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Legal Ethics

  • 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.

  • April 9, 2015

    Cleary Gottlieb Says Racial Discrimination Suit Lacks Detail

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP on Wednesday sought to quash a black former contract attorney’s racial discrimination suit in D.C. federal court, arguing the allegations were too bare-bones to survive and that another African-American contributed to the decision to let the lawyer go.

  • April 9, 2015

    Indiana High Court Says Firm Can Seek Cut Of Ex-Atty's Fees

    An Indiana law firm on Wednesday got a second chance at recovering legal fees from dozens of cases that a former attorney took with him when he left the firm after the state’s Supreme Court ruled that a lower court misapplied a guiding fee-sharing precedent.

  • April 9, 2015

    Fuel Spill Atty Can't Dodge Suit Claiming Sluggish Discovery

    A New York appellate court on Thursday refused to nix a legal malpractice suit accusing an attorney of bungling product liability litigation over a fuel truck explosion at a now-bankrupt gas station, saying a trial is needed to establish the facts of the case before any final decision can be made.

  • April 9, 2015

    Pa. AG Leak Case To Spawn New Independent Counsel Bill

    In the wake of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision over whether a county judge had the authority to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a state senator unveiled plans Tuesday to float legislation re-establishing rules for the appointment of independent counsel.

  • April 9, 2015

    Jailed Judge Can't Shield Assets From $6M Restitution: Feds

    Federal prosecutors on Wednesday said a former Texas state judge convicted of racketeering can’t hide his assets from a $6.2 million restitution order by claiming they are community property.

  • April 9, 2015

    Atty Slams Porn Co.'s Sanctions Bid In BitTorrent IP Row

    An attorney representing Internet downloaders sued by porn producer Malibu Media LLC urged a Florida federal judge on Wednesday to deny a sanctions bid that accused the lawyer of driving up litigation costs, slamming the “vilifying motion” as containing “a litany of speculation and twisted facts.”

  • April 9, 2015

    Justices Say Courts Can't Impose CLE For Litigation Sins

    A premature default judgment in a row with a real estate developer over unpaid legal fees led a New York state court to sanction The Steele Law Firm, but an appellate court on Thursday found that while a monetary sanction was appropriate the court does not have authority to impose continuing legal education on the firm’s managing attorney.

  • April 9, 2015

    Hartman & Winnicki, Partner Sued Over Client's Coffee Sale

    Onetime owners of European Coffee BV have sued Hartman & Winnicki PC and firm partner Warren S. Robins for allegedly aiding the illegal sale of nearly $1.5 million in coffee inventory by a rival shareholder, whom the law firm was representing in contentious litigation over the future of that inventory.

  • April 9, 2015

    Post & Post Wants Hospital's $2.5M Malpractice Suit Axed

    Post & Post LLC asked a Pennsylvania state judge to end a Philadelphia hospital’s bid to recover $2.5 million paid to resolve a malpractice suit, claiming that its attorney was not responsible for the hospital being saddled with that portion of the total $6 million settlement.

  • April 9, 2015

    Bryan Cave Atty Escapes Domain Name Trademark Suit

    A Colorado federal judge on Wednesday freed Georgia-based Bryan Cave LLP attorney John C. Bush from allegations he’d helped a medical record company “hijack” a web address by lying to international domain name dispute resolution authorities, finding the court lacks personal jurisdiction over the lawyer.

  • April 8, 2015

    Atty DQ'd After Accessing Medical Docs Loses NJ Appeal

    A New Jersey appeals court Wednesday affirmed a trial court's decision to disqualify attorney Brian Levine from representing a plaintiff in a medical malpractice suit against Somerset Medical Center, saying that because he illicitly accessed and reviewed his client's privileged medical documents, he has prejudiced the defendants.

  • April 8, 2015

    Belluck & Fox Says Garlock 'Fishing' In Asbestos RICO Suit

    Mesothelioma law firm Belluck & Fox LLP on Tuesday fought a North Carolina magistrate judge’s order allowing defunct gasket company Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC to subpoena information on 157 asbestos litigants in a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit against the law firm, saying the order was “clearly erroneous and contrary to law.”

  • April 8, 2015

    Barnes & Thornburg Wants Legal Mal Claims Cut In $50M Row

    Barnes & Thornburg LLP and the receiver for investment adviser The Nutmeg Group LLC on Wednesday urged an Illinois federal judge to reconsider a March ruling that left malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims in play in a $50 million derivative row over an alleged failure to provide quarterly statements to investors.

  • April 8, 2015

    Pa. Justices Told Nonprofit Attorneys Can Report Wrongdoing

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court unsealed a brief on Wednesday urging the justices to find that an attorney for a nonprofit organization had an obligation to the public to report the theft of the charity’s resources.

  • April 8, 2015

    Texas Judge Charged With Illegal Gun Sales, Smuggling

    A judge was indicted Tuesday in Texas federal court for allegedly selling guns to a convicted felon and helping with the illegal smuggling of firearms out of the country, as well as making false statements to government agents.

  • April 8, 2015

    Exec Slams McGuireWoods' DQ Defense In Real Estate IP Row

    The president of Gemini Real Estate Advisors LLC told a New York federal court Tuesday that McGuireWoods LLP’s argument against its disqualification as counsel in a struggle over ownership of the company and its trademarks “contravenes established law.”