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Legal Ethics

  • November 7, 2014

    Dewey Brass Can't Dodge Criminal Trial

    A New York judge on Friday said the former leadership of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP must stand trial on charges that they deceived lenders and investors before the firm’s collapse, denying their main pretrial bids to escape the case.

  • November 6, 2014

    UK Spies Can Target Atty-Client Communications, Docs Show

    The British government has released previously secret policies stating that its spies are permitted to intercept the private communications between attorneys and their clients in certain circumstances, according to documents posted on human rights organization Reprieve’s website Thursday.

  • November 6, 2014

    'Patent Troll' To End Deceptive Tactics In Deal With FTC

    MPHJ Technology Investments LLC, which has threatened to sue thousands of small businesses over its scanner patents, and its law firm agreed Thursday to not use deceptive tactics in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, in the agency's first action against a so-called patent troll.

  • November 6, 2014

    Reprimand In Rader Email Flap Shows Pitfalls Of Boasting

    The Federal Circuit's reprimand of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP's Edward Reines for forwarding clients a laudatory email he received from former Chief Judge Randall Rader provides a clear illustration of the ethical pitfalls attorneys face when boasting about praise they receive, experts say.

  • November 6, 2014

    3rd Circ. Affirms 10-Year Sentence For Tax Fraudster Atty

    The Third Circuit on Thursday affirmed a 10-year sentence for tax attorney Bernard Bagdis, who was convicted in 2009 for his role in a $24 million tax obstruction and evasion scheme, after a second appeal.

  • November 6, 2014

    CSX, Asbestos Attys End 4th Circ. RICO Fight With $7.3M Deal

    The Fourth Circuit on Thursday dismissed an appeal from two attorneys hit by a $7.3 million damages and attorneys' fee award in a racketeering suit brought by CSX Transportation Inc., ending allegations that the railroad company sued them in retaliation for filing asbestos claims by its employees.

  • November 6, 2014

    Ex-Navy SEAL Slams Attys Over Advice On Bin Laden Book

    The former Navy SEAL who published an account of his participation in the mission that killed Osama bin Laden hit his former lawyers with an $8 million malpractice suit Wednesday in New York federal court, alleging they convinced him not to get military clearance for his book.

  • November 6, 2014

    Antonelli Terry Rips Bid To Double $8M Malpractice Verdict

    Antonelli Terry Stout & Kraus LLP struck back Wednesday at a request by technology company Protostorm LLC to nearly double an $8 million jury verdict to $15 million, saying prejudgment interest shouldn’t be allowed in the malpractice suit over a botched patent application.

  • November 6, 2014

    Pa. Hospital's Atty Must Pay $1M For Witness Instruction Flub

    A state judge has ordered a Philadelphia hospital's defense attorney to pay nearly $1 million in sanctions for allowing an expert witness in a malpractice trial to reference the smoking history of a plaintiff who died of lung cancer.

  • November 6, 2014

    Calif. Judge Scolded For Calling Litigants ‘Rotten,’ ‘Stupid’

    California’s Commission on Judicial Performance on Wednesday publicly admonished a state judge for allegedly calling litigants “rotten,” “stupid and thuggish” and a “total human disaster,” saying he had failed to uphold the integrity and independence of the judiciary.

  • November 6, 2014

    Plaintiffs Firms Again Dodge Claims They Lowballed $1M Deal

    A Pennsylvania federal judge said Wednesday he would not reconsider a decision dismissing a lawsuit against plaintiffs firms Layser & Freiwald PC and Spencer & Associates over a $1.2 million settlement in a medical malpractice case that a former client said fell far below the value of her claim.

  • November 6, 2014

    Fla. High Court To Reprimand Judge For Bailiff Relationship

    The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Polk County Judge Susan B. Flood should be publicly reprimanded for an inappropriate personal relationship she had with her bailiff, deeming her conduct unacceptable but also citing her remorse and unblemished record on the bench.

  • November 5, 2014

    Prosecutors Refused DLA Piper Docs In Facebook Scam Suit

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday denied prosecutors’ request to turn over additional documents from DLA Piper, in their criminal suit against a former client accused of faking a contract that entitled him to half of Facebook Inc.

  • November 5, 2014

    'Rambling' Inventor Can't Shake Cowan Liebowitz Sanctions

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday declined to entertain a “rambling” request by an inventor that the court reconsider discovery sanctions imposed on her in a suit accusing Cowan Liebowitz & Latman PC of legal malpractice, saying that the request was defective in every way possible.

  • November 5, 2014

    Texas Atty Sued For $6.7M Over Ponzi Scheme Investment

    A group of small investors on Tuesday sued for $6.7 million a Texas attorney who advised them to buy stakes in mining and exploration companies that turned out to be part of a Ponzi scheme that wiped out their funds.

  • November 5, 2014

    Atty Takes $90K Hit For Baseless IP Suit Against Indybay

    A California federal judge on Monday ordered a lawyer to pay the publisher and Web host for San Francisco news website Indybay nearly $90,000 in attorneys’ fees for his frivolous copyright suit, ruling he didn't actually own the copyright to the contested work.

  • November 5, 2014

    Pa. Court Watchdog Wants Review Of OAG, High Court Emails

    A judicial watchdog group on Wednesday urged the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Office of the Attorney General to appoint an independent master to review 4,000 emails sent between the two bodies that were unearthed in the porn scandal that felled now-retired Justice Seamus McCaffery.

  • November 5, 2014

    Nexium Buyers Seek Litigation Docs From AstraZeneca

    Nexium buyers in a pay-for-delay case against AstraZeneca PLC and two generic-drug makers on Wednesday asked a Massachusetts federal judge to order AstraZeneca to hand over key litigation and settlement documents for trial, saying the company is using privilege as a “sword and a shield.”

  • November 5, 2014

    Gov't Stands By Faegre Atty In Petters Ponzi Plea Deal Row

    Federal prosecutors on Tuesday said “buyer’s remorse” is the real reason a convicted co-conspirator in Thomas Petters’ $3.7 billion Ponzi scheme wants to renege on his plea deal, not because a Faegre Baker Daniels LLP partner or the government misrepresented the deal as the defendant now claims.

  • November 5, 2014

    NJ Judge Suspended For Conflict In Atty Dealings

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a one-month suspension without pay for a Superior Court judge who sought assistance from a family law attorney with matters before her and allegedly helped to hide that conflict.