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Legal Ethics

  • January 3, 2019

    Ex-Kilpatrick Atty Drops Standard Insurance Benefits Suit

    A former Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP attorney has agreed to drop his suit accusing Standard Insurance Co. of wrongly denying him long-term disability benefits after he was terminated from the firm and hospitalized following a manic episode, according to filings in New York federal court.

  • January 2, 2019

    Schiff Hardin Escapes Insurer's Malpractice Suit At 5th Circ.

    Schiff Hardin LLP can’t be held liable to Ironshore Europe DAC for representations it made to the insurer during a product liability trial because those representations were made as part of the law firm’s legal services to its client, a Fifth Circuit appeals panel ruled Wednesday.

  • January 2, 2019

    Former Colombian Gov't Watchdog Gets 4 Years Over Bribery

    A Florida federal judge sentenced Colombia’s former top anti-corruption official to four years in federal prison and a lawyer to two years Wednesday, on charges they solicited bribes and laundered money to obstruct an investigation into a former Colombian governor.

  • January 2, 2019

    'Angry' NYT Writer's Groping Story Defamed Atty, Suit Says

    A U.S. Department of Justice lawyer formerly of the death penalty division sued The New York Times on Wednesday claiming an "angry" journalist ignored facts and followed a "preconceived narrative" in a March report that suggested the lawyer engaged in the unwelcome groping of a junior female employee.

  • January 2, 2019

    Bar Says Insurer, Atty Botched Fatal Tent Collapse Case

    The owners of a St. Louis bar are suing its liability insurer after they were hit with $5.2 million in damages in a suit over a deadly tent collapse, claiming the insurer and the attorney it hired ignored an opportunity to settle for far less.

  • January 2, 2019

    Pa. Appeals Court Nixes Malpractice Suit Against Saul Ewing

    A Pennsylvania appeals court has agreed that a man claiming he was denied his rightful place as sole beneficiary of his deceased uncle’s $6.3 million trust does not have standing to sue a Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP partner over allegedly botched estate documents.

  • January 2, 2019

    Booted Texas Law Student's Cheating Probe Suit Revived

    An ousted first-year law student has persuaded a Texas appellate court to revive his suit alleging that the school's failure to thoroughly investigate a cheating scandal impacted his grade-point average and resulted in his dismissal.

  • January 2, 2019

    'Making A Murderer' Atty Abandoned Ill. Man's Case, Suit Says

    An Illinois attorney whose work to exonerate clients rose to fame in the documentary series “Making a Murderer” botched and abandoned a man’s civil rights case after she promised to zealously fight for him, his Cook County Circuit Court lawsuit claims.

  • January 2, 2019

    Atty Who Copped To Money Laundering Agrees To Disbarment

    An estate attorney with a history of criminal and civil offenses, including a money laundering scheme that also netted criminal charges against his father, has agreed to forfeit his license to practice law in New Jersey, according to an order made public Wednesday.

  • January 2, 2019

    Pa. AG Says Porn-Email Scandal, Not Bias, Made Agent Quit

    The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office has sought to dismiss what remained of a former narcotics agent’s discrimination case, arguing that the agent chose to resign rather than respond to a disciplinary hearing related to his alleged participation in a pornographic-emails scandal that had roiled the AG’s office and the state’s judiciary.

  • January 2, 2019

    Investors Can't Justify Deal With Trading Firm GC, Judge Says

    An Illinois federal court has refused to approve a deal between the general counsel of a now-defunct stock trading firm and investors over allegations the attorney helped conceal financial difficulties and evidence that higher-ups used corporate funds for personal gain, questioning the proposed distribution favoring the named investors.

  • January 1, 2019

    4 Legal Ethics Cases To Watch In 2019

    Ethics experts hopefully got some rest over the holidays, because 2019 promises to be hectic, with a major conflict-of-interest case headed to trial in New York and major decisions springing from class action settlements expected to be handed down. Here are some of the big cases to watch in the new year.

  • January 1, 2019

    Texas Cases To Watch In 2019

    Texas’ fights to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and hold opioid manufacturers to task for alleged deceptive marketing will continue to make legal waves in 2019, while Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is yet again waiting out a potential trial on securities fraud charges.

  • January 1, 2019

    Federal Tax Cases To Watch In 2019

    On the docket in 2019 are several interesting federal tax cases worthy of the attention of practitioners, including disputes over domestic manufacturing deductions, the statute of limitations on fraud and the clergy housing tax exemption. Here, Law360 explores five cases worth watching in the new year.

  • January 1, 2019

    How #MeToo Will Keep Shaping The Legal Industry

    In its first year, the #MeToo movement had a profound impact on almost every industry and level of the culture, including the legal sector, where law firms and federal courts were forced to reckon with policies and practices that allowed workplace harassment to go unaddressed for years. Here, Law360 takes a look at some of the ways the #MeToo movement will continue to shape the legal industry in 2019 as it enters its second year.

  • January 1, 2019

    Ethics Rules to Watch For in 2019

    Can't keep track of all the new ethics and practice rules on deck for 2019? Law360 is here to help.

  • December 21, 2018

    Feds Blast Ex-Platinum Execs' Misconduct Claims

    Brooklyn federal prosecutors urged a judge to reject “inflammatory” misconduct claims by former Platinum Partners executives facing fraud charges, saying cooperators were kept secret not to give prosecutors an edge but because of “legitimate fear” of backlash from their cooperation.

  • December 20, 2018

    Libor Prosecutors Told To Sift Their Work From Paul Weiss'

    A Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday suggested prosecutors retrace a five-year investigation into former Deutsche Bank AG traders accused of rigging the London Interbank Offered Rate and delineate it from work by the bank's counsel at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • December 20, 2018

    Judge Raps Quinn Emanuel Trial Preparedness In Fraud Case

    A Maryland federal judge gave Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP a benchslap on Tuesday, saying that nonpublic filings showed the firm had "failed properly to prepare for trial" on behalf of an Israeli national accused of a boiler-room-like scheme involving binary options.

  • December 20, 2018

    Takeda’s Patent Infringement Suit Not Antitrust-Proof

    Patent infringement lawsuits challenging generic drug applications aren’t automatically immune from antitrust claims, a New Jersey federal judge ruled Wednesday, refusing to toss counterclaims accusing Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. of trying to illegally maintain its monopoly on a heartburn therapy with “sham” infringement claims.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Structuring Investigations In Light Of UK Privilege Case

    Mark Beeley

    The English Court of Appeal's much-anticipated decision in Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation means that companies will continue to face difficulties in obtaining the information they need to investigate suspected wrongdoing, without losing the benefit of legal advice privilege under English law, say Mark Beeley and Rebecca Dipple of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.