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Legal Ethics

  • June 2, 2015

    Calif. Judge Admonishes Sidley Austin In Synopsys IP Row

    A California federal judge on Tuesday admonished Sidley Austin LLP attorneys after their client Synopsys Inc. allegedly copied some of Mentor Graphics Corp.'s source code in Synopsys' infringement suit over patents for software that create circuit schematics.

  • June 2, 2015

    Google Pushes Jenner & Block, Film Studios Over Subpoenas

    Google Inc. on Monday asked federal judges to force three movie studios and lobbyists at Jenner & Block to comply with subpoenas for documents it says will show they helped orchestrate Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s “anti-Google” campaign.

  • June 2, 2015

    Faruqi Takes Sex-Harassment Judgment To 2nd Circuit

    Faruqi & Faruqi LLP is taking the $140,000 judgment against it in former associate Alexandra Marchuk’s sexual harassment suit to the Second Circuit, according to a cross-appeal filed in New York federal court on Tuesday.

  • June 2, 2015

    New Docs Not Proof Of Conflict, Irell Replies To DQ Bid

    Irell & Manella LLP took a second swing at claims it should be disqualified from a trademark suit over the upcoming comedy film “Dirty Grandpa” starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron, telling a California federal court on Monday the defendant’s evidence doesn’t show any conflict.

  • June 2, 2015

    Dewey Trial Gets Heated With Ex-Partner On Stand

    The criminal trial of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP’s former leaders grew combative in New York state court on Tuesday as defense lawyers sparred with an exiled senior partner over the firm's controversial accounting methods.

  • June 2, 2015

    Florida Compensation Judge Who Called Atty 'Abusive' DQ'd

    A Florida appeals court on Tuesday granted a plaintiff’s request to have a judge who had previously accused her lawyer of “unconscionable and abusive” conduct in an unrelated case removed, saying that the petitioner had a reasonable fear of judicial bias.

  • June 2, 2015

    Ex-Terra Exec. Blames Attys For Bribery Conviction

    A former Terra Telecommunications executive convicted of bribing Haitian officials for lower landline rates has made another bid to have his sentence vacated in a Florida federal court, saying both his trial and appellate attorneys were ineffective, according to a petition made public Tuesday.

  • June 2, 2015

    5th Circ. Won't Revive Malpractice Suit Against Texas Firms

    The Fifth Circuit on Monday refused to revive a real estate company's malpractice claims against Beard Kultgen Brophy Bostwick Dickson & Squires LLP and Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP, saying it hadn't properly reserved claims related to hotel foreclosures during a bankruptcy proceeding.

  • June 2, 2015

    Investors Held Damning Records Until Eve Of Trial, Judge Told

    Clear-View Technologies Inc. urged a California federal judge Monday to impose additional sanctions against a group of tech investors it accuses of conspiring to steal its intellectual property, alleging the defendants waited until the eve of trial to turn over damning, perjury-proving evidence.

  • June 2, 2015

    Calif. Bar To Attys: Just Keep Your Lips Sealed

    A proposed state bar opinion will tighten California's already strict attorney confidentiality rules and help attorneys avoid confusion as to when they have to keep their lips sealed about the secrets of clients, no matter how or when the information was learned, ethics experts say.

  • June 2, 2015

    Atty In ThinkFilm Bankruptcy Fight Suspended 2 Years

    A California attorney accused of accepting employment with a company that was gearing up to file multiple bankruptcy petitions against an existing film financier client has been suspended from the practice of law for two years, according to a report released Monday.

  • June 2, 2015

    Ohio Co. Says IP Firm Choked On Sandwich Patent

    An Ohio company sued its former intellectual property counsel on Tuesday over claims the firm botched efforts to secure international patents for its ready-made sandwich methods, resulting in damages of up to $130 million.

  • June 2, 2015

    Suit Claiming Attys Hacked Rival Firm Gets Tentative OK

    A California judge said on Tuesday that she would likely allow law firm Reyes & Barsoum LLP to proceed with allegations that opposing counsel at Knox Ricksen LLP hacked into its computer network and stole client information to gain an edge in a workers’ compensation dispute.

  • June 2, 2015

    Woman Suing Weil Says Fed. Judge Denied Her Due Process

    A New York City woman suffering post-traumatic stress disorder told the Second Circuit Tuesday that she did not get a chance to explain why the window of opportunity for her to file a discrimination suit against Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP should have been extended before a federal trial judge tossed her case for being filed two months too late.

  • June 2, 2015

    DuPont Wants Atty Sanctions In Ohio Water Pollution Row

    DuPont Co. on Monday urged an Ohio federal judge to sanction a nonprofit water supplier and its counsel in a dispute over water allegedly contaminated with chemicals from the company's Washington Works manufacturing facility, claiming their line of questioning in a recent deposition violated a court order.

  • June 2, 2015

    5 Insights From Schneider Electric GC Peter Wexler

    What separates the firms who have a long-term relationship with us from those who do not is responsiveness. In many of our matters, there is no luxury of time to wait for a lengthy memo or for a certain team to respond to us, says Peter Wexler, general counsel and chief compliance officer of Schneider Electric.

  • June 1, 2015

    Fla. Firm Must Pay $2.3M For Role In Mortgage Relief Scam

    A Florida federal judge on Friday slammed law firm Litvin Torrens & Associates PLLC for aiding Prime Legal Plans LLC’s illegal mortgage rescue scam, ordering the firm to cough up $2.3 million in ill-gotten gains to Prime’s receiver.

  • June 1, 2015

    Fla. Law Firm Sues Former Employees For Breaching Email

    Three legal assistants for a Florida law firm that specializes in fraudulent insurance claims conspired to breach their employers’ email and communications systems, a suit filed Monday in Florida federal court alleges.

  • June 1, 2015

    Niro Haller Says HTC Thwarted Patent Feud Fee Mediation

    Niro Haller & Niro Ltd. shot back Monday at HTC Corp.'s bid for nearly $4.1 million in legal fees it incurred in litigation over a patent that was fraudulently obtained, saying HTC fought efforts to mediate the fee dispute and improperly seeks reimbursement for limousines and airfare upgrades.

  • June 1, 2015

    White & Case Ties To Russian Bank Don't Deter Accused Spy

    Accused Russian spy Evgeny Buryakov told a Manhattan federal judge Monday he will stick with his White & Case LLP counsel, litigator Scott Hershman, despite the law firm's work on behalf of Russia's Vnesheconombank, where the defendant worked prior to his arrest in January.