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Legal Ethics

  • October 24, 2018

    NJ Water Agency Hits Back At Trenk DiPasquale Judgment Bid

    A defunct Newark water agency has urged a New Jersey bankruptcy judge to deny a bid from Trenk DiPasquale Della Fera & Sodono PC for summary judgment in a suit accusing the firm of enabling corruption in the organization, saying the law firm has no standing to challenge the agency's ability to sue.

  • October 24, 2018

    Ex-NY Senate Leader Gets 4 Years For 2nd Graft Conviction

    Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos was sentenced Wednesday to four years and three months in prison, following his second corruption conviction for coercing businesses into directing payments to his son, Adam.

  • October 24, 2018

    Google Sanctioned For Overdesignating Docs As Private

    A New York state judge has sanctioned Google LLC over excessively designating hundreds of documents as “attorney’s eyes only” in a dispute with an app developer, ruling that the internet giant must pay legal fees from litigating access to the documents.

  • October 23, 2018

    Atty Wanted On Charges In New Jersey Shooting Death

    A New York City attorney has been charged in the Monday night shooting death of a New Jersey woman with whom he shares a daughter.

  • October 23, 2018

    NY Court System Illegally Suspended Obese Judge, Suit Says

    The New York state court system illegally discriminated against a city court jurist in Westchester County who suffered from obesity and various other ailments, suspending her in the hopes that she would either quit or "get sick and die," according to a federal suit filed Tuesday.

  • October 23, 2018

    Laser Co. Asked Too Late To Disqualify Ex-CEO's Attorney

    Laser weapon manufacturer Applied Energetics Inc. lost its bid Tuesday to have its former attorney disqualified from representing its former CEO in its Delaware Chancery Court suit after a judge said the company took too long to raise its concerns about the lawyer's potential conflicts.

  • October 23, 2018

    Ill. Judge Acquitted Of Gun-Dropping Charge

    An Illinois state judge accused of dropping a firearm in court was reportedly acquitted on Tuesday following an afternoon bench trial over the allegation.

  • October 23, 2018

    Ex-Balch & Bingham Atty Gets 5 Years In Ala. Bribery Case

    A former Balch & Bingham LLP environmental partner and a former coal company executive were sentenced Tuesday to five and two-and-a-half years imprisonment, respectively, for bribing an Alabama legislator for his help in dodging cleanup liability with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, prosecutors said Tuesday.

  • October 23, 2018

    State Judge, Ex-Employee Say Ute Tribe Can't DQ Fed. Judge

    The Ute Indian Tribe’s bid to get the Tenth Circuit to disqualify a Utah federal judge was met with opposition from a state judge and a former tribal employee involved in an underlying contract dispute, both of whom said the jurist had been improperly accused of racism.

  • October 23, 2018

    Calif. Firm Fights Malpractice Suit Over $30M Trial Loss

    A Beverly Hills law firm asked a Los Angeles judge Tuesday to release it from a couple's lawsuit blaming the firm for a $30 million trial loss over predatory mortgage lending, arguing that their lawyer — who had worked as a contractor for the firm — handled the couple's case independently.

  • October 23, 2018

    Couple Says Gov't 'Ambush' Led To Fraud Convictions

    A Maryland couple on Tuesday urged a D.C. Circuit panel to overturn their convictions on charges of health care fraud and money laundering, saying they were “ambushed” at trial by last-minute productions of evidence, even as prosecutors dragged out the proceedings for an impermissibly long time.

  • October 23, 2018

    Miss. Law Firm Owes $4M For Handling Of Appeal, Suit Says

    Clients of a Mississippi law firm have sued it for negligence in federal court, alleging the mistakes its attorneys made in filing an appeal forced it into a $4.1 million settlement with the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

  • October 23, 2018

    Attys Weren’t Alerted To Basis For Sanctions, 3rd Circ. Told

    Three Pennsylvania attorneys shouldn’t have been sanctioned for bringing a failed class action on behalf of a patient targeting an orthopedic surgery facility's payment plan, the patient told the Third Circuit on Tuesday, arguing the attorneys didn’t receive due notice of the issue that prompted the sanctions.

  • October 23, 2018

    CRT Purchasers Defend $6M Carveout For Excluded Buyers

    A class of indirect purchasers of cathode ray tubes defended its bid to award $6 million of a $577 million bundle of antitrust settlements to buyers from three states who were excluded, saying Monday that the objectors' attempts to claim more money are based on an unrealistic analysis.

  • October 23, 2018

    Ill. Railroad Wins Fees In Cops' 'Frivolous' Bias Suit

    An Illinois federal judge awarded attorneys’ fees Monday to a Chicago-area commuter railroad that beat a discrimination lawsuit from 12 of its police officers, saying the cops and their counsel pursued a “frivolous” path that had “no basis in fact or law.”

  • October 23, 2018

    Tech Co. Can't DQ Ex-Exec's Attys Over Privileged Docs

    A California federal judge refused to disqualify the counsel for a data security startup’s ousted co-founder in a suit accusing him of sharing trade secrets, saying that the counsel had violated ethical obligations by not revealing they had possession of privileged emails but that the company had not been harmed.

  • October 23, 2018

    Former Fla. Attorney Charged In 'Pump And Dump' Scheme

    An ex-lawyer and a stock promoter are facing parallel criminal and civil suits brought by the government in connection with a $1 million "pump and dump" scheme involving shares of a beauty supply company, according to documents filed in a Florida federal court Monday.

  • October 23, 2018

    Ex-Allentown Mayor Gets 15 Years For Pay-To-Play Scheme

    Former Allentown, Pennsylvania, Mayor Edwin Pawlowski was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Tuesday following his conviction for soliciting donations from vendors for an ultimately ill-fated U.S. Senate campaign in exchange for promises of lucrative city business.

  • October 23, 2018

    Heritage Foundation's Clerk Training Raises Specter Of Bias

    A recently suspended federal law clerk training program operated by conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation “harms the reputation of the federal judiciary” by creating the appearance of partisan bias, according to professors who specialize in legal ethics.

  • October 22, 2018

    Fla. Atty Suspended 1 Year For Disparaging Judges

    The Florida Supreme Court has suspended a Tampa attorney for one year for writing "incendiary and disparaging" statements regarding several judges, rejecting a referee's recommended punishment of an admonishment as "far too lenient."

Expert Analysis

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • How Attorney Discipline Is Evolving In The #MeToo Era

    Bonnie Frost

    In March, the American Bar Association issued a manual to help legal employers and victims fight sexual harassment in the legal profession. While automatic disbarment for sexual misconduct with clients may have been considered too harsh a sanction almost a decade ago, it may be revisited in the current climate, say Bonnie Frost and Kristi Terranova of Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost PC.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • Series

    High Crimes And Misdemeanors: Making Political Judgments

    Laurence Tribe

    Presidential impeachment exists not so that one party can decapitate the other, but to preserve the foundation of our democracy. For an impeachment to be legitimate, it must be a fair process in which Congress speaks for a majority of the American people in undoing an election, say Laurence Tribe of Harvard Law School and Joshua Matz of Gupta Wessler PLLC.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Series

    High Crimes And Misdemeanors: 'Manifest Injury' Is Key

    Barbara Radnofsky

    Under the U.S. Constitution, impeachment requires no charging of crime, no intent to do wrong and no lawbreaking. Rather, impeachment focuses on significance of effect. President Bill Clinton's 1998 impeachment was a clear demonstration of the differences between criminal and impeachment prosecution, says attorney Barbara Radnofsky.