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Legal Ethics

  • June 15, 2018

    Law360’s Pro Say: What BigLaw Should Do About Diversity

    For years law firms have had programs aimed at increasing attorney diversity, but nothing is working. On this week’s Pro Say podcast we take a look at our latest survey of diversity at law firms, and unpack what experts say are the things that could actually move the needle on this issue.

  • June 15, 2018

    Letter For Defendant Spells Trouble For Miami-Dade Judge

    A public reprimand has been recommended for a Florida state judge who wrote a character reference letter on behalf of a man awaiting federal court sentencing for his role in a $63 million Medicare kickback scheme, according to a formal complaint Friday by the state’s Judicial Qualifications Commission.

  • June 15, 2018

    Feds Capture Trove Of Cohen's Encrypted Messages

    Manhattan federal prosecutors on Friday said they’ve obtained hundreds of pages of encrypted messages sent via Signal and WhatsApp from the cellphones of President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, after the FBI previously reported being unable to access the data.

  • June 15, 2018

    Conrad & Scherer Owe Ex-Client $20M, Fla. Judge Says

    Private equity investor and former Conrad & Scherer LLP client Douglas Von Allmen won a judgment against his former attorneys on Thursday when a Florida judge ruled that the firm still owes him the $20 million he loaned them.

  • June 15, 2018

    NC Firm Dodges Harassment Suit Over 'Boorish' Comments

    A North Carolina law firm is off the hook for claims that one of its attorneys was subjected to sexual harassment and a hostile work environment and then fired for complaining about the situation after a federal judge ruled Friday that though the behavior the woman complained of was "boorish," she didn't show the harassing behavior was pervasive.

  • June 15, 2018

    Firm Sued Over Client's $500K Asset Sale Pension Penalty

    Chicago Cooling Corp. on Thursday sued a law firm that it hired to help sell the company's assets, claiming in its Illinois state court suit that its attorney failed to alert it to potential penalties related to employee pensions that could require the company to shell out $500,000.

  • June 15, 2018

    3 High Court Justices Dump Some, But Not All, Of Their Stock

    The amount of individual stock held in public companies by U.S. Supreme Court justices declined once again in 2017, but three members of the high court’s bench still combine to hold shares in more than 40 entities, according to an analysis of financial disclosures released Thursday by watchdog group Fix the Court.

  • June 15, 2018

    Female Attys Take To Twitter As Senate Looks At Harassment

    Female lawyers took to Twitter this week to share experiences of sexual harassment in their professional lives after a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on such harassment in U.S. courts.

  • June 15, 2018

    Atty's Brother Gets 2½ Years For Aiding $1.5M Stock Scheme

    The brother of a California attorney was sentenced to 30 months behind bars Friday in Massachusetts federal court for helping two of his siblings and several others with a 2012 pump-and-dump scheme that netted at least $1.5 million.

  • June 15, 2018

    Law Firms Want Mass. Judge Recused In $75M Fee Fight

    Three law firms accused of misconduct in a $75 million fee fight have asked a Massachusetts federal judge to recuse himself over a potential conflict and “inflammatory” statements he allegedly made during a recent hearing in the ongoing battle following a class action settlement involving State Street Corp. and a pension fund, according to a motion unsealed Friday.

  • June 15, 2018

    Ticket-Fighting App Tells Fla. Justices It's Not Practicing Law

    TIKD Services LLC blasted the Florida Bar's latest arguments in its case against the traffic ticket defense startup for the unlicensed practice of law, telling Florida's highest court in a filing posted Friday that the arguments are hollow and protectionist.

  • June 15, 2018

    Iranian Mall Atty Sanctioned For Baseless Pipe Collapse Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday sanctioned an Iranian mall owner's attorney and awarded a construction materials distributor attorneys' fees, finding that the suit revolved around baseless claims that the distributor had been responsible for a parking garage collapse despite the attorney having documents proving otherwise.

  • June 15, 2018

    Foley & Lardner Conflict Warrants DQ, Hardware Co. Says

    Simpson Strong-Tie Co. Inc. asked a California federal judge Thursday to bar Foley & Lardner LLP from representing Oz-Post International LLC in a patent dispute over wood joint bracket hardware, saying waivers in a prior agreement between the firm and Simpson’s parent company do not erase a conflict of interest.

  • June 15, 2018

    Avenatti 'Publicity Tour' Justifies Gag Order, Cohen Says

    The "unquenchable thirst for publicity" of Stormy Daniels' lawyer and declarations during his "publicity tour" that Michael Cohen routinely broke the law as President Donald Trump's personal attorney justify a media gag order, Cohen told a California federal judge Thursday.

  • June 14, 2018

    LegalForce Slips Sanctions In TM Co. Witness Tampering Row

    The law firm that launched a litigation campaign over trademark registration companies’ alleged use of non-attorneys for legal work won’t face sanctions after using a job candidate’s statements during an interview in a complaint and accusing another lawyer of witness tampering, a California federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • June 14, 2018

    SEC Wants Atty-Turned-Fraudster Banned From Penny Stocks

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday asked a federal judge in Massachusetts to ban a California attorney from dabbling in penny stocks or leading a public company after a jury convicted him of securities fraud in 2016 and he lost the parallel civil case last month.

  • June 14, 2018

    Plaintiffs Want AbbVie Fined $500K In Testosterone Row

    Counsel for AndroGel users suing AbbVie Inc. in a multidistrict litigation over injuries allegedly caused by testosterone replacement therapy drugs asked an Illinois federal judge to slap the company with nearly $500,000 in sanctions Wednesday, claiming AbbVie misused a records-collecting process to challenge nearly 1,000 suits.

  • June 14, 2018

    Ex-NFLers' Tax Credit Scheme Suit Against Chuhak Trimmed

    Scandal-plagued Chuhak & Tecson PC may be off the hook in one proposed class action by a group of former NFL players and others over a tax credit scheme that sent a partner to prison, after a Florida federal court tossed some claims because they conflicted with a federal statute and said it may dismiss the rest as unripe.

  • June 14, 2018

    Law360's The Week In Discipline

    A Kentucky judge who overshared on Facebook and a New York lawyer sent back to jail for trying to intimidate a cooperating witness lead Law360's The Week In Discipline, which compiles sanctions and conduct charges that may have flown under the radar.

  • June 14, 2018

    Texas Panel Grants New Trial Over Atty Immigration Reference

    A Texas appeals court granted a new trial to a woman who sued a trucking company for injuries resulting from an accident, ruling on Thursday that a defense attorney’s veiled reference to her immigration status improperly swayed the jury.

Expert Analysis

  • Analyzing The Economics Of Litigation Funding

    J.B. Heaton

    The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.

  • How We Got Here: A Look Back At Trailblazing Women In Law

    Jill Norgren

    Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.

  • Getting The Snaps And Tweets Into Evidence

    Matthew Hamilton

    Litigants who proffer data obtained from social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram must authenticate that data before it will be admitted as evidence. Attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP examine decisions from Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions to determine whether courts are imposing a more demanding standard for social media data than other documentary evidence.

  • Officials Must Note Financial Conflict Of Interest Law

    Adam Raviv

    The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control was forced to resign earlier this year after her investment manager purchased stock in tobacco and pharmaceutical companies on her behalf, creating a conflict of interest with her official role. The incident highlights how important it is for public officials to understand the conflict of interest statute and structure their investment arrangements accordingly, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Keys To Protecting Communications With Litigation Funders

    Alan Guy

    As different jurisdictions impose their own disclosure requirements regarding commercial litigation finance, there can be no “one size fits all” approach to ensuring confidentiality. But litigants, lawyers and litigation funders may be able to decrease disclosure risks through a handful of best practices, says Alan Guy of Vannin Capital.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Funding Bill Lacks Policy Rationale

    Matthew Harrison

    Republican senators recently introduced "The Litigation Funding Transparency Act of 2018" with the purported goal of keeping the civil justice system honorable and fair. However, it would do exactly the opposite by imposing more barriers to entry for claimants trying to bring meritorious lawsuits against massive corporations, says Matthew Harrison of Bentham IMF.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • How To Deal With Insurers’ Litigation Management Guidelines

    Daniel Wolf

    Courts around the country have found insurers' litigation management guidelines to be improper and unenforceable when they impair defense counsel's ability to defend a claim. Policyholders receiving such guidelines should respond promptly to their insurers and proceed to litigation if necessary, says Daniel Wolf of Gilbert LLP.