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Legal Ethics

  • March 23, 2015

    Ex-Smith Giacometti Atty Settles Malpractice Coverage Suit

    A Flaster/Greenberg PC attorney has settled a Pennsylvania federal suit alleging his former malpractice carrier, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co., refused to cover a claim brought by a former client when he was a name partner at Smith Giacometti LLC, according to a Monday filing.

  • March 23, 2015

    Supreme Court Won't Hear Ky. Lawyer's $36M Fraud Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear the appeal of a former Kentucky lawyer in prison for helping carry out and cover up a $36.5 million oil and gas drilling investment fraud, the high court decided on Monday.

  • March 23, 2015

    Justices Won't Mull Judge's Fish & Richardson Ties In IP Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a suit against Continental Airlines Inc. in which the patent holder plaintiff argued that a jury verdict invalidating the at-issue patents should be tossed because of a Fish & Richardson PC attorney and magistrate judge's friendship.

  • March 23, 2015

    Atty In Sen. Reid Campaign Scandal Suspended For 4 Years

    An attorney serving two years in prison for allegedly making more than $130,000 in illegal campaign contributions to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s 2010 re-election campaign was hit with a four-year suspension by the Nevada Supreme Court on Friday, a vastly steeper punishment than was recommended by a state disciplinary panel.

  • March 23, 2015

    Gibson Dunn Partner Deliberately Misled Court, UK Judge Says

    A U.K. judge on Monday said that a suspended Gibson Dunn partner deliberately misled the court in a case involving the freezing of assets of a top businessman from the African nation of Djibouti.

  • March 23, 2015

    The Law360 400

    There's a new leader of the pack for BigLaw. Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP leapfrogged eight competitors to become the largest law firm in America and now holds the top spot in the Law360 400, our annual ranking of the largest U.S. law firms. Morgan Lewis took over the top spot from Jones Day in November when it added more than 750 lawyers, including hundreds in the U.S., from Bingham McCutchen LLP.

  • March 23, 2015

    High Court Won't Discipline Foley Atty For Jumbled Petition

    A Foley & Lardner LLP partner on Monday was freed of a rare sanction threat from the U.S. Supreme Court for filing an impenetrable, jargon-packed petition in a patent suit that the lawyer says was penned largely by his client.

  • March 20, 2015

    Litigation Firms Make Cuts Amid Work Slowdown

    The trend among U.S. companies to end litigation as quickly and cheaply as possible has left many litigation-focused firms with a work shortfall, and some have been forced to cut their associate ranks, according to industry watchers and Law360 data.

  • March 20, 2015

    Is MegaLaw Just Big Enough To Fail?

    Globalization and the lure of lucrative cross-border transaction work are driving the emergence of a new class of international megafirms, but experts say the advantages of size may be offset by ballooning overhead costs and the inevitability of client conflicts.

  • March 20, 2015

    Law360 Reveals 400 Largest US Firms

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has leapfrogged eight competitors to become the largest law firm in America and now holds the top spot in the Law360 400, our annual ranking of the largest U.S. law firms.  

  • March 20, 2015

    Ex-Radnor CEO Can't Sue Skadden Until Appeal Over

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge barred the founder of defunct packaging company Radnor Holdings Corp. from filing any more litigation in bankruptcy court related to his already rejected allegations of misconduct by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and a fund manager until his appeal of its $4 million fee order concludes.

  • March 20, 2015

    Calif. Bar Dinged Atty Over Bad Contempt Order, Justices Told

    An attorney who was sanctioned by the California Bar after being held in contempt of court urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit’s dismissal of his appeal, arguing the contempt order shouldn’t have been used in his disciplinary hearings because it had been vacated.

  • March 20, 2015

    Law & Disorder: The Week In Attorney Troubles

    Several major players in the legal game were sent to the penalty box this week, with Sidley Austin LLP getting penalized for missing a deadline to appeal a $40 million patent verdict against AT&T Inc. and two Jackson Lewis PC attorneys being reprimanded for alleged plagiarism.

  • March 20, 2015

    Calif. Appeals Court DQs Attys For Holding Privileged Docs

    A California appellate court disqualified plaintiff’s counsel Thursday in an employment suit filed by a former Inland Empire Utilities Agency employee, ruling that the trial court erred when it declined to disqualify the Mathews Law Group for using privileged and confidential documents during discovery.

  • March 20, 2015

    Firm Ran Up $1.3M Bill On Case It Called ‘Fugly,’ Suit Says

    A California school district has told a state court that its former counsel at Stutz Artiano Shinoff & Holtz took an unwinnable case over a solar power agreement to trial and ran up $1.3 million in attorneys’ fees even though a named partner told the district’s opponent that his chances of winning were “fugly.”

  • March 20, 2015

    Dick's Atty Urges High Court To Hear Mail Fraud Appeal

    A former Dick's Sporting Goods attorney has continued to press the U.S. Supreme Court to review and overturn his conviction for secretly funneling $2 million in kickbacks to another lawyer, arguing his case can resolve a circuit split over the correct standard for finding someone guilty of mail fraud.

  • March 20, 2015

    Wis. Atty's Anti-Catholic Rants Land Her A Suspension

    Wisconsin’s highest court on Friday suspended an attorney who serves as the CEO of an anti-Catholic group for repeated bad behavior in the court system, including claiming a U.S. bankruptcy trustee was a member of a “dirty death cult” and calling a judge a "Catholic knight witch hunter."

  • March 20, 2015

    Hughes Hubbard Partner Denies Conflict In NHL Fraud Suit

    The chair of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s white collar practice told a New York federal court Thursday he should be allowed to represent a public relations firm testifying for the government in the criminal trial of his former client who is accused of helping operate a $15 million real estate investment fraud targeting professional hockey players.

  • March 20, 2015

    Duane Morris Dodges Sanctions In Fla. Mall Bankruptcy

    A Florida bankruptcy judge relieved Duane Morris LLP from the possibility of sanctions Friday for allegedly flubbing a filing in the bankruptcy of a Plantation shopping mall, but not without first reportedly delivering some harsh words about the firm's "self-satisfied smugness."

  • March 20, 2015

    5 Insights From Avon General Counsel Jeff Benjamin

    I’m proud of my contributions to building strong ethics and compliance programs that have a meaningful impact on the development of sustainable cultures of integrity and respect for law and others, says Jeff Benjamin, general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer at Avon Products Inc.