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Legal Ethics

  • January 20, 2015

    Dewey Exec Gets Bail Refund To Help Foot Defense Costs

    The New York judge overseeing the Manhattan district attorney’s case against former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executives on Tuesday refunded $200,000 that was used to secure the pretrial release of ex-Dewey Chairman Steven Davis, in order to help cover his defense costs.

  • January 20, 2015

    Ex-DLA Piper Atty Sues Firm Over Disability Coverage

    A former DLA Piper LLP associate accused the firm of keeping him from receiving long-term disability benefits in a California federal lawsuit entered Monday that includes allegations that an employee benefits manager misclassified him on purpose.

  • January 20, 2015

    Supreme Court Won't Revive Locke Lord Racketeering Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court turned down on Tuesday the chance to review a nonprecedential Seventh Circuit decision that ended an attorney’s $15 million racketeering suit against Locke Lord LLP over a letter from one of the firm's attorneys requesting his Medicare information in a defamation dispute against a newspaper.

  • January 20, 2015

    Hogan Lovells Faces Disqualification Bid In Cleanup Row

    A construction company previously represented by Hogan Lovells US LLP that is currently disputing environmental remediation costs of a former naval shipyard with Steadfast Insurance Co. and a developer asked a California federal judge to disqualify the firm from representing Steadfast, saying there is a conflict of interest.

  • January 20, 2015

    Pa. Bill Would OK Probing Judges During Criminal Inquiries

    A bill introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate on Friday would prohibit the state's Judicial Conduct Board from delaying investigations of potentially corrupt judges amid concurrent criminal investigations and require judges who receive notice that they are being investigated to notify the JCB.

  • January 20, 2015

    Bar Character Test Seen As Vital Despite Flaws

    Questions about whether a history of misbehavior can accurately predict future problems have touched off a debate over whether bar admission character inquiries should be eliminated, but many legal professionals argue that even imperfect fitness standards remain vital for professional self-regulation and protecting public trust.

  • January 20, 2015

    Biz Owners Say Pepper Hamilton Counsel Hurting Their Shares

    Minority owners of a fiber optics business who are being sued in Pennsylvania federal court by the private equity firm that acquired it said Tuesday that they are seeing their share bleed as a result of the company’s representation by Pepper Hamilton LLP, which has previously represented the acquiring firm.

  • January 20, 2015

    Young Conaway Rips Sunken Treasure Investors' RICO Suit

    Delaware law firm Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP has told a Florida federal court that a $13.6 million racketeering lawsuit brought against it by investors in a fraudulent sunken treasure scheme is merely an improper attempt to pin the crimes of a client on its attorneys.

  • January 20, 2015

    Justices Won't Hear Recruiter Web Defamation Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a legal recruiting firm’s bid to appeal a Texas Supreme Court order requiring it to remove allegedly defamatory Internet postings that accused one of its former workers of bribing an associate at K&L Gates LLP.

  • January 16, 2015

    Supreme Court Case Threatens To Undo Fla. Judicial Reform

    The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Tuesday whether to uphold Florida's ban on judicial candidates' personally soliciting for campaign funds, and if the rule is reversed, experts say it could undo a critical aspect of reforms that stemmed the judicial corruption that ran rampant in the state not long ago.

  • January 16, 2015

    Fla. Tribe, Atty Ordered To Pay $1M In Sanctions Fight

    A Florida federal judge on Friday ordered Florida’s Miccosukee Tribe of Indians and an attorney representing the tribe in a failed embezzlement case against the tribe’s former counsel to pay more than $1 million in sanctions, calling the attorney’s behavior “egregious and abhorrent.”

  • January 16, 2015

    Pa. High Court Accepts Convicted Ex-Justice's Resignation

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has accepted the resignation of a colleague who was convicted of a series of felonies in 2013 for using her judicial staff to work on her political campaigns, according to an order published Friday.

  • January 16, 2015

    Board Wants To Boot Pa. Judge For Unlicensed Shoe Store

    A Lancaster County magistrate judge was slapped Friday with a complaint by Pennsylvania's Judicial Conduct Board, claiming she continued to operate a fashion shoe store on the side after the state’s Department of Revenue revoked her business license for failing to pay the store’s taxes.

  • January 16, 2015

    5th Circ. Won't Give Jailed Fen-Phen Atty New Hearing

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to grant a new trial to an attorney sentenced to six years imprisonment for siphoning money from the settlement pot of a class action over the diet drug fen-phen, upholding a district court’s denial of the claim he received ineffective legal counsel the first time around.

  • January 16, 2015

    Credit Suisse Attys Misled Court In Loan Suit, Landowners Say

    Plaintiffs accusing Credit Suisse Group AG in Idaho federal court of duping investors through a loan-to-own scheme claimed on Thursday that the bank’s lawyers lied about whether it was facing similar claims about compliance with federal appraisal standards.

  • January 16, 2015

    Prosecutors Aided 'Sham' Wildfire Probe, Sierra Pacific Says

    Sierra Pacific Industries Inc. and others on Thursday laid out a scathing account of alleged prosecutorial misconduct that pushed them into a $122.5 million settlement over a devastating California wildfire, claiming federal prosecutors “sat on their hands” as investigators worked to frame them.

  • January 16, 2015

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Richards Kibbe's James Walker

    I once learned from an unquestionably well-regarded general counsel at a large institution that, despite her impressive resume and the accolades that are regularly placed upon her, even she will sometimes deliver a message to her company’s board through her white male colleague in order to ensure buy-in, says James Walker, a partner and general counsel at Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP.

  • January 16, 2015

    Chadbourne Says Stanford Malpractice Suit Is Time-Barred

    Chadbourne & Parke told a Texas federal judge Thursday that the Stanford Financial Group receiver's quest to pin malpractice claims on them related to billionaire Robert Allen Stanford’s alleged $7 billion Ponzi scheme was “to no avail” because New York law and the statute of limitations bar the claims.

  • January 16, 2015

    Plaintiff In $185M AutoZone Bias Case Defends Attys' Actions

    A California federal court on Thursday was urged to deny AutoZone Stores Inc.’s bid for a mistrial in a pregnancy discrimination row that resulted in a record $185 million punitive damages award for a former store manager, with the ex-worker saying her attorneys’ “innocuous” contact with an excused juror wasn’t improper.

  • January 15, 2015

    Fla. Atty Who Mishandled Escrow Funds Broke Bar Rules

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a Miami attorney had violated several Florida Bar rules when he mishandled a $200,000 loan held in escrow for a second mortgage on a property and ordered a referee to recommend an appropriate sanction.