A Louisiana man convicted of murdering three family members has won a new trial from the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, after the court held that his own lawyer's admission of his guilt violated his rights.
A recent lawsuit against Morrison & Foerster alleging discrimination against women who have children illuminates a question looming over the legal industry: Are law firms truly welcoming to mothers, or are their parental leave policies merely lip service?
A Pennsylvania appellate court declined Friday to revive a malpractice suit against an Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel LLP partner by a telecom that claims the attorney lied about the reason the company's claims in an $18 million contract dispute were dismissed, allegedly to cover up his own negligence.
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.
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.
Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.
The insurance coverage litigation arising from the settlement of the shareholder claims filed in connection with Dole Food’s 2013 going-private transaction continues to grind on, and the latest ruling could be helpful for companies seeking to argue that Delaware law should govern the interpretation of their insurance policies, says Kevin LaCroix of RT ProExec.
There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.
Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.
It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
As technology has evolved to make telecommuting possible in more types of jobs, so too has the answer to the question of whether it's a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, as demonstrated by two recent Sixth Circuit decisions, at least one pattern can be discerned in these types of cases, say Alexis Ronickher and Mehreen Rasheed of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.
Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.
Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.
What do a cattle rancher, an attorney, a financier and a professional sports bettor have in common? All have been subject to recent abuses of power by prosecutors and law enforcement officials. Violating defendants’ rights with shady tactics and leaks undermines our justice system, says communications consultant John Banks Brooks.