National asbestos law firm Shrader & Associates LLP and three health insurers have reached a deal in a suit claiming the firm failed to pay the companies money out of its clients’ asbestos settlement funds, a Texas federal judge has said.
Clarendon National Insurance Co. has filed a lawsuit in Colorado federal court against Goodman McGuffey LLP, accusing the firm of giving bad advice regarding policies issued to construction professionals, costing it over $3 million.
A lawyer who assisted a firm specializing in helping customers exit timeshare deals has asked a Florida federal court to dismiss him from a resort company’s suit against the exit firm, arguing that he merely wrote "boilerplate" letters as an outside contractor and shouldn't be included in the suit.
A convicted securities fraudster accused of trying to extort $7 million from a former co-defendant and a lawyer and a rabbi who are accused of helping him make plans to launder the money all pled not guilty in Brooklyn federal court on Friday.
D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation may have been secured Friday after he won majority support in a bitterly divided Senate from previously undecided senators.
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens reportedly said Thursday that D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh does not belong on the high court following his emotional Senate Judiciary Committee testimony last week.
A gay attorney who helped defend an alleged 9/11 conspirator has sued the federal government for $26 million, alleging his government-contracted and military co-counsel falsely told their al-Qaida member client he was "infatuated" with him, putting his life in danger.
A California bankruptcy judge on Thursday noted the “astonishing amount” of work Sedgwick LLP did prior to its Chapter 11 filing, after an attorney for the now-defunct firm touted it as a bankruptcy “success story” — all its employees have been paid and found new jobs since the firm shuttered in January.
A long-serving counsel at the National Congress of American Indians has left the organization after issuing a statement saying he had been falsely accused of sexual harassment of NCAI employees as part of a power struggle at the top.
A California federal judge on Thursday called for an evidentiary hearing to determine when Potter Handy LLP opened its U.S. Bank client trust checking account, saying that “even in the post-truth era” he could glean whether the law firm’s retaliation claim over the account’s closure was subject to arbitration.
Senate leadership on Thursday set the wheels in motion to hold a Supreme Court confirmation vote for D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh this weekend after a key undecided senator praised the FBI report on sexual assault allegations against the judge as “thorough.”
A recently settled nonpayment suit between a legal recruiter and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP shined a light on the importance for in-house law firm counsel of delineating between administrative and legal functions, in order to avert a potentially thorny discovery dispute in litigation.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has ordered a state court judge accused of misusing her staff to prove why she shouldn’t be disciplined after ethics authorities found she’d violated professional conduct rules, according to an order made public Thursday.
Towers Watson Delaware has told a Pennsylvania state court that its former firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius, which Towers Watson sued for $30 million for allegedly working against its interests, has once again attempted to subpoena privileged documents as part of the discovery process.
An Eleventh Circuit panel on Thursday declined to overturn the 10-year prison sentence of Mutual Benefits Corp.'s former outside counsel, finding that the government presented sufficient evidence at trial to support fraud convictions for his role in a massive insurance investment scheme.
A Manhattan lawyer caught splitting legal fees with a since-convicted political power broker and a New Jersey attorney hit with a simultaneous pair of suspensions lead Law360's The Week In Discipline, which compiles sanctions and conduct charges that may have flown under the radar.
A Second Circuit judge hearing appeals of a lower court's decision to throw out a copyright lawsuit against Jay-Z by a man who says he made the logo for the rapper's label Roc-A-Fella Records rebuked the plaintiff's lawyer on Thursday, saying the case "has a real stench to it" and that his advocacy "falls far short" of standards.
A panel of federal judges overseeing long-running tobacco litigation in Florida federal court told the parties Wednesday they're considering allocating some of the $4.3 million that the court is holding from sanctions against two law firms to fund the Florida Bar's professionalism and ethics programming.
A New Jersey attorney cannot avoid paying legal fees to his ex-partner’s new firm and their former practice as sanctions for his “vexatious and harassing motion practice” in a defamation suit against them by another firm, a state appeals court said Thursday in upholding trial court rulings.
The members of an underlying class action over the popular weight-loss drug fen-phen have reached a $19 million settlement with their former attorney, a once well-known class action attorney who was disbarred after the courts found he pocketed a large portion of the $200 million fen-phen settlement.
On July 1, Wisconsin became the first state to require disclosure of third-party litigation financing contingent on the outcome of cases. Individual states' and courts' efforts to shed more light on such funding arrangements are an inconsistent patchwork. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure should be revised to require such disclosure nationwide, says Mary Novacheck of Bowman and Brooke LLP.
Less than three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, President Donald Trump signed an executive order applying the court’s rationale in Lucia to the hiring — and firing — of all administrative law judges in the federal government, making them entirely beholden to the heads of their agencies or the president for their jobs, says Brian Casey of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.
People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.
An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.
In March, the American Bar Association issued a manual to help legal employers and victims fight sexual harassment in the legal profession. While automatic disbarment for sexual misconduct with clients may have been considered too harsh a sanction almost a decade ago, it may be revisited in the current climate, say Bonnie Frost and Kristi Terranova of Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost PC.
As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.
Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.
Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.
Presidential impeachment exists not so that one party can decapitate the other, but to preserve the foundation of our democracy. For an impeachment to be legitimate, it must be a fair process in which Congress speaks for a majority of the American people in undoing an election, say Laurence Tribe of Harvard Law School and Joshua Matz of Gupta Wessler PLLC.
The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.