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Legal Ethics

  • January 27, 2015

    Calif. Judge Must Rethink Immigrant’s Claim Over Atty Advice

    A California appeals court on Tuesday ordered a lower court to reconsider a permanent resident's bid to withdraw a felony guilty plea that triggered a deportation order after he argued his lawyer told him he could stay in the country, ruling the judge failed to explain himself.

  • January 27, 2015

    Employment Atty Accused Of Groping Worker Can't Hide Name

    A California judge on Tuesday rejected a bid by the former managing partner of an employment dispute-focused law firm accused of groping an employee to use a pseudonym or seal the case record, ruling the attorney’s reputation isn’t more important than the constitutional right to court access.

  • January 27, 2015

    Fla. Bar Says Attys Can Advise Clients On Social Media Posts

    The Professional Ethics Committee of the Florida Bar recently issued a proposed advisory opinion determining that attorneys can advise clients to “clean up” their social media pages before litigation is filed to remove embarrassing information.

  • January 27, 2015

    Ford Rips Bid To Recuse All Pa. Justices In Asbestos Row

    Ford Motor Co. argued Monday that a Duane Morris LLP attorney’s role as special counsel to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in an investigation into pornographic emails sent by an ex-justice did not require recusal of the entire bench in an asbestos-related appeal the lawyer is handling for the automaker.

  • January 27, 2015

    High Court Fundraising Case Could Hinder Pa. Judicial Reform

    As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs the constitutionality of a Florida ban on judicial candidates personally soliciting campaign funds, advocates of judicial merit selection in Pennsylvania worry that overturning the ban would introduce even more friction into the state’s already flawed system for choosing judges.

  • January 27, 2015

    Attack On Pa. Bar Reciprocity Rule Won't Get 2nd Look

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday refused to reconsider his decision to shut down a constitutional challenge to the state's rule denying bar admission to attorneys from states lacking reciprocity agreements, saying a recent Third Circuit decision does not conflict with his conclusions.

  • January 27, 2015

    Atty Who Sued Former Client Suspended Indefinitely

    An attorney who committed numerous violations, including representing a couple only to later sue the wife on behalf of the husband, will be suspended indefinitely from practicing law, Maryland's highest court ruled Tuesday.

  • January 27, 2015

    Faruqi Avoids Sanctions For Replacing Stained Carpet

    A Manhattan federal judge refused Monday to sanction Faruqi & Faruqi LLP for replacing a carpet that an ex-Faruqi associate said was left stained with her blood after a partner sexually assaulted her, finding the plaintiff took part in the spoliation of the possible evidence.

  • January 27, 2015

    Big Tobacco Wants Judge Off Engle Trial After Wife's Death

    Big Tobacco on Monday pushed for the recusal of a judge set to preside over an upcoming Engle progeny trial in Florida federal court, saying he won't be impartial because the facts of the case align too closely with the smoking-related death of his wife.

  • January 27, 2015

    Atty Blasts 'Baseless' DQ Bid In Enviro Settlement Fight

    Representing plaintiffs suing law firm Freese and Goss PLLC and others over their handling of a settlement in an environmental contamination class action, attorney Chuck McRae and his co-counsel told a Mississippi federal court Monday that the firm’s second attempt to disqualify him for concurrent representation was "baseless."

  • January 27, 2015

    IP Firm Can't Dodge Med. Device Co.'s Malpractice Claims

    A Florida federal judge on Monday trimmed two claims from a diabetes test supply company’s legal malpractice lawsuit against intellectual property law firm Stein Law PC but refused to toss professional negligence claims against the firm, allowing the majority of the suit to remain intact.

  • January 27, 2015

    Orioles Beef Over Proskauer Ties 'Baseless': MLB Commish

    Major League Baseball's newly minted commissioner on Monday told a Manhattan trial judge that the Baltimore Orioles' bid to reverse an unfavorable television revenue arbitration award by alleging conflicts between his office and the Proskauer Rose LLP law firm are unfounded.

  • January 26, 2015

    3rd Circ. OKs Sanctions In Telecom Exec.'s Bankruptcy

    The Third Circuit on Monday reinstated sanctions against counsel the former chief of a defunct telecommunications firm over the filing of an adversarial complaint in the executive's messy bankruptcy, saying the complaint was filed in bad faith and increased costs of the proceedings.

  • January 26, 2015

    Judge Fines Himself $25 For Tardiness In Clothing TM Row

    A California federal judge who ran 10 minutes late to a meeting in a trademark infringement suit over cheerleading clothes refused to let himself off the hook on Monday, dressing himself down with a $25 fine for tardiness.

  • January 26, 2015

    9th Circ. Upholds Conviction Of Harry Reid Fundraiser

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday refused to toss the conviction of an attorney and former Nevada lobbyist who allegedly made more than $130,000 in illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Senator Harry Reid’s 2010 re-election campaign, finding enough evidence to support the conviction.

  • January 26, 2015

    Faruqi Accuser Helped Destroy Bloodstain, Firm Says

    An ex-Faruqi & Faruqi LLP associate who alleged that she was sexually assaulted by a Faruqi partner encouraged that partner to “disappear” what she said was a bloodstain on his office carpet that would have been important evidence, the firm told a New York federal judge Monday.

  • January 26, 2015

    High Court Won't Hear Appeal Over Judge's Affair With Witness

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to weigh in on a circuit court’s decision to uphold the doctrine of judicial immunity in denying a man the right to sue a judge that carried on a six-month affair with a mother involved in a felony child support case.

  • January 26, 2015

    Faruqi Atty Tells Jury He Was Too Drunk To Perform

    Embattled Faruqi & Faruqi LLP partner Juan Monteverde took the witness stand in New York federal court Monday to deny allegations that he sexually assaulted an associate after a holiday party in 2011, telling jurors he was too drunk at the time to "consummate the act."

  • January 26, 2015

    Convicted 'Kids for Cash' Atty Disbarred In Pa.

    A Pennsylvania attorney who pled guilty over his role in the Luzerne County “kids for cash” scandal and has been suspended from practicing law since 2009 had his formal resignation from the bar accepted on Friday.

  • January 26, 2015

    Mayer Brown DQ'd From Representing HSBC In MBS Row

    A Minnesota federal judge has disqualified Mayer Brown LLP from defending HSBC Finance Corp. in a lawsuit brought by Residential Capital LLC successor Residential Funding Co. LLC over alleged defective mortgage-backed securities, on the grounds that Mayer Brown had a conflict of interest as ResCap's former counsel.