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Legal Ethics

  • October 16, 2014

    Tax Court Nixes Deductions In Ex-Seyfarth Atty's Scheme

    The U.S. Tax Court on Thursday sided with the IRS in denying $1.7 million in bad debt deductions to a company at the center of an alleged junk Brazilian tax shelter scheme devised by a former Seyfarth Shaw LLP partner, and upheld several penalties on underreported income.

  • October 16, 2014

    Atty Deserves Sanctions For Baseless FCA Claims, Judge Says

    A magistrate judge on Thursday advised a New York federal court to sanction an attorney who had made unsupported False Claims Act allegations by tossing his qui tam suit accusing companies including Allstate Insurance Co. and FedEx Corp. of Medicare fraud. 

  • October 16, 2014

    Fla. Justices Order Reprimand For Judge Over Code Violations

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday found that a state judge should be publicly reprimanded for allegedly demeaning people appearing before her in court, acting as a character witness for her sister and "undermining the public's confidence in the judiciary" through some of her rulings.

  • October 16, 2014

    Fredrikson Gets Malpractice Claims Over Trademark Nixed

    A Minnesota federal judge ruled Thursday that a former Fredrikson & Byron PA client can't proceed with a malpractice suit over a failed cigarette trademark application because the action is barred by a six-year statute of limitations.

  • October 16, 2014

    McCaffery Apologizes For Porn Emails, Slams Chief Justice

    Justice Seamus McCaffery of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court apologized Thursday after reports emerged that he’d exchanged hundreds of pornographic images through a personal email account, but quickly countered that the revelations were part of an orchestrated campaign by Chief Justice Ronald Castille to sully his reputation.

  • October 16, 2014

    Convicted Pa. Atty's Disbarment OK'd After Client Fund Theft

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to accept Allentown-based attorney John J. Keller's resignation from the bar after a federal judge dismissed a bid to overturn his conviction and sentencing after he was found guilty of bilking a client out of $225,000.

  • October 16, 2014

    Gibson Dunn Thwarts Con Ed DQ Attempt In Pollution Case

    A New York federal judge on Thursday refused to remove Gibson Dunn lawyers Randy M. Mastro and Jennifer H. Rearden as litigation counsel for property owners seeking environmental cleanup costs from Consolidated Edison Co. of New York Inc. because of their firm's work with the utility's board.

  • October 16, 2014

    Boies Schiller Fights $270K Fine For Exiting Antitrust Suit

    Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP told the Second Circuit on Wednesday that a New York federal judge applied the wrong legal standard when she sanctioned the firm more than $270,000 for failing to timely bow out of a $350 million antitrust suit over a scheme to keep Marriott International Inc.'s flagship New York hotels union-free.

  • October 16, 2014

    Calif. Law Firm Challenges $1.9M IRS Deficiency Notice

    A California-based law firm is protesting an Internal Revenue Service determination alleging it misreported its income by $1.9 million, claiming the funds-in-question belonged to its clients, according to a petition made public on Wednesday.

  • October 15, 2014

    Court Recused Over 'Corrupt' Sierra Wildfire Prosecution

    A California federal judge on Wednesday recused himself and all other judges from his district from Sierra Pacific Industries Inc.’s attempt to rewind a $122.5 million wildfire settlement after Sierra accused prosecutors of having perpetrated a fraud on the court by engaging in a “corrupt and tainted prosecution.”

  • October 15, 2014

    Ex-Jacoby Meyers Atty Steps Up Hunt For Punitive Damages

    A former Jacoby & Meyers LLP attorney urged a New York appeals court to allow him to pursue punitive damages against the law firm for allegedly falsely telling clients that he filed for bankruptcy, saying Wednesday that the firm’s malicious lies justify such relief.

  • October 15, 2014

    Atty Says Baby's Day In Court Infuriated 'Redneck' Judge

    A Georgia lawyer who brought her newborn daughter to an immigration hearing last week has formally accused the judge who denied her request for a hearing continuance during her maternity leave of humiliating her in front of a packed courtroom.

  • October 15, 2014

    DC Circ. Tosses Ethics Complaint Against 5th Circ. Judge

    The Judicial Council of the D.C. Circuit has tossed a judicial misconduct complaint alleging Fifth Circuit Judge Edith Jones made disparaging comments about minorities and the mentally disabled in a talk on the death penalty, saying affidavits from six people who attended the lecture didn't prove her comments crossed any ethical lines, according to documents filed Tuesday.

  • October 15, 2014

    Texas AG Didn't Pursue Judge's Ethics Fine, Group Says

    The Texas watchdog group whose complaint prompted the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry filed a motion Wednesday in Travis County District Court to replace the state attorney general in the case stemming from Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht’s alleged ethics violations, saying the AG failed to collect a fine.  

  • October 15, 2014

    Fla. Appeals Court Affirms Garnishment Of Judge's Accounts

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday affirmed an order to garnish accounts held by embattled Judge Laura Watson, who is being investigated over her involvement as an attorney in a $14.5 million settlement with an insurer.

  • October 15, 2014

    EEOC Calls Marijuana Rationale In ADA Case A Smokescreen

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission urged a Michigan federal court Tuesday to reject an assisted living facility company's bid for sanctions in an Americans with Disabilities Act suit, calling the company's argument that it let an epileptic would-be worker go for using medical marijuana a smokescreen.

  • October 15, 2014

    Deepwater Plaintiffs Pan BP Bid To DQ Claims Administrator

    Class counsel in the Deepwater Horizon litigation on Wednesday responded to BP PLC’s bid to oust the claims administrator overseeing settlement payments, saying the company knew of his work for the state of Louisiana — which BP characterized as a conflict of interest — before he was chosen.

  • October 15, 2014

    Calif. Judge Accused Of Meddling In Pal's Spousal Abuse Case

    A California state judge handed a get-out-of-jail free card to a friend charged with felony spousal abuse, according to an official inquiry opened by the California Commission on Judicial Proceedings.

  • October 15, 2014

    Pa. Court Can't Dodge Age Discrimination Claims

    A Pennsylvania federal judge Wednesday refused to toss an age discrimination lawsuit by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, saying it was not barred by constitutional immunity under the Eleventh Amendment.

  • October 15, 2014

    Pa. Chief Justice Confirms McCaffery's Role In Porn Scandal

    Justice Seamus McCaffery of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court sent or received more than 200 emails containing hundreds of pornographic pictures and videos between 2008 and 2012, the state’s top jurist confirmed Wednesday following an analysis of messages uncovered by the Office of Attorney General.