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Legal Ethics

  • August 2, 2018

    Financial Firms Accused Of Flouting Court Order In NFL Suit

    Class counsel for ex-NFL players in the massive concussion settlement on Monday turned up the heat on an investment manager accused of misusing $3 million in class members’ savings, telling a Pennsylvania federal court that the company has refused to turn over its books and is embroiled in several legal actions.

  • August 2, 2018

    Law Needs A Culture Shift To Fight Sexual Harassment

    Preventing sexual harassment in the legal profession goes beyond identifying and punishing individual instances of misconduct and requires a culture overhaul, according to speakers on a panel at the American Bar Association's annual meeting Thursday in Chicago.

  • August 2, 2018

    ABA Loses Bid to Centralize For-Profit Law Schools' Suits

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has denied a request by the American Bar Association to centralize a group of cases filed by three for-profit law schools that did not receive ABA accreditation because of a process they allege is inconsistent and unfair.

  • August 2, 2018

    Sidley Austin Must Give Investor More Info On Privilege Log

    A Florida federal judge declined on Wednesday to force Sidley Austin LLP to turn over allegedly privileged documents to a Linkwell Corp. investor suing over two mergers, but ordered the law firm to produce a more detailed privilege log so the court can determine whether the communications listed are subject to discovery.

  • August 2, 2018

    Insurer Not On Hook For $1.5M Legal Malpractice Settlement

    The Massachusetts Appeals Court on Thursday affirmed that an insurance broker is not liable for a personal injury attorney choosing a malpractice coverage plan that did not cover his entire case history, which included a $1.5 million settlement with a client he caused to miss a statute of limitations.

  • August 2, 2018

    Silverstein, Wilshire Get $3.5M In Raided-Trust Settlement

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has awarded more than $3.5 million in attorneys' fees and expenses to Silverstein Firm LLC and Wilshire Palisades Law Group PC as part of a $10 million settlement between the former Farmers & Merchants Trust Co. of Chambersburg and workers who had millions diverted from their retirement funds by a rogue plan administrator and attorney.

  • August 2, 2018

    Shari Redstone Can't DQ Counsel For Dad's Ex In Spy Suit

    A California appeals court has refused to block Bird Marella from representing former Viacom Executive Chairman Sumner Redstone's ex-girlfriend in her invasion of privacy suit against his daughter Shari Redstone and grandson, despite the firm’s one-time representation of his in-home nurses, whom the pair allegedly recruited to spy on her.

  • August 2, 2018

    Fla. Bar, Traffic Ticket Law Firm Seek End To Antitrust Suit

    The Florida Bar and a traffic ticket law firm asked a federal court to end ticket services startup TIKD's multimillion-dollar antitrust suit against them Wednesday, saying they acted separately and properly in seeking review of the legality of TIKD's practices.

  • August 2, 2018

    Bowles Rice's $10M Coverage Bid Halved In Insurance Row

    Bowles Rice LLP’s professional liability insurer is on the hook for at most $5 million, not $10 million, to cover underlying claims that the law firm cost a title insurer tens of millions of dollars in a troubled power plant build, a federal judge in West Virginia has ruled.

  • August 2, 2018

    Locks Law Appeals NFL Concussion Deal Fees Breakdown

    Locks Law Firm on Thursday filed notice with the Pennsylvania federal court handling the NFL concussion settlement that it is appealing the order allocating $112.5 million in attorneys' fees in the case.

  • August 2, 2018

    Law360's The Week In Discipline

    An Ohio lawyer who escaped conduct charges for representing a client he’d never met on an appeal and an Indiana attorney who stumbled through a Chapter 7 matter lead Law360's The Week in Discipline, which compiles sanctions and conduct charges that may have flown under the radar.

  • August 2, 2018

    Posner, Pro Se Aren't Entitled To Rationale, 4th Circ. Says

    The Fourth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision to deny a pro se litigant, who is being advised by former Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner, an opportunity to amend his complaint, finding that the court was not required to explain its decision.

  • August 2, 2018

    CNA Needn't Defend Atty DQ'd From Deepwater Deal

    A CNA Financial Corp. unit doesn’t have to cover costs Andry Law Group LLC and its principal incurred defending proceedings that led to the firm being barred from participating in the court-supervised settlement program for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a Louisiana federal judge ruled Thursday, saying the firm faced no claims for potentially covered damages.

  • August 2, 2018

    Retired Immigration Judges Slam High-Profile Case's Transfer

    A Guatemalan immigrant in a high-profile case that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions referred to himself for review earlier this year has been ordered removed from the U.S., days after the case was taken off an immigration judge's docket, according to several retired immigration judges, who consider the case's transfer an "attack on judicial independence."

  • August 2, 2018

    9th Circ. Won't Rehear Suit Over Calif. Tax Delinquency List

    The Ninth Circuit has declined to rehear an attorney's request for the court to rethink its April decision finding that a California law suspending the driver's licenses of the state’s top 500 delinquent taxpayers is constitutional.

  • August 2, 2018

    Texas Court Claims Immunity In Suit Over Assistant’s Firing

    The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has asked a Texas federal court to toss a suit by a former employee alleging she was fired over her political posts on Facebook, arguing that the court has sovereign immunity and her posts were inappropriate for someone publicly associated with the court.

  • August 1, 2018

    Icahn Depos Took Heated Turn, CVR And Wachtell Tell Judge

    In the latest round of a deposition battle in a long-running malpractice dispute between CVR Energy Inc. and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, both sides told a New York federal judge Wednesday that there were issues with a deposition of former CVR majority stockholder Carl Icahn.

  • August 1, 2018

    Atty's Spouse's Contempt Case Paused Amid Bankruptcy

    A Nevada federal judge hit pause Tuesday on contempt proceedings against the wife of attorney Dominic "Nick" Magliarditi stemming from a prohibited property transfer amid his recently filed bankruptcy case.

  • August 1, 2018

    UPDATE: Valeant Says Katten Hires Created Conflict In Drug Patent Suit

    A lateral move by Alston & Bird LLP lawyers to Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP earlier this year created a fatal conflict in an ongoing drug patent case that’s currently before the Federal Circuit, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. told the appeals court Tuesday, pushing for Katten’s disqualification.

  • August 1, 2018

    Ark. Lawmakers Probe Labaton's $4M 'Referral Fee' To Atty

    A Massachusetts federal judge who has questioned the links between Labaton Sucharow LLP, an Arkansas public pension fund and a lawyer who was paid at least $4.1 million for making an introduction revealed on Wednesday that the Arkansas Legislature is investigating and has sought access to sealed documents.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Clearer Rule On Witness Compensation Disclosure Is Needed

    Ekaterina Long

    In April, the Fifth Circuit vacated a jury verdict in the Pinnacle hip implant product liability litigation due to undisclosed payments made to plaintiffs' experts. This issue would not have arisen if Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(2)(C) imposed an affirmative duty to make a complete disclosure regarding compensation of nonretained expert witnesses, says Ekaterina Long of Godwin Bowman & Martinez PC.