Legal Ethics

  • May 15, 2014

    Finger Wag At Rude Judge Reminds Calif. Jurists To Stay Civil

    The California Commission on Judicial Performance admonished a retired Los Angeles judge Tuesday for belittling lawyers with sarcastic remarks, and attorneys say the public rebuke should remind jurists that they can maintain courtroom order and crack down on difficult lawyers without resorting to rude behavior that risks eroding public trust in the judicial system.

  • May 15, 2014

    Hogan Lovells Threatened With Negligence Suit By Ex-IP Client

    Hogan Lovells US LLP asked a court Tuesday to compel arbitration in a dispute with a patent assertion entity it represented in litigation against Cisco Systems Inc., after the company threatened to file a professional negligence suit against the firm seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages.

  • May 15, 2014

    Kasowitz Wants SK Foods Malpractice Suit In District Court

    Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP asked a California federal judge on Monday to withdraw a "misguided" malpractice suit filed by the trustee of SK Foods LP from the company’s bankruptcy proceedings, arguing that it is entitled to a jury trial in district court.

  • May 15, 2014

    NJ Attys Demand Ethics Grievance Against Gov. Christie

    The New Jersey Bar Association’s Task Force on Judicial Independence fought to maintain decorum at a Thursday hearing, with concerned lawyers lambasting Gov. Chris Christie for his recent refusals to reappoint justices and recommending responses as severe as filing an ethics grievance against the governor.

  • May 15, 2014

    Atty Who Slapped Paul Hastings Partner Can't Revive Suit

    A New York appeals court on Thursday refused to revive the lawsuit of a Manhattan attorney who claimed he was assaulted and defamed by a Paul Hastings LLP partner he had slapped in the face after a heated employment lawsuit deposition in 2011.

  • May 15, 2014

    Winne Banta Beats Tax Malpractice Suit In NY Court

    A New York appeals court on Thursday refused to revive a legal malpractice suit claiming New Jersey firm Winne Banta Hetherington Basralian & Kahn PC gave a widow poor estate tax advice, siding with a lower court that said the firm's advice was reasonable.

  • May 15, 2014

    5 Insights From Aetna General Counsel William Casazza

    We have a strong law department and pride ourselves on doing the hard work in-house. So when we go outside, it is usually for a special item where the stakes are high. It is a rifle, not shotgun, approach, and close doesn’t count, says William Casazza, executive vice president and general counsel of Aetna Inc.

  • May 15, 2014

    Fla. High Court To Publicly Reprimand Judge For DUI Arrest

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday accepted the Judicial Qualifications Commission's recommendation that state Circuit Judge Brenda Tracy Sheehan receive a public reprimand as sanction for a drunk driving arrest.­

  • May 15, 2014

    Atty Indicted In NJ For Client Advertising Scheme

    A New York attorney faces additional mail fraud counts in New Jersey following his indictment Thursday for allegedly duping two international companies into giving a business, which he secretly controlled, $579,000 for advertising services and never placing the bulk of the advertisements for which they paid.

  • 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.