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Legal Ethics

  • May 26, 2015

    Ariz. Sheriff Wants Judge DQ'd From Traffic Stops Case

    An Arizona sheriff facing contempt of court for allegedly flouting an injunction in a class action over traffic stops unlawfully targeting Latino drivers wants to boot U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow, saying his wife has become a material witness in the matter.

  • May 26, 2015

    5 Insights From CBRE General Counsel Laurence Midler

    We keep a close eye on issues regarding conflicts of interest, professional negligence, privacy and trade secrets, as well as specific areas of employment. These topics are all germane to how CBRE operates its business, says Laurence Midler, executive vice president and general counsel at CBRE Group Inc.

  • May 22, 2015

    Dewey Trial Promises High-Stakes Slog For Both Sides

    On Tuesday three former top executives of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP will finally stand trial on criminal charges they committed fraud before the once-storied law firm’s downfall, a grind of a proceeding that will test the mettle of both sides and likely shape the legacy of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance.

  • May 22, 2015

    Don't Stop Discovery Over DQ'd Atty In FCA Suit, Court Hears

    Whistleblowers alleging a medical supply company overbilled Medicaid blasted its efforts to stay discovery in Florida federal court Thursday as the company seeks to have the suit tossed, arguing the disqualification of their last attorney for a conflict of interest is not nearly enough to warrant a dismissal.

  • May 22, 2015

    Mylan Says Kirkland ‘Thumbs Its Nose’ At Client Loyalty

    Mylan Inc. fired back at Kirkland Ellis LLP, telling a Pennsylvania federal court Friday that the firm “thumbs its nose” at its duty of loyalty to clients and should be blocked from representing Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. in its hostile takeover bid of Mylan NV.

  • May 22, 2015

    NY Atty Gets Prison For Bribery Scheme Over NJ Rail Project

    A New York attorney was sentenced to six years in prison Friday for conspiring with a New Jersey Department of Transportation engineer in a bribery scheme that fraudulently inflated the cost of a grant-funded railroad repair project.

  • May 22, 2015

    Hagens Berman In Hot Seat Over Dropped GSK Suits

    Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is fighting tooth and nail to stop a special master from questioning 31 of its clients on their decision to drop birth defect suits in Pennsylvania federal court against GlaxoSmithKline, saying the move would violate attorney-client privilege. But there is precedent for inquiries into plaintiffs firms’ conduct, especially in the context of tort litigation gone awry.

  • May 22, 2015

    Fla. Bar Rejects Firm's Plan To Send Ads Via Text Messages

    A law firm is challenging a recent denial by the Florida Bar's Standing Committee on Advertising of its proposal to send automated text messages to potential clients based on the panel's conclusion that a text is a direct solicitation by telephone prohibited by bar rules.

  • May 22, 2015

    Comcast Says Sprint's Attys Misled Jury In $28M IP Suit

    Comcast Cable Communications LLC told a Delaware federal judge that Sprint Communications Co. LP’s counsel Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP misled a jury into awarding Sprint $28 million in a row alleging Comcast ripped off its fiber optic delivery systems, arguing one of the firm’s attorneys used inaccurate claim constructions.

  • May 22, 2015

    Cop Client's Death Doesn't Free DC Atty From Disbarment

    The D.C. Court of Appeals disbarred a former assistant U.S. attorney Thursday, rejecting his argument that disciplinary charges accusing him of misappropriating $1,500 of a retired police officer client’s money should have been dropped when the officer died.

  • May 22, 2015

    Irell's Own Docs Favor DQ In 'Dirty Grandpa' Row, Court Told

    A defendant in a trademark suit over upcoming comedy film “Dirty Grandpa” starring Robert DeNiro and Zac Efron told a California federal court that Irell & Manella LLP’s own filings raise ethical concerns and support his bid to disqualify the firm.

  • May 22, 2015

    Dewey Debacle Hurt Wallets But Didn't Kill Careers

    Partners in the Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP diaspora were hit with financial burdens from the breakdown but largely avoided reputational damage as they relaunched their careers, firm alumni said on the eve of an unprecedented BigLaw criminal trial.

  • May 22, 2015

    AILA Says Gov't Withholding Docs In Immigration Judge Row

    The American Immigration Lawyers Association has again pushed a D.C. federal court to enforce an order that the Executive Office for Immigration Review must turn over documents related to its request for information on complaints against immigration judges, saying the government has failed to turn over all required material. 

  • May 21, 2015

    $1.3B Malpractice Suit Over Chevron Pollution Suit Restarts

    A malpractice trial against John O’Quinn and Associates LLP and appellate court Judge Russell T. Lloyd for allegedly mishandling a pollution suit against Chevron US Inc. officially began Thursday with testimony over a lost-profits model crucial to $1.3 billion in damages sought by Gulf Coast Asphalt Co. LLC, almost four years after the suit was initially filed.

  • May 21, 2015

    Astor Weiss, Atty Sued Over ‘Bungled’ $18M Telco Case

    Communications Network International Ltd. has slammed its former attorney with a malpractice suit for a “quixotic charade” across 13 years of hopeless, error-ridden litigation against defunct MCI WorldCom Communications Inc., according to a complaint filed in Pennsylvania state court.

  • 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.