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Legal Ethics

  • February 23, 2015

    McGuireWoods Scolded By UK Court Over $3.5B Suit's Length

    McGuireWoods London LLP was rebuked Friday by a U.K. justice who said its 94-page, $3.5 billion claim against an accounting firm and bank brought on behalf of real estate tycoon Vincent Tchenguiz was in “flagrant” disregard of the country’s Commercial Court Guide, which limits complaints to 25 pages.

  • February 23, 2015

    5 Ways To Avoid The Hidden Ethical Dangers Of Client Gifts

    Not all lawyers are lucky enough to have clients like Dr. Dre, who recently shelled out massive holiday cash bonuses to his longtime boutique counsel. But most attorneys with long-standing client relationships will receive a gift at some point, prompting the ethical question: How much is too much? Here, experts offer five tips on accepting gifts from clients without crossing the line.

  • February 23, 2015

    Ex-'Girls Gone Wild' Atty, Resort Face $2M In Clawback Suits

    The bankruptcy trustee for the company behind the "Girls Gone Wild" adult video series launched clawback suits Friday against GGW Brands LLC founder Joe Francis' opulent celebrity retreat in coastal Mexico and GGW's prepetition counsel, saying they received fraudulent transfers totaling $2.3 million.

  • February 23, 2015

    Pa. Justices Nix Recusal Bid In Ford Asbestos Appeal

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday refused to recuse itself from hearing a closely watched asbestos appeal over concerns that an attorney for the defendant, Ford Motor Co., recently worked as special counsel to the court in the pornographic email scandal that led to Justice Seamus McCaffery’s unexpected retirement.

  • February 23, 2015

    Dow Jones Wants Edelson Attys Sanctioned In Privacy Suit

    Attorneys for Dow Jones & Co. Inc. on Friday pressed a federal judge to sanction attorneys from Edelson PC, claiming they improperly advanced a now-dismissed proposed class action accusing the media company of violating the Video Privacy Protection Act by collecting and sharing consumers' data.

  • February 23, 2015

    Oregon Attys Dodge Conflict Row Over Securities Action

    The Oregon Supreme Court on Friday dealt a blow to the state’s bar as it tossed an ethics complaint claiming two high-profile Portland attorneys created a conflict between clients when representing a technology company accused of securities fraud and a number of its executives at the same time, saying no conflicts existed.

  • February 23, 2015

    After Withdrawal, Pa. High Court Likely To Stay Shorthanded

    Two seats on Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court will likely remain vacant until after the November election as a result of a state trial court judge’s withdrawal from the nomination process on Monday following reports of a racially insensitive email.

  • February 23, 2015

    Judge Nixes Malpractice Suit Over Nike Patent Case

    A Michigan federal judge on Friday tossed an $8.1 million legal malpractice lawsuit against Moore Landrey LLP, Shaw Cowart LLP and the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin over their handling of a patent suit against Nike, saying an absence of complete diversity among the parties means his court lacks subject matter jurisdiction.

  • February 20, 2015

    Firm Claims Opposing Counsel Hacked Network, Stole Docs

    Los Angeles law firm Reyes & Barsoum LLP on Friday launched a California state suit accusing Knox Ricksen LLP, its opposing counsel in a workers’ compensation dispute, of hacking into a computer network and illegally downloading confidential client information so it could gain an edge in the underlying case.

  • February 20, 2015

    Ex-Faruqi Associate Seeks $1.4M In Atty Fees For Assault Case

    The lawyers for former Faruqi & Faruqi LLP associate Alexandra Marchuk asked a New York federal judge for $1.4 million in fees on Friday, a month after a jury found the firm and partner Juan Monteverde created a hostile work environment in a closely watched sexual assault case.

  • February 20, 2015

    Atty To Get A Lesson In Ethics For Improper Closing Statement

    A Louisiana federal judge on Friday ordered an attorney to attend ethics classes after she discussed inadmissible evidence during the closing arguments of a labor trafficking case involving Signal International LLC, ruling that fatigue was no excuse and that the lawyer knew better.

  • February 20, 2015

    5th Circ. Judge Cleared In Alleged Racist Remarks Probe

    A federal judicial panel on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a complaint alleging Fifth Circuit Judge Edith H. Jones disparaged black, Hispanic and mentally disabled people during a University of Pennsylvania Law School lecture on the death penalty, saying there wasn't sufficient evidence to prove an ethical breach.

  • February 20, 2015

    US Atty Won't Be Disqualified From Ferriero Racketeering Suit

    Joseph Ferriero, the former New Jersey Democratic powerbroker facing racketeering changes, lost a bid to disqualify the local U.S. attorney’s office, when a judge rejected his contention that the government attorney was too cozy with a witness, according to an opinion issued Friday in New Jersey federal court.

  • February 20, 2015

    Hagens Berman Faces Call For Sanctions In Thalidomide Suit

    Drugmakers Sanofi-Aventis SA and Grunenthal GmbH asked a Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday to sanction Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP and dismiss its client's suit claiming that thalidomide caused her birth defects, saying that the firm should have easily realized that the suit was time-barred.

  • February 20, 2015

    Ill. High Court Backs Rescission Of Firm's Malpractice Policy

    The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Friday that Illinois State Bar Association Mutual Insurance Co. can rescind the entire malpractice policy for a Chicago-area law firm despite the fact that one of the firm's lawyers was unaware that his partner made a material misrepresentation on the renewal application.

  • February 20, 2015

    Foley Partner Defends Jumbled Supreme Court Petition

    After the U.S. Supreme Court ordered Foley & Lardner LLP partner Howard N. Shipley to explain why he shouldn’t be sanctioned over an apparently indecipherable petition in a patent row, the attorney said Friday his inventor client wanted the “unorthodox petition,” and he wouldn’t have filed it for a more “deferential client.”

  • February 20, 2015

    Sandusky Atty Charged With Stealing $535K From Clients

    A disbarred Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney whose former clients include convicted child predator Jerry Sandusky has been accused of stealing more than $535,000 from clients to gamble at casinos, according to a criminal complaint filed in county court Friday.

  • February 20, 2015

    Ex-Atty, Financial Adviser Pleads Guilty To Ponzi-Like Fraud

    A Texas financial adviser and former lawyer who resigned from the bar in 2014 pled guilty in a Texas federal court Thursday to running a Ponzi-like scheme with client money reportedly worth $8.4 million. 

  • February 20, 2015

    Ch. 15 Liquidator Renews Push For Paul Weiss Docs

    The liquidator probing an alleged $355 million insider fraud at a defunct Chinese medical technology company slammed a decision letting Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP and AlixPartners LLP invoke attorney-client privilege to hold back the results of an internal investigation they conducted for its audit committee.

  • February 20, 2015

    Texas High Court To Review Atty Fee Arbitration Exemptions

    The Texas Supreme Court agreed Friday to consider whether to let law firms force their clients to arbitrate potential malpractice claims while retaining the right to go to court to recover unpaid fees — a contract provision that some experts say allows firms to take advantage of unsophisticated clients and play both sides of the system.