Legal Ethics

  • July 28, 2014

    Developer Goes After Attys For Bungled Foreclosure Defense

    A Florida property management company on Monday sued its former counsel claiming the firm botched a foreclosure proceeding that ended in a $5.8 million judgment and drove the company into Chapter 11 protection.

  • July 28, 2014

    Jones Morris Sued For $6M Over Bungled Wrongful Death Case

    Jones Morris Klevenhagen LLP has been slapped with a $6 million malpractice suit in Texas state court, which accuses the law firm of bungling a wrongful death suit against a Houston hospital and several medical providers, causing the litigation to be dismissed.

  • July 28, 2014

    Bayard Says New Firm Not Liable For Sanctions In Ford IP Row

    Attorneys who began representing plaintiffs in a patent infringement suit after an allegedly frivolous complaint was filed by a previous law firm against several automakers, including General Motors LLC and Ford Motor Co., should not be sanctioned, a Delaware federal judge has been told.

  • July 28, 2014

    Schlumberger's Ex-GC Seeks Dismissal Of Trade Secrets Suit

    Schlumberger Ltd.'s former general counsel for intellectual property asked a Texas judge on Monday to throw out a lawsuit her former employer filed against her, saying the oilfield services giant has no proof she stole trade secrets before going to work for patent holding company Acacia Research Group.

  • July 28, 2014

    ATopTech Says Synopsys Can't DQ Dickstein In IP Row

    ATopTech Inc. on Friday hit back against Synopsys Inc.’s bid to disqualify Dickstein Shapiro LLP from representing the company in a patent infringement suit, saying Synopsys lacks standing because it hasn’t shown it qualifies as a "client or former client" of a Dickstein attorney.

  • July 28, 2014

    Law Firm Ads May Fish For Grumpy Clients, NY Bar Group Says

    Empire State law firms may drum up business by telling potentially unhappy parties that they would be available to provide a second opinion as long as the firms follow other rules for attorney advertising and the ad doesn't come in the context of representing an established client, the state's largest lawyer group has found.

  • July 28, 2014

    Blackwater Guards Claim Government Suppressed Evidence

    Attorneys for four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards blasted prosecutors on Monday for allegedly withholding photographs that could support claims that the convoy took on fire before killing 14 Iraqis in a Baghdad traffic circle, telling a D.C. federal judge that the move prejudiced the jury against the guards.

  • July 28, 2014

    Norton Rose Faces Renewed DQ Bid In Pamlab Suit

    Virtus Pharmaceuticals LLC refused Friday to drop its attempt to block Norton Rose Fulbright from representing Nestle Health Science-Pamlab Inc. in its unfair competition suit seeking to keep Virtus from selling some of its prescription products, saying the magistrate judge erred by holding the firm should not be disqualified.

  • July 28, 2014

    McGuireWoods Beats Hospital's Suit Over Suspect LBO

    An Indiana federal judge on Friday cleared McGuireWoods LLP of helping insiders at Heartland Memorial Hospital LLC plunder the health care system's assets during a 2006 leveraged buyout that led to its bankruptcy, finding no impropriety in the underlying transaction.

  • July 25, 2014

    Texas AG Candidate Faces Complaint Over Securities Work

    A Texas watchdog group has asked Austin’s district attorney to launch a formal criminal investigation into the Republican candidate for state attorney general after he admitted signing up clients for an investment firm without registering with the state, the group announced Friday.

  • July 25, 2014

    Spanier Can't Sue Pa. AG, Says Federal Judge

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday tossed former Pennsylvania State University President Graham Spanier's suit against the state attorney general that aimed to halt the state's prosecution in the Penn State cover up, saying his allegations that prosecutors acted in bad faith do not warrant federal intervention.

  • July 25, 2014

    Judge Asks If Dreier Fall Busts Browne Arbitration Clause

    A California judge on Friday stayed Browne George Ross LLP's move to arbitrate a malpractice suit alleging the firm blew dental implant maker Sargon Enterprises Inc.'s shot at millions in a breach-of-contract fight, asking for briefing on whether Browne George’s involvement in Dreier LLP's dissolution affected its agreement with Sargon.

  • July 25, 2014

    NJ Atty And His Mother Can't Nix $1.2M Arbitration Ruling

    A New Jersey attorney and his mother, a real estate broker, were hit with a $1.2 million arbitration judgment after a state judge said that they failed to justify missing arbitration proceedings over allegedly inducing a Russian citizen into a series of fraudulent investments.

  • July 25, 2014

    Tech Co. Wants Ex-Antonelli Lawyer Around For Patent Trial

    An online technology company on Friday fought to keep a bankrupt attorney formerly with Antonelli Terry Stout & Kraus LLP in a malpractice suit accusing the firm of botching a patent application for online advertising inventions, citing tactical implications.

  • July 25, 2014

    Insurer Sues To Duck Malpractice Coverage For Atty's Widow

    The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Co. filed suit Thursday in New Mexico federal court alleging it is not liable for defending deceased lawyer Nicholas Pica’s wife in a suit targeting her over his allegedly negligent legal services.

  • July 24, 2014

    Professional Liability Pro Rejoins Kaufman Dolowich In NJ

    A one-time Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP attorney who specializes in professional liability defense for law firms as well as parties in the insurance, real estate and financial services industries has rejoined the firm from The Gonzo Law Group LLC, Kaufman Dolowich announced Wednesday.

  • July 24, 2014

    NY Prosecutor's Charter Jet Ride Broke Rules, Watchdog Says

    New York's public ethics watchdog said Wednesday that a veteran prosecutor broke the rules by accepting travel on a jet chartered by opposing counsel in the state's fraud case against former American International Group Inc. CEO Maurice “Hank” Greenberg but issued no penalty.

  • July 24, 2014

    Ex-Jenkens & Gilchrist Atty Seeks Probation For $7B Tax Fraud

    A former Jenkens & Gilchrist PC attorney who took part in a $7 billion tax fraud scheme asked an Illinois federal court on Wednesday to sentence him to probation instead of prison, citing his "extraordinary" cooperation with the government's investigation.

  • July 24, 2014

    DLA Piper Gets $1.1M Negligence Judgment Axed In Texas

    A Texas appeals court on Wednesday reversed a $1.1 million judgment against DLA Piper, finding that the former majority shareholder of defunct security technology company IdentiPHI Inc. lacked standing to pursue his claims against the firm.

  • July 23, 2014

    Sedgwick, Buchalter Slip FCA Suit Over Utility 'Slush Fund'

    A California judge on Wednesday tossed a Central Basin Municipal Water District board member's California False Claims Act suit alleging Sedgwick LLP, Buchalter Nemer PLC and utility staff established a $2.75 million slush fund, saying the plaintiff didn't show she exhausted her administrative remedies.