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Legal Ethics

  • June 12, 2018

    Litigation Support Co. In Hot Water As Belkin IP Trial Starts

    Opening statements kicked off Tuesday in a California federal trial over Kenu Inc.’s claims Belkin infringed a patent for in-car phone holders, but before the proceedings even began, news that Belkin’s litigation support company forged a court officer’s signature prompted the presiding judge to call for criminal fraud charges against the vendor.

  • June 12, 2018

    Pa. Atty Suspended After Guilty Plea In Gambling Scheme

    A Pennsylvania attorney has agreed to a suspension of his law license following a guilty plea last year on misdemeanor charges stemming from allegations that he aided a state lawmaker to support an Allegheny County illegal gambling ring.

  • June 12, 2018

    Pa. Atty Suspended For Conflict In Campus Sex Assault Case

    A Pennsylvania attorney has been hit with a one-year suspension for representing a Swarthmore College student accused of sexual assault after he previously represented a leader of a group of anti-sexual assault activists at the school, which he then referred to as an "angry feminist cabal" after switching sides.

  • June 12, 2018

    Ex-Locke Lord Partner Faces Financial Fraud Charges In UK

    A former banking partner at Locke Lord LLP will face two counts of fraud in an English court in July for allegedly inflicting financial losses on members of a multimillion-pound investment scheme, the Crown Prosecution Service told Law360 on Tuesday.

  • June 11, 2018

    Ex-KPMG Partner Says Feds Sitting On Evidence

    A former audit partner at KPMG LLP has asked a Brooklyn federal judge to make prosecutors look for exculpatory evidence in files belonging to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and an accounting oversight group, saying both were essentially part of the prosecution team.

  • June 11, 2018

    Woeful Judge Won’t Free Attys From Kenyon Malpractice Suit

    A New York federal judge rejected a bid by two former Kenyon & Kenyon LLP lawyers to defeat claims that they bungled patent paperwork but called for “discretion and decency” at a Monday hearing and urged the parties to strike a deal that would let the individuals off the hook.

  • June 11, 2018

    Justices Turn Away Deportee's Due Process Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the appeal of a deportee who claims he wasn’t told by his attorney or an immigration judge that he could fight his deportation, which he alleges was in violation of his due process rights.

  • June 11, 2018

    Dov Charney Must Pay Glaser Weil $2.2M After Arbitration

    A California judge on Monday confirmed an arbitrator's finding that Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP did not commit legal malpractice while representing ousted American Apparel founder Dov Charney, and that Charney must pay the firm roughly $2.2 million in legal fees.

  • June 11, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Slips $10M NY Film Financing Fraud Suit

    An investor who accused Greenberg Traurig LLP of fraud in a film financing deal gone bad had his claims rejected by a New York state judge on Monday, with the judge saying the investor’s lack of an attorney-client relationship with the firm cut against him.

  • June 11, 2018

    Inmate Can't Tie Atty Racism To Poor Counsel, 9th Circ. Says

    A California inmate serving a life sentence for murder and attempted murder lost his attempt in the Ninth Circuit to challenge his conviction, with the court saying Friday he had not shown that his lawyer's racism left him without effective counsel.

  • June 11, 2018

    Appeals Court Revives Malpractice Suit Over Chicago Condos

    An Illinois appeals court revived a developer's malpractice suit claiming his attorney botched legal documents necessary to preserve its rights to build condos and assign parking spaces in Chicago's Loop, ruling that the developer had filed its suit in time.

  • June 11, 2018

    Winston & Strawn Accused Of Conflict In Relativity Ch. 11

    Winston & Strawn LLP is facing heat for an alleged conflict of loyalties after agreeing to represent foundering production company Relativity Media LLC as it rushed into bankruptcy to head off a contract dispute with Netflix, despite representing the streaming entertainment service in separate patent litigation.

  • June 11, 2018

    Dentons Ignored Managing Director's Harassment, Suit Says

    Dentons ignored a female business development specialist who complained that the male managing director of the firm’s venture technology group repeatedly groped her and hit on her using graphic come-ons, according to a suit filed Monday in New York state court.

  • June 11, 2018

    NJ Firm Can't Slip Malpractice Suit Over Prudential Bias Case

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Monday revived a former Prudential employee's malpractice suit accusing a law firm of improperly steering her race bias claim against the insurer to arbitration, ruling a lower court still has to determine whether the company had offered the opportunity to litigate the allegation in court.

  • June 11, 2018

    Pa. Atty Again Loses Bid For Review Of Disbarment In Fla.

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a rehearing for a disbarred Pennsylvania-based attorney who claimed the state of Florida was wrong to move forward with disbarment, even after learning that he hadn't received the notices of disciplinary proceedings against him.

  • June 11, 2018

    'Housewives' Star Gets Green Light For Atty Malpractice Deal

    A New Jersey federal bankruptcy judge on Monday agreed to dismiss the case of a once-incarcerated star of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" so that she and her Chapter 7 trustee can complete a confidential settlement in their malpractice action against her former lawyer in state court.

  • June 11, 2018

    Ex-Walmart Atty Beats DQ Bid In Slip-And-Fall Row

    A Nevada federal judge has found no conflict of interest in a former Walmart Inc. attorney's now representing a slip-and-fall case against the giant retailer, saying there was no direct connection between past cases she worked on for the company and the case at hand.

  • June 11, 2018

    Cohen Can't Seal Objections To Privilege Report, Says Judge

    Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime attorney, can’t keep out of public view his attorney-client arguments related to an impending special master privilege report on a trove of documents seized in FBI raids, a New York federal judge said Friday.

  • June 11, 2018

    Hendrix Judge 'Dismayed' By Conduct In Purple Haze TM Suit

    A New York federal judge on Friday warned that he was "dismayed" by a discovery dispute in a trademark suit between Jimi Hendrix's estate and the late rock star's brother, ordering both sides to discuss their behavior in court.

  • June 8, 2018

    Ogletree Says Atty In Gender Bias Suit Is Forum Shopping

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has again urged a California federal court to transfer a contentious $300 million gender discrimination suit from the state’s Northern District to its Central District, saying the lead plaintiff has “candidly conceded that she is forum shopping.”

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Tips For Defending An Accounting Malpractice Claim

    Nathan Novak

    Having a client who owes the IRS more money than expected because they relied on faulty advice is every tax adviser's worst fear, but nobody's perfect. Tax advisers should consider five factors before conceding liability and reaching for their checkbooks, says Nathan Novak at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.

  • How To Withdraw From Representation Ethically In Mass.

    Christopher Blazejewski

    The saying goes, “Getting married is easy, getting divorced is complicated.” A similar sentiment applies once a lawyer has appeared in court for a client: Withdrawing from a case is not as easy as appearing in one. The attorney withdrawal process in Massachusetts follows similar principles as other jurisdictions, though certain details vary, say Christopher Blazejewski and Jessica Kelly of Sherin & Lodgen LLP.

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Practical Considerations For Litigating Proportionality

    Elizabeth McGinn

    By incorporating an explicit requirement that discovery must be “proportional to the needs of the case,” the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure garnered much speculation as to their impact on courts’ decision-making processes. Now that the rules have been implemented for over two years, several themes have emerged, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Supporting Nontraditional Data Types In E-Discovery

    Jason Paroff

    The advancement in connected technologies and software has created an explosion of nontraditional data sources that present challenges to e-discovery practitioners. Many tools and techniques used to process traditional data may not be practical for these new data types, say Jason Paroff and Sagi Sam of Epiq.

  • The Fastest Federal Civil Court For A Decade

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.