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Legal Ethics

  • February 2, 2015

    NJ Atty Owes Stolen Funds In Bankruptcy, 3rd Circ. Hears

    Several former clients of a disbarred New Jersey attorney have urged the Third Circuit to keep him on the hook for a $938,000 debt in bankruptcy court, arguing his petition for bankruptcy's one goal was to shirk the substantial debt he owed former clients.

  • February 2, 2015

    Cuomo Unveils Ethics Reform Plan Following Silver Arrest

    In a much anticipated response to the recent arrest of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday threatened to withhold signing off on a 2015-2016 budget proposal until lawmakers agreed to pass his five-point plan for dealing with corruption in the state.

  • February 2, 2015

    Attys Refute Counter Sanctions In Sunken Treasure Con Suit

    Answering counter-sanction claims, Lewis & White PLC and name partner Eugene Lewis stood firm Friday in Florida federal court, insisting evidence shows a former attorney for the defendants played a key role in concealing their fraudulent sunken treasure scheme.

  • February 2, 2015

    Silver Case Unlikely To Spur Referral Fee Rule Change

    Federal corruption charges brought against New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver may raise questions about the efficacy of attorney referral fee rules and the of counsel role, legal ethics experts said, but don’t expect rule changes any time soon.

  • February 2, 2015

    Calif. Bar Tries To Nix Fired Exec's Whistleblower Suit

    The State Bar of California has urged a judge to compel arbitration or toss former executive director Joseph Dunn's lawsuit alleging he was fired for exposing ethics breaches, saying Dunn had agreed to an arbitration provision and he failed to file a claim as required by the Government Claims Act.

  • February 2, 2015

    Judge Urged To Sanction United Cargo Attys In Contract Suit

    Transportation services company BDP International on Friday urged an Illinois federal court to sanction United Cargo Inc. and its counsel in a row claiming United breached a delivery contract for a shipment that was ultimately seized by the government of Brazil, claiming they were making false allegations to prolong the suit.

  • February 2, 2015

    O'Quinn Firm Says Texas Justices Should OK Ethics Sanction

    Lawyers for the former O’Quinn Law Firm on Friday told the Texas Supreme Court it should leave intact sanctions levied against a rival plaintiff's firm after a trial judge determined it had improperly removed to federal court a longstanding fee dispute.

  • February 2, 2015

    Atty Disbarred For Taking Client Funds In Stalled Jet Deal

    A Washington, D.C., transactional attorney was disbarred on Friday after a capital appeals court found he had pocketed more than $400,000 in funds for his own personal use when he was entitled to at most $40,000 from a Nigeria-based client he was representing in the purchase of a pair of jets.

  • February 2, 2015

    Prosecutor Seeks 10-Year Sentence For Chicago Area Lawyer

    A Chicago area lawyer — once regarded as a successful real estate attorney and popular radio host — was “crooked and corrupt” behind the scenes, using her law license to “lie and steal,” according to prosecutors seeking a 10-year sentence.

  • February 2, 2015

    Joint Clients Can Both Access Atty Docs, Calif. Court Rules

    Communication between attorneys and joint clients is not privileged when one of the clients brings legal malpractice claims over the joint representation, a California appellate court found in a precedential opinion Friday requiring Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corp. to cough up information in a former tax client’s suit.

  • February 2, 2015

    Calif. Bar Forms Committee To Revise Ethics Rules

    The State Bar of California said Friday that an 18-member team has been formed to revise the state’s ethical rules for attorneys, just months after the bar's former director filed a suit claiming he was fired for exposing a “massive cover-up” of ethical issues.

  • February 2, 2015

    DOJ Reverses Course In Row With Rakoff Over Evidence Rules

    U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff has agreed to return to a federal commission charged with determining standards for forensic science in the courtroom after the Department of Justice reversed its original stance barring the commission from reviewing certain pretrial discovery rules.

  • February 2, 2015

    Faruqi Judge Won't Rethink Decision Paring Assault Case

    A New York federal judge said Monday he would not reconsider his recent decision to dismiss a significant portion of a sexual assault case against Faruqi & Faruqi LLP in the midst of trial, including claims against the firm’s co-founders.

  • January 30, 2015

    Faruqi Wants To Cut Punitive Damages In Sex Assault Trial

    Faruqi & Faruqi LLP sought to avoid punitive damages on Friday in a former associate's suit accusing the firm of having a hostile work environment after partner Juan Monteverde allegedly sexually assaulted her, arguing the ex-associate never reported the claims before she left.

  • January 30, 2015

    Urban Outfitters Wants Law Firm Sanctioned For Duplicate Suit

    Urban Outfitters Inc. asked a California federal court Thursday to sanction Doniger Burroughs APC for allegedly filing identical suits in the same court accusing Macy’s Inc., Saks Inc. and 63 other retailers of selling a dress, made by Urban subsidiary Free People, that sports a stolen print.

  • January 30, 2015

    Engle Trial Judge Won't Recuse Self Over Wife's Death

    A Florida federal judge on Friday rejected a bid by tobacco giants including Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to recuse himself from an upcoming Engle trial, after they argued that the smoking-related death of his own wife could hinder his impartiality in the case. 

  • January 30, 2015

    Pa. Supreme Court Disbars Philly Atty For Abandoning Clients

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday disbarred a former attorney with Philadelphia-area firm Nattiel Seay & Humble PC who allegedly took thousands of dollars in fees and abandoned his clients while dodging repeated requests for a refund.

  • January 30, 2015

    ‘Who Dat’ IP Atty Must Ask Permission For Future RICO Suits

    A Louisiana IP attorney will have to ask permission for the next five years before filing Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims against fellow bar members after a federal judge decided on Thursday that the lawyer had used RICO filings as a litigation tactic once too often.

  • January 30, 2015

    Pressler & Pressler Fights Class Cert In NJ Debt Suit

    Pressler & Pressler on Friday battled proposed class certification in a New Jersey suit accusing the law firm of misleading consumers as part of proposed settlements in debt collection lawsuits, disputing that the named plaintiff's claims would be typical of the class.

  • January 30, 2015

    Law Firms Beat Malpractice Suit By Coal Royalty Claimants

    Missouri law firms Carmody MacDonald PC and the Law Offices of George A. Barton PC shed a legal malpractice suit Friday after a federal judge ruled the work they did representing clients in a mineral royalties fight with coal giant Peabody Energy Corp. did not constitute malpractice at all.