Legal Ethics

  • May 15, 2014

    Texas Ethics Panel Says Nonlawyers Can't Be 'Officers'

    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.

  • May 15, 2014

    Baker Botts Dodges $41M Verdict In IP Malpractice Trial

    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.

  • May 14, 2014

    NJ Law Firms Sued Over Bungled Honeywell Pollution Deal

    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.

  • May 14, 2014

    Texas Jury Weighs $50M Baker Botts Patent Malpractice Suit

    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.

  • May 14, 2014

    Drinker Biddle Sanctioned For Pelvic Mesh Suit Removal

    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.

  • May 14, 2014

    5 Insights From Cisco General Counsel Mark Chandler

    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.

  • May 14, 2014

    Ex-Quinn Emanuel Attys Fire Back Against Google's DQ Bid

    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.

  • May 14, 2014

    NY Lawyer Hit With Malpractice Suit Over Property Tax Error

    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.”

  • May 14, 2014

    Judicial Board Admonishes LA Judge For Belittling Lawyers

    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.

  • May 14, 2014

    NJ Firm Schiffman Abraham Sued Over Lapsed Bias Case

    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.

  • May 13, 2014

    Proskauer Seeks Discovery Stay In OSG Malpractice Suit

    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.

  • May 13, 2014

    Dewey Trustee Fires Off 11 Clawback Suits Worth $22M

    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.

  • May 13, 2014

    Health Co. Trustee Targets K&L Gates In Negligence Suit

    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.

  • May 13, 2014

    Judge Guts Trader's Suit Over Atty's FINRA Arbitration Work

    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. 

  • May 13, 2014

    Ex-Thompson Hine Atty Settles SEC Insider Trading Case

    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.

  • May 13, 2014

    NY Atty Suspended Over Secret Profit-Sharing Agreement

    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.

  • May 13, 2014

    Broker Says Insurer Can't Blackball Attys In Churning Case

    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.

  • May 13, 2014

    The Tenacious Technocrat: Judge Francis Allegra

    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.

  • May 13, 2014

    Baker Botts' Ethics Expert Says No Conflict In Patent Work

    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.

  • May 13, 2014

    Ex-Dewey Employee Wants His Case Severed From Execs'

    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.