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Legal Ethics

  • March 26, 2015

    Fla. Developer Improperly Won City Contract, 11th Circ. Rules

    The Eleventh Circuit affirmed Wednesday that a Florida developer must repay $1.62 million for improperly winning a contract to develop a city park and mixed-use project, also finding that the lower court judge didn’t have a conflict of interest that would have required overturning the ruling.

  • March 26, 2015

    Royston Rayzor Defends Fee Agreement In Texas High Court

    Royston Rayzor Vickery & Williams LLP on Thursday defended its right to require clients to arbitrate fee disputes while retaining the chance to itself file suit in fee disputes, in two Texas Supreme Court cases that question the ethics of that practice.

  • March 26, 2015

    Madoff Trustee Evades Sanctions Over Clawback Claim

    The judge presiding over the liquidation of Bernard Madoff’s defunct securities firm elected Thursday not to fine the trustee charged with recovering losses from the fraudster’s Ponzi scheme for making questionable assertions regarding a European investment adviser’s alleged complicity.

  • March 26, 2015

    Class Cert. Makes Headway In Shrimp Basket Tip Pool Suit

    A magistrate judge recommended conditional class certification Wednesday in a suit alleging Shrimp Basket Inc. restaurants violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by using illegal tip pools and denying servers minimum wage, while a same-day sanctions bid claimed a plaintiffs attorney tried to poach employees for the suit.

  • March 26, 2015

    2nd Circ Says Fed Court No Place For State Discipline Cases

    The Second Circuit said Thursday that a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling does not impact a New York federal judge’s decision to send an attorney discipline case back to state court, finding that federal courts do not have jurisdiction over state-initiated disciplinary proceedings under the Younger abstention doctrine.

  • March 26, 2015

    Journalist Suing Law Firm Over Video Must Use Real Name

    A D.C. federal judge on Thursday ordered a journalist suing Bernabei & Wachtel PLLC over the firm’s sharing of her video of alleged sexual harassment in a related suit to provide her real name if she wants to proceed with her claims against the firm.

  • March 26, 2015

    No Coverage For Atty In Malpractice Suits, Ill. Court Affirms

    An Illinois appeals court on Wednesday upheld a decision finding that a malpractice insurer has no duty to defend an attorney and his firm in two professional negligence suits that were filed after his policy had expired, finding it was "undisputed" that he hadn't complied with notice requirements.

  • March 26, 2015

    Judge Reams Out BigLaw Firms For Lengthy Filings

    A New York federal judge this week unleashed a tirade against Reed Smith LLP, Morrison & Foerster LLP and two smaller firms, threatening sanctions over what he called oversized filings “brimming” with “irrelevant and redundant” allegations in a trademark suit brought by UPS Store Inc. against a franchisee.

  • March 26, 2015

    Funk Icon's Ex-Partner Sues Stroock Over 'Malicious' Suit

    A long-standing legal feud between funk mystic George Clinton and his ex-business partner continued Wednesday in a lawsuit filed alleging malicious prosecution, invasion of privacy and defamation springing from a previous litigation over master recordings of Parliament music.

  • March 26, 2015

    Panel Backs Atty's Suspension For Spying On Nude Step-Niece

    A divided attorney discipline board affirmed a Michigan bankruptcy lawyer’s one-month suspension Thursday for attempting to spy on his 18-year-old step-niece while she was changing, citing his recent unmonitored break from antidepressants in justifying the relatively lenient sanction.

  • March 26, 2015

    La. Disbars Ex-Congressman Convicted Of Bribery

    The Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board has recommended permanently disbarring an ex-congressman convicted of bribery and racketeering, saying his conduct caused “incalculable damage” to the profession.

  • March 25, 2015

    Calif. AG Seeks To Block Atty’s ‘Kill Gays’ Ballot Measure

    California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Wednesday asked a state court to allow her to block a proposed ballot initiative by a Huntington Beach attorney calling for the execution of gays and lesbians, saying the measure was “utterly reprehensible.”

  • March 25, 2015

    Plagiarism Alone Didn't Prompt Jackson Lewis Sanction

    Lawyers who borrow freely from other people's work in court filings are rarely accused of plagiarism absent other perceived lawyer screw-ups, a dynamic that legal ethics experts said was likely at play when an administrative law judge in Texas sanctioned Jackson Lewis PC lawyers for a verbatim ripoff of a government document.

  • March 25, 2015

    Marina’s Attys Won't Have To Nix Insurance Judgment For Now

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday refused to order attorneys from the Voss Law Firm PC and Harbatkin & Levasseur PA, who are accused of filing wind damage litigation for a marina without its authorization, to have a judgment against the marina removed because the request wasn't properly made.

  • March 25, 2015

    Adams & Diaco Atty To Give Up License Over DUI Setup

    Three attorneys at Tampa, Florida-based Adams & Diaco PA who allegedly set up an opposing counsel's drunk driving arrest have reached disciplinary deals in The Florida Bar's ethics cases against them, including revocation of partner Stephen Diaco's license.

  • March 25, 2015

    Ariz. Sheriff OK’d To File Doc In States’ Immigration Suit

    A Texas federal judge overseeing a lawsuit brought by 26 states over the president’s executive actions on immigration on Tuesday granted a bid by Sheriff Joe Arpaio to file as an amicus brief an “important” transcript in which he says the U.S. Department of Justice lied in his own suit over the immigration order.

  • March 25, 2015

    Lewis Tein Beats Tribe's Malpractice Appeal In Fla.

    A Florida trial judge erred in dismissing an American Indian tribe's lawsuit against its former counsel Lewis Tein PL as an intratribal dispute beyond his jurisdiction, but correctly granted summary judgment to the attorneys, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday.

  • March 25, 2015

    Quarles & Brady Can't Dodge Fraud Claims In Investor Row

    A California federal judge on Tuesday trimmed defamation and discrimination claims but left alone fraud and negligence claims in a suit accusing Quarles & Brady LLP of shutting out the only foreign investor of a rubber tire manufacturing company by tricking the other investors into altering the operating agreement to exclude foreign investors.

  • March 25, 2015

    IP Firm's Scant Motion Earns Scolding, But No Sanctions

    A California judge scolded intellectual property law firm The Eclipse Group LLP on Wednesday for submitting a sketchy injunction request in its ongoing trademark fight with a similarly named nonpracticing entity, but declined to levy attorneys' fees or other sanctions against the firm.

  • March 25, 2015

    NJ Atty Gets 10 Years For Ripping Off Elderly Clients

    A once-prominent New Jersey attorney who bilked elderly clients for millions of dollars and laundered the money through her attorney trust account and other ledgers was sentenced to 10 years in state prison on Wednesday, Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said.