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Legal Ethics

  • May 28, 2015

    Philly Firms Say Atty Claiming Gay Bias Contradicts Himself

    Two Philadelphia law firms on Thursday urged a Pennsylvania federal judge to toss a suit brought by a gay former Anapol Schwartz attorney who accused the firm of inappropriately derailing his move to Raynes McCarty, highlighting evidence from the recent state court trial that the attorney lost.

  • May 28, 2015

    Karmaloop Can Pay Burns & Levinson For Early Ch. 11 Work

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Thursday allowed Burns & Levinson LLP to be paid as special counsel in the Karmaloop Inc. Chapter 11 case for the period which she did not allow the firm to be retained as debtors' counsel, despite objections from the U.S. Trustee's Office.

  • May 28, 2015

    K&L Gates Rebuts Oil Co. Investors' Malpractice Claims

    K&L Gates LLP urged a California federal judge on Thursday to toss a putative class of petroleum company investors' malpractice suit over the firm’s role in the company's bankruptcy case, arguing the bankruptcy court knew about the firm's alleged conflict of interest and found that it wasn't a problem.

  • May 28, 2015

    Haynes And Boone Off The Hook In $1.7M Conspiracy Suit

    A Texas state appeals court on Thursday refused to revive a chemical engineer’s suit alleging Haynes and Boone LLP falsely led him to believe an environmental remediation company agreed to pay $1.7 million to settle a qui tam action that he then agreed to dismiss.

  • May 28, 2015

    Fla. Atty Slapped With Year Suspension For Bad Faith Conduct

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday suspended Miami Beach attorney Erwin Rosenberg for one year, finding a referee's recommendation of a 91-day suspension to be insufficient discipline for several years of bad faith conduct and repeated failure to comply with court orders.

  • May 28, 2015

    Zynga Says Don't Stall On Blank Rome, Segan Patent Sanction

    Zynga Inc. on Wednesday urged a California federal judge to not let Segan LLC and its counsel, Blank Rome LLP, delay a ruling on sanctions over a “frivolous” patent suit accusing Zynga of ripping off website-interacting characters, arguing the case has already gone on too long.

  • May 28, 2015

    Texas Judge Cops To Gun Charge, Lying to Federal Agents

    A Texas state court judge admitted in court on Thursday that he illegally dealt in guns and lied about it to law enforcement officials, federal officials said.

  • May 28, 2015

    Dewey Trial Emails Show Desperate Effort To Stay Afloat

    Jurors in the trial of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP’s former leaders on Thursday saw a series of internal emails from late 2008 in which the defendants agonized over the firm’s shaky financial condition, as prosecutors sought to prove a vast conspiracy to cook the books.

  • May 28, 2015

    King & Spalding Will Pay $4.62M To Settle Condo Deal Fight

    King & Spalding LLP has agreed to pay $4.62 million to settle a putative class action accusing the firm and others of violating consumer protection law by botching the settlement of a condominium contract suit, according to a Wednesday filing in California federal court.

  • May 28, 2015

    Collection Of Philly Atty's $1M Fine Paused For Appeal

    Efforts to collect a $1 million sanction levied against a Philadelphia-based defense attorney for an expert's pretrial order violations in a medical malpractice case were stayed by the Pennsylvania Superior Court on Wednesday while it considers a challenge to the punishment.

  • May 28, 2015

    Fla. Atty Loses License Over Huge Mortgage Scheme

    Florida attorney Marc H. Hoffman had his law license revoked Tuesday for multiple grievances including those stemming from a scheme at his firm to collect $5 million in illegal fees by recruiting homeowners into “mass-joinder” lawsuits against mortgage lenders.

  • May 28, 2015

    Sports Dealer Wants Judge DQ'd In Giants Fake Merch Suit

    A memorabilia dealer accusing the New York Giants of scapegoating him to conceal the distribution of sham collectibles wants the New Jersey judge overseeing the case to step aside, contending that, as a season ticket purchaser and long-time fan of the football team, his impartiality could be questioned.

  • May 28, 2015

    9th Circ. Asked To Mull Locke Lord Exit From Benefit Plan Suit

    Named plaintiffs in a proposed class action accusing Locke Lord LLP of authoring an allegedly misleading and inaccurate opinion letter on the legality and tax implications of a welfare benefit plan asked the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to review a California judge's decision allowing the firm to exit the suit.

  • May 28, 2015

    IP Firm Dodges Sanctions In Medical Device Co.'s Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday refused to sanction attorney Mitchell Stein of intellectual property firm Stein Law PC for allegedly making false statements in a diabetes test supply company’s legal malpractice row against the firm, saying the company didn’t show which statements were false.

  • May 28, 2015

    NJ Bridge Scandal Figures Gun For Gibson Dunn's Notes

    Former New Jersey officials battling criminal charges in the George Washington Bridge scandal moved Wednesday to subpoena Gibson Dunn for interview notes from its investigation into the alleged act of political retribution, saying if those notes were destroyed, it would be “highly inappropriate."

  • May 28, 2015

    Houston Atty Convicted For Defrauding Criminal Defendants

    A Houston defense attorney was convicted in Texas federal court on Wednesday on 18 counts of conspiracy, money laundering and other crimes related to a scheme of defrauding defendants facing federal criminal charges by telling them he could have their cases dismissed if they paid him, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • May 28, 2015

    Judge Slams 'Mind-Numbingly Verbose' Fraud Complaint

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday came down hard on plaintiffs in a suit accusing an asset manager, law firm, hospital and the commonwealth of a far-reaching scheme embezzling from elders and the recently deceased, calling the 293-page amended complaint nearly unreadable.

  • May 27, 2015

    Ex-Drinker Biddle Atty In Pa. Suspended For Overbilling

    Pennsylvania’s highest court on Wednesday approved the two-year suspension of an attorney who previously worked for Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and allegedly overbilled the firm by almost 420 hours for time spent reviewing documents.

  • May 27, 2015

    Gordon Rees Accused Of Sloppy Settlement In Docs' $2M Suit

    A group of Houston anesthesiologists have sued Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP for more than $1.8 million after the firm allegedly drafted a bad settlement agreement in a contract dispute, leading to an "onslaught" of avoidable litigation and additional damages.

  • May 27, 2015

    Baker Botts Seeks To Uphold Bar On $41M Malpractice Award

    Baker Botts LLP has asked the Dallas Court of Appeals to uphold a jury's verdict from last year relieving them of responsibility in a patent malpractice trial brought by ex-client Axcess International Inc., saying that the jury was right to find that the company was time-barred from collecting a $41 million verdict.