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Legal Ethics

  • May 19, 2015

    Pa. Firms See Green, But Want Ethics Rules For Medical Pot

    While the Pennsylvania Senate’s passage of a bill to legalize medical marijuana has some firms gearing up to get involved in a new industry, attorneys said clear guidance is needed on the ethics of advising clients how to trade in a drug that’s still illegal under federal law.

  • May 19, 2015

    Judge Campaign Lies Not Protected Speech, Ill. Board Says

    An Illinois disciplinary board found Monday that a former judicial candidate knowingly lied when, in a campaign mailer sent to nearly 100,000 people, he called his opponent negligent, rejecting the attorney’s argument that his statements were protected by the First Amendment.

  • May 15, 2015

    Jackson Lewis Sanctioned For 'Crap Cleaner' Evidence Wipe

    Jackson Lewis PC and its former tech investor clients were slammed with hefty monetary sanctions after a California federal judge found they destroyed evidence with "Crap Cleaner" software in Clear-View Technologies Inc.'s suit alleging the investors conspired to steal its intellectual property.

  • May 19, 2015

    Fainting Plaintiff Blasts Grant Thornton For Deluge Of Docs

    A former Grant Thornton LLP employee who previously alleged an Alston & Bird LLP attorney continued to depose her after she fainted has continued to attack the accounting firm and its counsel, telling the Eleventh Circuit that her former employer filed a “tsunami” of false documents in the now-nixed health plan suit.

  • May 18, 2015

    Fla. Atty Takes Disciplinary Appeal To High Court

    A disbarred Florida attorney has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to find that the Florida Bar's counsel violated his First Amendment rights by filing a contempt petition against him despite the fact that the bar disciplinary agency had not found him in contempt.

  • May 18, 2015

    Ex-Weil Attys DQ'd By Micron In Flash Memory Patent Fight

    A Delaware federal judge on Friday ruled that two former Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP attorneys cannot represent Innovative Memory Solutions Inc. in its patent infringement suit against their former client, Micron Technology Inc., finding that the Tensegrity Law Group LLP partners know too much about Micron.

  • May 18, 2015

    Orioles Say Proskauer Tainted Arbitration Of Broadcast Row

    The Baltimore Orioles and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network on Monday urged a New York judge to vacate a ruling directing the team's network to pay higher fees for broadcast rights to the Washington Nationals, saying the underlying proceeding was corrupted by the involvement of Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • May 18, 2015

    Texas Judge Reprimanded For Calling DA 'New York Jew'

    The Texas judicial conduct commission on Monday publicly admonished District Court Judge Carter Tinsley Schildknecht for referring to a district attorney as a "New York Jew" and saying that an assistant district attorney looked "like a Muslim" because of his beard.

  • May 18, 2015

    Phony Docs Torpedo $25M Verdict In Trade Secret Row

    A Texas federal judge on Friday vacated a $25 million trade secret win for MRI technology developer LBDS Holding Co. in a trade secret suit against ISOL Technology and ordered LBDS to pay attorneys' fees, after LBDS admitted to relying on fraudulent documents throughout the litigation. 

  • May 18, 2015

    3rd Circ. Urged To Revive NJ County Atty Malpractice Row

    State National Insurance Co. on Friday urged the Third Circuit to overturn a New Jersey federal judge’s refusal to revive legal malpractice claims against Camden County’s attorney in a suit over whether the insurer had to cover a $31 million state jury verdict, saying the attorney tried to cover up her negligence.

  • May 18, 2015

    Wolf Aide Defends Pa. Reforms For Picking Outside Counsel

    A spokesman for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf defended reforms to the state's method for selecting bond counsel Monday, in response to reports that state lawyers pushed the University of Pennsylvania Health System to hire three more law firms than it initially sought for a $400 million financing effort.

  • May 18, 2015

    Jay-Z's Label Slams Atty's 'Skewed Logic' In Logo IP Suit

    An attorney defending Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records LLC against claims the company stiffed its logo designer for royalties called the plaintiff's attorney's attempt to dodge sanctions for discovery delays "farcical" in a letter to a New York federal judge Friday.

  • May 18, 2015

    Judge Resigns After Accepting $250K From Old Firm

    Marc A. Garcia, the first Latino and youngest judge to be appointed to the Merced County, California, criminal court bench, resigned on Friday, just two months after he was accused of hiding $250,000 in payments from attorneys from his former firm who appeared before him.

  • May 18, 2015

    White & Case Told To Change Alleged Russian Spy's Retainer

    A New York federal judge on Monday ordered White & Case LLP to revise its retainer agreement with an employee at a Russian state owned-bank who is charged with acting as a spy for Moscow, saying the bank’s decision to pay the defendant’s legal fees had raised a potential conflict of interest.

  • May 18, 2015

    High Court Won't Review 9th Circ.'s Atty Suspension Ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a Ninth Circuit ruling that left in place a one-year suspension imposed by the California State Bar on an attorney held in contempt of a federal court, even though that contempt ruling was later vacated.

  • May 15, 2015

    Winston & Strawn Hit Again With $100M Suit Over Metals Scam

    Winston & Strawn LLP was hit in Illinois federal court Friday with a $100 million malpractice suit alleging one of its partners gave Hunter Wise Commodities LLC advice concerning a metals scheme that led to the securities firm’s demise, after a Florida federal judge tossed the original complaint.

  • May 15, 2015

    Suit Says Hogan Lovells Touted False Info In Credit Beef

    A defunct Florida corporation locked in a $250 million credit dispute with a Brazilian bank formerly represented by Hogan Lovells and onetime partner Lyndon Tretter sued the pair in New York federal court Friday, claiming Hogan and Tretter knowingly submitted false testimony by the bank’s president in the underlying dispute.

  • May 15, 2015

    Atty’s Unprofessionalism Warrants Mistrial: NJ Appeals Court

    A lawyer’s “unprofessional” commentary in a personal injury case has won the opposing party a new trial, with a New Jersey appeals court ruling Wednesday that the sentiments impacted the jury’s apportionment of damages and vacating a nearly $2.5 million judgment.

  • May 15, 2015

    Digital Realty Can't Nix Prejudice Suit, Can Keep Seyfarth

    A California federal judge refused Friday to toss a $1 million employment discrimination suit brought by a former Digital Realty Trust Inc. executive who claimed the company fired him for being gay, but he shot down the plaintiff’s bid to disqualify Seyfarth Shaw LLP as defendant’s counsel.

  • May 15, 2015

    YMCA Injury Plaintiff Must Cough Up Info On Atty-Doctor Ties

    A Florida appeals court refused to quash a trial court's order to produce any information on a possible referral relationship between physicians treating a woman who fell in a YMCA parking lot and her lawyers, saying Friday that all other options have been explored.