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Legal Ethics

  • March 17, 2015

    Atty Rips 'Back To School' Sanctions In Oil Rig Death Suit

    A Reich Album & Plunkett LLC name partner argued Tuesday that a Louisiana magistrate judge was wrong to order him to undergo 10 hours of continuing legal education for repeatedly asking Black Elk Energy LLC's CEO at deposition if he was sorry for three oil rig workers’ deaths.

  • March 17, 2015

    Young Conaway Atty Skirts Sanctions In Sunken Treasure Row

    A Florida federal judge on Monday refused to sanction a Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP partner over his alleged role in a real estate speculator’s fraudulent sunken treasure scheme, saying there’s no proof the attorney actually conspired to defraud the court by filing a false admiralty claim for thousands of emeralds.

  • March 16, 2015

    Paul Hastings Settles $300M Malpractice Suit At 11th Hour

    With prospective jurors waiting outside the courtroom, Paul Hastings LLP on Monday morning settled a $300 million legal malpractice suit brought by a Los Angeles real estate investor who alleged the firm botched a purchase agreement for a Las Vegas property, sapping its value.

  • March 16, 2015

    Arnstein & Lehr Says Ex-Secretary Is Not A Whistleblower

    Arnstein & Lehr LLP on Monday moved to dismiss two counts of a suit by a former legal secretary alleging discrimination and retaliation for contributing information against a partner in a harassment investigation, saying that she has no standing for her claims under the Florida Whistleblower Act.

  • March 16, 2015

    Willkie To Disclose Ex-Partner’s Emails In Swipe Fee MDL

    A New York federal judge Monday approved a disclosure agreement between Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and parties in multidistrict litigation over Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit card swipe fees to determine whether emails between a former Willkie partner indicted for fraud and a plaintiffs' attorney compromised the integrity of two settlements.

  • March 16, 2015

    Ariz. Judges Can't Perform Only Opposite-Sex Weddings

    State judges in Arizona who perform marriages between men and women but refuse to do so for same-sex couples run afoul of judicial conduct rules, according to a state ethics committee opinion.

  • March 16, 2015

    Ex-Sidley Partner Suspended 1 Year For Fake Expenses

    The Supreme Court of Illinois has suspended former DLA Piper partner Lee Mark Smolen from practicing law for one year after he allegedly racked up $450,000 in phony or unexplained firm reimbursements, including 800 taxi rides he admittedly never took, while heading up Sidley Austin LLP’s real estate practice group.

  • March 16, 2015

    Faruqi Accuser On Hook For $10K Defense Costs

    A former Faruqi & Faruqi LLP associate has been ordered to pay the firm, its co-founders and partner Juan Monteverde more than $10,000 in legal costs following a mixed verdict in a sexual harassment trial, according to a Monday filing in New York federal court.

  • March 16, 2015

    NFL Safety Rolle Says Tax Atty Stole $1.9M In Refunds

    Professional football player Antrel Rolle accused his former tax attorney Hiram Martin of Martin Law & Associates on Wednesday of defrauding the All-Pro safety of nearly $1.9 million in tax return funds from 2005 to 2009 by diverting them to his own bank accounts with Wells Fargo NA, also named as a co-defendant.

  • March 16, 2015

    Atty Says Glock Sparked Bogus Case To Discredit Probe

    A Georgia attorney has accused firearm giant Glock Inc. and three of its outside attorneys of malicious prosecution over criminal charges he claims were initiated by the defendants as retaliation after he helped unveil a massive global scheme to siphon cash and evade taxes orchestrated by Austrian gun mogul Gaston Glock Sr.

  • March 16, 2015

    Niro Asks Judge To Reconsider Ruling It Owes HTC Millions

    Niro Haller & Niro Ltd. asked an Illinois federal judge Friday to reconsider his ruling that firm attorneys knew of an inventor's false statements before filing a suit over his patents, a finding that leaves them on the hook for potentially millions of dollars in legal fees.

  • March 16, 2015

    Sick Atty Sanctioned In Raytheon Warhead Trade Secrets Case

    An Arizona federal judge on Friday ordered the attorney for defense contractor Ordnance Technologies (North America) Inc. to pay $2,500 in sanctions, after Raytheon Co. said he missed a filing deadline due to a medical emergency, but still found time to file documents in another case.

  • March 16, 2015

    Immigration Executive Actions An Ethical Minefield For Attys

    As the future of President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions hangs on legal wrangling in Texas, experts say immigration lawyers must be cautious about counseling on benefits that do not yet exist while also preparing for the ethical challenges those reforms will create when and if they come into effect.

  • March 16, 2015

    Pa. Rep. Wants To Punish State Employees For Viewing Porn

    A Pennsylvania state representative on Friday introduced legislation that would punish state employees for viewing pornography on state-owned computers, in the wake of a scandal that implicated over 30 members of the Attorney General’s Office and led to the retirement of a state Supreme Court justice.

  • March 16, 2015

    Tesla Says Class Counsel Sanctions Bid 'Not Personal'

    Tesla Motors Inc. and its CEO Elon Musk on Friday urged a California federal judge to grant its bid for sanctions against Pomerantz LLP and Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP over a “frivolous” securities class action, saying the firms didn’t properly investigate the suit’s claims and that the motion wasn't personal.

  • March 16, 2015

    Stroock Wants To Arbitrate $32M Row Over 'Conjuring' Deal

    Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP told a California federal court Friday that a production company’s $32 million malpractice suit accusing the firm of botching a series of deals over the rights to the 2013 horror hit “The Conjuring” must be arbitrated under two engagement agreements signed by the plaintiffs.

  • March 13, 2015

    Bracewell Appeals For Arbitration In $12M Malpractice Suit

    Bracewell & Giuliani LLP on Thursday urged the Third Circuit to send a $12.5 million malpractice suit against the firm to arbitration, arguing that the plaintiff’s bid to keep the dispute in court contradicts her own complaint, which acknowledges she signed an agreement with an arbitration clause.

  • March 13, 2015

    Faruqi Accuser Says Firm Can't Recover Attys' Fees

    Former Faruqi & Faruqi LLP associate Alexandra Marchuk on Friday derided the firm’s bid for attorneys’ fees stemming from purportedly frivolous claims she made in her sexual harassment case, saying there’s no evidence she acted maliciously or in bad faith.

  • March 13, 2015

    Texas Justices Reinstate Bickel & Brewer’s DQ Appeal

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday reinstated Bickel & Brewer LLP’s appeal of a ruling that disqualified the firm from representing RSR Corp. in a $60 million contract dispute with Chilean mining company Inppamet SA, after a newly elected trial judge declined to lift the disqualification order.

  • March 13, 2015

    McDermott Fights Stay In Bankrupt Scrapbook Co. Row

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP on Friday urged an Ohio federal judge to lift the stay of a suit claiming it didn’t advise now-bankrupt Antioch Co. LLC to sue its directors after an employee stock ownership plan takeover, saying the Sixth Circuit won’t rule on a motion in the underlying bankruptcy for months.