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Legal Ethics

  • May 1, 2015

    HTC Says Niro Haller Attys, Ex-Client Owe $4M In Fees

    HTC Corp. urged an Illinois federal judge Thursday to order attorneys at Niro Haller & Niro Ltd. and their former client to pay nearly $4.1 million in legal fees the tech giant incurred in defending against claims it infringed a patent that was found to have been fraudulently obtained.

  • May 1, 2015

    'Contemptuous' Attys Post Bond To Duck Arrest In Ch. 7 Case

    Two lawyers suspected of fraud posted a $52,000 bond Friday after a Missouri bankruptcy judge said they would be arrested if they did not comply with a court order to return legal fees to a Chapter 7 debtor and pay sanctions.

  • May 1, 2015

    $80M Suit Over Fried Frank's Role In Tax Deal Remanded

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday sent back to state court a chemical company’s $80 million suit accusing Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP of fraud stemming from its advice on a tax-sharing agreement, ruling that the court lacked subject matter jurisdiction.

  • May 1, 2015

    Texas High Court Won't Hear Fen-Phen Referral Fee Fight

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday refused to cut a $3 million judgment entered against Fleming Nolen Jez LLP in a contractual dispute over allegedly improper expense deductions from fees paid to an attorney who referred fen-phen cases.

  • May 1, 2015

    Judge In Ex-Penn State President's Defamation Suit Recused

    A Pennsylvania judge Wednesday recused himself from presiding over former Penn State University president Graham Spanier's case against former FBI director Louis Freeh for allegedly defaming Spanier in a report detailing an alleged cover-up of child sex abuse.

  • May 1, 2015

    Texas Judge Rebuked Over Speech At Tea Party Event

    A Texas judicial discipline committee on Friday reprimanded a state judge over a speech at a Tea Party event in which he referred to sex offenders who regularly appear before him as “psychopaths” and boasted that he once kept a gun in his lap during a court hearing.

  • May 1, 2015

    Nixon Peabody, Atty Sued Over Role In Alleged Twitter Ponzi

    Nixon Peabody LLP and its top private equity attorney were sued Friday on claims they helped a fraud suspect hide his troubled past from investors and pull off a Ponzi-like scheme involving pre-IPO shares of Twitter Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc.

  • May 1, 2015

    Raynes Boss Describes Doubts About Anapol Schwartz Hire

    The owner of personal injury firm Raynes McCarty testified Friday that he was alarmed to discover that Jeffrey Downs, the Anapol Schwartz attorney whom his firm had been poised to hire in 2012, had sought to keep his supervisor in the dark when raising concerns about discrimination at his old firm.

  • May 1, 2015

    Orrick Wants Ex-Handler Atty Sanctioned For Firing Suit

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP told a New York federal court Thursday that a former Handler Thayer LLP attorney’s $4 million lawsuit alleging an Orrick partner purposefully got him fired is meritless and warrants sanctions.

  • May 1, 2015

    Immigration Attys Say DOJ Isn't Complying With FOIA Request

    The American Immigration Lawyers Association on Thursday urged a D.C. federal court to enforce an order that the Executive Office for Immigration Review must turn over documents related to AILA’s request for information on complaints against immigration judges, saying the government is shirking its obligations.

  • May 1, 2015

    Gibson Dunn Parts Ways With Scandal-Plagued Dubai Partner

    Peter Gray, the Gibson Dunn partner who was suspended after a U.K. court found he'd "deliberately misled" jurists in order to freeze the assets of a top Djibouti businessman, has officially left the firm, a Gibson Dunn spokesperson said Friday.

  • May 1, 2015

    OAS Creditors Demand Morgan Lewis Client Names

    Hedge fund creditors attempting to deny Brazilian construction outfit OAS SA’s application for U.S. bankruptcy protection requested Thursday that Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP be barred from advocating for a separate group of noteholders until the firm stops hiding the identity of its clients.

  • May 1, 2015

    Ex-ICE Atty Disbarred Following 18-Year Bribery Sentence

    A former attorney in the chief counsel's office at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has voluntarily given up his license to practice law in Illinois after being convicted and sentenced to nearly 18 years in prison for taking bribes, according to a state appellate court filing on Wednesday.

  • May 1, 2015

    Investor Wants Gordon Rees Booted From Securities Suit

    An investor suing a biotech startup for securities fraud asked Thursday that Gordon Rees LLP and partner Leon Silver be disqualified from representing the company's former CEO, accusing Silver of possessing privileged information from another unhappy investor that could give him a leg up in the case.

  • April 30, 2015

    Karmaloop Defeats Trustee's Bid To Nix Bankruptcy Counsel

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Thursday authorized Karmaloop Inc. to bring Burns & Levinson LLP aboard as counsel in its Chapter 11 case despite opposition from the U.S. Trustee's Office, finding no conflicts of interest that would prevent the firm from working for the online retailer.

  • April 30, 2015

    Locke Lord Win Affirmed In Foreclosure Fraud Suit

    A Texas appellate court on Thursday said a trial judge properly dismissed wrongful foreclosure claims launched against Locke Lord LLP, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. and subsidiaries of Deutsche Bank AG and Morgan Stanley.

  • April 30, 2015

    Johnson & Bell Can't Duck Insurer's Malpractice Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday nixed Johnson & Bell Ltd.’s attempt to escape a legal malpractice suit brought by Scottsdale Insurance Co., rejecting its argument that the insurer didn’t have standing to file suit.

  • April 30, 2015

    Fla. High Court Suspends Miami-Dade County Judge

    The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the suspension of a Miami-Dade county judge charged by the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission for verbally assaulting a store owner during her recent judicial campaign and for improperly removing documents from a case record.

  • April 30, 2015

    Fla. High Court Rejects Judge's Agreed Punishment For DUI

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a punishment deal for a state judge who was convicted of drunk driving by a judicial commission that had issued a 20-day suspension without pay and a $5,000 fine, calling for a hearing to determine the appropriate sanctions.

  • April 30, 2015

    Proskauer Can't Ax Fraud, Damages Claims In Tax Scheme Suit

    A New York appeals court on Thursday kept alive fraud and punitive damages claims in a lawsuit claiming Proskauer Rose LLP coerced a Johnson & Johnson Inc. heir to participate in an illegal tax avoidance scheme over the sale of J&J shares , but nixed a legal malpractice claim, affirming a lower court’s January 2014 order.