Legal Ethics

  • December 5, 2014

    Ex-Pa. Judge Pulls Out Of Plea Deal Under Pension Threat

    A former Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas judge on Thursday declined a plea deal after being charged in May with ordering his judicial staff to assist in the day-to-day management of his private real estate business, amid fears about his pension, according to reports.

  • December 5, 2014

    Bill Cosby Says Atty In Sex Abuse Case Tried To Extort Him

    Bill Cosby said Thursday a sexual assault suit filed against him two days earlier in Los Angeles Superior Court must be tossed and monetary sanctions imposed against the plaintiff and her attorney Marc Strecker because the two attempted to extort Cosby leading up to the litigation.

  • December 5, 2014

    Firm Faces $1.7M Suit Over Botched Nina Simone Inheritance

    The daughter of deceased jazz legend Nina Simone hit Karlin & Peebles LLP with a $1.7 million legal malpractice suit in California court on Wednesday, accusing the Los Angeles tax firm of wrongly advising her to use funds from the singer’s estate.

  • December 5, 2014

    Ex-Magic Circle Partner Disbarred After Sex Traffic Conviction

    A year after pleading guilty to child sex crimes, a former partner at Magic Circle member Allen & Overy LLP was formally disbarred by a New York appeals court on Thursday.

  • December 5, 2014

    4 Ways To Keep A Malpractice Expert From Blowing Your Case

    A good legal malpractice expert should embody the best virtues of the profession while discussing in plain terms questions of legal care, duty and diligence. But not all experts are created equal. Here are four tips for keeping a malpractice expert from blowing your case.

  • December 5, 2014

    Hagens Berman May Face Sanctions In Pa. Thalidomide Cases

    A special master recommended Thursday that Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP face sanctions for continuing to pursue three lawsuits against defendants including GlaxoSmithKline LLC over birth defects allegedly caused by the morning-sickness drug thalidomide despite grave concerns over the viability of the plaintiffs’ claims.

  • December 5, 2014

    Philly Building Collapse Plaintiffs Resist Judge's Recusal

    Plaintiffs litigating over the 2013 Philadelphia building collapse that killed seven and injured 13 are resisting defense efforts to have a state court judge recuse himself because his newly hired clerk formerly worked for an attorney who represents one of the claimants.

  • December 5, 2014

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Shell's Donny Ching

    I tell my lawyers not to keep trying to impress their bosses and advance their careers. It's much more powerful and gratifying to become a role model to the many people seeking leadership and guidance. These are the best leaders and role models for firms, says Donny Ching, legal director of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and the first Asian member of its eight-person executive committee.

  • December 4, 2014

    Sandy Victims Accuse Hartford, Law Firm Of Racketeering

    Hartford Insurance Co. of the Midwest and its law firm Nielsen Carter & Treas LLC were hit by a proposed class action Thursday in New York federal court from homeowners who claim that the companies and others engaged in racketeering to falsely deny claims from Hurricane Sandy.

  • December 4, 2014

    Texas Jury Finds Ex-Justice Of The Peace Guilty Of Murder

    A Rockwall County, Texas, jury Thursday reportedly found ex-Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams guilty of capital murder in the killing of Kaufman County’s district attorney, his wife and another prosecutor, and is now facing a possible death sentence. 

  • December 4, 2014

    Cantey Hanger Says Exception Doesn't Apply To Fraud Case

    Cantey Hanger LLP told Texas' highest court Thursday that it should be cut loose from a fraud suit accusing it of helping a client avoid taxes on an airplane sale at the expense of the client's ex-husband, arguing in part that an attorney immunity exception did not apply.

  • December 4, 2014

    IRS Says Lawyer's Fraud Doesn't Trigger Statute Of Limitations

    The Internal Revenue Service told the Federal Circuit on Thursday that a three-year statute of limitations on assessment should not apply to a $6.5 million case over the sale of a family printing business simply because the alleged fraud was committed by a third-party law firm.

  • December 4, 2014

    2nd Circ. Says Bad Jury Instruction Axes Pollution Convictions

    The Second Circuit on Thursday partially overturned the conviction of a New Jersey trash company accused of dumping asbestos-laden waste in open wetlands, citing concerns that the trial included a problematic jury instruction and also saying it was “disturbed” by some courtroom grandstanding by a federal prosecutor.

  • December 4, 2014

    Ex-Traffic Judge Gets 2 Years In Philly Ticket Scandal

    The second former Philadelphia Traffic Court judge to be sentenced after being convicted of perjury charges stemming from a ticket-fixing scandal received 24 months in prison from a Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday.

  • December 4, 2014

    Apple Deserves Fees After Chipmaker's 'Huge Mistake': Judge

    A California federal judge ruled Thursday that Apple Inc. is entitled to attorneys' fees from chipmaker Logic Devices Inc. in its case accusing the tech titan of infringing a patent later ruled invalid for double-patenting, saying the case is exceptional because Logic Devices' suit was a “huge mistake.”

  • December 4, 2014

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: BakerHostetler's Fernando Bohorquez

    Yes, champions and sponsors of color are indispensable, but you should try with equal resolve to find a white male champion or sponsor. Having champions on both fronts is the perfect combination to help you navigate the labyrinth of law firm politics, says Fernando Bohorquez Jr., a partner with BakerHostetler and recent appointee to the Conflicts of Interest Board of the City of New York.

  • December 4, 2014

    Alston & Bird Sued For Allegedly Bungling $10M IP Suit

    Alston & Bird LLP was slapped with a malpractice suit in New York state court Thursday by a government subcontractor alleging the firm mishandled an easily winnable intellectual property suit that ended up drowning the company in $10 million in unnecessary bills.

  • December 4, 2014

    Stanford Receiver Defends Timing of Proskauer Ponzi Suit

    The receiver for Stanford Financial Group on Tuesday defended his Texas legal malpractice suit against Proskauer Rose LLP and Chadbourne & Parke LLP that accuses the firms of aiding and abetting Texas billionaire Robert Allen Stanford’s $7 billion Ponzi scheme, saying there is no proof the suit was not timely filed.

  • December 4, 2014

    Cola Business Says NJ Firm Mishandled Coke TM Battle

    All-natural soda company Rola Cola Inc. has slapped the Law Offices of Ezra Sutton PA with a malpractice suit in New Jersey state court alleging the firm botched a trademark battle with Coca-Cola Inc. that led to Rola Cola suffering a loss of investors.

  • December 4, 2014

    Pa. Courts Get Updated Reporting, Transcription Standards

    The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on Thursday announced a new set of rules aimed at standardizing reporting operations in the state’s courts, setting new uniform maximum fees for transcripts and also creating transcription formats that mirror federal standards.