Legal Ethics

  • February 14, 2018

    Pa. Panel Won't Release AG's Unredacted Lewd Email Report

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesday agreed that state law protects the identities of public officials whose names appeared in a report commissioned by the Office of Attorney General on pornographic and otherwise inappropriate material shared via government email accounts.

  • February 14, 2018

    Ex-Simpson Thacher Clerk Upends Insider Trading Sentence

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday vacated a 46-month prison sentence for a former Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP managing clerk convicted over his role in a $5.6 million insider trading scheme, on the same day that a district court judge reduced the civil penalty sought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from $2 million to $25,000.

  • February 14, 2018

    Ex-ICE Attorney Charged With Stealing Immigrant IDs

    A former top attorney at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Seattle branch has been charged with stealing the identity of seven immigrants and attempting to use that information to defraud several major financial institutions, according to Washington federal court documents.

  • February 14, 2018

    NJ Justices To Determine If Malpractice Suit Was Barred

    The New Jersey Supreme Court will review an appeals court’s decision that a malpractice complaint against Borrus Goldin Foley Vignuolo Hyman & Stahl PC was rightly dismissed because the suit should have been filed as a counterclaim in previous litigation, according to a judiciary notice made public Monday.

  • February 14, 2018

    Utes Can't Force Judge's Recusal In Dispute With Ex-Worker

    The Ute Indian Tribe on Tuesday lost its bid to force the recusal of a federal judge from a suit that is part of a sprawling contract dispute involving a former employee of its energy and minerals department who had sued the tribe to stop it from pursuing a case against him in tribal court.

  • February 14, 2018

    Manafort And Gates Deserve Day In Court, Judge Says

    A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday expressed impatience with snags in setting a trial date for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Manafort's former business partner Rick Gates III, and also the extent to which the criminal case has so far been kept under wraps.

  • February 13, 2018

    Ex-Fugitive Beau Ordered To Testify At NJ Judge's Trial

    A New Jersey state judge on Tuesday ordered a fellow jurist’s former boyfriend to testify at her trial on charges of hindering his apprehension when he was wanted for armed robbery, declaring invalid his assertion of his constitutional privilege against self-incrimination.

  • February 13, 2018

    SEC Pushes Gibson Dunn Out Of Woodbridge Ch. 11

    The Woodbridge Group of Cos. told the Delaware bankruptcy court Tuesday that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission did not agree to allow Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP to continue representing the debtor after a settlement that resolved the agency’s bid for a court-appointed trustee to take over the case.

  • February 13, 2018

    Rolls-Royce Should Win FCA Suit Toss, Atty DQ: Magistrate

    Rolls-Royce shouldn’t have to face a False Claims Act suit over allegedly billing the U.S. Air Force for uncertified parts, according to a Texas magistrate’s report Tuesday that found the whistleblower was repeating claims from an old suit and that he was represented by an ex-Rolls attorney.

  • February 13, 2018

    9th Circ. Botched Sanctions Ruling, Startup Argues

    Indiezone Inc. asked the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to rethink its decision that a lower court correctly sanctioned the startup and its lawyer for bringing a “sham” company into its case alleging that former employees conspired to steal its $1 billion e-commerce processing software.

  • February 13, 2018

    Rawle & Henderson Fired Worker Claiming Harassment: Suit

    A former legal secretary for Rawle & Henderson LLP launched a lawsuit in New York state court Monday, alleging that members of the law firm fabricated workplace performance problems to push her out after she complained of a partner’s sexual harassment.

  • February 13, 2018

    LeClairRyan Can't Toss Malpractice Suit

    LeClairRyan is stuck defending against a malpractice suit brought by a disgruntled client, after a newly assigned Illinois federal judge refused to toss the case despite harsh words from a previous judge who called the client’s claims “bizarre” and “extraordinarily troubling.”

  • February 13, 2018

    Fox Rothschild, MRI Cos. Founders Sued By Investors

    The receiver for a pair of New Jersey MRI businesses and investors sued Fox Rothschild LLP and those businesses' founders on Tuesday, accusing the founders of fraud and a long-running scheme to squander investments and enrich themselves.

  • February 13, 2018

    SEC Wants Sanctions After Call Recordings Thrown Away

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has asked a New York federal court to sanction a former broker and his attorney over the alleged destruction of call recordings that the broker was supposed to turn over to the agency for use in its suit accusing him of ripping off customers with excessive trading in their accounts.

  • February 13, 2018

    Bristol-Myers Hit With Sanctions Bid Over Abilify Notebooks

    A class of consumers suing drugmakers over side effects of the antipsychotic drug Abilify asked a Florida federal judge Monday to sanction defendant Bristol-Myers Squibb, alleging a pattern of obstructing discovery in the case and accusing the company’s counsel of making false statements to the court.

  • February 13, 2018

    Proskauer Says No Evidence Ex-Partner Aided Stanford Scam

    The review of tens of millions of pages of documents and a slew of other discovery work has not unearthed “a shred of evidence” that Proskauer Rose LLP and a former partner knew about onetime client Robert Stanford’s massive Ponzi scheme, the firm told a Texas federal judge on Monday.

  • February 13, 2018

    Make New E-Filed Suits Public Now, Cook County Clerk Told

    An Illinois federal judge won’t wait any longer for the Cook County Circuit Court clerk to implement a system to make new electronically filed lawsuits immediately available to the public and media outlets, the judge said Tuesday, rejecting the clerk’s request for a stay while she appeals his order.

  • February 13, 2018

    Cozen's Botched Filing Sank $6.8M Judgment, Suit Says

    A trust held on behalf of a Pennsylvania family sued Cozen O’Connor in state court Monday, accusing the firm of sinking a $6.8 million judgment against an investment firm by failing to file in the proper court.

  • February 13, 2018

    Recent Leaks Put Legal Industry On '#MeToo' Notice

    Two international law firms announced last week that they were parting ways with U.K. partners after allegations from more than a year ago were suddenly brought to light, in what could be the start of a longer public re-evaluation of how the legal industry addresses — or fails to address — claims of sexual misconduct within its ranks.

  • February 12, 2018

    NJ Judge Won't Toss Charges Of Jurist Helping Fugitive Beau

    A New Jersey state judge on Monday said prosecutors could proceed with a criminal trial against a fellow jurist after opting against a tentative deal to throw out charges she hindered the apprehension of her fugitive boyfriend, who has invoked his constitutional privilege against self-incrimination as a witness in the case.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Senators Must Work Harder To Properly Judge Our Judges

    Todd Cox

    On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed L. Steven Grasz to a seat on the Eighth Circuit despite being rated unanimously "not qualified” by the American Bar Association — a rating that has been awarded just twice before. This sounds damning, and it is, but it’s worse when you understand how the ABA conducts its assessments, says Todd Cox, director of policy at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

  • Opinion

    Time To Root Out Political Interference With The DOJ

    Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

    Congress and indeed the Justice Department itself have the tools to investigate political interference with our nation’s law enforcement and protect the DOJ from abuse. It’s time to use them, says Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Compliance, Past And Future

    Hui Chen

    More than any other statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has fueled the growth of the compliance industry. While the expansion of corporate compliance is a positive development, the fear-driven and FCPA-centric approach has also produced unfortunate consequences, says ethics consultant Hui Chen, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice's first-ever compliance counsel.

  • Litigation Funding In Canada: More Of A Group Effort

    Lincoln Caylor

    Litigation funding in Canada has dramatically shifted since its original introduction, notably with the expansion to commercial cases and the development of portfolio financing. This has provided access to justice for clients who may not have been approved for single-case financing, and also helps law firms and lawyers differentiate themselves from competitors, says Lincoln Caylor of Bennett Jones LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Can Company Counsel Be At Gov't Interviews Of Employees?

    John Irving

    Company attorneys often “demand” to be present for interviews of employees by government agents. But the government’s obligation to permit company counsel's presence depends on the circumstances, and is primarily rooted in attorney ethics rules prohibiting certain contacts with represented parties, says John Irving of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.