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Legal Ethics

  • 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.

  • October 10, 2014

    Pa. Board To Investigate Justice's Purported Porn Emails

    Pennsylvania’s Judicial Conduct Board is going to look into allegations that state Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery sent sexually explicit emails from his personal email account to a state employee, following a complaint filed by a Harrisburg activist last week, according to a news report on Friday.

  • October 10, 2014

    Snack Co. Blasts Rubinstein Firm In 'All Natural' Action

    Snack good company That's How We Roll LLC on Thursday fought a class certification bid in a suit over the "all natural" label on its bowl-shaped chips, arguing that the suit was brought by what it called the law office of "disbarred and repeatedly suspended" attorney Howard Rubinstein.

  • October 10, 2014

    2nd Circ. Weighs Sanction Doled To Bombastic Fosamax Atty

    The Second Circuit asked Friday about the propriety of a $2,500 sanction slapped on Gary J. Douglas, a lawyer for Fosamax plaintiff Shirley Boles, for "insidiously" injecting the notion of punitive damages into the bellwether trial when none were on the table and for a rash of “vaudeville” behavior.

  • October 10, 2014

    Fla. Judge Wants Charges Of 'Bizarre' Behavior Dismissed

    A Florida state judge who was charged with a bevy of ethics violations over “bizarre” and “inexplicable” behavior hit back against the allegations on Thursday, saying that her alleged actions do not violate any judicial canon and do not justify the proceedings by the state's Judicial Qualifications Commission.

  • October 10, 2014

    Proskauer Loses Bid To DQ Neligan In Stanford Ponzi Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday rejected Proskauer Rose LLP’s bid to stop Neligan Foley LLP from replacing counsel for Stanford Financial Group’s receiver, whose malpractice suit alleges Proskauer aided Stanford’s $7 billion Ponzi scheme, saying the court found little risk that Neligan was exposed to disqualifying information.

  • October 10, 2014

    Ex-Mayer Brown Atty Slams Refco Fraud Charge In 2nd Circ.

    Former Mayer Brown LLP partner Joseph Collins urged the Second Circuit on Friday to overturn his conviction and one-year sentence for aiding Refco Inc.’s $1 billion accounting fraud, attacking the government’s legal theory that he consciously avoided finding out about the scheme.

  • October 10, 2014

    Insurer Can Yank Jailed Ex-Atty's Malpractice Policies: Judge

    An Indiana federal judge has freed Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co. from defending malpractice lawsuits against a former Indianapolis attorney currently behind bars for victimizing his clients in a $4.5 million Ponzi-like scheme, ruling that the insurer was misled and can rescind the policies.

  • October 9, 2014

    Antonelli Ordered To Pay $8M For Botched Patent Filing

    A New York federal judge Thursday entered a nearly $8 million judgment against Antonelli Terry Stout & Kraus LLP after a jury found for Protostorm LLC in its malpractice suit accusing the law firm of botching a patent application, but a prejudgment interest bid seeking millions more remains pending.

  • October 9, 2014

    Nixon Peabody Fights Malpractice Suit Over $23M Land Deal

    A group of retiree investors on Tuesday urged a California appeals court to revive their suit alleging Nixon Peabody LLP botched a purchase agreement by omitting tax consequences of the $23 million acquisition of interests in two Florida golf courses, arguing their lawyer mistakenly recommended the voluntary dismissal.

  • October 9, 2014

    Young Conaway Hit With Fraud Suit Over Sunken Treasure Con

    Delaware law firm Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP and principal Bruce Silverstein were slapped with a racketeering suit in Florida federal court by a group of investors in a fraudulent sunken treasure scheme, who accuse the firm of aiding the con that cost them millions.

  • October 9, 2014

    Punish Donziger's Fraud In Chevron Row, 2nd Circ. Told

    Business trade group the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday urged the Second Circuit to "punish" what it claimed was "massive fraud" on the part of Steven Donziger, the attorney for indigenous Ecuadoreans in their pollution battle against Chevron Corp.

  • October 9, 2014

    Disabled Founder Says IP Firm Rader Fishman Shut Him Out

    Rader Fishman & Grauer PLLC co-founder Ralph Rader has sued the Michigan intellectual property boutique for breach of contract, alleging that after he suffered a disabling stroke last year, the firm cut off all contact with him and refused to purchase his interest in the firm.

  • October 9, 2014

    Entertainment Law Firms To Arbitrate Linkin Park Firing Saga

    A Los Angeles judge has sided with Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP, forcing into arbitration a fiduciary duty suit brought by an entertainment firm Kinsella once represented, part of an ongoing dispute tied to rock band Linkin Park's 2010 firing of its longtime attorney.

  • October 9, 2014

    RE Investors Appeal Loss Against Holland & Hart, Wells Fargo

    A group of real estate investors on Wednesday said they were appealing a Nevada federal judge’s dismissal of their malpractice and fraud claims against Holland & Hart LLP and Wells Fargo & Co. over $13.4 million they put into properties owned by a Ponzi schemer.

  • October 9, 2014

    Conrad O'Brien Partner Named In Pa. Porn Scandal Resigns

    A Conrad O’Brien PC partner who has been implicated in the sexually explicit email scandal engulfing former staff at the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office has stepped down from the firm.

  • October 9, 2014

    'Kids For Cash' Judge Sanctioned By Pa. Court

    Pennsylvania’s Court of Judicial Discipline on Tuesday ordered former Judge Mark Ciavarella, who is currently serving a 28-year sentence for his role in the state’s “kids for cash” scandal, to be removed from the bench and barred from serving on the bench in the future.

  • October 8, 2014

    Slot Machine Co. Suing Atty Says It Didn't Disclose Secrets

    A slot machine maker accusing its former in-house counsel of defecting with its trade secrets to start his own company is fighting to keep the suit alive, telling a New Jersey federal judge that allegations it publicly disclosed the secrets are false.

  • October 8, 2014

    6th Circ. Rejects Judicial Candidate's Campaign Rules Appeal

    The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday refused to block Ohio’s campaign restrictions on judicial candidates, including a ban on personally soliciting campaign funds, siding with a lower court that found the rules were not too broad.