Legal Ethics

  • July 21, 2014

    NJ Judges Admonished For Dining With Convicted Ex-Official

    The Supreme Court of New Jersey’s disciplinary committee has admonished two Superior Court judges for publicly dining with a former public official later convicted on corruption charges, choosing the least severe punishment because of the judges’ otherwise unblemished careers and contrite responses.

  • July 21, 2014

    Keep Norton Rose On Pamlab Unfair Comp Row, Judge Says

    A Florida magistrate judge on Friday urged the court to deny Virtus Pharmaceuticals LLC's attempt to block Norton Rose Fulbright from representing Nestle Health Science-Pamlab in its unfair competition suit seeking to keep Virtus from selling some of its prescription products, saying the company failed to show compelling evidence.

  • July 21, 2014

    Plaintiffs' Atty Barely Sanctioned In Cabot Drilling Fight

    A Pennsylvania federal judge Monday imposed a lenient sanction on an attorney who misled the court about her role in a suit against Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. over environmental contamination from natural gas drilling, putting aside a magistrate’s recommendation that she be forced to pay a colleague’s legal fees.

  • July 21, 2014

    Union Denies Blocking CareOne's Access To Dying Witness

    A Service Employees International Union group has bristled at CareOne LLC's bid for sanctions in its racketeering case against the union, urging a New Jersey federal court to ignore claims it intentionally blocked the deposition of a key witness who was dying of cancer.

  • July 21, 2014

    Fla. Cop Gets 5 Years For Aiding Ponzi Schemer Rothstein

    A former Florida county sheriff's deputy was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for conspiring to use his position to support convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein run a $1.2 billion investor fraud out of his now-bankrupt law firm, Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler PA.

  • July 21, 2014

    Proskauer Can Point Finger At Accountant In J&J Fraud Suit

    A New York judge on Monday refused to throw out a bid by Proskauer Rose LLP to hold the accountant for relatives of a Johnson & Johnson founder liable in a fraud action over allegedly bad tax advice the firm provided about selling company shares, finding such a counterclaim in a noncontract case is permissible.

  • July 21, 2014

    Robbins Geller Defends Track Record Amid Sanctions Threat

    Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP on Friday defended its reputation as one of the country's top plaintiffs firms as it sought to avoid being sanctioned for conduct in a failed securities class action against The Boeing Co.

  • July 21, 2014

    'Kids For Cash' Atty Duped Biz Partner, Suit Says

    A Western Pennsylvania businessman who co-owns two juvenile detention facilities has sued his former business partner — an attorney who pled guilty over his role in the Luzerne County “kids for cash” scandal — in federal court, alleging that he was duped into financing elements of the scheme.

  • July 21, 2014

    Hair Transplant Doc Sues McDonald Hopkins Over Bosley Suit

    An Illinois doctor has sued McDonald Hopkins LLC for legal malpractice, claiming the firm botched his defense of a noncompete lawsuit brought by his former employer, the hair transplant surgery provider Bosley Medical Group SC.

  • July 18, 2014

    Mich. Supreme Court Orders Mental Exam Of Judge

    The Michigan Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a judge to undergo a mental health examination, following a petition from the state's Judicial Tenure Commission.

  • July 18, 2014

    Philly Judges' Alleged Ticket-Fixing Not A Crime, Attys Say

    Attorneys for four Philadelphia Traffic Court judges urged a Pennsylvania federal jury on Friday to acquit them of fraud charges stemming from a ticket-fixing scandal, arguing the alleged preferential treatment for loved ones and well-connected individuals might not even constitute ethical misconduct, let alone criminal activity.

  • July 18, 2014

    Berman Sauter Accused Of Botching Condo Defects Case

    Condominium associations have slapped Berman Sauter Record & Jardim PC with a New Jersey state legal malpractice suit claiming it didn't properly name subcontractors as defendants in the associations' complaint over various construction defects, thus blocking them from obtaining damages despite a $1.2 million settlement.

  • July 18, 2014

    LBDS Admits Using Phony Docs In $25M Trade Secrets Suit

    MRI technology developer LBDS Holding Co. LLC admitted in Texas federal court Friday that it submitted inauthentic documents in a trade secrets suit that yielded a $25 million verdict for the company, roughly two months after the manufactured evidence was disclosed by its former counsel Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • July 18, 2014

    9th Circ.: Malpractice Suit Is Bankruptcy 'Core Proceeding'

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Friday that a post-petition claim brought against a professional appointed by a bankruptcy court is a core proceeding for jurisdictional purposes, upholding the affirmance of a dismissal of a malpractice suit against an attorney for an unsecured creditors' committee.

  • July 18, 2014

    Ex-Faruqi Atty Fights For Damages Report In Harassment Suit

    A former Faruqi & Faruqi LLP associate alleging she was sexually assaulted by a male partner told a New York federal court Thursday that it should consider an expert's damages testimony, disputing Faruqi's arguments that the expert report “suggests bad faith.”

  • July 18, 2014

    Lexington Dodges Coverage For O'Quinn Overbilling Cases

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday freed Lexington Insurance Co. from covering part of the O’Quinn Law Firm’s $46.5 million class action settlement of claims that it overbilled clients in defective breast implant suits, marking the end of a long-running coverage feud that saw four other insurers settle with the firm.

  • July 18, 2014

    5 Insights From Pfizer Chief Litigation Counsel Michael Parini

    We are not afraid of risk, and my boss and his boss accept that sometimes things won’t go our way. We want our outside counsel to be creative thought partners who don’t use the same old playbook, says Michael Parini, chief litigation counsel for Pfizer Inc.

  • July 17, 2014

    Doc Says Scheef & Stone Overbilled Him For Hopeless Case

    A Dallas doctor has sued Scheef & Stone LLP and two attorneys from the firm, alleging they blew through nearly $500,000 in legal fees to pursue a real estate investment fraud case that had no chance of success.

  • July 17, 2014

    Ex-Philly Traffic Judges' Ticket Handling Was Fraud, Feds Say

    Federal prosecutors argued that six Philadelphia Traffic Court judges' handling of tickets for friends, relatives and other connected individuals amounted to fraud even though it did not earn them any money, as closing arguments began Thursday in the eighth week of the trial.

  • July 17, 2014

    DLA Piper, Seyfarth Shaw Sued Over Real Estate JV Deal

    A group of real property owners and developers has hit DLA Piper, Seyfarth Shaw LLP and others with a lawsuit in California court, accusing the defendants of conspiring with a conglomerate known as AEW, creating “severe conflicts of interest” in a joint venture deal.