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Legal Ethics

  • January 26, 2015

    Diamond McCarthy Ex-Partner Can't Escape Texas Court

    A Texas district judge on Friday rejected a former Diamond McCarthy LLP partner’s bid to dodge Texas jurisdiction in a $1.4 million breach of contract suit over fees she generated as Dreier LLP’s Chapter 11 trustee.

  • January 26, 2015

    Judges Must Leave Boy Scouts Over Bias: Calif. High Court

    California’s high court on Friday eliminated a judicial ethics code exception that allowed judges to belong to the Boy Scouts and other nonprofit youth organizations that discriminate on the basis of sexual preference.

  • January 26, 2015

    Paine Hamblen Settles Spokane Diocese's Malpractice Suit

    Paine Hamblen LLP has settled legal malpractice claims by the Catholic Diocese of Spokane accusing the firm of failing to protect the church from future liability after negotiating a $50 million deal to settle civil sexual abuse claims in its bankruptcy.

  • January 23, 2015

    Garlock Claims Of Dirty Tactics To Renew Transparency Push

    Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC's adversary suits unsealed this month target prominent asbestos plaintiffs attorneys with detailed allegations about their misconduct — including that they persuaded mesothelioma victims to lie about their asbestos exposure — a development attorneys say will fuel the defense bar's push for transparency that has lagged since last year's landmark ruling in the gasket maker's bankruptcy case.

  • January 23, 2015

    2nd Pa. Atty Disbarred Over Role In Annuities Scheme

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday disbarred a second attorney involved in a scheme to aggressively market living trusts to senior citizens using nonattorneys, who allegedly sold the legal services based on exaggerations and misrepresentations.

  • January 23, 2015

    Faruqi Accuser Wants Sanction For Bloodstained Carpet

    A former Faruqi & Faruqi LLP associate on Thursday asked the Manhattan federal judge hearing her sexual assault case against partner Juan Monteverde to instruct the jury to conclude that bloodstains on a carpet in Monteverde's office were hers and were "willfully destroyed."

  • January 23, 2015

    Ex-Schlumberger Atty Backs Anti-SLAPP Law's Use In IP Suit

    A former Schlumberger Ltd. chief intellectual property lawyer told a Texas appeals court that the state's anti-strategic lawsuit against public participation statute was properly used to dismiss the majority of a lawsuit alleging she masterminded a rival company’s patent infringement suit.

  • January 23, 2015

    Prosecutor PowerPoint Voids Murder Conviction, Court Says

    The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a murder conviction in a deadly armored car robbery after finding that a PowerPoint presentation used in the prosecution's closing argument that repeatedly declared the defendant “guilty of premeditated murder” was inflammatory and prejudicial.

  • January 23, 2015

    $8M Bin Laden Book Malpractice Suit Fails, Attys Say

    An $8 million legal malpractice suit that a military memoirist has lobbed in New York against Carson Boxberger LLP over his book about the mission to kill Osama bin Laden is based on “sheer speculation" and should be thrown out, the firm said on Friday.

  • January 23, 2015

    NJ Judges Told When To Clap At State Of The State Speeches

    New Jersey’s judges are permitted to attend State of the State speeches and similar events and can even sport their robes, but are not allowed to show support for partisan politics by clapping or making approving facial expressions, according to a guideline recently added to the state’s code of judicial conduct.

  • January 23, 2015

    Pa. High Court Win Won't Guarantee End To Kane Charges

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has stepped in to evaluate the legitimacy of the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Attorney General Kathleen Kane over the alleged leak of confidential data, but experts say she could still face charges even if the high court rules in her favor.

  • January 23, 2015

    Faruqi Judge Says Founders Might Duck Personal Liability

    The Manhattan federal judge hearing the sex assault case brought by former Faruqi & Faruqi LLP associate Alexandra Marchuk against firm partner Juan Monteverde indicated Friday he is leaning toward a ruling absolving the firm's co-founders, siblings Nadeem and Lubna Faruqi, from individual liability.

  • January 23, 2015

    Ex-PilePro CFO Gets Former Firm DQ'd In IP Theft Case

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday ruled Shumway Van & Hansen can’t represent PilePro LLC in a suit alleging its former chief financial officer stole millions in intellectual property, saying the firm’s previous work for the executive while he was still a PilePro employee was a “clear conflict of interest.”

  • January 23, 2015

    Fainting Plaintiff Sanctioned In Nixed Grant Thornton Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Friday sanctioned a former Grant Thornton LLP employee and tossed her suit over the accounting firm’s health plan that spiraled into a war with the defense counsel over allegations an Alston & Bird LLP attorney continued to depose the plaintiff after she’d fainted.

  • January 23, 2015

    J&J Fraud Claims Fall Flat In Mesh MDL, Plaintiffs Attys Say

    A Johnson & Johnson request for additional discovery to ferret out fraudulent lawsuits is nothing more than a delaying tactic, plaintiffs’ attorneys in transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation said Thursday, arguing the company has offered no proof they were involved in illegal plaintiff solicitation.

  • January 23, 2015

    Ex-Galleon Trader Cites Newman In Bid To Nix Conviction

    Former Galleon Group LLC trader Zvi Goffer has asked a New York federal court to toss his insider trading conviction in light of the Second Circuit’s landmark Newman decision, claiming his trial for allegedly paying ex-Ropes & Gray LLP lawyers for tips was tainted by erroneous jury instruction.

  • January 23, 2015

    Katten Looks To Ax $4M Suit Over Payday Loan Service

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is urging a New York state judge to throw out $4 million malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims against the law firm, arguing that Katzrin Finance Group LLC principal David Azar is unfairly seeking to hold Katten responsible for his own bad decisions.

  • January 23, 2015

    Ex-Dewey Atty Consents to Disbarment Over Insider Trading

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP attorney Todd L. Treadway has agreed to disbarment from the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in the wake of insider trading concerns, its Board on Professional Responsibility said Thursday.

  • January 23, 2015

    Ill. Atty Suspended 6 Months For Denying IRS Authority

    An Illinois attorney who has repeatedly filed “frivolous” pleadings on behalf of clients claiming the Internal Revenue Service has no legal authority to enforce tax laws outside the District of Columbia should be suspended for six months and monitored for another 18, according to a state attorney disciplinary board.

  • January 22, 2015

    Diamond McCarthy Refutes Ex-Partner's Special Appearance

    Lawyers for Diamond McCarthy LLP refuted an ex-partner’s special appearance in a Texas court on Thursday, as she fought Texas jurisdiction in a $1.4-million breach of contract suit over fees she generated as Dreier LLP’s Chapter 11 trustee.