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Legal Ethics

  • October 16, 2014

    Calif. Law Firm Challenges $1.9M IRS Deficiency Notice

    A California-based law firm is protesting an Internal Revenue Service determination alleging it misreported its income by $1.9 million, claiming the funds-in-question belonged to its clients, according to a petition made public on Wednesday.

  • October 15, 2014

    Court Recused Over 'Corrupt' Sierra Wildfire Prosecution

    A California federal judge on Wednesday recused himself and all other judges from his district from Sierra Pacific Industries Inc.’s attempt to rewind a $122.5 million wildfire settlement after Sierra accused prosecutors of having perpetrated a fraud on the court by engaging in a “corrupt and tainted prosecution.”

  • October 15, 2014

    Ex-Jacoby Meyers Atty Steps Up Hunt For Punitive Damages

    A former Jacoby & Meyers LLP attorney urged a New York appeals court to allow him to pursue punitive damages against the law firm for allegedly falsely telling clients that he filed for bankruptcy, saying Wednesday that the firm’s malicious lies justify such relief.

  • October 15, 2014

    Atty Says Baby's Day In Court Infuriated 'Redneck' Judge

    A Georgia lawyer who brought her newborn daughter to an immigration hearing last week has formally accused the judge who denied her request for a hearing continuance during her maternity leave of humiliating her in front of a packed courtroom.

  • October 15, 2014

    DC Circ. Tosses Ethics Complaint Against 5th Circ. Judge

    The Judicial Council of the D.C. Circuit has tossed a judicial misconduct complaint alleging Fifth Circuit Judge Edith Jones made disparaging comments about minorities and the mentally disabled in a talk on the death penalty, saying affidavits from six people who attended the lecture didn't prove her comments crossed any ethical lines, according to documents filed Tuesday.

  • October 15, 2014

    Texas AG Didn't Pursue Judge's Ethics Fine, Group Says

    The Texas watchdog group whose complaint prompted the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry filed a motion Wednesday in Travis County District Court to replace the state attorney general in the case stemming from Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht’s alleged ethics violations, saying the AG failed to collect a fine.  

  • October 15, 2014

    Fla. Appeals Court Affirms Garnishment Of Judge's Accounts

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday affirmed an order to garnish accounts held by embattled Judge Laura Watson, who is being investigated over her involvement as an attorney in a $14.5 million settlement with an insurer.

  • October 15, 2014

    EEOC Calls Marijuana Rationale In ADA Case A Smokescreen

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission urged a Michigan federal court Tuesday to reject an assisted living facility company's bid for sanctions in an Americans with Disabilities Act suit, calling the company's argument that it let an epileptic would-be worker go for using medical marijuana a smokescreen.

  • October 15, 2014

    Deepwater Plaintiffs Pan BP Bid To DQ Claims Administrator

    Class counsel in the Deepwater Horizon litigation on Wednesday responded to BP PLC’s bid to oust the claims administrator overseeing settlement payments, saying the company knew of his work for the state of Louisiana — which BP characterized as a conflict of interest — before he was chosen.

  • October 15, 2014

    Calif. Judge Accused Of Meddling In Pal's Spousal Abuse Case

    A California state judge handed a get-out-of-jail free card to a friend charged with felony spousal abuse, according to an official inquiry opened by the California Commission on Judicial Proceedings.

  • October 15, 2014

    Pa. Court Can't Dodge Age Discrimination Claims

    A Pennsylvania federal judge Wednesday refused to toss an age discrimination lawsuit by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, saying it was not barred by constitutional immunity under the Eleventh Amendment.

  • October 15, 2014

    Pa. Chief Justice Confirms McCaffery's Role In Porn Scandal

    Justice Seamus McCaffery of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court sent or received more than 200 emails containing hundreds of pornographic pictures and videos between 2008 and 2012, the state’s top jurist confirmed Wednesday following an analysis of messages uncovered by the Office of Attorney General.

  • October 15, 2014

    Convicted Surgeon Hits Sidley With $30M Malpractice Suit

    Sidley Austin LLP and a firm partner were hit Tuesday with a $30 million malpractice suit by a former Chicago surgeon who claims their “shocking incompetence” led to his wrongful conviction for falsifying medical records and a 10-month prison sentence.

  • October 14, 2014

    Holder Ends Waiver Of Appellate Rights In Guilty Pleas

    Departing Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday said U.S. attorneys will no longer ask criminal defendants who plead guilty to waive their right to later claim on appeal that their attorney was ineffective, drawing praise from legal ethics groups who criticized the policy.

  • October 14, 2014

    BakerHostetler Atty Denies Ethics Accusation In Fraud Case

    A BakerHostetler defense attorney on Tuesday urged a New York federal judge not to disqualify him from a $230 million tax fraud case, claiming he didn’t violate ethical rules by seeking to subpoena a former hedge fund client who is now a potential witness for the government.

  • October 14, 2014

    'Kids For Cash' Atty Turns Tables On Sanctions Bid

    A Powell Law Group attorney caught up in the Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, “kids for cash” scandal fired back Monday at a sanctions bid brought by plaintiffs late last month, saying that their attorney is the one who should be sanctioned.

  • October 14, 2014

    Hobby Lobby Wants Labor Firm's 'Gamesmanship' Sanctioned

    Employee rights law firm Scott Cole & Associates APC should be sanctioned more than $10,000 for filing wage-and-hour litigation in state court against Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. that is “identical” to a federal case ordered to arbitration, the retailer told a California federal judge on Monday.

  • October 14, 2014

    Squire Patton Accused Of Guiding Alliance Founder's Scheme

    The trustee for Pennsylvania employee-owned private equity firm Alliance Holdings Inc. has accused Squire Patton Boggs LLP in federal court of representing Alliance and clients with conflicting interests and aiding its founder in funneling tens of millions dollars to himself and associates, all while it netted $7 million in legal fees.

  • October 14, 2014

    Sedgwick Wants MedCap Malpractice Suit Axed

    Sedgwick LLP on Monday urged a California federal judge to kick the receiver for Medical Capital Holdings Inc.’s malpractice suit alleging Sedgwick was partially responsible for losses in MedCap’s $1 billion Ponzi scheme, arguing that it had been explicitly shooed away from reviewing loan memos.

  • October 10, 2014

    Calif. Disbars IP Lawyer Who Accused Courts Of Racketeering

    A California intellectual property attorney was disbarred this month by the State Bar Court of California, which found that his pattern of frivolous litigation, abusive language toward judges and waste of judicial resources constituted moral turpitude.