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Legal Ethics

  • March 12, 2015

    Inventor's DQ Bid Says Firm Tied To Her Former Counsel

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Thomas Kayden Horstemeyer & Risley LLP and four other law firms face disqualification in Georgia federal court after an inventor claimed Wednesday that an attorney at the latter firm once represented her in a patent application for the invention at-issue in the current suit.

  • March 12, 2015

    'Good Luck In Hell' Note To Ex-Debevoise Atty Earns Censure

    A New York lawyer was censured Wednesday for sending an acerbic email to a former Debevoise & Plimpton LLP attorney who served as a jury foreperson in a case he lost four years earlier, calling her an "A-hole" and bidding her "Good luck in Hell."

  • March 12, 2015

    Hagens Berman Faces Probe Of Thalidomide Client Dismissal

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday ordered an investigation into whether Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP attorneys dropped a client from a class action over birth defects caused by thalidomide without her consent, after the firm was sanctioned for bringing time-barred claims against Sanofi-Aventis SA and other drugmakers.

  • March 12, 2015

    Conduct Board Nails Philly Judges With Corruption Charges

    Two sitting judges on Philadelphia’s Municipal Court were charged Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board with helping the now-sentenced former Judge Joseph G. Waters intervene in cases on behalf of campaign contributors and other individuals connected to him.

  • March 12, 2015

    Consumers Win Cert. In Pressler & Pressler Collections Suit

    A New Jersey judge has granted class certification to a group of consumers accusing retail collection firm Pressler & Pressler LLP of misleading them as part of proposed settlements in debt collection lawsuits.

  • March 12, 2015

    Lewis Brisbois Facing Sanctions In Debt Collection Suit

    A scheduling wrangle with a pro se Fair Debt Collections Act plaintiff could mean sanctions for Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP after a California federal judge on Wednesday ordered the firm to explain why it should not be disciplined for missing a deadline on a settlement conference.

  • March 11, 2015

    Fla. Judge Accuses Attys Of Contempt In Disciplinary Case

    Florida Judge Laura Watson, under investigation over her involvement as an attorney in a $14.5 million settlement with an insurer, on Wednesday claimed attorneys trying the disciplinary case against her should be held in criminal contempt, and she again asked the state Supreme Court for a dismissal.

  • March 11, 2015

    Sedgwick Settles MedCap Malpractice Case Over $1B Scheme

    Sedgwick LLP has reached a settlement over allegations it was partially responsible for Medical Capital Holdings Inc.’s $1 billion Ponzi scheme, which led to a guilty plea for MedCap’s former president, according to filings Wednesday in California federal court.

  • March 11, 2015

    NJ Judge Asks If Attys Filed Sandy Suit Without Telling Client

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday ordered attorneys from The Voss Law Firm PC and Harbatkin & Levasseur PA to provide evidence they were retained and authorized to commence wind damage litigation for a marina, after its principal said he was unaware a coverage suit had even been filed.

  • March 11, 2015

    Judge Won't Vacate Skadden Fee Order In Radnor Ch. 11

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge said Wednesday he will deny the founder of defunct packaging company Radnor Holdings Corp.'s bid for the court to vacate its 2013 decision upholding Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP's $4 million in fees, saying the court had fully considered the matter already.

  • March 11, 2015

    Davis & Gilbert Asks Appeals Court To Nix Malpractice Case

    Davis & Gilbert LLP on Wednesday urged a New York appeals court to toss the remainder of an $8 million legal malpractice suit accusing the firm of bungling copyright transfers for a documentary, arguing the lower court erred by finding that issues of fact persist in the case.

  • March 11, 2015

    Littler Says GC To Blame In OT Advice Malpractice Suit

    Littler Mendelson PC has hit back against the daughter of a Houston billionaire that accused the firm of malpractice after she took its advice and stopped paying domestic workers at her mansion overtime, alleging the plaintiff’s general counsel misinterpreted background information and caused the screwup.

  • March 11, 2015

    NY Says Emails Used To Indict Payday Lenders Not Privileged

    New York prosecutors fired back Tuesday at a bid to throw out the indictment of lenders and individuals charged with participating in an illegal “payday syndicate,” saying attorney-client emails introduced to the grand jury didn’t taint the process because they aren’t privileged.

  • March 11, 2015

    Jones Day Says Sanctions In Abbott Suit Were Biased

    Jones Day asked the Eighth Circuit on Tuesday to reverse a lower court's sanctions against it for allegedly obstructing depositions while representing Abbott Laboratories in a personal injury suit, arguing that the sanctions stemmed not from its conduct but the trial court's bias against out-of-state attorneys from big law firms.

  • March 11, 2015

    Pa. Judicial Board Won't Discipline Judge Over Hit-And-Run

    The Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board said Wednesday it had sent a letter dismissing disciplinary charges against a Blairsville magistrate judge for fleeing the scene of a car accident, apparently in an attempt to avoid getting caught driving while intoxicated, though the board said it was “gravely concerned” about her behavior.

  • March 11, 2015

    Pa. Justices Told Firms Should Face Abuse Of Process Suits

    A Pennsylvania businessman who was named as a defendant in a group of class actions stemming from the infamous "kids for cash" judicial bribery scandal asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday to revive a lawsuit targeting the law firms involved for abuse of process.

  • March 11, 2015

    NY Lawyers Cautioned On Ethical Dangers Of LinkedIn Pages

    A New York ethics committee laid out a list of guidelines on Tuesday for attorneys who maintain profiles on social networking site LinkedIn, saying practice area descriptions or endorsements may be considered attorney advertising and subject to ethical oversight.

  • March 11, 2015

    Fla. 'Foreclosure King' Hit With $2M Process Service Suit

    A Miami-based process serving company sued Florida's now-disbarred “foreclosure king” David J. Stern on Monday, alleging he and his defunct firm owe close to $2 million for unpaid services.

  • March 11, 2015

    Pa. AG Asks High Court To Bury Leak Investigation

    A lawyer for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane asked the state’s high court Wednesday to throw out a grand jury presentment recommending that she be charged with leaking confidential information to reporters, arguing the supervising judge lacked authority to appoint a special prosecutor to probe the leak.

  • March 11, 2015

    Boies Schiller Can't Nix Bad-Faith Sanction In Antitrust Case

    A Second Circuit panel on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s more than $270,000 sanction against Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP for pursuing a $400 million antitrust suit against Marriott International Inc. despite a conflict of interest.