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Legal Ethics

  • November 18, 2014

    6 Firms To Have On Speed Dial If Malpractice Trouble Hits

    With attorneys everywhere facing more — and more complex — malpractice claims these days, a few firms have emerged as the go-to advocates for lawyers who find themselves facing a potentially devastating complaint.

  • November 18, 2014

    US Wants Downey Brand Attys DQ'd In $123M Wildfire Suit

    The federal government asked a California judge on Monday to disqualify Downey Brand LLP from representing Sierra Pacific Industries Inc. in its attempt to rewind a $122.5 million wildfire settlement, arguing the firm induced a former government attorney to reveal information that should have remained privileged.

  • November 18, 2014

    Abbott Labs Wants Trucking Co. Atty DQ'd In Contract Row

    Abbott Laboratories Inc. urged a Missouri federal judge Monday to disqualify an attorney representing a trucking company in a $3.4 million row over pension plan payments made on behalf of drivers contracted to work for the pharmaceutical giant, arguing he negotiated the pension plan contract and should be a witness.

  • November 18, 2014

    Wiley Rein Fights Atty's DQ Bid In Continental Policy Suit

    Wiley Rein LLP on Monday told a New York federal judge that the firm shouldn’t be disqualified from representing Continental Casualty Co. in a dispute with an attorney over a professional liability policy, saying that the attorney hadn’t shown that the firm would offer testimony prejudicial to him during trial.

  • November 18, 2014

    Former NJ Mayor Says Developer Can't DQ Attys In RE Fight

    The former mayor of Paramus, New Jersey, urged a federal judge Monday not to disqualify Kaufman Semeraro & Liebman LLP from representing the town in a suit brought by developer Shamrock Creek LLC accusing Paramus of interfering with a $14 million real estate deal, saying no conflict of interest exists.

  • November 17, 2014

    CNOOC Sanctions Counsel For Baker & McKenzie Conflict

    China’s state-owned oil and gas group, China National Offshore Oil Corp., on Monday reportedly sanctioned one of its legal affairs directors for not disclosing a conflict of interest with outside counsel Baker & McKenzie after she married the head of its Beijing office.

  • November 17, 2014

    Katten Settles Lowis & Gellen's Malpractice Claims

    Lowis & Gellen LLP has settled its third-party complaint claiming Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP shared malpractice liability in a suit accusing Lowis of negligently preparing loan information for now-defunct First Chicago Bank & Trust, according to a Monday filing in Illinois federal court.

  • November 17, 2014

    Groupon Cries Foul Over 'Judge-Shopping' In OT Fight

    Lawyers for former Groupon Inc. workers pursuing overtime claims engaged in improper “judge-shopping” by filing a separate suit rather than renewing a class certification bid in the same case where they were denied certification without prejudice, Groupon told a Chicago federal court Friday.

  • November 17, 2014

    Manatt Beats Investors' Negligence Claims In $200M Ponzi Row

    A California judge Monday trimmed claims against Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP alleging the firm negligently failed to disclose to investors that a convicted felon was behind a real estate holding company that turned out to be a $200 million Ponzi scheme, saying negligence claims were time-barred.

  • November 17, 2014

    Fredrikson Drops Sanctions Bid To End IP Malpractice Row

    Fredrikson & Byron PA on Monday escaped a malpractice suit filed against it by a former client over a failed cigarette trademark application, dropping a sanctions bid against the ex-client and its attorneys, who agreed to stop pursuing the malpractice claims.

  • November 17, 2014

    Cole Scott Sued For Representation In Wrongful Death Suit

    The court-appointed receiver for a Florida man facing a $15 million judgment for drunkenly killing another motorist sued the man's former counsel Cole Scott & Kissane PA, alleging that the firm did not adequately represent him in a civil suit brought by family members of the deceased.

  • November 17, 2014

    Calif. Bar 'Bewildered' By Ousted Exec's Whistleblower Claim

    The State Bar of California on Monday called claims by its recently fired director that he blew the whistle on improprieties at the organization “bewildering,” saying he only raised that flag after being informed that he was being pushed out.

  • November 17, 2014

    Brach Eichler Faces Malpractice Suit Over Industrial Site

    A Massachusetts company has accused Brach Eichler LLC and another New Jersey law firm of malpractice over an alleged failure to secure an environmental certification that would have saved the company and its indemnitors from $500,000 in legal fees and potentially millions in cleanup costs.

  • November 17, 2014

    Botched Murder Trial Kills Colonial-Dressed Atty's Law Career

    Dressed as Thomas Jefferson and declaring his right to free speech, a Kansas attorney and former gubernatorial and congressional candidate failed to win over the state's high court, which disbarred him after finding that he displayed "inexplicable incompetence" in handling a capital murder trial.

  • November 17, 2014

    Big Malpractice Payouts Mean Big Worries For Firms

    Malpractice cases against law firms may be nothing new, but a recent spike in the number of multimillion-dollar payouts firms are being forced to shell out in these suits is a cause for concern, experts say.

  • November 17, 2014

    Edelson Wants Husch Sanctioned For Spoliation Claims

    Edelson PC lawyers representing a class of cellphone users accusing payday loan companies and marketers of sending unsolicited text message ads called on a Nevada federal judge on Friday to sanction Husch Blackwell LLP defense counsel for saying they had conspired with a client to destroy evidence.

  • November 17, 2014

    How To Use A Sanctions Motion To Help Win Your Case

    Sanctions are an undeniably powerful litigation tool. When used with finesse, a sanctions bid can weaken an opponent to the the breaking point and win a judge’s favor in one fell swoop. Here, attorneys share with Law360 their success stories and tips on determining when sanctions are the right move. 

  • November 17, 2014

    Pa. Judge Suspended For Allegedly Shaking Down Staff

    The Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline on Monday suspended Dauphin County Judge Robert Jennings III, who was accused by the Judicial Conduct Board last week of demanding that his employees contribute 10 percent of their paychecks to his re-election campaign.

  • November 17, 2014

    Judge Recuses Herself In Cochran Firm Trademark Suit

    A California federal judge on Monday recused herself from a trademark dispute between The Cochran Firm PC and a former partner after acknowledging that she had heard a Cochran Firm associate speak about its structure, an issue that’s at the heart of the former partner’s argument that the trademark is invalid.

  • November 17, 2014

    Judge Rejects Philip Morris' Recusal Bid In Engle Suit

    A federal judge in Florida on Monday refused Philip Morris USA Inc.'s motion to recuse him from an Engle tobacco injury suit, saying public comments he made about trial lawyers' role in preventing tobacco deaths were taken out of context.