexual advances toward police officers and appearing drunk while purportedly on official business, according to a filing in a disciplinary action made public Monday.

  • January 14, 2019

    Hunton Faces DQ Bid In Fatal Crash Coverage Suit

    Allied World National Assurance Co. asked a Florida federal judge Friday to disqualify Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP as counsel to Ranger Construction Industries Inc. for allegedly reviewing and using inadvertently disclosed materials the insurer asserts are protected by attorney-client privilege in litigation over a fatal truck accident.

  • January 14, 2019

    Judge Steps Down From Motorola Suit, Cites Spouse's Stock

    The Illinois federal judge who picked up an antitrust suit against Motorola Solutions Inc. after the case was transferred from New Jersey in December has recused himself, citing his spouse's ownership of Motorola stock.

  • January 11, 2019

    The Firms That Dominated In 2018

    Law360's top four Firms of the Year notched a combined 32 Practice Group of the Year awards after successfully securing wins in bet-the-company matters and closing high-profile, big-ticket deals for clients throughout 2018.

  • January 11, 2019

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2018 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.

  • January 11, 2019

    Appellate Judge Resigns After Emails To Lover Reveal Ruling

    A Colorado appellate judge is resigning after a state disciplinary commission found she called another judge a racist epithet and revealed a planned ruling in a contentious case to a man she was having an affair with, a court spokesman said Friday.

  • January 11, 2019

    Judge Sours In Yogurt Co. Fight, Calls Attys 'Children'

    The back-and-forth between Chobani and Dannon in a dispute over the sugar content of the companies' yogurt drinks left a bad taste in the mouth of a New York federal judge, who chided the attorneys for "behaving like small children" Friday in a terse response to a motion.

  • January 11, 2019

    Avenatti Seeks DQ Of Ex-Partner's Counsel In $10M Fee Fight

    Attorney and Trump antagonist Michael Avenatti told a California federal judge on Thursday that counsel for a former law partner trying to enforce a $10 million judgment against him from a fee dispute are hopelessly conflicted and must be disqualified.

  • January 11, 2019

    Most LegalForce Claims Against Rival UpCounsel OK'd

    A California federal judge has allowed most claims of false advertising and unfair competition brought by an intellectual property firm against online legal company UpCounsel Inc. to continue.

  • January 11, 2019

    DLA Piper Decries DQ From $45M Blue Cross Payment Fight

    DLA Piper is bitterly contesting its disqualification as counsel in a $45 million case involving Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, arguing that a Florida magistrate judge erred egregiously by treating its role as a go-between for two opposing clients as unethical.

  • January 11, 2019

    Manafort Forfeits Law License Ahead Of Disbarment Hearing

    President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort has submitted his resignation from practicing law in Connecticut, the week before a scheduled state disbarment hearing.

  • January 11, 2019

    LED Maker Wins Sanctions For Lighting Co.'s Service Evasion

    A Wisconsin federal judge slapped a Mexican lighting distributor with more than $106,000 in sanctions Thursday for actively avoiding being served a petition to arbitrate a contract dispute with Cree Inc., sending the LED lighting manufacturer on a lengthy and expensive wild-goose chase.

  • January 11, 2019

    Alphabet Board Hid Execs' Misconduct, 2nd Investor Suit Says

    Several executives from Google Inc. parent Alphabet Inc., including its chief legal officer, were hit with another lawsuit from a shareholder in California state court Thursday, claiming that covered-up sexual misconduct has hurt the company’s value.

Expert Analysis

  • Jurors Should Ask More Questions During Trials

    Matthew Wright

    Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.

  • Calif. Ruling Dings Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses

    Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • 10 Things We Wish We Were Told When Going In-House

    Dana Lee

    Attorneys at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Perkins Coie LLP and the Healthcare Association of New York State reflect on lessons they learned the hard way when transitioning to in-house counsel positions.

  • The Virtual Law Team: Advantages For Litigants And Lawyers

    Jessica Cox

    The virtual law team was created as a necessary response to mass tort litigation — however, with advances in technology and ever-increasing specialization of the legal practice, the model should be considered in multiplaintiff litigation of any size, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

    Michael Hall

    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    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 Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 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 journalism trends.