Legal Ethics

  • May 1, 2014

    RI Real Estate Atty To Serve 4 1/2 Years For Embezzlement

    Rhode Island real estate attorney Patrick T. McDonald was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with 4 1/2 to serve, for stealing about $163,000 from his clients during closings, state Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin said in a Wednesday statement.

  • April 29, 2014

    Baker Botts Atty Questioned Over Patent Similarities

    Axcess International Inc., a former Baker Botts LLP client claiming the firm owes it $50 million for a missed patent licensing opportunity, on Tuesday questioned the Baker Botts attorney who represented its chief rival about whether Axcess proprietary information ended up in its rival’s patent application.

  • April 30, 2014

    Dentons Hit With $146M Malpractice Suit For Loans To Petters

    Dentons was hit by a legal malpractice action in Illinois state court on Tuesday by a hedge fund that says the firm’s shoddy work on $146 million in loans made to Ponzi schemer Thomas Petters resulted in the plaintiffs losing interests in Polaroid Corp.

  • April 30, 2014

    NJ Bills Would Restrict Gov't Work For Lobbying Lawyers

    Lawyers and law firms that lobby public entities in New Jersey would be banned from a simultaneous contract or employment arrangement with those agencies under measures pending in both houses of the state Legislature, including a bill introduced Monday.

  • April 30, 2014

    Texas Prosecutors Accused Of Spying On Defense Attys

    A group of Texas criminal defense attorneys launched a proposed federal class action Tuesday seeking to stop Austin-area law enforcement officials from allegedly making secret jailhouse recordings between lawyers and their clients and then sharing the results with the district attorney.

  • April 30, 2014

    Covington Gets DQ Order Axed In 3M Dumping Case

    The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a trial court to rethink a decision disqualifying Covington & Burling LLP from representing the state government in an environmental lawsuit against former client 3M Co., finding insufficient evidence that the firm possessed confidential company information.

  • April 30, 2014

    Pepper Hamilton's Sandusky Docs Off Limits, Penn State Says

    Pennsylvania State University told a Court of Common Pleas judge on Tuesday that attorney-client privilege shields Pepper Hamilton LLP from a proposed subpoena by ex-football coach Joe Paterno's estate, which is seeking documents generated as part of an independent investigation into the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

  • April 30, 2014

    O'Quinn Sued For $100M For Punting Stock Manipulation Suits

    A telecom company slapped late Houston trial attorney John M. O'Quinn's law firm with a $100 million malpractice suit in Texas state court Monday, alleging it mishandled litigation against dozens of investment banks over a crippling stock manipulation scheme.

  • April 30, 2014

    Insurers Claim Atty Sank Furniture Co. Defamation Case

    Lloyd’s of London and a W.R. Berkley Corp. subsidiary on Monday sued an attorney who was booted from representing an insured furniture delivery outfit for submitting dubious witness testimony in a competitor’s defamation suit, saying his malpractice forced them to cover an inflated settlement.

  • April 29, 2014

    CSX Hits Back At Attys In 4th Circ. Racketeering Row

    CSX Transportation Inc. fired back on Monday at the attorneys who argued to the Fourth Circuit that the transportation company had brought racketeering claims against them mainly to crush asbestos suits they filed on behalf of its employees.

  • April 29, 2014

    3rd Circ. Clarifies Declaratory-Judgment Dismissal Rules

    The Third Circuit ruled Tuesday that a district court could decline to exercise jurisdiction over a declaratory judgment suit even when there are no parallel proceedings underway in state court, upholding a Pennsylvania federal judge’s decision not to touch an insurance suit stemming from a $4.2 million legal malpractice verdict.

  • April 29, 2014

    The Golden State Warrior: Judge S. James Otero

    California Central District Judge S. James Otero talks to Law360 about sparring with Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, navigating the isolating life of a trial judge and cutting loose with his law clerks to cope with the burdens of presiding over the nation's largest federal district.

  • April 29, 2014

    Atty Botched EEOC-Approved Discrimination Case, Suit Says

    A suburban Philadelphia attorney was slapped with malpractice claims in state court on Monday by a former client who said that her lawyer's failure to file a discrimination complaint approved by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission caused her to lose out on upward of $100,000 in damages.

  • April 29, 2014

    Texas Appeals Court Upholds Client Solicitation Statute

    A Texas appeals court on Monday revived a suit alleging Dallas bankruptcy boutique Reister Law Firm impermissibly recruited a prospective client, saying the trial court hearing the case was without authority to declare unconstitutional a criminal statute prohibiting lawyers from soliciting business.

  • April 28, 2014

    Facebook Peeks Risk Luring Attys Into Jury Selection Abuses

    The American Bar Association last week finally clarified that attorneys can use Facebook and other social media sites to research potential jurors, but the new treasure trove of data contains pitfalls, potentially luring attorneys into classic voir dire violations such as excluding candidates based on race or gender.

  • April 28, 2014

    $28M Glaser Weil Malpractice Suit Over Calif. Lease Revived

    A California judge on Monday revived San Diego tourist spot Seaport Village's $27.5 million malpractice suit against Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP, finding the case was erroneously dismissed while Glaser Weil appealed the court’s refusal to toss the suit on free-speech grounds.

  • April 28, 2014

    Ex-Baker Botts Atty Denies Patent Conflict In $50M Suit

    A former Baker Botts LLP attorney told a Texas jury Monday that the firm had no conflicts when it represented two rival technology companies in concurrent patent prosecutions, saying the nature of the work was nonadversarial and didn’t create an ethical problem.

  • April 28, 2014

    Justices Take A Pass On Ex-Kan. AG's Indefinite Suspension

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review the Kansas high court’s decision to indefinitely bar former state Attorney General Phill Kline from practicing in the state as a result of unprofessional conduct during his criminal investigation of abortion clinics between 2005 and 2008.

  • April 28, 2014

    6 Lawmakers Named To Texas Judiciary Selection Panel

    Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, on Friday appointed six lawmakers to a newly-created temporary committee that will study and review the fairness and effectiveness of the state's judicial selection process.

  • April 28, 2014

    Disgraced Ex-Pa. State Senator Resigns From Bar

    Former Pennsylvania state Sen. Vince Fumo, convicted on a slate of corruption charges in 2009, was disbarred on Friday, after the state’s Supreme Court accepted his resignation.