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Legal Ethics

  • February 19, 2015

    NY Attorney Disbarred For Photos Of Nude Minor

    A New York attorney currently serving two years in an Ohio prison for possessing nude photos of a 15-year-old girl was disbarred by a New York appellate court Wednesday under the state’s Rules of Professional Conduct barring convictions for a serious crime.

  • February 19, 2015

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Jackson Lewis' David Jimenez

    I am far from an expert on increasing diversity at the partner level, but my view is that “diversity” should not be the lead story as much as "business development," says David Jimenez, co-chairman of Jackson Lewis PC's corporate governance and internal investigations practice group.

  • February 18, 2015

    Atty Ducks Contempt After Calling Prosecutor 'Little Girl'

    A criminal defense attorney who called a prosecutor “little girl,” and admonished her to “act a little more professional” within earshot of the judge is off the hook for a contempt order because his comments were made while the court was in recess, a California appeals court found Wednesday.

  • February 18, 2015

    Sidley Should Be DQ'd In Tuna Antitrust Row, Court Told

    A Mexican aquaculture company on Wednesday urged a New York federal judge to disqualify Sidley Austin LLP from representing Amerra Capital Management LLC in a contract and antitrust row over a botched seafood joint venture, saying it sought advice from a partner in the firm’s Houston office before the suit was filed.

  • February 18, 2015

    NJ Appeals Court Overturns Atty's Harassment Conviction

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Wednesday overturned the conviction of an attorney accused of harassing a woman on behalf of a client, finding he had been wrongly prosecuted by the woman’s private attorney, who had lacked the necessary temporary authority to prosecute.

  • February 18, 2015

    Patent Litigator Slings DQ Motion Against Cooley Attys

    A prolific patent litigant and attorney has asked a Massachusetts federal court to disqualify Cooley LLP from representing a health club franchisor in litigation over an exercise machine patent, claiming that the firm has used confidential information from a past client in an attempt to leverage a settlement.

  • February 18, 2015

    Pa. AG's Lawyer Calls Own Reported Leak 'Inadvertent'

    The attorney representing Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane against allegations that she released confidential material to the media, acknowledged reports Wednesday that he himself was under investigation for leaks, saying that he was under the impression that the document he distributed had been made public.

  • February 18, 2015

    Fla. Court Affirms Dismissal Of Law Firm's Defamation Suit

    A Florida appeals court affirmed on Wednesday the dismissal of McCullough Law Group PA's defamation suit against Merlin Law Group PA for allegedly bad-mouthing the firm during litigation and damaging McCullough's reputation among potential insurance clients.

  • February 18, 2015

    The Compliance Issues Putting GCs In Regulators' Crosshairs

    General counsel who lead corporate compliance efforts face no easy task: Not only do they keep their organization on top of a mounting array of laws and regulations, but they also can face individual sanctions when violations arise in their company. Here, Law360 takes a look at compliance directors who learned about the thorniest regulations the hard way — so you don’t have to.

  • February 18, 2015

    Court Orders Psych Testing In $35M Allen & Overy Sex Suit

    A New York state appellate court on Tuesday affirmed Allen & Overy LLP’s successful bid to compel psychiatric testing for a former firm attorney who sued her ex-employers for $35 million over claims that a sexual harassment claim against a supervisor got her fired.

  • February 18, 2015

    QBE Fights Recusal Bid In Vandalism Coverage Row

    QBE Insurance Corp. urged a Mississippi federal judge to deny a recusal motion over his alleged bias toward a business owner's attorney in a $500,000 property damage suit, saying Wednesday that the motion lacks any facts warranting the judge's standing aside.

  • February 18, 2015

    Civil Rights Group Asks Ethics Board To Probe Top Ala. Judge

    An equal rights advocacy group on Wednesday said it had delivered 28,000 petitions to the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission demanding that the state’s top judge be investigated for ethics violations over his attempts to block same-sex marriages in Alabama.

  • February 18, 2015

    Nixon Peabody, Mintz Levin Seek Exit From Malpractice Row

    Nixon Peabody LLP on Tuesday asked a federal judge to ax the malpractice suit claiming it and Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC contributed to a now-bankrupt biotech company’s downfall, arguing Neogenix Oncology Inc. alleges the conduct occurred in New York and is now improperly asserting Washington, D.C., law claims.

  • February 18, 2015

    Ga. Atty Dodges Discipline For 'Appalling' Deal Requests

    A Georgia attorney accused of opposing the issuance of bonds worth $130 million in order to wrest a million-dollar settlement from developers was freed of all disciplinary charges after the state supreme court concluded that while the attorney’s behavior was “improper and appalling,” the bar failed to adequately prove its case.

  • February 17, 2015

    Patterson & Sheridan Failed To Rein In 'Bad Actors': Atty

    A former equity partner of Patterson & Sheridan LLP is accusing the intellectual property boutique of ignoring his disability accommodation request to limit his interactions with an allegedly abusive partner on its management committee and fostering a firm culture that “tolerates bad actors,” according to a Tuesday filing in a California state court.

  • February 17, 2015

    Jailed DHB Founder Sues Atty In $246M Malpractice Suit

    The jailed founder of DHB Industries Inc. has filed a $246 million lawsuit in New York court against his former counsel, accusing attorney Richard Levitt and his firm of legal malpractice in connection with the defense of his insider trading and fraud case.

  • February 17, 2015

    Google Wants Walker Digital, Russ August Attys Sanctioned

    Google Inc. on Tuesday revived a sanctions motion against Walker Digital LLC, saying if the patent holder and its Russ August & Kabat attorneys had done their homework, they’d have known what the Federal Circuit already confirmed in November: Google's AdWords service doesn’t infringe Walker Digital's patent.

  • February 17, 2015

    Lucchese Fraudster Asks NJ Judge To Recuse Himself

    A reputed associate of the Lucchese crime syndicate convicted for his role in a plot to drain $12 million from a mortgage lender asked a New Jersey federal judge to recuse himself from sentencing, claiming Tuesday that the judge’s comments in another case gave the appearance of partiality.

  • February 17, 2015

    Winstead Botched $62M Loan Workout, Texas Suit Says

    Winstead PC was hit Friday with a malpractice suit in Texas state court by a Dallas-based bank and private investment group alleging the firm made "countless mistakes and misrepresentations" when handling the structuring of a $62 million loan workout and foreclosure.

  • February 17, 2015

    J&J Drops Plaintiff Solicitation Discovery Bid In Mesh MDL

    Johnson & Johnson has withdrawn its discovery motion to pursue its allegations that the plaintiffs' attorneys in transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation had engaged in illegal plaintiff solicitation and filed lawsuits without legitimate claims.