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Legal Ethics

  • February 20, 2015

    Ex-Faruqi Associate Seeks $1.4M In Atty Fees For Assault Case

    The lawyers for former Faruqi & Faruqi LLP associate Alexandra Marchuk asked a New York federal judge for $1.4 million in fees on Friday, a month after a jury found the firm and partner Juan Monteverde created a hostile work environment in a closely watched sexual assault case.

  • February 20, 2015

    Atty To Get A Lesson In Ethics For Improper Closing Statement

    A Louisiana federal judge on Friday ordered an attorney to attend ethics classes after she discussed inadmissible evidence during the closing arguments of a labor trafficking case involving Signal International LLC, ruling that fatigue was no excuse and that the lawyer knew better.

  • February 20, 2015

    5th Circ. Judge Cleared In Alleged Racist Remarks Probe

    A federal judicial panel on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a complaint alleging Fifth Circuit Judge Edith H. Jones disparaged black, Hispanic and mentally disabled people during a University of Pennsylvania Law School lecture on the death penalty, saying there wasn't sufficient evidence to prove an ethical breach.

  • February 20, 2015

    US Atty Won't Be Disqualified From Ferriero Racketeering Suit

    Joseph Ferriero, the former New Jersey Democratic powerbroker facing racketeering changes, lost a bid to disqualify the local U.S. attorney’s office, when a judge rejected his contention that the government attorney was too cozy with a witness, according to an opinion issued Friday in New Jersey federal court.

  • February 20, 2015

    Hagens Berman Faces Call For Sanctions In Thalidomide Suit

    Drugmakers Sanofi-Aventis SA and Grunenthal GmbH asked a Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday to sanction Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP and dismiss its client's suit claiming that thalidomide caused her birth defects, saying that the firm should have easily realized that the suit was time-barred.

  • February 20, 2015

    Ill. High Court Backs Rescission Of Firm's Malpractice Policy

    The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Friday that Illinois State Bar Association Mutual Insurance Co. can rescind the entire malpractice policy for a Chicago-area law firm despite the fact that one of the firm's lawyers was unaware that his partner made a material misrepresentation on the renewal application.

  • February 20, 2015

    Foley Partner Defends Jumbled Supreme Court Petition

    After the U.S. Supreme Court ordered Foley & Lardner LLP partner Howard N. Shipley to explain why he shouldn’t be sanctioned over an apparently indecipherable petition in a patent row, the attorney said Friday his inventor client wanted the “unorthodox petition,” and he wouldn’t have filed it for a more “deferential client.”

  • February 20, 2015

    Sandusky Atty Charged With Stealing $535K From Clients

    A disbarred Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney whose former clients include convicted child predator Jerry Sandusky has been accused of stealing more than $535,000 from clients to gamble at casinos, according to a criminal complaint filed in county court Friday.

  • February 20, 2015

    Ex-Atty, Financial Adviser Pleads Guilty To Ponzi-Like Fraud

    A Texas financial adviser and former lawyer who resigned from the bar in 2014 pled guilty in a Texas federal court Thursday to running a Ponzi-like scheme with client money reportedly worth $8.4 million. 

  • February 20, 2015

    Ch. 15 Liquidator Renews Push For Paul Weiss Docs

    The liquidator probing an alleged $355 million insider fraud at a defunct Chinese medical technology company slammed a decision letting Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP and AlixPartners LLP invoke attorney-client privilege to hold back the results of an internal investigation they conducted for its audit committee.

  • February 20, 2015

    Texas High Court To Review Atty Fee Arbitration Exemptions

    The Texas Supreme Court agreed Friday to consider whether to let law firms force their clients to arbitrate potential malpractice claims while retaining the right to go to court to recover unpaid fees — a contract provision that some experts say allows firms to take advantage of unsophisticated clients and play both sides of the system.

  • February 20, 2015

    Sidley Austin Atty Accused Of Stealing Client's Idea

    Sidley Austin LLP partner Stephen Blevit has been slapped with a suit in Los Angeles court by a former client, claiming the attorney was hired to help him develop an online sports sweepstakes business, only to have Blevit steal the idea for himself and cut the client out of the company.

  • February 20, 2015

    Iowa Judge Punished For Granting Search Of His Own Client

    The Iowa Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a part-time magistrate judge in the small town of Northwood, Iowa, Friday for signing a warrant for the search of his own client’s home, a mistake similar to one he’d made six years earlier that caused the reversal of a criminal conviction.

  • February 20, 2015

    Ex-Willkie Atty Leaked Confidential MasterCard Info, Firm Says

    A former Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP lawyer who has been indicted for fraud sent confidential information from client MasterCard Inc. to a plaintiffs attorney representing a group of retailers in antitrust litigation against American Express Co., the firm said Thursday in New York federal court.

  • February 20, 2015

    DC Firm Says It Never Represented Malpractice Accuser

    Washington, D.C.-based Wilkes Artis Chtd. on Thursday struck back at an investment company accusing it of malpractice for saying it could benefit from an expired real estate tax credit, asking a Maryland federal judge to dismiss the case because no attorney-client relationship existed.

  • February 20, 2015

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: LeClairRyan's Corbin Walker

    Sometimes when partners retire, their institutional clients are not typically placed with partners of color or female partners. Women and partners of color should make sure they’re part of the succession-planning process, says Karol Corbin Walker, a shareholder with LeClairRyan who in 2003 was appointed as the first African-American president of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

  • February 19, 2015

    O'Melveny Dodges Sanctions In Sirius Ruling Fight

    A California federal judge on Thursday refused to reconsider his September decision in the Turtles’ $100 million class action holding that Sirius XM Radio Inc. infringed copyrights by broadcasting songs without properly paying royalties, although he also didn’t sanction Sirius’ counsel O'Melveny & Myers LLP for its motion seeking reconsideration.

  • February 19, 2015

    Ex-Greenberg Client Wants Fraud Claims Revived Against Firm

    A jewelry designer who is suing Greenberg Traurig LLP for malpractice urged a New York state appeals court Thursday to revive several attorney misconduct-related claims in a suit accusing the firm of acting solely in her sister’s interests while representing them both in an underlying trademark fight.

  • February 19, 2015

    Nike Kicks Soccer Monopoly Accusations, Wins Atty Sanctions

    Nike Inc. beat allegations it was illegally squashing competitors in the soccer equipment market and won a bid for sanctions against the attorney who brought the suit, in a pair of rulings in California federal court Wednesday that found the lawyer had submitted a false affidavit.

  • February 19, 2015

    Ex-NJ Powerbroker Looks To DQ US Attys In Racketeering Row

    A former New Jersey Democratic powerbroker pressed Thursday for the dismissal of racketeering charges against him or for the disqualification of the local U.S. attorney's office, alleging a top prosecutor's past representation of a key witness has tainted the prosecution.