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Legal Ethics

  • April 29, 2015

    Farmers Accused Of Culture Of Bias Against Female Attys

    A former attorney for Farmers Insurance Co. accused the insurance company of routinely discriminating against female attorneys by paying them lower salaries and promoting them less and retaliating against her when she complained about it, according to a proposed collective and class action filed Wednesday in a California federal court.

  • April 29, 2015

    Atty Loses Bid To Share Funds Sparked By His Criminal Acts

    A Florida appellate court on Wednesday reversed a ruling that gave former Goldberg Goldstein & Buckley PA managing partner Morton A. Goldberg a slice of funds that the firm’s profit-sharing plan got under its employment dishonesty policy as a result of his own criminal conduct.

  • April 29, 2015

    Ex-Anapol Schwartz Atty Had History Of Clashes, Jury Hears

    A Philadelphia jury heard testimony on Wednesday detailing a series of clashes that Jeffrey Downs, a gay attorney accusing his onetime superiors at Anapol Schwartz of stymying a lucrative job opportunity, had with colleagues at a number of prior firms including Dechert LLP and Wong Fleming.

  • April 29, 2015

    Jacoby Managing Partner Facing Rebooted Slander Suit

    A New York appeals court revived slander claims Tuesday against Jacoby & Meyers LLP managing partner Andrew G. Finkelstein, finding a lie he allegedly told a fellow personal injury attorney's ex-client fueled a legal malpractice suit the targeted attorney said was a "sham."

  • April 29, 2015

    Law School Grad Can't Campaign As 'Lawyer,' Pa. Justices Say

    Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court backed up a 2014 decision to strike a candidate for state representative from the primary ballot Tuesday, concluding that — as he had not yet passed the bar, while having graduated from law school — he misrepresented his occupation as a “lawyer” on nominating petitions.

  • April 29, 2015

    Locke Lord Dismissed From Welfare Benefit Plan Suit

    A California federal judge ruled on Tuesday that Locke Lord LLP can't be held liable in a proposed class action accusing the firm of authoring an allegedly misleading and inaccurate opinion letter on the legality of a welfare benefit plan under the U.S. tax code.

  • April 29, 2015

    Fla. Appeals Court Grants Atty Stay In Ex-Partner's Suit

    A Florida appeals court said Wednesday that a Miami attorney's amended complaint alleging his ex-partner and their former firm breached employment and shareholders’ agreements should be stayed pending the completion of related arbitration, saying the claims are the same.

  • April 29, 2015

    Bankrupt Ampal's CEO Wants ‘Conflicted’ Trustee Booted

    Ampal-American Israel Corp.'s CEO accused trustee Alex Spizz and his firm, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP, of a conflict of interest over Tarter’s representing one of the estate’s biggest creditors, asking a New York bankruptcy court Tuesday to toss the firm and trustee from the case.

  • April 29, 2015

    Grant Thornton Asks 11th Circ. To Nix Fainting Plaintiff's Case

    Grant Thornton LLP has urged the Eleventh Circuit to decline to revive a former Grant Thornton LLP employee’s health-plan lawsuit that was marred by allegations that an Alston & Bird LLP attorney continued to depose her after she fainted, saying her claims couldn’t survive.

  • April 29, 2015

    Supreme Court Upholds Fla. Ban On Judicial Fundraising

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday said the First Amendment allows for regulation of judicial candidates' speech and upheld Florida's ban on personal solicitation for campaign funds in a decision expected to reverberate across the country in states with similar prohibitions.

  • April 28, 2015

    Texas Judge Will Fight Sanction Over Facebook Posts

    A Texas criminal judge who was publicly admonished last week after posting on Facebook information about a high-profile trial in her courtroom is planning to appeal the sanction, which she says limits judges’ right to free speech.

  • April 28, 2015

    Malicious Prosecution Claims On The Line In Fla. Case

    A Florida appeals court heard arguments Tuesday in a closely watched case that could set up a state Supreme Court appeal on the issue of whether the litigation privilege, which protects parties from defamation claims for statements made in litigation, bars malicious prosecution actions.

  • April 28, 2015

    Atty Admits To Scamming Foreign Nation Using Sham Firm

    A New York-licensed attorney pled guilty in New Jersey federal court on Tuesday to swindling more than $3.5 million from a foreign nation through a sham law and accounting firm that he secretly controlled.

  • April 28, 2015

    No Sanctions For Ex-Exec, Atty In Bid-Rigging Fee Deal Row

    A former Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc. executive and his legal counsel escaped sanctions Tuesday after a New York federal judge found that overly broad language in a $2.3 million settlement agreement between Marsh and a lawyer who represented the former executive in criminal bid-rigging charges provided a “kernel” of a theory for breach of fiduciary duty.

  • April 28, 2015

    Fan Co. Fights Hiscock & Barclay's Attempted IP Row Dodge

    A fan maker on Monday slammed Hiscock & Barclay LLP’s bid for reconsideration of an order nixing its attempt to dodge a malpractice row over a botched patent infringement suit against The Home Depot USA Inc., telling a New York federal judge the firm's “new evidence” was previously available.

  • April 28, 2015

    Ex-Anapol Schwartz Atty Details Bias At Firm, Elsewhere

    A gay former Anapol Schwartz attorney on Tuesday testified to a Philadelphia jury that his supervisors interfered with his planned move to another firm, while detailing a culture of intolerance that dogged him there and at stops at several of the city's largest firms.

  • April 28, 2015

    BAE's Discovery Stonewalling Sanctionable, Judge Told

    Former employees of BAE Systems Inc., who claim the company fired them in retaliation for whistleblowing on alleged bid rigging for defense contracts, urged a Michigan federal judge Monday to sanction the company for not complying with discovery requests.

  • April 28, 2015

    Ex-Wilson Sonsini Employee Nears SEC Insider Trading Pact

    A former Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati information technology employee is nearing an insider trading settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission after pleading guilty to related criminal charges in November, according to a Monday court filing in New York.

  • April 28, 2015

    Two Attorneys Found Guilty In $1.1M Film-Tax Credit Scheme

    A Louisiana federal jury on Monday found two attorneys — one a Hollywood producer and the other the husband of New Orleans' deputy mayor — guilty of defrauding the state out of $1.1 million in tax credits to renovate a mansion used in HBO's “True Detective,” federal authorities said.

  • April 28, 2015

    Locke Lord Evades Tidel DQ Bid But Draws Judge's Flak

    The Delaware Chancery Court judge presiding over trade secrets litigation against Tidel Inc. declined to disqualify the cash management equipment maker’s former patent counsel Locke Lord LLP from representing its opponent but found “colorable" claims that the firm breached ethical rules.