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Legal Ethics

  • January 17, 2019

    At Objector's Urging, Judge Rules Against Him In Edelson Suit

    An Illinois federal judge entered judgment against a Texas attorney known for representing objectors to class action settlements on Thursday, granting the attorney’s own motion and ending Edelson PC’s lawsuit accusing him of using the objection process to extort plaintiffs’ attorneys.

  • January 17, 2019

    Weinstein, Lawyer Officially ‘Part Ways’ After Split Rumors

    Less than a week after rumors of a split emerged, Harvey Weinstein and his criminal defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman formally announced Thursday that Brafman will be withdrawing as counsel for the disgraced movie mogul in the sexual assault case playing out in New York state court.

  • January 17, 2019

    Law360's The Week in Discipline

    A New York City judge who urged cops to just "let it slide" after she hit a police vehicle and a former Kirkland & Ellis LLP lawyer accused of padding his billables lead Law360's The Week In Discipline, which compiles sanctions and conduct charges that may have flown under the radar.

  • January 17, 2019

    King & Spalding, Ex-Atty Spar Over Experts In Firing Suit

    King & Spalding LLP and a former attorney suing the firm for wrongful termination traded blows Wednesday in a flurry of filings seeking to discredit each other's expert witnesses, with King & Spalding saying one expert's estimate that the attorney suffered $21 million to $49 million in damages was not backed up by evidence.

  • January 17, 2019

    Fla. Atty Accused Of Breaking Into Firm's Office Suspended

    The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended an attorney who is facing charges of burglarizing his former firm's office and stealing from the firm's storage unit.

  • January 17, 2019

    Clinic Has No Grounds For DQ In Surgery Suit, Patient Says

    A Canadian woman accusing a plastic surgery clinic of botching her breast surgery urged a Michigan federal court Wednesday to reject the clinic's bid to disqualify the judge after he conducted research and offered her guidance to avoid outright dismissal, arguing the action does not prove favoritism.

  • January 17, 2019

    Skadden To Pay $4.6M Over Ukraine Lobbying

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has settled claims by the U.S. Department of Justice over the firm's failure to register lobbying work for the Ukrainian government and agreed to pay more than $4.6 million in fees from the engagement, the DOJ announced on Thursday.

  • January 16, 2019

    Ex-Hallmark Host's Atty DQ'd In Wrongful Termination Suit

    The Bloom Firm cannot represent a former Hallmark Channel host accusing the television network of firing him for reporting sexual harassment on set, a California federal judge ruled Wednesday, finding that the firm previously had a legal consulting agreement with one of the network’s producers embroiled in the harassment claims.

  • January 16, 2019

    Platinum Judge Sees No Misconduct, But Raps Gov't 'Candor'

    A Brooklyn federal judge on Wednesday rejected the latest request from several Platinum Partners LLP executives to dismiss a criminal fraud case against them, saying there wasn't enough proof to support the idea that prosecutors hid evidence or fabricated threats to witnesses.

  • January 16, 2019

    Mich. Atty Granted New Trial In Injury Referral Fee Fight

    A Michigan appellate court said Tuesday improper jury instructions warrant a new trial in a suit accusing a firm of failing to pay a solo practitioner a $680,000 fee as part of a referral agreement in an auto collision suit that ended in a $10.2 million award.

  • January 16, 2019

    For-Profit Ariz. Law School Drops ABA Suit Over Accreditation

    A for-profit law school has settled its suit that alleged the American Bar Association’s decision to pull the school’s accreditation was “arbitrary and capricious.”

  • January 16, 2019

    Ill. Panel Affirms Thompson Coburn's Win In Malpractice Suit

    An Illinois construction company was too late to bring malpractice claims against Thompson Coburn LLP because the contractor should have known about the firm’s alleged negligence in securing a mechanics lien four years before filing suit, a state appellate court ruled Tuesday.

  • January 16, 2019

    Pa. AG Goes After Phony Philly-Area Immigration Atty

    A Philadelphia-area man who admitted to posing as an immigration attorney is facing a lawsuit from the Pennsylvania attorney general's office in a bid to recoup some $20,000 in fees he allegedly extracted from individuals he took on as clients in citizenship cases.

  • January 16, 2019

    Objector Admits To Unethical Conduct To Exit Edelson Suit

    A Texas attorney known for filing objections to class action settlements has offered to stop practicing in Illinois and only bring objections that meet certain criteria to resolve a lawsuit brought by plaintiffs firm Edelson PC over what it says is his extortionate use of the objection process.

  • January 16, 2019

    Law Center Hit With RICO Suit Over 'Hate Group' Label

    The Center for Immigration Studies, a nonprofit think tank that advocates for more restrictive immigration policies, filed a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act lawsuit against two leaders at the Southern Poverty Law Center in federal court on Wednesday, disputing the legal advocacy organization’s choice to label it a “hate group.”

  • January 16, 2019

    Court Censures NY Atty Caught In CBS '60 Minutes' Sting

    A New York business attorney caught up in a CBS 60 Minutes exposé in 2016, who was recorded saying, “They don't send the lawyers [in the United States] to jail because we run the country," has received a public censure as part of an agreement with the state’s Attorney Grievance Committee.

  • January 15, 2019

    Firm Tries 3rd Time To Toss Malpractice Arbitration Award

    A Texas law firm has asked the state's high court to undo lower court rulings that affirmed a nearly $460,000 arbitration award against it stemming from an ex-client's malpractice lawsuit, arguing the arbitrator's ruling goes against Texas law and must be reviewed.

  • January 15, 2019

    NJ Judge Says Hostile Boss Prompted Secret Recordings

    A New Jersey state court judge facing a possible suspension for surreptitiously recording meetings with her superior and then denying it urged the state Supreme Court to forgo disciplining her, arguing Wednesday that she'd been new to the job and the higher-up was bullying her.

  • January 15, 2019

    Hunton Andrews DQ Bid Under Fire In Crash Coverage Suit

    Ranger Construction Industries Inc. slammed Allied World National Assurance Co.'s bid to disqualify Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP for allegedly using inadvertently disclosed confidential documents in a pending case, saying Tuesday the insurer is trying to turn its own errors into a "reason to rob Ranger of its chosen counsel."

  • January 15, 2019

    4th Circ. Hands Saveri Firm Win In $1.2M Legal Fees Battle

    Former Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP attorney Joseph Saveri's firm doesn't have to pay another plaintiffs firm a $1.2 million referral fee out of his score from settlements in titanium dioxide price-fixing litigation, the Fourth Circuit ruled Monday, finding he'd never agreed to shell out the sum.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    A Call To Permit Judicial Substitution In MDL Proceedings

    Doug Smith

    While several proposed changes to multidistrict litigation procedures may be warranted and appropriate, consideration should be given to a modest modification of the judicial selection process, says Doug Smith of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Judge Weinstein On Activism, Gobbledegook, Going Robeless

    Judge Jack Weinstein

    Judge Jack Weinstein has served in the Eastern District of New York for over half a century. White and Williams LLP attorney Randy Maniloff visited his Brooklyn office to find out what makes the 97-year-old jurist tick.

  • What To Expect From Technology-Assisted Review In 2019

    Thomas Gricks

    2018 will be remembered as a transition year for technology-assisted review, and 2019 will likely see a continued focus on how we use TAR, with refinement and expansion across the board, says Thomas Gricks of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.

  • 2019 Will Bring More Good News For Litigation Finance

    Alan Guy

    Last year saw another round of year-over-year growth in litigation finance, as debates shifted from whether it should be permitted to how it can best be managed. The exciting news, says Alan Guy of Vannin Capital PCC, is that 2019 seems likely to bring more of the same.

  • Why More Law Firms Will Embrace Remote Work In 2019

    Tomas Suros

    Leveraging technology in a fiercely competitive market is a key factor driving law firms toward technology adoption in 2019, as they face growing demand from legal talent and clients for the ability to connect, access and control information whenever and wherever needed, says Tomas Suros of tech provider AbacusNext.

  • 5 Most-Read Legal Industry Guests Of 2018

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    Law360 guest authors weighed in on a host of key legal industry issues this year, ranging from in-house tips for success and open secrets about BigLaw diversity to criticisms of the equity partnership and associate salary models. Here are five articles that captured the most attention.

  • How State Ethics Reforms Won Big In 2018

    Amber Maltbie

    The midterm elections saw voters in Florida and Missouri pass ballot measures limiting lobbyist influence, and North Dakota and New Mexico voters endorse constitutional amendments to create ethics commissions. Given the success of these initiatives, similar proposals are likely in 2020, say Amber Maltbie and Anna Stolarz of Nossaman LLP.

  • Trump And Cohen: What Lawyers Can Learn

    Arash Hashemi

    Though many details have yet to emerge, the takeaway for lawyers watching the saga of Michael Cohen is a simple one: You can act as a legal advocate, but don’t let “blind loyalty” to your client — no matter how powerful they may be — direct your behavior, says criminal defense attorney Arash Hashemi.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Mills Reviews 'Mississippi's Federal Courts'

    Judge Michael Mills

    ​​David M. Hargrove's​ new book​,​ "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.

  • How To Work With Regulators During Internal Investigations

    David Chaiken

    The recent courtroom battle over the admissibility of statements made by former Deutsche Bank traders shines a spotlight on a potentially recurring problem — excessive government entanglement in an internal investigation. Counsel conducting such investigations should take certain steps to minimize the risk, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.