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Legal Ethics

  • December 20, 2018

    Bill O'Reilly's $10M Suit Against Ex-Wife's Atty Dismissed

    Bill O'Reilly's $10 million lawsuit accusing his former wife's attorney of fraud was dismissed on Wednesday by a New York appeals court, which found that the onetime Fox News host had waited too long to bring his action.  

  • December 20, 2018

    Law360's The Week In Discipline

    A California lawyer sanctioned for filing a flimsy appeal of a fees-and-costs order and an Oklahoma attorney suspended for harassing his ex-wife via text messages lead Law360's The Week In Discipline, which compiles sanctions and conduct charges that may have flown under the radar.

  • December 19, 2018

    Full Fed. Circ. Won't Reimpose Sanction On NPE Counsel

    The Federal Circuit refused Wednesday to revisit its September ruling that freed Gutride Safier LLP from shared responsibility of a $500,000 sanction imposed on its client, a nonpracticing entity that sued a crowdfunding site for patent infringement.

  • December 19, 2018

    Avvo Beats Suit Claiming Paying Attys Get Higher Ratings

    A Manhattan federal judge Wednesday tossed a putative class action accusing attorney ratings website Avvo Inc. of offering paid-for advantages that make lawyers appear more qualified, saying the ratings are opinions protected by the First Amendment and the plaintiff attorney hadn’t shown he’d lost business with his non-paid listing.

  • December 19, 2018

    Litigation Funder On Hook For $8.9M Award, Cotton Cos. Say

    Two U.S. cotton companies that were handed an $8.9 million arbitration award in a dispute against an Indian yarn spinner told a California federal judge Wednesday that a litigation funder used by their opponent in association with the case should also be responsible for the judgment.

  • December 19, 2018

    Ill. Atty Stole Clients, Lawyers Before Changing Firms: Suit

    A Chicago suburban insurance defense firm's former name partner who was in line to become its next leader took about $2.7 million in business with him when he left to work for another firm, according to an Illinois state court suit filed Tuesday.

  • December 19, 2018

    Generic-Drug Cos. Want AGs To Shut Up About Price-Fixing

    Generic-drug companies facing multidistrict litigation and ongoing probes into alleged price-fixing are tired of hearing about them in the news, according to a brief filed in Pennsylvania federal court Tuesday that argues state attorneys general offices have violated legal and ethical requirements to keep mum.

  • December 19, 2018

    NJ Atty's Improper Argument Leads To New Slip-And-Fall Trial

    A New Jersey appeals court on Wednesday tossed a property owner’s trial win in a slip-and-fall case, ordering a new trial because the property owner’s attorney improperly gave jurors information during closing arguments that had not been admitted into evidence.

  • December 19, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Litigation Head Reapproved For Texas Case

    A Texas state appellate court has ordered a lower court to reinstate approval for an out-of-state Greenberg Traurig LLP attorney to represent a nut wholesaler accused of selling contaminated product, ruling there was no basis for withdrawing permission for her to appear.

  • December 19, 2018

    Ex-NJ Judge Says He Didn't Know DWI Fund Protocol

    A retired New Jersey municipal court judge accused of taking unapproved payments, including nearly $12,000 for himself, from a state fund dedicated to the administration of backlogged drunken driving cases during his time on the bench urged an ethics panel on Wednesday to go easy on him, insisting he’d been in the dark about the fund’s authorization paperwork protocol.

  • December 19, 2018

    Litchfield Cavo Atty Accused Of Pursuing Bogus Pa. RE Suit

    A Litchfield Cavo LLP partner is facing claims in Pennsylvania state court that he helped a client pursue a “bogus” lawsuit to trick a judge into giving his blessing to a phony lease agreement that gave the client rent-free occupancy of a North Philadelphia property for a day care business.

  • December 19, 2018

    Pa. Judge Can't Dodge Ethics Violations Over Lewd Pics

    A Pennsylvania judicial ethics panel has shot down a Monroe County judge's objections to findings that he violated conduct rules after staffers caught him viewing pictures of naked women on a personal computer he kept in his chambers.

  • December 19, 2018

    Thornton, Lieff Dig In Against Ex-Judge In $75M Fee Fight

    A fight over a $75 million attorneys' fee appears ready to stretch into 2019 — eight years after a class action filing against State Street Corp. over its foreign exchange practices — as Thornton Law Firm and Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP on Tuesday tore into the findings of a former judge who said they should disgorge millions.

  • December 19, 2018

    Fla. Panel Revives Health Center's Fight Over Attys' Fees

    A Florida state appeals court on Wednesday revived an appeal of a case that granted attorneys' fees to Mark J. Feldman for his short-lived representation of Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Center Inc. in a dispute over the recovery of personal insurance protection benefits, finding that the suit was not lawfully dismissed.

  • December 19, 2018

    Atty Used Trump To Justify Insults, Ethics Watchdog Says

    A Chicago personal injury attorney is facing discipline charges for allegedly disparaging and insulting another lawyer during a deposition, and then justifying his behavior by saying that President Donald Trump also insults people "on a daily basis" and that "the standards have changed."

  • December 18, 2018

    McKinsey, Jay Alix Tiff May End Careers, Ch. 11 Judge Warns

    The judge presiding over the Chapter 11 case for Westmoreland Coal Co. issued a stern warning Tuesday that restructuring professional Jay Alix's allegations of fraud and insufficient disclosures leveled at McKinsey & Co. could lead to "huge ramifications," potentially ending careers.

  • December 18, 2018

    Jackson Walker Can't Ax Wealth Management Suit: Ex-NFLer

    Attorneys for a former NFL offensive lineman told a state district court judge in Houston Tuesday afternoon that Jackson Walker LLP cannot get out of his lawsuit alleging the law firm played a role in the disastrous mismanagement of his assets by arguing the claim is time-barred when it helped keep the misdeeds from him.

  • December 18, 2018

    Celgene Wants Mylan Sanctioned For Bid To Add Witnesses

    Celgene Corp. urged a New Jersey federal judge Tuesday to reject Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s bid to add three consumer witnesses in its antitrust case against Celgene over cancer drugs Thalomid and Revlimid, or at least sanction Mylan through attorneys’ fees and costs in connection with additional discovery related to the witnesses.

  • December 18, 2018

    Chancery Clerk's Termination For Emailing Zuckerberg Upheld

    A Chancery Court clerk fired last year for using her work email to seek Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s help with a personal business venture was properly denied unemployment insurance afterward, according to a Delaware Superior Court judge.

  • December 18, 2018

    Colombian Official Seeks Leniency In Bribery Case

    A Florida federal judge put off sentencing Colombia’s former top anti-corruption official and an attorney on money laundering charges stemming from a bribery scheme, but said more than two hours of debate Tuesday over appropriate guidelines cleared up several issues for her.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.

  • Opinion

    A Case For Impeaching President Trump

    Barbara Radnofsky

    U.S. impeachment practice permits the strategic combination of claims in “omnibus” or “catch-all” articles. With that in mind — and considering precedent set by the Clinton impeachment and others — attorney Barbara Radnofsky offers her version of an omnibus article of impeachment against the current U.S. president.

  • Navigating Counsel Conflicts Of Interest In Bankruptcy

    Claire Wu

    A recent New York federal court ruling in the bankruptcy case of Relativity Media highlights the importance of disqualification of counsel disputes in bankruptcy matters. Attorneys must proceed with care when duties owed to both parties create a conflict of interest, says Claire Wu of SulmeyerKupetz PC.

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • Mediation Tips For Settling Big-Dollar Business Disputes

    Robert Fairbank

    Throughout a mediation, there are times of heightened uncertainty when something might happen to swing the leverage in one side’s favor. These windows of opportunity can be maximized by a number of methods other than in-person mediation sessions and formal exchanges of settlement numbers, say Robert Fairbank and Kimberly West of Fairbank ADR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • California Opens The Door To International Arbitration

    Sarah Reynolds

    Last month, California passed a law clarifying that lawyers who are not members of the state bar may appear in international arbitrations seated in California without local counsel. As a result, San Francisco and Los Angeles will likely see an increase in international arbitrations — particularly given their access to the Pacific Rim and Latin America, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    What's it like to assist Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Former clerks reflect on their experiences as the justice celebrates 25 years on the Supreme Court.