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Legal Ethics

  • January 23, 2015

    Ex-Galleon Trader Cites Newman In Bid To Nix Conviction

    Former Galleon Group LLC trader Zvi Goffer has asked a New York federal court to toss his insider trading conviction in light of the Second Circuit’s landmark Newman decision, claiming his trial for allegedly paying ex-Ropes & Gray LLP lawyers for tips was tainted by erroneous jury instruction.

  • January 23, 2015

    Katten Looks To Ax $4M Suit Over Payday Loan Service

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is urging a New York state judge to throw out $4 million malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims against the law firm, arguing that Katzrin Finance Group LLC principal David Azar is unfairly seeking to hold Katten responsible for his own bad decisions.

  • January 23, 2015

    Ex-Dewey Atty Consents to Disbarment Over Insider Trading

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP attorney Todd L. Treadway has agreed to disbarment from the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in the wake of insider trading concerns, its Board on Professional Responsibility said Thursday.

  • January 23, 2015

    Ill. Atty Suspended 6 Months For Denying IRS Authority

    An Illinois attorney who has repeatedly filed “frivolous” pleadings on behalf of clients claiming the Internal Revenue Service has no legal authority to enforce tax laws outside the District of Columbia should be suspended for six months and monitored for another 18, according to a state attorney disciplinary board.

  • January 22, 2015

    Diamond McCarthy Refutes Ex-Partner's Special Appearance

    Lawyers for Diamond McCarthy LLP refuted an ex-partner’s special appearance in a Texas court on Thursday, as she fought Texas jurisdiction in a $1.4-million breach of contract suit over fees she generated as Dreier LLP’s Chapter 11 trustee.

  • January 22, 2015

    Ex-Client Of Judge's Defense Atty Killed Witness, Sources Say

    A former client of a San Antonio attorney representing an ex-judge at the center of a federal bribery investigation killed a key witness to the government’s case over an alleged money dispute, sources and officials said Thursday.

  • January 22, 2015

    Silver Arrest May Herald New Crackdown On Lawyer Pols

    Thursday's federal indictment of New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for allegedly receiving more than $6 million in illegitimate income is expected to spawn a crackdown on law firms paying referral fees to politicians, as well as further investigations — and prosecutions — of politicians who tread into treacherous conflict-of-interest territory, legal experts say.

  • January 22, 2015

    Stites & Harbison Says Attys Hijacked Social Media Accounts

    Kentucky law firm Stites & Harbison PLLC on Thursday filed a suit in Kentucky federal court accusing three former attorneys of hijacking social media accounts related to the firm’s trademark blog and that they plotted to create a competing firm while they were still employed.

  • January 22, 2015

    No Early Trial In Suit Alleging Groping At Employment Firm

    A California judge on Thursday rebuffed a bid for an early trial by a law firm employee who alleges the former managing partner of the employment dispute-focused firm grabbed her crotch and breasts, ruling potential future discrimination isn’t sufficient to “jump to the front of the line.”

  • January 22, 2015

    'Girls Gone Wild' Trustee Accuses Atty Of Fraudulent Transfers

    The bankruptcy trustee for the company behind the "Girls Gone Wild" adult video series launched an adversary proceeding Wednesday in California bankruptcy court against the company’s former counsel, alleging that more than $900,000 billed for legal services solely benefited founder Joe Francis.

  • January 22, 2015

    Womble Carlyle Disability Suit Wrongly Nixed, EEOC Says

    An U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit claiming that Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP unlawfully fired a woman left disabled by breast cancer treatments shouldn't have been tossed, the EEOC told the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday, arguing that a reasonable jury could have found illegal discrimination.

  • January 22, 2015

    Attys Attack Dershowitz's Bid To Enter Sex Slave Case

    Two attorneys representing alleged victims of child prostitution told a Florida federal court Wednesday that Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz should not be permitted to intervene in a victims’ rights lawsuit in which Dershowitz and other high-profile figures have been accused of victimizing underage “sex slaves.”

  • January 22, 2015

    New Docs Counter Pa. AG’s Claims Of No Leak Violations

    New documents released Thursday in the investigation of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane contradict her attorney's claims the previous day that a state grand jury had not identified any violations of a law forbidding the release of confidential data from grand jury investigations.

  • January 22, 2015

    OLG Hits Venable With $6M Counterclaim In Fee Fight

    Overseas Lease Group Inc. asked a D.C. federal judge on Tuesday to dismiss a claim of fraud brought against its president and CEO by Venable LLP in a legal fees suit seeking more than $300,000, and in a separate filing the contractor launched a $6 million counterclaim over alleged misconduct and overbilling.  

  • January 22, 2015

    Atty In Rothstein Scheme Seeks To Avoid Jail Time

    Former Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler PA attorney David Boden asked on Wednesday to avoid jail time for wire fraud in connection to Scott Rothstein’s $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme, claiming that he has already suffered enough through public ridicule, bankruptcy, the loss of his law license and the foreclosure of his home.

  • January 22, 2015

    Baker & McKenzie, Yahoo Rip Contract Row Coercion Claims

    Baker & McKenzie LLP and Yahoo Inc. fought back Wednesday against allegations in New York federal court they conspired to pervert the Mexican criminal justice system to win the reversal of a $2.75 billion judgment in a contract case, citing a Mexican appellate court ruling upholding the reversal.

  • January 22, 2015

    Philly Judge Gets 2 Years Following Corruption Plea

    A Pennsylvania federal judge opted to follow a plea agreement on Thursday when he sentenced former Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Joseph Waters to two years in prison for intervening in two cases on behalf of campaign contributors.

  • January 22, 2015

    NY Assembly Speaker Charged Over $6M Law Firm Income

    Sheldon Silver, the influential New York State Assembly speaker, was arrested Thursday on federal corruption charges of receiving more than $6 million in outside income from Weitz & Luxenberg PC and an unnamed real estate firm without performing any legal work.

  • January 21, 2015

    Longtime Houston Attorney Leaves Beck Redden To Start Firm

    Murray Fogler, a Houston attorney with almost 40 years of experience trying cases, has left Beck Redden LLP to start a new complex commercial law firm with a group of young partners, he announced on Tuesday.

  • January 21, 2015

    Pasricha & Patel Settles Paralegal's Overtime Suit

    New Jersey-based Pasricha & Patel LLC on Wednesday settled a putative collective action filed by a former paralegal in New Jersey federal court who accused the law firm of failing to pay overtime for work beyond the Fair Labor Standards Act's 40-hour weekly threshold.