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Legal Ethics

  • March 24, 2015

    9th Circ. Buries Recusal Bid In Apple Anti-Poach Suit

    A would-be intervenor’s bid to remove the California federal judge overseeing an antitrust class action accusing Apple Inc., Google Inc. and others of illegally agreeing to not poach engineers came to an end Monday, after he missed the deadline to file an opening brief.

  • March 24, 2015

    Pa. Justices Urged To Revive Foreclosure-Related Fee Suits

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has heard pleas to revive a pair of putative class actions accusing Udren Law Offices PC and Phelan Hallinan & Schmieg LLP of illegally collecting excessive fees in connection with mortgage foreclosure actions against homeowners in the state.

  • March 24, 2015

    H&R Block Immigration Program Was A Bad Idea, Attys Say

    H&R Block Inc. recently jettisoned a new immigration document pilot program after talking with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, but questions remain about when it’s appropriate for nonlawyers to offer such services, with attorneys warning that navigating the U.S. immigration system without proper advice can have devastating consequences.

  • March 24, 2015

    7-Eleven Attys Denounce 'Hypocritical' DQ Bid In ADA Suit

    Defense attorneys from Call & Jensen, representing 7-Eleven Inc. in Florida federal court for alleged noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, on Monday slammed an attempt to disqualify it from representing a third party as “astounding and remarkably hypocritical” and pushed for sanctions against the plaintiff's counsel.

  • March 24, 2015

    Dow Jones Renews Bid For Edelson Sanctions

    Dow Jones & Co. Inc. on Monday renewed its push for sanctions against attorneys from Edelson PC in a now-dismissed proposed class action accusing the media company of violating the Video Privacy Protection Act by collecting and sharing consumers' data

  • March 23, 2015

    ‘Erroneous’ Case Against Tesla Doesn't Merit Sanctions: Judge

    A California federal judge Monday rejected a sanctions bid by Tesla Motors Inc. and its CEO Elon Musk alleging Pomerantz LLP and Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP lodged a frivolous securities class action against the electric vehicle maker, finding that although the plaintiffs’ “erroneous” claims ended up getting tossed, they had been brought in good faith.

  • March 23, 2015

    Texas Commission Says State Judge Violated Election Law

    Texas authorities investigating allegations of judicial misconduct issued a public warning on Friday that embattled state judge Carlos Cortez could face punishment for violating the law when he reimbursed himself from campaign funds for travel expenses that were not properly reported to the Texas Ethics Commission.

  • March 23, 2015

    Justices' Foley Warning Shows Attys Must Rein In Clients

    While a Foley & Lardner LLP partner who filed a jargon-filled petition mostly written by a client escaped U.S. Supreme Court sanctions Monday, the justices nonetheless put attorneys on notice that they have a responsibility not to simply rubber-stamp convoluted filings if a client insists, experts say.

  • March 23, 2015

    SEC Says Convicted Atty In NFLer Scam Can't Revisit Ruling

    An attorney convicted of securities fraud in a pump-and-dump penny stock scheme allegedly involving former NFL player Willie Gault shouldn’t be allowed reconsideration of a parallel civil suit, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a California federal judge Monday.

  • March 23, 2015

    Manatt Beats EEC Capital’s Bid To Nix $7M Arbitration Win

    A California judge upheld an arbitrator's $7 million fee award Monday to Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP in ECC Capital Corp.'s defeated suit alleging Manatt botched the sale of its mortgage origination business to Bear Stearns Cos. Inc., saying ECC claimed too late that Manatt's engagement agreement was illegal.

  • March 23, 2015

    Judge Suspended Over Facebook Campaigning, Other Charges

    A Florida county judge on Friday agreed to a 30-day suspension without pay after facing two sets of charges that she engaged in improper political activity, including posting Facebook messages, in her own and her husband's judicial campaigns.

  • March 23, 2015

    Ex-Smith Giacometti Atty Settles Malpractice Coverage Suit

    A Flaster/Greenberg PC attorney has settled a Pennsylvania federal suit alleging his former malpractice carrier, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co., refused to cover a claim brought by a former client when he was a name partner at Smith Giacometti LLC, according to a Monday filing.

  • March 23, 2015

    Supreme Court Won't Hear Ky. Lawyer's $36M Fraud Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear the appeal of a former Kentucky lawyer in prison for helping carry out and cover up a $36.5 million oil and gas drilling investment fraud, the high court decided on Monday.

  • March 23, 2015

    Justices Won't Mull Judge's Fish & Richardson Ties In IP Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a suit against Continental Airlines Inc. in which the patent holder plaintiff argued that a jury verdict invalidating the at-issue patents should be tossed because of a Fish & Richardson PC attorney and magistrate judge's friendship.

  • March 23, 2015

    Atty In Sen. Reid Campaign Scandal Suspended For 4 Years

    An attorney serving two years in prison for allegedly making more than $130,000 in illegal campaign contributions to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s 2010 re-election campaign was hit with a four-year suspension by the Nevada Supreme Court on Friday, a vastly steeper punishment than was recommended by a state disciplinary panel.

  • March 23, 2015

    Gibson Dunn Partner Deliberately Misled Court, UK Judge Says

    A U.K. judge on Monday said that a suspended Gibson Dunn partner deliberately misled the court in a case involving the freezing of assets of a top businessman from the African nation of Djibouti.

  • March 23, 2015

    The Law360 400

    There's a new leader of the pack for BigLaw. Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP leapfrogged eight competitors to become the largest law firm in America and now holds the top spot in the Law360 400, our annual ranking of the largest U.S. law firms. Morgan Lewis took over the top spot from Jones Day in November when it added more than 750 lawyers, including hundreds in the U.S., from Bingham McCutchen LLP.

  • March 23, 2015

    High Court Won't Discipline Foley Atty For Jumbled Petition

    A Foley & Lardner LLP partner on Monday was freed of a rare sanction threat from the U.S. Supreme Court for filing an impenetrable, jargon-packed petition in a patent suit that the lawyer says was penned largely by his client.

  • March 20, 2015

    Litigation Firms Make Cuts Amid Work Slowdown

    The trend among U.S. companies to end litigation as quickly and cheaply as possible has left many litigation-focused firms with a work shortfall, and some have been forced to cut their associate ranks, according to industry watchers and Law360 data.

  • March 20, 2015

    Is MegaLaw Just Big Enough To Fail?

    Globalization and the lure of lucrative cross-border transaction work are driving the emergence of a new class of international megafirms, but experts say the advantages of size may be offset by ballooning overhead costs and the inevitability of client conflicts.