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Legal Ethics

  • March 11, 2015

    Boies Schiller Can't Nix Bad-Faith Sanction In Antitrust Case

    A Second Circuit panel on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s more than $270,000 sanction against Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP for pursuing a $400 million antitrust suit against Marriott International Inc. despite a conflict of interest.

  • March 11, 2015

    FTC Says Sysco Atty Can't See Protected Data In Merger Suit

    The Federal Trade Commission asked a D.C. federal court Tuesday to block Sysco Corp.’s chief legal officer from accessing confidential customer information in the agency’s suit against Sysco and U.S. Foods Inc. over their planned $3.5 billion merger, saying the executive is involved with Sysco’s competitive decision-making.

  • March 11, 2015

    Judge Reprimanded For Criticizing Jurors On Their Verdict

    An Ohio municipal court judge was publicly reprimanded Wednesday by the state’s supreme court for sitting down with jurors after a trial and telling them that they’d made a mistake by not convicting the accused.

  • March 11, 2015

    Barnes & Thornburg Malpractice Claims Trimmed In $50M Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday trimmed a $50 million derivatives suit claiming investment adviser The Nutmeg Group LLC and Barnes & Thornburg LLP, the firm acting on behalf of Nutmeg’s receiver, failed to provide quarterly statements to 90 investors, tossing several claims for legal malpractice and aiding and abetting.

  • March 10, 2015

    Holland & Knight Should Be Sanctioned For TM Suit, MPN Says

    Mobile Promotions Network LLC on Tuesday asked a Florida federal judge to sanction website design services company Web.com Group and its counsel Holland & Knight LLP for bringing an allegedly frivolous trademark infringement suit.

  • March 10, 2015

    Rosenberg & Estis Attys Sanctioned In Law Firm Lease Suit

    A New York state judge has largely left intact Vladeck Waldman Elias & Engelhard PC's suit claiming Manhattan landlord Paramount Leasehold LP wrongly lured it into a lease renewal while planning a hotel conversion, also sanctioning Paramount's counsel at Rosenberg & Estis PC for “frivolous” discovery conduct.

  • March 10, 2015

    Atty Says Ruling For O'Melveny Harms Judicial Integrity

    Eleven former students of a New York City preparatory school want another crack at recouping millions of dollars in legal fees after a state appellate court unanimously tossed their suit accusing O’Melveny & Myers LLP of unnecessarily prolonging litigation while defending the school against allegations it covered up student sexual abuse by a football coach.

  • March 10, 2015

    Akin Gump To Appeal $426K Patent Suit Fraud Row Verdict

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP will continue to fight allegations it defrauded a former client when it helped file a suit against SAS Institute Inc. after having advised the company for years, according to a Tuesday court filing.

  • March 10, 2015

    Calif. Judge Accused Of Taking $250K Payment From Old Firm

    The California Commission on Judicial Performance announced charges Tuesday accusing a county criminal judge of hiding $250,000 in payments he received from attorneys who appeared before him through a county indigent defender contract.

  • March 10, 2015

    DC Circ. Told $1.75M Malpractice Verdict Should Be Covered

    Medical malpractice law firm Paulson & Nace PLLC told the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday that Chicago Insurance Co. should cover the $1.75 million legal malpractice verdict against the firm because it had no reasonable belief it would be sued over such claims when applying for the policy.

  • March 10, 2015

    Ferguson Judge Resigns Amid DOJ Reports Of Bias, Abuse

    A municipal court judge overseeing the troubled city of Ferguson, Missouri, abruptly retired on Monday in the wake of a damning U.S. Department of Justice report finding evidence of racial bias and revenue-driven enforcement policies in the court system over which he presided.

  • March 10, 2015

    Law360 Legal Ethics Editorial Advisory Board

    Law360 is pleased to announce the formation of its 2015 Legal Ethics editorial advisory board.

  • March 10, 2015

    Seyfarth Atty Faces Sanctions Bid In H-2B Expenses Case

    Workers accusing an amusement park company of underpaying and forcing them to pick up H-2B visa expenses in a class action sought sanctions Monday against the company's counsel at Seyfarth Shaw LLP for allegedly scripting improper settlement communications with some class members.

  • March 10, 2015

    Judge Axes Bid To Smear Pa. Atty’s Witness In $1M Fine Row

    A Pennsylvania state judge refused Tuesday to hear evidence to impeach the credibility of a witness who recently came forward as part of a bid to clear Philadelphia-based defense attorney Nancy Raynor of $1 million in sanctions over forbidden expert testimony presented during a 2012 medical malpractice trial.

  • March 10, 2015

    8th Circ. Rethink Sought On Nixed Cy Pres Award In BofA Row

    The National Legal Aid & Defender Association and the Association of Pro Bono Counsel have urged the Eighth Circuit to reconsider its recent ruling that leftover cash from a $333 million settlement over NationsBank Corp.’s merger with Bank of America Corp. should not be handed to a legal charity.

  • March 10, 2015

    Suspended Atty Gets 5 Years For Laundering Drug Money

    A Minnesota federal judge on Monday sentenced a suspended personal injury attorney to five years in prison and three years' supervised release for using his law firm to launder $55,000 in drug money for his brother-in-law, who the feds say distributed “high-end marijuana” about an hour and a half south of Minneapolis.

  • March 10, 2015

    Law Firm Should Face Tax Credit Malpractice Suit, Judge Told

    A California-based investment company on Monday said Wilkes Artis Chtd. “conveniently ignore[s]” the facts in its bid to dismiss a legal malpractice suit over expired real estate tax credits, urging a Maryland federal judge to reject the law firm’s position that no attorney-client relationship existed.

  • March 10, 2015

    BofA Wrongly Pinning Bond Row On Buchanan, Court Told

    The U.S. Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority slammed Bank of America Corp.’s bid to toss a suit accusing Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC and the bank of wrongly advising that a $219 million bond offering was tax-exempt, saying the bank is trying to pin the entire suit on bad advice from the firm.

  • March 9, 2015

    Dickstein Can't Rely On Alice In Malpractice Suit: Britannica

    Encyclopedia Britannica Inc. on Monday attacked Dickstein Shapiro LLP’s efforts to evade a malpractice suit accusing the firm of failing to properly prosecute the publisher’s patents, arguing in D.C. federal court that the firm’s reliance on the Alice Corp. standard for patent eligibility was misplaced.

  • March 9, 2015

    Ex-Skadden Atty Says Plea Talks Coming Over Ponzi Scheme

    An attorney who once worked at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP before running a $5 million Ponzi scheme that he confessed to in a note before a failed suicide attempt plans to start talks for a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, according to a letter filed in New York federal court.