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Legal Ethics

  • December 3, 2018

    Mass. Justices Say Atty's Fee Dispute Suit Too Late

    Justices on Massachusetts' highest court told an attorney Monday that he could have taken legal action against his former employee sooner if he wanted to collect on an agreement before the statute of limitations expired.

  • December 3, 2018

    Biz Group Says Conflicts Can't Stop NLRB McDonald's Ruling

    The National Labor Relations Board should approve a settlement ending a long-running joint employer case involving McDonald’s and franchisees even if it agrees with the Service Employees International Union that two members have conflicts of interest, a business group argued Friday.

  • December 3, 2018

    Atty In Yale Age Bias Suit Must Cede Notes From Call To Prof

    The lawyer for a former Yale University employee suing the school for age discrimination has been ordered by a Connecticut federal judge to give Yale the notes from his conversation with his client's ex-boss.

  • December 3, 2018

    Fishing Co. Says Law Firm Flubbed $2.8M BP Settlement

    Ocean Harvest Wholesale Inc. has filed suit against Merlin Law Group PA and one of its attorneys, alleging that malpractice in handling the seafood wholesaler's claim related to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused it to miss out on a $2.8 million settlement offer.

  • December 3, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: DLA Piper's Eric Falkenberry

    DLA Piper’s Eric Falkenberry quantifies litigation risk for buyers and sellers in the M&A arena, runs data boot camps for colleagues and helps dream up innovative new analytics tools, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • November 30, 2018

    The Data-Driven Lawyers Of 2018

    Big Data. Statistical Analysis. Insights. Innovation. These data-driven lawyers are making their mark on the legal industry and developing systems and practices that will change the way law is practiced in the 21st century.

  • November 30, 2018

    No Fast Wins In Suit Over Sham Investment Fund Conversion

    A lawsuit over whether a Chicago law firm participated in a scheme to defraud a man of millions in sham film investments will head to trial Monday after an Illinois federal judge rejected the firm’s claim that he would be unable to sway a jury in his case.

  • November 30, 2018

    Bid To Rehear Facebook Recusal Case Lacks New Args: USAA

    A Miami law firm that tried and failed to get a Florida judge disqualified over a Facebook connection with an opposing counsel simply wants to "recycle" settled arguments, financial services company United Services Automobile Association told the state high court Thursday.

  • November 30, 2018

    Pa. Court OKs $114K Sanctions Against Atty In Med Mal Case

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Friday upheld approximately $114,000 in sanctions imposed on an attorney for violating court rules governing medical malpractice cases, saying the attorney can’t blame the lawyer who took over the case.

  • November 30, 2018

    Dahmer's Attorney's Law License Suspended Indefinitely

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court has indefinitely suspended the license of the attorney who represented serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in his criminal trial, saying that doctors had declared the attorney was too ill to practice law or defend against pending allegations of misconduct.

  • November 30, 2018

    Class Action Rule Changes Target 'Professional Objectors'

    A long-awaited update to class action rules meant to rein in so-called professional objectors takes effect this week, and plaintiffs' firms are hopeful it will cut off a scheme by attorneys who try to profit by using objections to hold settlements hostage.

  • November 30, 2018

    Judge's Ties To Cravath Didn't Corrupt ERISA Row, NYU Says

    Former U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest’s decision to join Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, which is chaired by a New York University trustee, after ruling in NYU’s favor in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action didn’t create the appearance of impropriety, the university has told a federal court.

  • November 30, 2018

    NJ Justices Disbar Attys For Deception, Misappropriation

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has stripped two attorneys of their licenses to practice law in the Garden State, one of whom duped ethics authorities following a lengthy history of infractions, and another who misappropriated hundreds of thousands of client funds.

  • November 30, 2018

    Pa. Atty Sanctioned For Role In 'Frivolous' Insurance Appeal

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Friday took it upon itself to impose unilateral sanctions on an attorney it said had pursued a knowingly frivolous appeal on behalf of a woman challenging the appointment of an arbitrator in a coverage dispute with State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.

  • November 30, 2018

    UK Watchdog Probes Harassment Claims At Reed Smith

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority is investigating claims that a former Reed Smith LLP partner in the London office sexually harassed multiple junior female lawyers, the body confirmed on Friday.

  • November 30, 2018

    Bentham Unveils $500M US-Focused Litigation Finance Fund

    The U.S. arm of Australian litigation funder IMF Bentham Ltd. on Friday said its latest investment fund scooped up $375 million at its first close and is expected to reach the $500 million mark by the end of the year, as the firm looks to meet a growing need for financing resources.

  • November 30, 2018

    Atty Denied Bid To Revive Fee Fight After Arbitration No-Show

    A California state appeals court has refused to revive a dispute between a health care services provider and its former attorney over a fee refund, agreeing that the attorney forfeited his right to object to the refund when he refused to participate in the arbitration after calling it a “waste of time.”

  • November 30, 2018

    $580K Student Loan 'Indifference' Sinks NY Bar Applicant

    A New York State bar applicant's "indifference" to a mountain of more than $580,000 in student loan debt makes him unfit to practice, a state appeals court said Thursday.

  • November 30, 2018

    Gov't Wants Insys Founder's Atty Sanctioned For Media Talk

    Prosecutors on Thursday asked a Boston federal judge to sanction the attorney for billionaire Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor, saying comments she made to the press were meant to "attack the credibility and testimony" of a co-defendant who recently pled guilty and agreed to cooperate with the government.

  • November 30, 2018

    Manafort Sentencing Tentatively Set For March 5

    A D.C. federal judge Friday tentatively scheduled Paul Manafort's sentencing date for March 5, after Donald Trump's former campaign chairman pled guilty to two counts of conspiracy and obstruction of justice and then allegedly broke his plea agreement.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Structuring Investigations In Light Of UK Privilege Case

    Mark Beeley

    The English Court of Appeal's much-anticipated decision in Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation means that companies will continue to face difficulties in obtaining the information they need to investigate suspected wrongdoing, without losing the benefit of legal advice privilege under English law, say Mark Beeley and Rebecca Dipple of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Opinion

    High Court Must Correct La. Judge's Failure To Recuse

    George Eskin

    The U.S. Supreme Court should agree to hear Lacaze v. Louisiana, a case involving an egregious conflict of interest for a judge who presided over a capital case. It is an opportunity to remind judges to disclose their known connections to cases before them, and recuse themselves when necessary, says George Eskin, a retired California Superior Court judge.

  • Can Kavanaugh Be Impeached For Statements To Congress?

    Barbara Radnofsky

    Sitting U.S. senators and a former congressional staffer have accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of misconduct, including being untruthful in his nomination and confirmation processes for both the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Could this subject him to impeachment? Attorney Barbara Radnofsky explores the question through past precedent.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.

  • New Pass-Through Deduction Will Pass Over Many Lawyers

    Evan Morgan

    A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • How Reckless Judicial Impeachments Threaten Rule Of Law

    Jan van Zyl Smit

    Judicial impeachment fever seems to be spreading through the states, with West Virginia legislators recently voting to remove their state's entire Supreme Court, and lawmakers in Pennsylvania and North Carolina threatening the same. These actions are a serious threat to judicial independence, says Jan van Zyl Smit of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Fogel Reviews 'Good Judgment'

    Judge Jeremy Fogel

    In this time of partisan conflict over judicial selection, a new book by Canadian jurist Robert J. Sharpe —​ "Good Judgment" — represents a refreshing, deeply thoughtful departure from binary arguments about how and why judges make decisions, says U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center.

  • 10 Ways To Prevent E-Discovery Woes

    Debbie Reynolds

    E-discovery is not easy, but employing these 10 strategies may help minimize future headaches, say Debbie Reynolds and Daryl Gardner of EimerStahl Discovery Solutions LLC.

  • Why Michael Cohen's Campaign Law Violations Are Crimes

    Ann Ravel

    With Michael Cohen's plea deal last week, campaign finance law has suddenly become a hot topic. But few people understand the intricacies or even the purpose of campaign finance laws. The assertion that other campaigns have had similar violations is completely erroneous, says Ann Ravel, former chair of the Federal Election Commission.