Legal Ethics

  • February 13, 2018

    Cozen's Botched Filing Sank $6.8M Judgment, Suit Says

    A trust held on behalf of a Pennsylvania family sued Cozen O’Connor in state court Monday, accusing the firm of sinking a $6.8 million judgment against an investment firm by failing to file in the proper court.

  • February 13, 2018

    Recent Leaks Put Legal Industry On '#MeToo' Notice

    Two international law firms announced last week that they were parting ways with U.K. partners after allegations from more than a year ago were suddenly brought to light, in what could be the start of a longer public re-evaluation of how the legal industry addresses — or fails to address — claims of sexual misconduct within its ranks.

  • February 12, 2018

    NJ Judge Won't Toss Charges Of Jurist Helping Fugitive Beau

    A New Jersey state judge on Monday said prosecutors could proceed with a criminal trial against a fellow jurist after opting against a tentative deal to throw out charges she hindered the apprehension of her fugitive boyfriend, who has invoked his constitutional privilege against self-incrimination as a witness in the case.

  • February 12, 2018

    Cadwalader Row Looks Trial-Bound: Redskins Owner's Atty

    A Manhattan judge's refusal to toss Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder's malpractice suit targeting Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP over a $10 million fee he was forced to pay UBS for a long-ago Six Flags proxy fight means the dispute is probably going to trial, Snyder's counsel said Monday.

  • February 12, 2018

    9th Circ. OKs Sanctions For First Solar Wrongful Death Suit

    A California federal judge correctly found that a workers' compensation deal preempted a suit against First Solar Inc. over an employee killed while inspecting its power plant, and his estate's attorneys were properly sanctioned for making arguments they should have known were frivolous, the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday.

  • February 12, 2018

    Atty Seeking New Abusive Suit Trial Alleges Expert Perjury

    An attorney facing part of a $2.3 million verdict for filing an abusive lawsuit against an ex-Cozen O'Connor party argued on Friday that purported lies told by a prominent Philadelphia litigator while serving as an expert witness warranted a new trial in the case.

  • February 12, 2018

    Firm Can't Force Privacy Suit Into Arbitration, Court Rules

    A debt collection law firm cannot force a consumer to arbitrate her claims it disclosed the credit scores of Discover Bank customers, a Wisconsin federal judge ruled Monday, because the firm was not a party to the arbitration agreement it sought to enforce.

  • February 12, 2018

    Gerrymandering Case Casts Political Cloud Over Pa. Justices

    The recent landmark decision throwing out Pennsylvania’s congressional map over claims of Republican gerrymandering has left the five Democrats on the state’s Supreme Court facing accusations of partisan bias and given reform advocates new ammunition in their fight to end the system of statewide judicial elections.

  • February 12, 2018

    Fla. Judge Arrested In Prostitution Sting

    A Lee County, Florida, circuit judge has been released on bond following his arrest Friday for soliciting an undercover police officer for prostitution in a sting operation by the Naples Police Department and for resisting arrest.

  • February 12, 2018

    Adviser Who Traded On Tip From Atty Gets 6 Months In Prison

    A financial adviser who copped to trading King Pharmaceuticals stock after a tipsy lawyer shared inside information with him at dinner was sentenced to six months in prison on Monday by a Brooklyn federal judge, harsher than the sentence faced by the attorney who tipped him.

  • February 12, 2018

    3rd Circ. Rejects Pa. Paralegal's Suit Against Ex-DA

    The Third Circuit on Friday refused to revive a Pennsylvania paralegal’s suit against her onetime employer, former District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller, for alleged misconduct, ruling Parks Miller's response to the allegations, including calls to investigate the paralegal, did not violate her constitutional rights.

  • February 9, 2018

    NJ Judge Again Tries To Sink Charges Of Aiding Fugitive Beau

    A New Jersey state judge has urged a state court to throw out charges that she hindered the apprehension of her boyfriend when he was wanted for armed robbery on the grounds that prosecutors are only pursuing the criminal case because they cannot protect law enforcement officials from civil liability.

  • February 9, 2018

    Girardi Keese Must Open Books On $130M Deal, 9th Circ. Told

    An attorney whose client accused Girardi Keese of mismanaging a $130 million settlement with Lockheed Martin urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to allow an accounting of the funds to move forward, while the firm argued that a lower court correctly found the suit was time-barred since the funds were distributed nearly two decades ago.

  • February 9, 2018

    NJ Personal Injury Firm Sued Over Atty's Trip-And-Fall

    Rebenack Aronow & Mascolo LLP has been slammed with a lawsuit in New Jersey state court by a lawyer alleging she fell on a sidewalk that the personal injury law firm failed to properly maintain outside its Somerville, New Jersey, office.

  • February 9, 2018

    Enviro Analysis Says Congress Threatens Access To Courts

    Earthjustice on Thursday released an analysis of more than 50 pieces of legislation introduced in Congress that it said could restrict the public’s ability to seek justice in court, saying the measures could “erect permanent obstacles” for people trying to defend their rights.

  • February 9, 2018

    Bar Prep Co. Takes Another Shot At $50M Law School Suit

    A rival to bar exam preparation company Barbri Inc. has filed another $50 million lawsuit against its competitor and a slew of law schools, accusing them —  this time in a New York state court complaint — of colluding to exclude it from their campuses in the prep market for foreign students seeking advanced law degrees.

  • February 9, 2018

    Accountant Can't Nix Punitives From Atty's Malpractice Suit

    A Pennsylvania state court judge on Friday ruled that an accountant accused by a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer of failing to notice as a paralegal embezzled more than half a million dollars must face punitive damages.

  • February 9, 2018

    Ex-Skadden Attorney Disbarred After Child Porn Conviction

    A former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP lawyer who admitted to federal agents he'd downloaded child porn online for several years was disbarred Thursday in New York.

  • February 9, 2018

    State Farm Must Face RICO Claims Over Campaign Funding

    An Illinois federal judge has refused to drop a class action alleging State Farm secretly funneled millions to a judge’s election campaign with hopes that he’d overturn a state court’s $1.05 billion judgment against it, rejecting the insurer’s argument that the racketeering claims are an attempt to relitigate the state court case.

  • February 9, 2018

    5th Circ. Rejects Bid To Revive Hair Salon ADA Suit

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday declined to revive a paraplegic man’s suit accusing the owner of a local commercial property that included a hair salon of failing to ensure that the building complied with the Americans with Disabilities Act, ruling that the man had no plans to revisit the salon and therefore had no standing to sue.

Expert Analysis

  • Roundup

    5 Most-Read Legal Industry Articles Of 2017

    2017 Trends

    What business of law topics piqued reader interest in 2017? Take a look back at the year's five most-read legal industry articles from Law360 guest authors.

  • Loose Lips Still Sink Ships: Inadvertent Tipping In 2017

    Dixie Johnson

    Inadvertent-tipping cases from the past 12 months demonstrate how carelessness can turn into career-threatening encounters with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or the U.S. Department of Justice. It’s time for renewed resolve to talk about something other than work secrets over the holidays, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • How Not To File A Successful Rule 29 Motion

    Daniel Wenner

    A defendant in a federal prosecution who argues that he or she did what the government says, but that the actions weren't a crime, may then be able to pursue a motion under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 29. But a recent case in the First Circuit underscores the difficulty of this strategy, says Daniel Wenner, a partner at Day Pitney LLP and former federal prosecutor.

  • Roundup

    My Strangest Day In Court

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    Every seasoned litigator has his or her fair share of courtroom stories. Check out the strange experiences that captured reader interest in this popular 2017 series.

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Opinion

    Senators Must Work Harder To Properly Judge Our Judges

    Todd Cox

    On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed L. Steven Grasz to a seat on the Eighth Circuit despite being rated unanimously "not qualified” by the American Bar Association — a rating that has been awarded just twice before. This sounds damning, and it is, but it’s worse when you understand how the ABA conducts its assessments, says Todd Cox, director of policy at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.