We use cookies on this site to enable your digital experience. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our cookie policy. close

Legal Ethics

  • May 21, 2015

    Ex-Mutual Benefits Atty Can't Get Retrial For Juror Mix-Up

    The former Mutual Benefits Corp. outside counsel sentenced to 10 years imprisonment and ordered to pay $827 million in joint restitution for a massive insurance investment scam, lost his bid for a new trial Thursday when a Florida federal judge found no grounds for allegations of juror misconduct.

  • May 21, 2015

    Lieff Cabraser Won't Get Full $51M In Wells Fargo Suit

    A California federal judge said Thursday he'll likely grant Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP a “handsome” award for its help winning Wells Fargo Bank NA customers a $203 million judgment in a class action over the bank's overdraft fees, but not the $51 million it seeks.

  • May 21, 2015

    Kirkland Says Work For Mylan Units Can't Trigger Conflict

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP urged a Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday not to block the firm from representing Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. in its hostile takeover bid for Mylan NV, calling the conflict challenge a “preposterous” attempt to kill the proposed merger because it only ever advised Mylan subsidiaries.

  • May 21, 2015

    DLA Piper Says Atty's ERISA Claim Barred By Arbitration

    DLA Piper urged a California federal judge on Thursday to toss a former associate's lawsuit claiming the firm kept him from receiving disability benefits, arguing in a hearing that his claims under the Employee Retirement and Income Security Act are barred because an arbitrator had already decided them.

  • May 21, 2015

    As The Dewey Trial Looms, A Young Lawyer Awaits His Fate

    While the criminal trial of the former leadership of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP is almost at hand, the case against former Dewey client relations manager Zachary Warren remains on hold, and the once-promising future for the young attorney is on the line.

  • May 21, 2015

    BofA, Merrill Slam Ex-Clifford Chance Partner's 401(K) Fee Row

    Bank of America Corp. and Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. criticized a former Clifford Chance LLP partner’s putative class action over fees charged to the firm’s 401(k) plan, saying Wednesday the fees were authorized and he cannot be both class representative and class counsel.

  • May 21, 2015

    NY Court Denies Atty Quick Win In Liberty Coverage Fight

    A New York appeals court affirmed Thursday that an attorney tried too soon to win summary judgment in his lawsuit against Liberty Insurance Underwriters Inc. over coverage for defending legal malpractice counterclaims in an underlying contract dispute, saying further discovery is needed to determine whether policy exclusions apply.

  • May 21, 2015

    Calif. Judges Dispute Atty's Culpability In Client Fee Row

    In a split decision, the State Bar Court of California's review department concluded that a Sacramento attorney truly believed he was owed the money he skimmed from a client’s employment settlement behind her back, finding the misappropriation was merely negligent and warrants a 90-day actual suspension.

  • May 21, 2015

    Ampal Trustee Denies CEO's Bias Allegation

    Ampal-American Israel Corp.'s trustee on Thursday denied accusations from the debtor's CEO that his law firm's prior representation of a major creditor in the case should be cause to remove him from the proceedings, saying at a hearing in New York that there is no conflict that would prevent him from administering the case fairly.

  • May 21, 2015

    Pa. Justices Turn Down Appeal Over Privilege For Defunct Cos

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to hear an appeal of a decision finding that attorney-client privilege could not be used to shield the former in-house counsel of a defunct real estate firm from turning over documents in an ongoing contract dispute over unpaid invoices.

  • May 21, 2015

    Black Card Wants Holland & Hart DQ'd In $600M Visa Row

    Black Card LLC on Wednesday urged a Wyoming federal judge to disqualify Holland & Hart LLP from representing Visa USA Inc. in a more than $600 million contract row accusing the credit card giant of not protecting the trade secrets of its co-branded “Visa Black Card,” saying the firm previously represented the company.

  • May 20, 2015

    Suspension Urged For Fla. Judge Who Brawled With Atty

    Florida's Judicial Qualifications Commission recommended Tuesday that Brevard County Circuit Judge John C. Murphy be suspended for three months without pay for an incident in which he cursed at a public defender then scuffled with him outside the courtroom.

  • May 20, 2015

    Atty Who Threatened Client With 'Divine Justice' Suspended

    Minnesota’s high court on Wednesday handed a Minneapolis lawyer a 90-day suspension for threatening a client with “hell and brimstone” amid a fee dispute, among other breaches of professional conduct rules.

  • May 20, 2015

    Beck Redden, Arnold & Itkin Sued Over Rig Explosion Case

    A group of Mexican oil rig workers and workers' families have sued Beck Redden LLP, Arnold & Itkin LLP and the Albritton Law Firm, along with seven lawyers from those firms, alleging negligence and fraud after claims were dismissed in a lawsuit stemming from a deadly 2007 offshore oil platform explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • May 20, 2015

    SEC Suspends Atty Who Forged Over 100 Opinion Letters

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday suspended an attorney who forged more than 100 opinion letters used to detail the risks behind various securities, after a trading platform banned him from issuing such letters for failing to put in the due diligence they promised.

  • May 20, 2015

    Telemundo Attys Escape Sanctions In LaTele IP Row

    A Florida federal judge Wednesday denied LaTele Television CA's sanctions bid against Telemundo Communications Group LLC's counsel Greenberg Traurig LLP in a copyright dispute while the judge sorts out confusion regarding LaTele's representation.

  • May 20, 2015

    Dish Says OneBeacon Shouldn't Get 'Do-Over' On $34M Award

    Dish Network Corp. and its former attorneys urged a Texas federal court Tuesday to uphold a $34 million judgment against their former insurer, saying the OneBeacon Insurance Co. shouldn’t get a “do over” by raising new objections about the size of the award or rehashing old arguments.

  • May 20, 2015

    Diamond Middleman Wants Atty DQ’d In Software Patent Beef

    The co-founder of an online diamond sale facilitator wants the startup's lawyers tossed from a case accusing him of stealing its proprietary software, arguing in New York federal court Wednesday that one lawyer represented him for 16 years and the other is bound to be a witness.

  • May 20, 2015

    Ex-Faruqi Lawyer's Sex Harassment Battle Heads To 2nd Circ.

    A former Faruqi & Faruqi LLP associate awarded far less in damages and attorneys' fees than she sought in her sexual harassment suit against the securities boutique turned to the Second Circuit on Wednesday, challenging numerous trial court rulings from the closely watched case. 

  • May 20, 2015

    Judge's Letter Pushing Pro Bono Work Is Ethical, ABA Says

    The American Bar Association issued an opinion on Wednesday clarifying that it is kosher for a judge to send out a general letter to all local attorneys encouraging them to meet the 50-hour pro bono minimum recommended under the bar’s rules for professional conduct.