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Legal Ethics

  • March 30, 2015

    Duane Morris Malpractice Suit Shows Risk of Atty Moonlighting

    Lawyers moonlighting outside the scope of traditional legal work raise malpractice risks for their partners, professional liability experts said, an issue highlighted by two Duane Morris LLP partners who resigned in recent days in the face of a malpractice suit claiming they set up a business for the purpose of diverting client fees.

  • March 30, 2015

    Feds Win DLA Piper, Kasowitz Emails In Facebook Scam Case

    U.S. prosecutors have won access to a trove of emails in which attorneys at DLA Piper LLP and Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP discuss their prior representation of Paul Ceglia, a fugitive upstate New York man charged with filing sham litigation against Facebook Inc., according to an order made public Monday.

  • March 30, 2015

    Relators Dispute Atty Fee Bid Over $320M FCA Mortgage Deal

    Two relators in a False Claims Act row involving Taylor Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp. and Home America Mortgage Inc. have hit back at their former counsel’s claim to fees stemming from a $320 million settlement, urging a Georgia federal judge to invalidate a lien on their share of the deal.

  • March 30, 2015

    Sullivan, Nixon Peabody Attys Join New NY Discipline Panel

    The New York state court system said Monday that partners at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Nixon Peabody LLP and other top firms would be part of a commission to overhaul its attorney discipline procedures and investigate whether it should establish a statewide punishment system for lawyer misconduct.

  • March 30, 2015

    Wells Fargo, Overdraft Counsel To Resolve $51M Fee Spat

    Attorneys who won a $203 million judgment against Wells Fargo NA for reordering customers’ debit transactions to maximize overdraft fees can’t point to “subjective” information to justify their $51 million fee request as the parties enter limited discovery related to the disputed fees, a California federal judge ruled Friday.

  • March 30, 2015

    Hotel Slams EEOC Conduct During Discovery In Bias Suit

    Pioneer Hotel Inc. urged a Nevada federal judge Friday to toss a suit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that claims that the hotel discriminated against a group of Mexican employees, alleging the agency “unabashedly flouted its discovery obligations.”

  • March 30, 2015

    NJ Justices To Mull Coverage Question For Law Firm Partners

    The New Jersey Supreme Court granted certification Friday to hear an appeal in a legal malpractice suit against a New Jersey intellectual property attorney, in order to determine whether an LLP partner loses liability protection if the partnership fails to maintain professional liability insurance.

  • March 30, 2015

    High Court Passes On Kickback Appeal From Dick's Atty

    The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review and overturn the conviction by a New York court of a former Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. attorney for secretly funneling $2 million in kickbacks stemming from real estate transactions to another lawyer, according to an order released on Monday.

  • March 30, 2015

    Pa. Firm's Ex-Partner Charged For Forging Law License

    A former partner with the Pennsylvania-based BMZ Law PC has been slapped with criminal charges for allegedly forging documents to conceal the fact that she’d neither passed the state’s bar exam nor attended law school.

  • March 30, 2015

    3rd Circ. Told Recent Ruling Affects Pa. Bar Reciprocity Law

    The National Association for the Advancement of Multijurisdiction Practice, a group challenging Pennsylvania's rule denying bar admission to attorneys from states lacking reciprocity agreements, asked the Third Circuit on Thursday to overturn a lower court's decision upholding the law because the judge failed to apply recent Third Circuit precedent.

  • March 30, 2015

    Woman Gets 2nd Shot At Sex Harassment Suit Against Judge

    A woman who claims that she was groped by an administrative law judge for the U.S. Social Security Administration will get a second shot at filing suit over the incident after a Pennsylvania federal court issued a ruling finding that her initial complaint failed to level a valid claim.

  • March 27, 2015

    NY Bar Sets Confidentiality Policy For Laterals, Mergers

    New York lawyers got their first explicit guidance Saturday on protecting confidential client information while job hunting and in the course of merging firms, with the approval of new bar rule comments. 

  • March 27, 2015

    Barrack Rodos Seeks Sanctions Against Ex-Consultant

    Barrack Rodos & Bacine has responded furiously to a former consultant who sued the shareholder-focused law firm for breach of contract and $1.5 million he purportedly earned, asking a Philadelphia judge to strike the consultant's complaint and sanction him and his attorney for making an “extraordinary” attempt to win money from the firm.

  • March 27, 2015

    Drummond Hits Attys With RICO Suit Over Murder Claims

    Drummond Co. Inc. on Friday filed in Alabama federal court a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit accusing plaintiffs’ attorneys of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to criminals who testified that the company collaborated with Colombian paramilitary forces in the murders of hundreds of civilians.

  • March 27, 2015

    Fizer Beck Says It's Not To Blame For $2M Arbitration Award

    Fizer Beck Webster Bentley & Scroggins PC said Friday it was not negligent in a series of legal proceedings that cost a medical staffing company more than $2 million, arguing that as many as six other entities had an opportunity to review and correct a partnership agreement the company called "seriously deficient."

  • March 27, 2015

    Plea Deals Denied For 3 Tampa Attys Accused Of DUI Setup

    Describing proposed sanctions as “disproportionate and unacceptable,” a referee on Thursday rejected plea agreements entered for three attorneys at Tampa-based Adams & Diaco PA whom the Florida Bar has accused of setting up an opposing counsel's drunk driving arrest.

  • March 27, 2015

    Ex-Digital Realty VP Wants Seyfarth Out Of Prejudice Suit

    A former Digital Realty Trust Inc. employee on Thursday urged a California federal judge to disqualify Seyfarth Shaw LLP from defending his former employer in his $1 million suit alleging he was fired for being gay, arguing the firm previously gave him advice pertaining to Digital Realty.

  • March 27, 2015

    Pa. Justices Snub Gross McGinley Bid To Ax Malpractice Row

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said on Friday it would not hear an appeal of a Superior Court decision reviving a $1.15 million legal malpractice complaint against Gross McGinley LaBarre & Eaton stemming from a real estate development dispute.

  • March 27, 2015

    BigLaw On Notice After Judge Scolds Firms For Bad Writing

    A New York federal judge’s recent rebuke of two BigLaw firms over pleadings he found overly long and redundant was no doubt embarrassing, but experts say lawyers are risking more than just a judicial tongue-lashing when they fail to keep their filings short and sweet.

  • March 27, 2015

    Pa. Court Affirms Bar On Malpractice Suits Over Settlements

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Friday ended a workers’ compensation client’s suit against Dashevsky Horwitz Kuhn & Novello PC, reaffirming a standard set in 1991 that clients cannot sue their attorneys for malpractice over settlement deals they willingly entered into.