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Legal Ethics

  • November 21, 2014

    Pepper Hamilton Stay Bid Axed In Penn State Privilege Row

    Pepper Hamilton LLP won’t get a reprieve from a Pennsylvania state court order mandating that it turn over documents from an independent investigation into the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal while Pennsylvania State University appeals the order, according to a Thursday ruling.

  • November 21, 2014

    High Court Asked To Review Janus Criminal Relevance

    A former Busybox.com Inc. attorney on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Fourth Circuit decision in his fraud case that he says would unsettle securities markets and expand the definition of primary liability in both criminal cases and securities enforcement actions.

  • November 21, 2014

    Schlumberger Questions SLAPP Ruling In Trade Secret Appeal

    Schlumberger Ltd. on Wednesday appealed a $600,000 award entered against it after a Texas judge threw out the majority of a lawsuit accusing its former chief intellectual property lawyer of sharing trade secrets, questioning whether the state's anti-strategic lawsuit against public participation statute had been properly used.

  • November 21, 2014

    Garlock Says Asbestos Racketeering Claims Not Time-Barred

    Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC on Thursday fired back against Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett PC, telling a North Carolina judge that the bankrupt gasket sealer’s filings support its claims that the law firm engaged in racketeering while settling personal injury asbestos claims, and that its complaint is not time-barred.

  • November 21, 2014

    Dewey Insurer Balks At Execs' Fees As Firm Tab Tops $35M

    Attorneys for the former leadership of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP on Friday said the insurer behind a $15 million defense policy is refusing to pay their legal bills, and that top lawyers from the defunct firm have to date burned through $35 million in defense costs.

  • November 21, 2014

    Kirkland & Ellis Atty Will Not Lead U of Va. Rape Probe

    Officials backpedaled on Friday after tapping Kirkland & Ellis partner and former federal judge Mark Filip to lead an investigation into the University of Virginia's sexual assault policies and an alleged rape that was reportedly perpetrated at the UVA chapter of a fraternity to which the former judge once belonged.

  • November 21, 2014

    5 Questions To Ask About Your Legal Malpractice Insurance

    A malpractice lawsuit can be an attorney's worst nightmare, putting a lawyer's competency and ethics under the microscope as well as taking an enormous financial toll. But while many firms carry malpractice insurance, few are asking the right questions about what is actually covered under their policy. Here's what law firms and solo practitioners need to ask about their policies before it's too late.

  • November 21, 2014

    AutoZone Says Attys Schmoozed With Jury For $185M Verdict

    Legal counsel for a former AutoZone Stores Inc. manager consorted with a member of a California jury before it awarded the client an unprecedented $185 million punitive damages award and then invited the entire jury out for drinks afterward, AutoZone said in a bid for mistrial Thursday.

  • November 20, 2014

    Heller Goes After Attys' Unfinished Biz Profits At 9th Circ.

    Heller Ehrman LLP's bankruptcy administrators on Wednesday launched opening appellate arguments in an effort to claw back unfinished business profits from the firm's ex-partners, saying the firm has an interest in fee matters pending when it collapsed.

  • November 20, 2014

    The Practice Areas Putting You At Risk For Malpractice Suits

    Law firms are always on guard against risk, but there are a few practice areas they aren't watching closely enough, experts say. Here, experts talk about the five practice areas that are increasingly getting law firms sued.

  • November 20, 2014

    Ex-PetroTiger Counsel Disbarred For Role In Bribery Scheme

    A New York state appeals court on Thursday ruled to disbar the former general counsel of PetroTiger Ltd. for a federal felony conviction stemming from his role in a scheme to bribe a Colombian official in exchange for approval of a $39 million oil services contract.

  • November 20, 2014

    Fla. Bar Can't Escape Free Speech Suit Over New Ad Rules

    A federal judge on Thursday allowed a lawsuit mounting a First Amendment challenge to revised Florida Bar guidelines banning references to past results in state lawyers' television, radio and outdoor advertisements, saying that the plaintiffs have standing and the case is ripe for review.

  • November 20, 2014

    Atty Must Face Ex-Client's Claim He Botched Surgery Suit

    A New York federal court refused to toss legal malpractice claims against a New York attorney over his alleged mishandling of a medical malpractice suit in which his disfigured client was left without legal recourse against her doctor, a Thursday court filing revealed.

  • November 20, 2014

    Estate Lawyers Have No Ethical Duty To Beneficiaries: NY Bar

    Lawyers who represent executors of estates have no ethical duty to the estates’ beneficiaries, according to a New York State Bar Association ethics opinion published on Thursday, but may withdraw if there is suspicion of shady dealings by the executor.

  • November 20, 2014

    Law Grad's College Drinking Skeletons Delay His Bar Exam

    An aspiring Ohio lawyer must wait until next year to take the state’s bar exam after he failed to disclose underage drinking and other alcohol-related convictions on his law school applications, the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled on Thursday.

  • November 20, 2014

    NJ Court Nixes Atty Contempt Order In Discovery Row

    A New Jersey appellate court on Thursday upended a contempt order against an attorney for allegedly neglecting the document demands of a bottled water company's former officers who accused him of spearheading frivolous criminal charges against them and sought discovery from him in related civil litigation.

  • November 20, 2014

    Texas Court Clears Littler Atty In Employment Settlement Row

    A Texas appellate court on Wednesday cleared a Littler Mendelson PC attorney of allegations in an employment dispute that she had overstepped her authority in negotiating a settlement, saying a trial court had rightly thrown the claims out.

  • November 20, 2014

    Patent Holder Matches Sony's Sanctions Bid In IP Fight

    The director of litigation for Sony’s PlayStation arm, along with DLA Piper and Quarles & Brady LLP attorneys, “hijacked” a California federal court’s procedural rules by using a request for sanctions against a patent holder and its counsel as an “ill-begotten briefing advantage,” Rothschild Digital Media Innovations LLC said Wednesday.

  • November 20, 2014

    Insurer Says Legal Malpractice Cost It Subrogation Win

    Unigard Insurance Co. hit the law firm of Blaser Oleson & Lloyd Chtd. with a legal malpractice suit on Wednesday in Idaho federal court, alleging it faces a malicious prosecution suit from two employees of a paint company accused of theft due to the firm’s failure to prevail in a subrogation suit.

  • November 20, 2014

    Sanctions Sought For IP Firm's 'Baseless' $42M Counterclaim

    A Florida diabetes test supply company asked a federal court Wednesday for sanctions against intellectual property law firm Stein Law PC, saying a $42 million counterclaim the firm filed in response to the company’s legal malpractice suit is “baseless” and shows an “indifference to obvious facts.”