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Legal Ethics

  • April 10, 2015

    Atty Sanctioned For Adding False Sex Assault Claim To Suit

    A federal judge in Illinois hit an attorney with a New York-based firm with sanctions on Friday for including a sexual assault allegation in a sexual harassment suit filed against an Ohio consulting firm, saying the lawyer’s admission that it was a “proofreading error” was not persuasive.

  • April 10, 2015

    Aviva Targets More Dewey Execs Over $35M Note Fraud

    Insurer Aviva Life and Annuity Co. set its sights on yet another group of former Dewey & LeBouef LLP executives on Friday, filing its third suit in Iowa federal court claiming it was misled about the firm’s finances when it bought $35 million in secured notes.

  • April 10, 2015

    Ref Wants Fla. Attys In PIP Dispute Disbarred, Suspended

    A court-appointed referee on Tuesday recommended disbarment for an attorney and a three-year suspension for his father for their involvement in a secret settlement covering thousands of insurance cases and for their subsequent actions in bankruptcy court trying to avoid a $2 million judgment against them.

  • April 10, 2015

    Client Indemnity Clauses a Ticking Time Bomb for BigLaw

    Rising demands from corporate clients for their BigLaw firms to sign engagement agreements that protect companies for an array of possible legal outcomes undermine or even gut the protections provided by legal malpractice insurance, experts said at the American Bar Association’s National Legal Malpractice Conference in Washington, D.C.

  • April 10, 2015

    Chrysler Protests Jones Day Atty As Mediator In Takata MDL

    The former Chrysler Group filed an objection Friday in Florida federal court against the appointment of a Jones Day partner as special mediator in the Takata Corp. multidistrict litigation over defective air bags, saying his and the firm’s representation of the old Chrysler entity in bankruptcy proceedings is a conflict of interest.

  • April 10, 2015

    Ex-Diamond McCarthy Atty Can't Depose Banks In Fee Row

    A Houston judge on Friday quashed two deposition subpoenas served by a former Diamond McCarthy LLP partner on Amegy Bank NA and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. relating to fees she generated as a Chapter 11 trustee for Dreier LLP, after Diamond McCarthy argued in part that her request constituted harassment.

  • April 10, 2015

    Judge Won't Toss Silver Indictment But Chides Bharara

    A New York federal judge on Friday refused to dismiss corruption charges against former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver but chastised the office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for orchestrating a "media blitz" in the days following Silver's arrest.

  • April 10, 2015

    Firm Blasts Navy SEAL's Latest Claim Over Bin Laden Book

    Carson Boxberger LLP on Friday slammed an $8 million row claiming the firm should have persuaded its former Navy SEAL client to get military clearance for a book he wrote about his participation in the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, telling a New York federal judge that the allegations are “unsubstantiated.”

  • April 10, 2015

    Harassment Plaintiff Doubles Down On Hodgson Russ DQ Bid

    A former employee suing a New York charter bus company for sexual harassment on Friday buttressed her argument for disqualifying Hodgson Russ LLP as defense counsel, saying testimony from one of the firm’s attorneys could prove its client paid off a witness.

  • April 10, 2015

    Judge's Recusal Sought In $175M Cognitive Code Battle

    A business consultant suing a software developer for $175 million over allegedly having been inappropriately denied his rightful 37.5 percent stake in the company has asked the judge in the case to recuse himself, calling the judge's behavior "bizarre" and biased.

  • April 10, 2015

    Pa. AG Ordered To Explain Prosecutor's Firing

    A Pennsylvania state judge on Friday ordered Attorney General Kathleen Kane to appear in court later this month to answer whether her recent move to fire a prosecutor violated an order barring her from interfering in an investigation into her alleged grand jury leaks.

  • April 10, 2015

    Sanctions Sought Against NJ Atty Over 'Frivolous' RICO Suit

    Law firm Podvey Meanor Catenacci Hildner Cocoziello & Chattman PC moved Friday in federal court to sanction a plaintiff and her counsel Timothy J. McIlwain for filing an allegedly frivolous racketeering suit claiming the firm induced a settlement and deprived the plaintiff of her right to trial on employment claims.

  • April 10, 2015

    Ex-Digital Realty VP Can't DQ Seyfarth, Judge Told

    Digital Realty Trust Inc. on Thursday urged a California federal judge to nix a former employee’s bid to disqualify its counsel Seyfarth Shaw LLP in a $1 million suit claiming he was fired for being gay, calling it a “tactical abuse” and saying he only spent two hours talking to the firm.

  • April 10, 2015

    Bed Bath & Beyond Wins Atty Fees In Hanger Patent Suit

     A New York federal judge on Thursday awarded Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. nearly $900,000 in attorney fees and costs after beating a patent suit brought by Worldwide Home Products Inc., ruling the lawsuit was brought in bad faith because Worldwide's former attorney withheld material information from patent examiners before filing the complaint.

  • April 10, 2015

    Fla. Judge Affirms Nicholson & Eastin DQ In FCA Row

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday upheld the disqualification of Nicholson & Eastin LLP from representing employee whistleblowers in a False Claims Act row over alleged Medicare overbilling, finding that not only was the disqualification proper, but monetary sanctions may also be warranted.

  • April 10, 2015

    Convicted Atty In Penny Stock Scam Can't Revisit SEC Ruling

    A California federal judge has denied a reconsideration bid in the civil suit of an attorney convicted of securities fraud in a pump-and-dump penny stock scheme allegedly involving former NFL player Willie Gault, calling the motion “groundless.”

  • April 10, 2015

    Convicted Ex-Pa. County Official Blames 'Do-Nothing' Counsel

    A former Lackawanna County commissioner, convicted and sentenced on bribery and extortion charges, asked a Pennsylvania federal court Thursday for a new trial because of ineffective assistance of counsel, saying his former attorneys failed to adequately prepare for his case and incompetently represented him in court.

  • April 9, 2015

    Judge Threatens Default In Arnstein & Lehr Harassment Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday threatened to dismiss two counts of a lawsuit brought by a former legal secretary at Arnstein & Lehr LLP after she failed to respond to the defendant's motion to dismiss in a timely fashion.

  • April 9, 2015

    Say No To Iffy Work Or Yes To Malpractice Suits, Attys Warn

    Say no to powerful rainmakers and lucrative but “borderline” business and keep an eye out for rogue lawyers in your ranks, or suffer the consequences of more big-ticket legal liability suits, American Bar Association panel experts warned attorneys and insurance professionals Thursday.

  • April 9, 2015

    Split Texas Court Endorses Lawyers' Duty To Prove Causation

    In a split decision Thursday, a Texas appellate court revived negligence claims against three attorneys over their work on a shopping center owners’ usury suit, finding the defendants’ failure to offer expert testimony on what caused a jury to enter a $4 million judgment against their clients, if not their own negligence, doomed their appeal.