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Legal Ethics

  • April 7, 2015

    McDermott Deserves Sanctions In Food Truck Row, Court Told

    Two Virginians being sued for $1 million by a food truck maker they once worked for pressed a Virginia federal court Monday to sanction McDermott Will & Emery LLP for refusing to cut the suit’s consumer protection claims, saying they were improperly brought on behalf of a corporation.

  • April 7, 2015

    DLA Piper Says Atty's Disability Coverage Suit Is A Repeat

    DLA Piper on Monday urged a California federal judge to toss a suit brought by a former associate claiming the firm kept him from receiving long-term disability benefits, saying two related suits had already been filed and the plaintiff failed to state a claim.

  • April 7, 2015

    Zurich Freed From Malpractice Suit Defense

    A New York appeals court ruled on Tuesday that a Zurich Insurance Co. unit doesn’t have to defend now-defunct law firm Lee & Amtzis LLP in an underlying malpractice suit over multiple loan and real estate transactions, as those claims arose from the firm’s outside business.

  • April 7, 2015

    New Testimony Can't Ax Philly Atty's $1M Sanction, Judge Told

    A Pennsylvania judge was urged Monday to reject newly proffered testimony aimed at clearing a Philadelphia-based defense attorney's $1 million sanction, which was levied in November after an expert in a medical malpractice case violated an order barring certain subject matter from trial.

  • April 7, 2015

    Weston Hurd Atty Won't Be Suspended Until Court Sees Docs

    The Supreme Court of Ohio told a state disciplinary commission Tuesday it is alarmed by the “conspicuous” lack of evidence presented by disciplinary authorities in their case accusing a former Weston Hurd LLP partner of improperly billing three nursing home operator clients.

  • April 6, 2015

    Ex-Nelson Levine Atty Alleges 'Frat House' Sexism

    A former associate at Nelson Levine De Luca & Hamilton LLC on Monday slammed the insurance firm with a suit in Pennsylvania federal court alleging she was fired for challenging the sexist “frat house” atmosphere fostered by two name partners in the firm’s subrogation department.

  • April 6, 2015

    Atty Sanctioned Over Client's ResCap Bankruptcy Claims

    A New York bankruptcy judge sanctioned attorney Pablo E. Bustos Monday, ruling he had failed to justify inadequate affirmative defenses in a response to a bid by Residential Capital LLC’s liquidating trust to toss bankruptcy claims filed by one of Bustos’ clients.

  • April 6, 2015

    Firms Beat DQ In Row Over Asset Purchase Litigation Fees

    A New York judge on Friday denied cross-bids to disqualify counsel representing the former CEO of a major shareholder in a medical education company who is suing to recoup fees from litigation against other shareholders over an asset purchase agreement.

  • April 6, 2015

    Travelers, Contractor Attys Face Filings Sanctions In Row

    A California federal judge ruled Monday that counsel for Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America and a contractor must show why they shouldn’t be slapped with monetary sanctions for missing filing deadlines and exceeding page limits in a row over indemnification of a construction defect suit.

  • April 6, 2015

    Haynes And Boone Ducks Legal Mal Suit Over Arbitration Bill

    Haynes and Boone LLP escaped a malpractice suit over nearly $200,000 in disputed consulting fees stemming from a client’s arbitration fight with a fabric retailer, when a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Friday that a choice of jurisdiction clause did not apply to the firm.

  • April 6, 2015

    Fla. Tribe's Sanctions Challenge Headed To 11th Circ.

    The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida and its general counsel on Friday withdrew their motion asking a Florida federal judge to reconsider her $1 million sanctions ruling in a failed embezzlement case, kicking into gear their appeal of the ruling to the Eleventh Circuit.

  • April 6, 2015

    Buchalter Sued For $22M Over Botched Bankruptcy Claims

    California business law boutique Buchalter Nemer has been hit with a $21.9 million suit alleging the firm failed to warn a bankrupt surgery center's litigation trust of a deadline to bring suit over an allegedly destructive loan.

  • April 6, 2015

    Ex-Pa. Judge Cops To Axing DUI Charge For DA's Nephew

    A retired Pennsylvania judge pled guilty Monday to improperly agreeing to dismiss a charge of driving under the influence that the nephew of a former Fayette County district attorney faced.

  • April 6, 2015

    Pond Lehocky Ends Marketing Secrets Suit Against Ex-Atty

    Philadelphia-based employee-side firm Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano LLP filed notice Monday it had settled its state court suit against a former attorney turned marketing manager, which alleged he used its “top secret” marketing strategy for its Social Security disability practice when starting a rival disability-focused firm.

  • April 3, 2015

    Blecher Collins Hit With $50M Malpractice Suit

    A military products consultant leveled a $50 million malpractice suit in California state court Friday against Blecher Collins Pepperman & Joye PC, accusing the firm of botching a contract dispute.

  • April 3, 2015

    Jailed Ex-Nixon Peabody Partner's Sentence Stands: 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday roundly approved ex-Nixon Peabody partner David Tamman's conviction and sentence on charges that he tried to cover up a client's Ponzi scheme, saying two separate enhancements of time to his sentence were not in conflict.

  • April 3, 2015

    McGuireWoods Blasts 'Fruitless' DQ Bid In Trademark Row

    McGuireWoods LLP fired back Friday at a bid to oust the firm from a power struggle over Gemini Real Estate Advisors LLC and its trademark, saying that hiring separate counsel for the company and its decision-makers in the derivative suit would be a “wasteful, fruitless exercise.”

  • April 3, 2015

    Fla. Agency Fires Staff Attorney Following Bar Discipline

    The Florida Department of Transportation has dismissed an in-house attorney after the Florida Supreme Court's announcement of discipline against him, resulting from three Florida Bar misconduct complaints, including two involving criminal charges.

  • April 3, 2015

    3 Tips For Firms With Lawyers On Both Sides Of A Deal

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP became the latest firm to successfully navigate some potentially murky waters last month by acting as both counsel to Endo Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and financing and antitrust adviser to Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. in what became a battle between the two to buy Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Here, Law360 looks at three tips for firms that have people on both sides of the table in an M&A transaction.

  • April 3, 2015

    Firms Say 'Systemic Favoritism' Plagues NYC Asbestos Courts

    Attorneys for 45 law firms defending companies in asbestos litigation have urged a New York administrative judge to halt proceedings in all of New York City's asbestos cases for 60 days and overhaul their case management order, citing "systemic favoritism" toward plaintiffs and saying the 27-year-old order is outdated.