Legal Ethics

  • December 14, 2017

    Atty Pocketed Fees Without Working, Ill. Commission Says

    The hearing board of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission has recommended that the state Supreme Court disbar a Chicago attorney after finding she collected fees from 10 clients but did little to no work on their cases.

  • December 14, 2017

    Atty Wants Political Contributions Nixed From Bribery Suit

    The Norris McLaughlin & Marcus PA attorney facing charges over an alleged pay-to-play scheme in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday moved to exclude most of the campaign contributions he made to Democratic Mayor Ed Pawlowski, a day after an alleged co-conspirator copped a guilty plea.

  • December 13, 2017

    Fla. Firm Wants Order Quashed In Facebook Friends DQ Row

    A law firm petitioning the Florida Supreme Court to disqualify a trial judge over her Facebook friendship with a potential opposing counsel filed an emergency motion late Wednesday asking the justices to quash an appeals panel's order quashing two discovery orders, saying it violated the high court's stay.

  • December 13, 2017

    Atty-Journalist Describes 'Hypersexualized World' Of Kozinski

    Dahlia Lithwick, a prominent legal commentator and onetime Ninth Circuit clerk, added Wednesday to allegations spreading about lewd and inappropriate sexual behavior by Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, writing an article describing a “strange hypersexualized world of transgressive talk and action that embodied his chambers.”

  • December 13, 2017

    Barnes & Thornburg Atty Suspended For Billing Misconduct

    A Barnes & Thornburg equity partner was suspended from practicing law for two years by the Georgia Supreme Court on Monday for submitting bogus bills to corporate clients while working at another firm, which was not named in the ruling.

  • December 13, 2017

    Morgan Lewis Wants Order On Privileged Material Clarified

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP on Tuesday sought to narrow how much work product-privileged material it must turn over to two former General Cable Corp. executives being sued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on accounting fraud allegations, asking a Florida federal court to clarify a previous ruling that found the firm had waived the privilege.

  • December 13, 2017

    Ex-Katten Atty Trial Halted Over 'Career-Ending' Claims

    The Martin Shkreli-linked fraud trial of former Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP attorney Evan Greebel came to a screeching halt Wednesday, over unidentified “potentially career-ending” claims raised by Greebel's lawyers involving an unnamed government official.

  • December 13, 2017

    Ex-Law School Students Need Loan Discharges, NC AG Says

    North Carolina’s attorney general told the U.S. Department of Education in a letter Wednesday that he had received complaints from multiple students of the former Charlotte School of Law who said they were unable to obtain loan forgiveness they're entitled to under the national closed school discharge policy.

  • December 13, 2017

    Judge Did Not Have Conflict In Whistleblower Case: NJ Panel

    A judge who tossed a consumer protection investigator’s whistleblower lawsuit against Atlantic County didn’t need to recuse himself from the case due to his former firm’s past representation of the county, a New Jersey appeals court ruled Wednesday.

  • December 13, 2017

    Chinese Investor Sues Over Alleged $50M EB-5 Visa Scam

    A Chinese investor who sought to receive a green card through the EB-5 visa program sued in California federal court on Tuesday to recover amounts he paid in connection with an alleged $50 million scheme that has resulted in federal criminal charges and forfeiture cases.

  • December 13, 2017

    UPMC Drops Suit Against Atty Over Client Solicitation

    The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Monday dropped a state court lawsuit accusing a Pittsburgh attorney of engaging in an unethical plan to “bring the health system down” by stoking fear among prospective patients.

  • December 13, 2017

    Rosenstein Says No ‘Good Cause’ To Fire Mueller

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified Wednesday that he has not seen “good cause” to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, assuring Democratic lawmakers that the head of the Russia investigation is safe in his position for now, despite growing Republican outcry over perceived bias.

  • December 13, 2017

    Atty Need Not Wait For IRS In Malpractice Case: Texas Panel

    A Texas attorney does not need to wait until the IRS assesses the taxability of a financial transaction before defending himself against a malpractice claim that carries a potential liability of about $1.6 million, a Texas appellate panel ruled Tuesday.

  • December 13, 2017

    SEC Target’s Filings Too ‘Inept’ To Be Atty's, Court Told

    Counsel for corporate clients wrapped up in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit alleging a private equity executive stole $9.3 million from investors lashed out Tuesday at contentions that the executive is not representing himself, arguing his filings are too “inept” to come from a lawyer.

  • December 13, 2017

    Court Urged To Rethink Jurisdiction In Judge Defamation Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge was urged on Tuesday to rethink her decision to allow the Philadelphia County courts to hear a defamation lawsuit being pursued by a member of its bench over his portrayal in a book about the infamous murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.

  • December 13, 2017

    Lawyers Under Fire: The 2017 Year-End Ethics Review

    How far can you go and still be inside the ethical lines? It’s a question lawyers must ask themselves frequently, and one at the heart of some of the biggest lawyer-focused cases and controversies. Here are five groundbreaking decisions and disputes from 2017 every professional liability lawyer should know.

  • December 12, 2017

    Misconduct Gets DLA Piper Attys Tossed From Dish IP Row

    DLA Piper attorneys were thrown out of Dish Network LLC’s trademark suit against a DirecTV retailer Tuesday after they asked to file one too many amended complaints, as an Ohio federal judge ruled that the company’s latest attempt to rework its case was “blatant” bad faith conduct.

  • December 12, 2017

    Flextronics ‘Screwed Up’ By Missing Opt-Out, Judge Says

    A California federal judge said Tuesday she doesn’t have a lot of sympathy for Flextronics’ failure to opt out of Maxell, NEC, Panasonic and Toshiba’s $49.85 million settlement with a class of direct purchasers of lithium-ion batteries, saying the electronics manufacturer “screwed up” by missing the opt-out deadline and it’s now scrambling.

  • December 12, 2017

    SEC Knocks Trader's DQ Bid Over Alleged Privilege Breach

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a New York federal court on Monday that its attorneys didn’t purposely look at privileged documents belonging to a foreign day-trading firm accused of manipulative trading and that, even if they did see a couple of those documents by accident, it hasn’t affected the case.

  • December 12, 2017

    NJ Atty Suspended After 'Brazen Deception' Toward Tribunals

    The state's highest court has suspended an attorney from practicing law in New Jersey for three years over a series of ethics violations that include lying to disciplinary authorities and a federal bankruptcy court and abusing his attorney trust account to avoid creditors.

Expert Analysis

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: A Journey From Conviction To Dismissal

    Janet Levine

    The twist in the Lindsey Manufacturing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case was the truncated time in which we prepared. Having refused to waive their rights to a speedy trial, our clients took control of the case — this, along with the compressed time frame, forced the government to make errors, say Janet Levine, Sima Namiri-Kalantari and Megan Weisgerber of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Basic Human Rights: Whose Job Is Enforcement?

    Dan Weissman

    The cases of Jesner v. Arab Bank and Doe v. Cisco Systems pose different legal tests under the Alien Tort Statute. But these decisions could hold major consequences for environmentalists, human rights activists and even individuals who have turned to ATS to go after transnational corporations, says Dan Weissman of LexisNexis.

  • Lies, Damn Lies And The Lying Investigators Who ‘Pretext’

    Peggy Daley

    The investigators who took on the Harvey Weinstein “pretexting” assignment — who knowingly agreed to befriend and lie to sexual assault victims in order to tarnish their reputations — need to take a long, hard look in the mirror. And then, they must get out of the private investigations business, says Peggy Daley of Berkeley Research Group LLC.

  • Are Private Sector WTO Litigators At Risk Under Logan Act?

    Alan Price

    Renewed interest in our national security laws, and particularly their restraints on U.S. citizen engagement with foreign governments, suggests that U.S. lawyers would be wise to evaluate the risks associated with the Logan Act before representing foreign governments in disputes against the U.S. government before foreign tribunals, say members of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • The Billing Evolution: How Far Along Is Your Firm?

    Sharon Quaintance

    In a recent study, 20 out of 25 law firms surveyed have made billing process improvement a top priority for 2018. Firms can foster consistency and increase efficiency at all stages of their billing cycle by focusing on a few specific procedures, say Sharon Quaintance and Christine Indiano at HBR Consulting.

  • Regulators, Whistleblowers And The Paradise Papers

    Adam Pollock

    Clients of "Paradise Papers" law firm Appleby Global should now expect that tax authorities in the U.S., the U.K. and elsewhere will closely scrutinize the leaked documents for evidence of tax evasion. And individuals with inside information that sheds further light on these cases stand to reap sizable rewards by filing qui tam actions, says Adam Pollock of Ford O'Brien LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.

  • Preparing Your Company Witnesses For The Gotcha Question

    Matthew Keenan

    Catching a witness flat-footed on an important topic is no longer confined to cable news, and corporate legal defenses can likewise die when witnesses profess ignorance on things that jurors believe they should know. However, employing some common sense tools can minimize potential harm, says Matthew Keenan of Shook Hardy Bacon LLP.