Lead class counsel representing residents who inked a $375 million settlement with Dow Chemical Co. and another company in a nuclear pollution lawsuit urged the Tenth Circuit to sanction three individual attorneys who claim they were denied a share of $150 million in fees for their work, calling their appeal frivolous.
A Texas lawyer sanctioned for commissioning what a trial judge found was a highly prejudicial “push poll” phone survey intended to sway potential jurors has told the Texas Supreme Court the ruling exposes litigators to sanctions for typical pretrial practices like mock trials.
The information Lucchese crime family mobster Salvatore Pelullo is seeking about the prosecution of the money-laundering allegations against his former defense attorney and his own racketeering conviction isn’t going to help his bid for a new trial because it's irrelevant to his case, the federal government told Pelullo’s current counsel Friday.
A nonprofit paint industry organization that works to recycle unused paint has moved for sanctions in California federal court against the counsel for a defunct Bay Area paint recycler suing over an alleged antitrust conspiracy, saying the attorneys pursued state claims long after they should have known the case was “doomed.”
A Pennsylvania appeals court has said it won’t hear reargument after agreeing that an attorney did not have standing to pursue claims against Duane Morris LLP for allegedly botching its work on a case over a failed deal to acquire an undersea fiber-optic network.
A Texas appellate court has held that state law doesn't recognize that corporations have a right to privacy, and reversed a jury's verdict in favor of a Houston law firm that argued an attorney invaded its privacy by using the firm name without permission.
A New York lawyer who counseled two women who say they were abused by former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told Law360 on Friday that President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen knew about the matter as early as 2013 and assured him that year that Trump would "revisit the matter" if Trump were to become governor.
Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted Friday for the second time for reaping what prosecutors say was a quid pro quo in which Silver accepted millions of dollars in illicit referral fees from developers and an asbestos disease doctor and took official action on their behalf.
A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday said she was "troubled" by Boston intellectual property law firm Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP dropping a longtime software client so it could represent its rival in a patent suit.
Fulton County, Georgia, prosecutors trying to prove that a former Fisher Phillips LLP partner’s shooting of his wife was no accident flooded the jury with painstaking detail from both eyewitnesses and the wealthy couple’s paper trail to establish that he had a financial motive to kill his wife, securing a murder conviction.
A Michigan lawyer suspended over a fight with a police officer and a Florida attorney who traded legal work for a share of a client's sports car lead Law360's The Week In Discipline, which compiles sanctions and conduct charges that may have flown under the radar.
A Reading, Massachusetts, attorney who owns a sober home for men fighting substance abuse has been accused in state court of trading legal work, drugs and money for sex, Massachusetts' attorney general said Thursday.
Florida Coastal School of Law filed suit Thursday against the American Bar Association, which recently determined the school had failed to meet ABA standards, saying the association’s enforcement actions have been inconsistent, its standards are vague and that the action against Florida Coastal was an “attack on diversity.”
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday that a California attorney specializing in immigration facilitated investments in the EB-5 program for foreigners seeking U.S. visas without registering as a broker, ordering him to pay back the unlawful commissions he received.
Attorneys representing a would-be whistleblower in a False Claims Act suit against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert will not be sanctioned for filing the suit after settling the dispute with Hastert, an Illinois federal judge ruled Wednesday.
A Maryland appeals court on Thursday upheld an attorney’s indefinite suspension for failing to inform a client he was suspended because of a separate matter and for his continued work on the client’s personal injury case thereafter, despite his claim he was only assisting his client in finishing the job.
Lawyers for Michael Cohen urged a Manhattan federal judge Wednesday to reject Michael Avenatti’s bid to appear in the case that began after last month’s government raid on Cohen’s office, arguing the attorney representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels tried to bash the attorney who’s represented President Donald Trump by publishing Cohen’s bank records.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has suspended an attorney from the state bar through October 2020 for allegedly sending nude photos and videos to the 14-year-old daughter of his former client.
A California law firm that’s asking the Ninth Circuit to free it from a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau civil investigative demand pressed its challenge to the constitutionality of the agency’s structure on Wednesday, citing recent criticism from CFPB acting Director Mick Mulvaney that the agency he leads “is far too powerful.”
A Texas appellate court has affirmed the dismissal of American Realty Trust Inc.’s claims the former Andrews Kurth LLP gave it bad advice about backing out of a late-1990s apartment complex acquisition deal, finding the claims time-barred.
In most trials with large verdicts, the jury award is determined by multiple factors, including the facts of the case, strength of evidence, bias, emotion and jury instructions. However, we should not disregard the effect on jurors of the cognitive limits conceptualizing large numbers, say Dennis Stolle and Amit Patel of ThemeVision LLC, a jury research and litigation consulting firm affiliated with Barnes & Thornburg LLP.
Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.
It’s difficult to say whether an attorney’s social etiquette has any impact on the verdict outcome, but the fact that jurors continually tell us about counsel’s irksome behaviors suggests that, at the very least, these behaviors distract jurors from the issues on which they should be concentrating, says Christina Marinakis, director of jury research at Litigation Insights.
Despite the Trump administration's desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.
In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University's Concord Law School.
To many young attorneys, becoming an equity partner shows a firm's long-term commitment, meaning job security and a voice in important firm matters. However, the industry has changed and nowadays it may not be better to enter a new firm as an equity partner, says Jeffrey Liebster of Major Lindsey & Africa.
In his new book, "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times," professor Joel Richard Paul ably explains more than a dozen of Marshall’s most significant opinions, which comes as no surprise. What is a surprise — a pleasant one — is the book's readability, says Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.
For law firms structured as corporations, a lower maximum corporate tax rate and repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax are good news. But many law firms are pass-through entities, so deduction limitations mean they'll see less benefit from the new tax law, says Evan Morgan of CPA and advisory firm Kaufman Rossin PA.
Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have used this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.
Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.