Legal Ethics

  • 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.

  • April 28, 2014

    White & Case's $4M Claim Against Arab Billionaire Kept Alive

    A New York judge on Friday refused to dismiss White & Case LLP's $4.2 million counterclaim against a businessman alleging the firm hid documents that showed its client Barclays Bank PLC conspired with Saudi Arabian officials to obtain property rental payments owed to him.

  • April 28, 2014

    Supreme Court Won't Hear Avery Dennison Patent App Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to review a Fifth Circuit decision that nixed a Texas company's fraud suit against Avery Dennison Corp. and Renner Otto Boisselle & Sklar LLP stemming from a licensing deal involving a rejected personalized postage patent application.

  • April 25, 2014

    16 Circuit Judges Broke Financial Conflict Rules: Report

    Sixteen federal appellate judges have issued rulings in the last three years on cases in which they had a direct financial stake, most often through stock ownership, in violation of federal law, according to a Monday report from The Center for Public Integrity.

  • April 25, 2014

    DC High Court Rejects $9M Morgan Lewis Malpractice Suit

    The highest court of Washington, D.C., on Thursday refused to revive BDO Seidman LLP’s $9 million malpractice suit accusing Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP of failing to properly warn that it was offering tax shelters, saying the accounting firm had brought the case too late.

  • April 25, 2014

    Ex-Schlumberger GC Says Trade Secrets Suit Is Frivolous

    Houston-based Schlumberger Ltd.'s former general counsel for intellectual property said Thursday that the oilfield services giant's suit accusing her of misappropriating trade secrets before going to work for Acacia Research Group is frivolous and should be dismissed.

  • April 25, 2014

    NJ Court Transfers Arsenal Capital Suit Over Ties To Bench

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Friday agreed that a lawsuit brought by investors over Arsenal Capital Partners' acquisition of a majority position in software company TractManager Inc. should be transferred to another state court because of different relationships between judges in its current venue and parties in the case.

  • April 25, 2014

    Judge Slams Plea To Delay Andrews Kurth Malpractice Trial

    A Texas judge said Friday he would not delay the trial of a $10 million malpractice suit accusing Andrews Kurth LLP of failing to alert a client to a Ponzi scheme being run by Stanford Financial Group, angrily rejecting the plaintiff’s complaints about the firm’s discovery responses.

  • April 25, 2014

    Texas High Court Won't Nix Epstein Becker Malpractice Suit

    The Texas Supreme Court said Friday it won't hear Epstein Becker & Green PC's request to throw out a malpractice suit brought by a Houston oncologist who says the firm should have realized a document sent to the fired general counsel of his clinic would be used in an employment suit.