Legal Ethics

  • March 12, 2018

    Ill. Clerk Wants Staffers Charged, Says They Lied To DOJ

    Cook County, Illinois, Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown has told a newspaper she wants federal investigators to prosecute current and former employees of her office whom she suspects of lying to the U.S. Department of Justice as part of a federal investigation into hiring practices in her office.

  • March 12, 2018

    Atty Dubbed Copyright 'Troll' Fights $10K Sanctions Order

    An attorney who has been labeled a copyright "troll” pushed back Monday against a New York federal judge’s decision to hit him with $10,000 in sanctions, saying the case had already settled by the time the judge began pursuing the question of sanctions, and that she didn’t have the authority to issue punitive sanctions.

  • March 12, 2018

    DOJ Rebuts Fla. Bar's Bid To Escape TIKD's Antitrust Suit

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday weighed in on an $11.4 million antitrust suit filed by traffic ticket services startup TIKD, saying the Florida Bar can’t duck out of the suit by claiming it is an arm of the state that is exempt from Sherman Act claims.

  • March 12, 2018

    Farrar & Ball Wins Toss Of Paralegal's Discrimination Claims

    Farrar & Ball LLP won dismissal of federal claims of race discrimination, hostile work environment and retaliation brought by a former paralegal after she was fired for allegedly submitting false claims for overtime, but the Texas federal judge on Monday declined to rule on the state law claims.

  • March 12, 2018

    Discovery Fraud Kills Suppliers' Privilege In Test Strips Row

    A supplier that Abbott Laboratories says sold counterfeit versions of its diabetes test strips committed discovery fraud when it handed over only a portion of relevant communications, a New York magistrate judge said Friday as she tore apart the company’s ability to rely on attorney-client privilege.

  • March 12, 2018

    Medical Device Co. Says Atty's Consultant Scam Cost It $1.8M

    A medical device developer and manufacturer has brought a suit removed to Texas federal court on Friday alleging a California attorney misrepresented her ability to connect the company with potential clients in Asia and continuously tried to get more money from the company, ultimately costing it $1.76 million.

  • March 12, 2018

    UK Regulator Sends Law Firms Gag Order Warning Shot

    Law firms cannot use nondisclosure agreements, known as NDAs or gag orders, to prevent reports of any type of professional misconduct to disciplinary authorities, including sexual harassment and assault, the Solicitors Regulation Authority on Monday warned law firms operating in the U.K.

  • March 9, 2018

    Why The ‘Blue Slip’ Battles Are Becoming White Hot

    It’s more of a norm than a rule. Its use has shifted over time, often with political winds. But the once-obscure Senate tradition is now front and center in the boiling debate over the future of the judiciary.

  • March 9, 2018

    Senior Judges Fill The Void Left By Rampant Vacancies

    More federal judges are skipping the golf course to head back to the courtroom upon taking senior status, and they're playing an increasingly vital role in a strained system.

  • March 9, 2018

    How Far Right Can The President Pull The Courts?

    Although President Donald Trump set a record with the number of circuit judges he named during his first year, experts say that's not the whole story. Here’s our data-driven look at what the White House faces in its quest to reshape the appeals courts.

  • March 9, 2018

    Ill. Atty Stole $200K From Clients, Regulator Says

    A complaint has been filed against an attorney with the Illinois Attorney Registration and Discipline Commission alleging he embezzled over $200,000 of client money from accounts he controlled, including settlement money he allegedly never told the client about.

  • March 9, 2018

    Atty Sues Ex-Client For 'Malicious' Yelp Review, Complaints

    A Chicago lawyer on Thursday sued in federal court a onetime client for what the attorney called “false and malicious” online reviews and other allegedly defamatory statements made to the state disciplinary authorities about a prolonged fee fight.

  • March 9, 2018

    Ex-Husch Blackwell Client Is Latest Target of Investor Suit

    Just months after the dismissal of a multimillion dollar New York state suit against Husch Blackwell LLP over claims the firm aided a client’s fraud, the same group of plaintiff-investors on Friday sued the health sector executive at the center of the previous action.

  • March 9, 2018

    Immigration Atty Gets 6 Years For Visa Fraud Scheme

    An Indiana-based immigration attorney was sentenced Friday to more than six years in prison for defrauding more than 250 clients and the federal government by filing illegitimate visa applications and subsequently pocketing approximately $750,000 in related fees.

  • March 9, 2018

    Firm's Suit Over Fees In Novartis Row Paused Over Atty Exit

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday temporarily halted a law firm’s case seeking payment from a former client who brought an unsuccessful whistleblower suit accusing Novartis AG of tax improprieties, ordering the case adjourned for two months so the client can find new counsel.

  • March 9, 2018

    Enerplus Asks 8th Circ. To Affirm Win In $3M Royalty Row

    Oil and gas exploration company Enerplus Resources Corp. urged the Eighth Circuit to cement its victory in a lawsuit it brought to recover $2.96 million in mistaken royalty overpayments it made to a Three Affiliated Tribes member and his former and current attorneys.

  • March 9, 2018

    Ex-Credit Union Worker Pleads In Pa. Judge's Bribery Case

    An ex-Philadelphia Federal Credit Union manager pleaded guilty on Friday to charges that he helped a Bucks County magistrate judge and a local attorney launder money that undercover agents portrayed as proceeds from health care fraud and drug trafficking activity.

  • March 8, 2018

    Build The Wall: 4 Ethical Screen Rulings Attys Should Know

    Courts and bar groups have explored a plethora of scenarios concerning when lawyers can be isolated with ethical screens from certain clients or cases to avoid conflicts. But that wealth of information doesn’t always make spotting conflict danger zones and getting the right screen built any easier. Here, Law360 looks at four recent decisions to know about ethical screens.

  • March 8, 2018

    Atty. In Pa. Pay-To-Play Schemes Faces License Suspension

    A political consultant who recently pled guilty in connection with a pair of pay-to-play schemes in the Pennsylvania cities of Reading and Allentown saw his law license ordered suspended Thursday by the state’s Supreme Court.

  • March 8, 2018

    Foley & Lardner RICO Suit Sees Third Trip To 9th Circ.

    A former San Diego-area property owner accusing Foley & Lardner LLP of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act by hiding pertinent information during eminent domain proceedings pressed the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to revive her case for the third time, while the firm argued her claims are barred due to earlier proceedings.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • 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


    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.