Legal Ethics

  • October 9, 2014

    Young Conaway Hit With Fraud Suit Over Sunken Treasure Con

    Delaware law firm Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP and principal Bruce Silverstein were slapped with a racketeering suit in Florida federal court by a group of investors in a fraudulent sunken treasure scheme, who accuse the firm of aiding the con that cost them millions.

  • October 9, 2014

    Punish Donziger's Fraud In Chevron Row, 2nd Circ. Told

    Business trade group the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday urged the Second Circuit to "punish" what it claimed was "massive fraud" on the part of Steven Donziger, the attorney for indigenous Ecuadoreans in their pollution battle against Chevron Corp.

  • October 9, 2014

    Disabled Founder Says IP Firm Rader Fishman Shut Him Out

    Rader Fishman & Grauer PLLC co-founder Ralph Rader has sued the Michigan intellectual property boutique for breach of contract, alleging that after he suffered a disabling stroke last year, the firm cut off all contact with him and refused to purchase his interest in the firm.

  • October 9, 2014

    Entertainment Law Firms To Arbitrate Linkin Park Firing Saga

    A Los Angeles judge has sided with Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP, forcing into arbitration a fiduciary duty suit brought by an entertainment firm Kinsella once represented, part of an ongoing dispute tied to rock band Linkin Park's 2010 firing of its longtime attorney.

  • October 9, 2014

    RE Investors Appeal Loss Against Holland & Hart, Wells Fargo

    A group of real estate investors on Wednesday said they were appealing a Nevada federal judge’s dismissal of their malpractice and fraud claims against Holland & Hart LLP and Wells Fargo & Co. over $13.4 million they put into properties owned by a Ponzi schemer.

  • October 9, 2014

    Conrad O'Brien Partner Named In Pa. Porn Scandal Resigns

    A Conrad O’Brien PC partner who has been implicated in the sexually explicit email scandal engulfing former staff at the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office has stepped down from the firm.

  • October 9, 2014

    'Kids For Cash' Judge Sanctioned By Pa. Court

    Pennsylvania’s Court of Judicial Discipline on Tuesday ordered former Judge Mark Ciavarella, who is currently serving a 28-year sentence for his role in the state’s “kids for cash” scandal, to be removed from the bench and barred from serving on the bench in the future.

  • October 8, 2014

    Slot Machine Co. Suing Atty Says It Didn't Disclose Secrets

    A slot machine maker accusing its former in-house counsel of defecting with its trade secrets to start his own company is fighting to keep the suit alive, telling a New Jersey federal judge that allegations it publicly disclosed the secrets are false.

  • October 8, 2014

    6th Circ. Rejects Judicial Candidate's Campaign Rules Appeal

    The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday refused to block Ohio’s campaign restrictions on judicial candidates, including a ban on personally soliciting campaign funds, siding with a lower court that found the rules were not too broad.

  • October 8, 2014

    Firms Can't Bill For Transitioning Work In A Sale, ABA Says

    The American Bar Association on Wednesday issued a formal opinion clarifying guidelines on the sale of a law practice and explicitly barred lawyers on both sides of a sale from billing for time spent transitioning client work.

  • October 8, 2014

    Wachtell Says Fighting Icahn In 2 Courts Would Be 'Madness'

    Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz told a Manhattan federal judge Wednesday it would be "madness" to proceed with CVR Energy Inc.'s merger malpractice suit against the law firm in federal court when the firm's own "mirror image" claim against the Carl Icahn-controlled company — and other claims — were moving in state court.

  • October 8, 2014

    Atty Who Claimed Microchip Plot Faces Indefinite Suspension

    A referee appointed by the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday recommended that a Florida attorney who claims that opposing counsel in an employment discrimination case has planted microchips behind her left ear be suspended from the practice of law indefinitely.

  • October 8, 2014

    BakerHostetler Slams DQ Bid In $230M Tax Case

    BakerHostetler is fighting an attempt to remove it from a $230 million tax forfeiture suit, saying on Wednesday the claims that the firm is conflicted fail a test under New York law and are an attempt to manipulate the media.

  • October 7, 2014

    NYC Bankruptcy Courthouse Deemed Too Risky For Dreier

    Disgraced former attorney Marc Dreier will have to testify in a lawsuit accusing an asset management firm of profiting $137 million from Dreier’s Ponzi scheme, but a New York federal judge ruled Tuesday that having him testify in the bankruptcy court at One Bowling Green would be too perilous.

  • October 7, 2014

    Utica Asks Judge To Rethink Ruling Over DQ Of Hunton Attys

    An attorney for Utica Mutual Insurance Co. asked a New York federal judge Monday to take another look at his decision to deny its bid for summary judgment in a dispute over whether to disqualify Hunton & Williams LLP attorneys from representing Utica in its arbitration with two reinsurers, saying the reinsurers cannot meet the court’s standard to show successive representation.

  • October 7, 2014

    Knobbe Martens Seeks To Dodge Starch Trademark Row

    Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP and one of its attorneys asked a Utah federal court on Monday to dismiss fraud and negligent supervision claims brought against them by a woman who alleges the attorney improperly registered her trademark for a starch product, arguing the court lacks jurisdiction.

  • October 7, 2014

    2nd Circ. Says Firm Can't Enforce Fee-Shifting Provision

    The Second Circuit on Tuesday upheld $180,000 in attorneys’ fees handed to Chittur & Associates PC in a fee dispute over an underlying human trafficking row, but vacated more than $16,000 it won for costs incurred litigating the fee dispute, saying a non-mutual fee-shifting provision in its retainer agreement was unenforceable.

  • October 7, 2014

    Entertainment Law Firms Brawl In Linkin Park Firing Saga

    Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP urged a California judge on Tuesday to force into arbitration a fiduciary duty suit brought by another entertainment firm that Kinsella once represented, the latest chapter in a series of disputes stemming from music group Linkin Park's 2010 firing of its longtime attorney.

  • October 7, 2014

    Conspiracy Claim Nixed In Pond Lehocky Suit Against Ex-Atty

    A Pennsylvania state judge has agreed to ax a civil conspiracy claim that employee-side firm Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano LLP filed against a former attorney-turned-marketing director over his efforts to launch a competing business allegedly using its trade secrets, saying the claim is legally insufficient.

  • October 7, 2014

    Inquirer Can Get Fee Details In Pa. Justice's Libel Suit

    A Pennsylvania judge has ordered state Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery and his wife and chief legal aide to hand over information about legal fees she received for case referrals, which formed the basis of articles by Philadelphia Inquirer reporters targeted in their libel suit.