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Legal Ethics

  • March 19, 2015

    Ex-Philly Traffic Judge Gets 20 Months For Lying To FBI

    A former Philadelphia Traffic Court judge was sentenced Thursday to 20 months in prison for lying to FBI investigators when he was questioned about his role in a scheme involving multiple judges to fix traffic tickets for friends, relatives and the politically connected.

  • March 19, 2015

    Sidley's Blown Deadline In $40M Case Provides Stark Lesson

    The Federal Circuit's decision Thursday that AT&T Inc. cannot appeal a $40 million patent infringement verdict against it because its attorneys from Sidley Austin LLP missed the appeal deadline is a reminder that failing to closely monitor court dockets can lead to devastating mistakes, attorneys say.

  • March 19, 2015

    NYC Bar Backs Cuomo's Lawmaker Disclosure Requirement

    The New York City Bar Association on Thursday voiced its support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to require lawmakers to disclose the sources and amounts of their outside income in the wake of the arrest of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, saying it would increase transparency from lawyer-lawmakers.

  • March 19, 2015

    Ex-Gemini RE President Wants McGuireWoods DQ'd In Mark Row

    The former president of Gemini Real Estate Advisors LLC on Thursday urged a New York federal judge to disqualify McGuireWoods LLP from a power struggle over the company and Gemini’s trademark, saying the law firm is improperly representing both Gemini and individual officers in two suits, despite a conflict of interest.

  • March 19, 2015

    American Spectrum Attys Duck Fines For Surprise Ch. 11

    The general counsel and outside attorney for Houston-based American Spectrum Realty Inc. avoided a judge’s threat of contempt on Thursday for filing a Chapter 11 case in Texas five weeks after creditors owed $20 million placed the real estate investment firm into bankruptcy in California.

  • March 19, 2015

    Atty Sanctioned For Lying, Ignoring Court Orders In FLSA Row

    An attorney defending three staffing companies in a Fair Labor Standards Act suit alleging they lured a Filipino man to the U.S. with false promises must pay $9,000 in sanctions, a penalty warranted by his repeated missteps, a New York federal judge said Wednesday.

  • March 19, 2015

    Pa. High Court Hopefuls Decry Scandals, Stress Integrity

    Ten candidates for three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court were nearly unanimous in proclaiming that the court's integrity had been soiled in recent years, emphasizing their personal commitment to ethics at a forum held Thursday by the Philadelphia Bar Association.

  • March 19, 2015

    Ray Lewis Sues Atty For Alleged $1.7M Bowling Alley Swindle

    Famed Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has claimed his former attorney swindled him into shouldering $1.7 million in loans for a now-failed bowling alley project, according to a legal malpractice suit filed in Baltimore Circuit Court.

  • March 19, 2015

    NY Atty Admits To Forging Bankruptcy Judge's Signature

    A Long Island attorney accused of forging a New York bankruptcy judge's signature in a phony 2013 order has pled guilty after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors, according to a filing in New York federal court Thursday.

  • March 19, 2015

    Fla. Tribe Scoffs At Delay Accusations In $1M Sanctions Row

    The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians on Wednesday denied accusations by its former outside counsel that the tribe sought to delay reconsideration of a $1 million sanctions ruling by a Florida federal judge in a failed embezzlement case, arguing that it had timely asked the court to examine manifest errors.

  • March 19, 2015

    Tea Co. Sanctioned Over Late-Produced Emails In TM Row

    A Washington federal judge Wednesday ordered a kombucha tea maker and its counsel to pay attorneys’ fees to Clearly Food & Beverage Co. Inc. for failing to protect confidential data and a late disclosure of key emails that delayed the trial over Top Shelf Beverages Inc.'s alleged infringement of its "Clearly Canadian" trademark.

  • March 19, 2015

    Judge Says Mutual Fund Investments Don't Warrant Recusal

    A Delaware federal judge said Wednesday he would not recuse himself from five cases that information technology company Pi-Net International Inc. brought against Citizens Financial Group Inc., Wells Fargo Bank NA and others over three online banking patents, saying his mutual fund investments are not grounds for recusal.

  • March 19, 2015

    NY Restaurant Wants Plaintiff's Counsel DQ'd In FLSA Suit

    Owners of a Latin American eatery in New York City urged a federal judge on Wednesday to disqualify the attorney representing workers in a Fair Labor Standards Act class action, arguing her simultaneous representation of a labor group defending itself against racketeering claims was a clear conflict of interest.

  • March 19, 2015

    Fay Kaplan Partner Scolded Over Follow-Up On PI Case

    Washington, D.C.-based Fay Kaplan Law PA named partner Thomas Fortune Fay was informally admonished Thursday by the D.C. Court of Appeals for filing a personal injury complaint for a client represented by a suspended attorney, then not following up with the client after the other attorney botched the case.

  • March 19, 2015

    Fed. Circ. Says Sidley Blown Deadline Axes $40M AT&T Appeal

    The Federal Circuit ruled Thursday that AT&T Inc. cannot appeal a $40 million patent infringement verdict against it because its attorneys from Sidley Austin LLP missed the appeal deadline, rejecting the firm's argument that the lower court did not properly notify it when the clock started running.

  • March 19, 2015

    Durkin & Durkin Sued Over Holocaust Survivor's $100M Will

    Durkin & Durkin LLP was accused Wednesday in Florida federal court of scheming to cash in on a Holocaust survivor’s $100 million estate through “a long series” of breaches of fiduciary duty, self-dealing, fraud, perjury and intentional destruction of evidence.

  • March 18, 2015

    Milbank Tries To Nix $50M Malpractice Suit On Appeal

    Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy urged a California appellate court Wednesday to end a $50 million malpractice suit alleging a Milbank partner helped derail a joint venture opportunity by helping a partner in a financial services firm breach his duties to the company.

  • March 18, 2015

    Oak Rock Investors Want Sidley DQ'd In $100M Fraud Row

    Two investors in commercial lender Oak Rock Financial LLC on Wednesday asked a New York state judge to disqualify Sidley Austin LLP from representing an auditor of the bankrupt lending company in a suit over its alleged failure to detect a $100 million fraud, citing its prior representation of the other side.

  • March 18, 2015

    Ex-Penn State Prez Hits Freeh With Defamation Complaint

    Former Pennsylvania State University President Graham Spanier filed a 140-page complaint on Wednesday in Pennsylvania state court against the university and former FBI Director Louis Freeh, whose firm issued a critical report on the alleged cover-up of child sex abuse at Penn State, saying that he's been publicly defamed and disparaged.

  • March 18, 2015

    Greenberg Traurig Malpractice Row Axed By Calif. Court

    A California appellate court on Wednesday affirmed a judgment in favor of Greenberg Traurig LLP in a suit claiming it caused a clothing export company shareholder to execute a settlement agreement converting the company’s corporate obligations into his own, saying plaintiffs can’t advance malpractice claims over actions during confidential mediation.