Legal Ethics

  • May 8, 2014

    Baker Botts Gets Claims Cut From $50M Malpractice Case

    A Texas judge on Thursday trimmed several claims against Baker Botts LLP after the firm’s former client rested its case seeking more than $50 million in damages it alleges were caused by a conflict of interest in the firm prosecuting patents for both the company and its chief rival.

  • May 8, 2014

    Philly Inquirer, Daily News Blast Pa. Justice's Libel Suit

    A group of reporters and editors at The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News urged a state court on Wednesday to dismiss a libel suit filed by Justice Seamus McCaffery of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, over articles regarding referral fees paid to his wife and chief legal aide.

  • May 8, 2014

    Stroock Beats Bergstein’s DQ Bid In Aramid Contract Row

    A California federal judge on Thursday ruled film investor David Bergstein couldn't bar Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP from representing Aramid Entertainment Fund Ltd. in its breach of contract suit against Bergstein, saying Bergstein should have known for years that his former attorney John Gatti had joined Stroock.

  • May 8, 2014

    $5M Legal Malpractice Suit Sent Back To NJ State Court

    A Pennsylvania securities attorney couldn’t keep a malpractice suit in federal court after a judge on Thursday found no jurisdictional diversity, remanding to New Jersey state court claims the attorney’s negligence in preparing a real estate investment cost the plaintiffs over $5 million.

  • May 8, 2014

    Not So Fast, Patton Boggs: Ethics Issues Threaten $15M Deal

    Patton Boggs LLP's $15 million settlement with Chevron Corp. over its role in defending a discredited $9.5 billion Amazon pollution judgment may have trouble surviving a court challenge from the case's Ecuadorean plaintiffs, as experts say the firm's unusual decision to betray its clients could be deemed unethical.

  • May 8, 2014

    Stroock Ducks $80M Malpractice Suit Over Loan Deal Gone Bad

    A New York judge on Thursday dismissed an $80 million malpractice lawsuit accusing Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP of failing to recommend bankruptcy proceedings to a New York condo developer dealing with a problematic loan, describing the case as pure speculation.

  • May 8, 2014

    Law Firm's Sanctions Bid Thrown Out By NJ Appeals Court

    A New Jersey appeals court declined Thursday to revive Hartman & Winnicki PC's application for frivolous litigation sanctions against Ambrosio De Pierro & Wernick LLC, ruling the firm failed to prove Ambrosio's bad faith in pursuing a malpractice suit against Hartman & Winnicki.

  • May 8, 2014

    Google Seeks To DQ Ex-Quinn Emanuel Attys In Patent Suit

    Google Inc. has asked a California federal court to bar two attorneys from representing Eclipse IP LLC in a patent suit against the tech giant, claiming they were exposed to confidential Google information while working at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.

  • May 8, 2014

    5 Insights From Sprint General Counsel Charlie Wunsch

    Advice to an attorney considering the jump to in-house legal work? Among other things, you are going to find out we don’t always follow outside counsel’s advice. No apologies, says Charlie Wunsch, general counsel of Sprint Corp.

  • May 8, 2014

    Ex-PSU Prez Defends Stay In Libel Suit Over Freeh Report

    Ex-Pennsylvania State University chief Graham Spanier on Tuesday defended a trial court's decision granting a stay in a libel suit he brought against former FBI director Louis Freeh over an independent report commissioned about the school's handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

  • May 7, 2014

    NJ Attys' Interest In RE Firm Breaks Fla. Bar Rules: Suit

    A Florida real estate company filed suit in federal court Wednesday, to void the ownership interest of a group of New Jersey lawyers who allegedly made numerous violations of Florida Bar rules.

  • May 7, 2014

    McDermott Says Malpractice Claims Based On Faulty Testimony

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP told an Ohio federal judge on Wednesday that legal malpractice claims made by a trust for the Antioch Co. over the takeover of Antioch by its employee stock ownership plan hinged on an attorney's inadmissible testimony.

  • May 7, 2014

    Janus Ruling Doesn't Apply To Criminal Cases: 4th Circ.

    A Fourth Circuit panel Wednesday rejected a former Busybox.com Inc. lawyer’s request to escape his guilty plea to securities fraud charges related to the company’s failed initial public offering, ruling that a U.S. Supreme Court decision on securities liability did not apply to criminal cases.

  • May 7, 2014

    Baker Botts' Work For Rival Shocked Ex-Client, CEO Says

    The CEO of a former Baker Botts LLP client on Wednesday told Texas jurors the company was shocked when it learned the firm had for years prosecuted patents in closely related subject areas for both the company and its chief rival, calling it a breach of the trust it had in its lawyers.

  • May 7, 2014

    Insurer Can't Sue Bullivant Houser Over Bias Case, Court Says

    A Washington appeals court recently affirmed the dismissal of American Alternative Insurance Corp.’s malpractice suit against Bullivant Houser Bailey PC and its attorney over allegedly negligent representation in a gender discrimination suit, finding it can't sue because it wasn't a client, but the panel also revived some of the former client's claims.

  • May 7, 2014

    Pittsburgh Atty Wants Defamation Suit Kept In Philly

    A Pittsburgh attorney suing law firm Robb Leonard Mulvihill LLP and Erie Insurance Co. for allegedly investigating him on child molestation claims despite knowing they were false asked the Pennsylvania Superior Court on Wednesday to reverse a decision moving the case out of Philadelphia.

  • May 7, 2014

    5 Insights From News Corp. GC Gerson Zweifach

    It seems that some folks are threatening to make the Video Privacy Protection Act into a cottage industry, so that's one issue that has my attention, says Gerson Zweifach, group general counsel for 21st Century Fox and News Corp.

  • May 7, 2014

    Patton Boggs To Pay $15M To Settle With Chevron

    Patton Boggs LLP on Wednesday agreed to pay Chevron Corp. $15 million to resolve claims the firm hid evidence that a $19 billion pollution judgment against Chevron in litigation in Ecuador was obtained illegally.

  • May 6, 2014

    Shopping Center Can't Sue Attys After $2.6M Defects Deal

    A California appeals court decided Monday that the owners of a shopping center couldn't sue their law firm for malpractice after representing them in construction-defects litigation that ultimately resulted in a $2.6 million settlement, saying their theories over alleged breaches of fiduciary duties were too speculative.

  • May 6, 2014

    Fulbright's $6M Foreclosure Heads To Texas Appeals Court

    A commercial real estate developer said Friday it would ask a Texas appeals court to revive its fraud suit against Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, alleging the firm and others cut it out of its stake in an apartment complex that sold for $5.5 million.