The Texas Center for Legal Ethics has added an opinion issued by the Professional Ethics Committee for the State Bar stating that Texas law firms are prohibited from using “officer” or “principal” in the job titles for nonlawyer employees, it said Wednesday.
A Texas jury on Wednesday found Baker Botts LLP liable for $40.5 million in losses former client Axcess International Inc. says it suffered because the firm helped its chief rival secure patents, but the firm won't have to pay because the jury found the company waited too long to sue after learning about the conflict of interest.
A New Jersey property owner driven into bankruptcy by $3 million in cleanup costs for a contaminated site sued Coffey & Associates PC and McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP in state court Friday, claiming the law firms mismanaged a suit and settlement to recover the costs from Honeywell International Inc.
In closing arguments on Wednesday, a former Baker Botts LLP client asked a Texas jury to find the firm committed gross negligence in covering up an alleged conflict of interest between two rival clients pursuing similar patents and is seeking more than $50 million in damages.
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP was hit with sanctions on Tuesday for removing a pelvic mesh product liability suit against a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary to West Virginia federal court despite repeated rulings as part of multidistrict litigation that such cases belonged in Pennsylvania state court where they’d been originally filed.
The current patent reform legislation is critical to restore balance in the patent system and eliminate a “shakedown” patent environment that now suppresses rather than encourages innovation in America’s technology industry, says Mark Chandler, general counsel of Cisco Systems Inc.
Two former Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP attorneys hit back on Tuesday against Google Inc.’s bid to bar them from representing Eclipse IP LLC in a patent suit against the technology giant in California federal court, saying they hadn't gained access to Google’s relevant confidential information.
A doctor and his wife on Tuesday sued New York real estate lawyer Stephen J. Ferguson for alleged legal malpractice, saying the attorney drafted a real estate contract for the couple and accidentally included a term that required them to pay a $135,000 “real estate flip tax.”
A recently retired Los Angeles judge was publicly admonished by California's judicial watchdog Tuesday for being rude to lawyers, the second time the judge has been reprimanded for belittling attorneys in his court.
New Jersey law firm Schiffman Abraham Kaufman & Ritter PC was hit with a malpractice suit in Morris County Superior Court Friday accusing it of botching the age discrimination claim of a man against his former employer, boat seller MarineMax Inc.
Proskauer Rose LLP urged a New York state judge Tuesday to stay discovery in a pair of suits relating to bankrupt Overseas Shipholding Group Inc.'s claims that the firm's malpractice led to hundreds of millions in tax liability while motions to dismiss each case are pending, saying Proskauer will be prejudiced otherwise.
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP's liquidating trustee filed 11 adversary proceedings in New York bankruptcy court on Tuesday, in an attempt to claw back roughly $22.5 million in payments allegedly paid to its equity partners and others while the debtor was insolvent.
The trustee for a bankrupt Texas health care company on Monday hit K&L Gates LLP with a state negligence suit, accusing the firm and a former lawyer of helping American Physicians Housecalls’ owners monetize APH’s medical referrals and cutting the company out of the deal.
A New York judge has dropped several claims from a Manhattan stock trader's suit accusing his former lawyer of botching an arbitration with a UBS AG affiliate over short sales on General Motors Corp. and Continental Airlines Inc. stock, but left in place the central malpractice claim, according to an order released Monday.
A former Thompson Hine LLP attorney has agreed to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suit alleging he traded on inside information about a 2010 acquisition by the firm’s client Stanley Black & Decker Inc., the agency said Tuesday.
A New York appeals court on Tuesday upheld attorney Gary R. Novins’ one-year suspension from practicing law for allegedly signing a profit-sharing agreement with the plaintiff in a malpractice case against his former firm Ginarte O'Dwyer Gonzalez Gallardo & Winograd LLP.
A securities brokerage accused of trading excessively to churn a client’s bill sued an XL Group PLC insurer in New York court Tuesday, seeking the right to control the selection of defense counsel based on the carrier’s alleged conflict of interest in the decision.
U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Francis Allegra talks to Law360 about suing the sovereign, keeping pace with technology and his surprising journey from the seminary to the federal bench.
Teeing up the case for closing arguments, Baker Botts LLP on Tuesday rested its defense in a $50 million malpractice suit, with a legal ethics expert who told jurors there was no conflict of interest in the firm's representing two rival clients in patent prosecutions for similar technology.
The former client relations manager for defunct law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP on Tuesday moved to sever the case against him from the criminal action accusing the firm’s senior management of cooking Dewey's books prior to its collapse, saying he risks guilt by association with the main defendants.