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Legal Ethics

  • November 26, 2018

    Boies Schiller Says Chinese Dissident Owes $1M In Fees

    Boies Schiller Flexner has sued billionaire Guo Wengui in New York state court to collect on an unpaid legal tab totaling more than $1 million, after an arbitrator said the Chinese-born client retained the top-notch firm and "opted to litigate aggressively" and thus couldn't argue the bills were unreasonably large.

  • November 26, 2018

    LabMD Sues Ex-Bryan Cave Atty In NY Supreme Court

    The CEO of a cancer screening lab that was put out of business by a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit hit Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP and one of its partners with a suit in New York state court for allegedly directing a whistleblower to lie during a key hearing in the FTC case.

  • November 26, 2018

    Convicted Ex-Pa. AG's Appeal Bid Snubbed By High Court

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Monday it would not hear an appeal from the state's disgraced ex-attorney general challenging her conviction two years ago for leaking confidential investigative information to a reporter before lying about it to a grand jury.

  • November 26, 2018

    Fish Can't Cure Nasdaq Conflict With Limited Retainer: Judge

    A New Jersey federal judge said Monday that Fish & Richardson's attempt to work around a conflict in its defense of a group of entities being sued by Nasdaq Inc. by limiting the scope of its engagement didn't work.

  • November 26, 2018

    Tech Support Cos. Can't Get 'Drastic' Sanctions Against Fla.

    A Florida federal judge on Monday largely denied a “drastic” bid for sanctions against the state requested by tech support companies battling a joint state and federal suit accusing them of duping customers, but gave the companies a second chance to depose a Florida assistant attorney general who the judge said had improperly evaded questions.

  • November 26, 2018

    Atty Who Advised Co. To Deny Breaks Can Stay In ADA Suit

    An attorney defending a Pittsburgh-area company against allegations it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by denying a worker extra breaks to deal with her anxiety can stay on the case despite being the one who advised the company to deny the accommodation, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Monday.

  • November 26, 2018

    Ex-PTAB Chief Fires Back At Medtronic In Gay Bias Case

    David Ruschke, a former Patent Trial and Appeal Board chief judge, has hit back against his previous employer Medtronic’s counterclaim that he failed to repay a $250,000 loan it gave him in 2007, which the medical device maker lodged after Ruschke filed suit in California federal court alleging he was fired for being gay.

  • November 26, 2018

    Immigrants Seek Sanctions Against Feds In Detention Suit

    A class of immigrants who allege the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department unlawfully detained them based on warrantless requests from federal immigration authorities have urged a California federal court to sanction the federal government for a series of delays in the case.

  • November 26, 2018

    NJ Atty Denied Bail In Case Of Girlfriend's Slaying

    A New Jersey judge on Monday refused to grant bail to an attorney accused of fatally shooting the mother of his young daughter and then fleeing to Cuba, brushing aside the lawyer's contention that the slaying was an act of self-defense.

  • November 26, 2018

    Philly Atty Botched Client's Insurance Cases, Suit Says

    A Philadelphia-area attorney allegedly botched a client's two property damage and insurance cases by failing to hire any experts to connect the damage to the defendants, according to a malpractice lawsuit filed against him in state court.

  • November 26, 2018

    Freshfields' Frankfurt Office Raided Again In Tax-Dodge Probe

    Prosecutors in Germany have conducted a second raid at the offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Frankfurt as part of a tax evasion probe, the firm confirmed Monday.

  • November 26, 2018

    Reed Smith Fires Partner Over Harassment Allegations

    Reed Smith LLP has fired a London partner accused of sexually harassing multiple junior female lawyers, with a firm spokesperson saying Monday that the firm took "swift and appropriate action" by dismissing the attorney in question after learning about the alleged behavior.

  • November 26, 2018

    1st Circ. Backs RI In Privilege Fight With Feds

    State officials do not broadly waive attorney-client privilege when faced with a subpoena from the federal government, the First Circuit has ruled, flipping a lower court ruling and diving into an issue that has split appellate circuits around the country.

  • November 26, 2018

    Pa. Mesh Judge Won't Recuse Over Mom's Case Against J&J

    A Pennsylvania state judge is refusing to step aside from presiding over an upcoming trial over a Johnson & Johnson unit’s allegedly defective pelvic mesh despite concerns that his mother is pursuing her own product liability case against the company.

  • November 21, 2018

    Law360 MVP Awards Go To Top Attorneys From 71 Firms

    The elite slate of attorneys chosen as Law360’s 2018 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.

  • November 21, 2018

    DA Refers Avenatti Domestic Violence Charge To LA City Atty

    California attorney Michael Avenatti said Wednesday that the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office won't prosecute him on felony domestic violence charges and will instead ask the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office to consider a misdemeanor case.

  • November 21, 2018

    Firm Seeks Judge DQ Despite Fla. Justices' Facebook Ruling

    Despite ruling that the mere existence of a judge's Facebook friendship with an opposing counsel is not grounds for disqualification, the Florida Supreme Court's recent decision still should have granted the underlying disqualification bid based on existing precedent when the motion was filed, the petitioning law firm has argued.

  • November 21, 2018

    Fla. High Court Disbars Miami Atty Over Account Transfers

    The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday disbarred high-profile Miami plaintiffs attorney Jeremy Alters over more than $2 million in improper transfers from his firm trust accounts.

  • November 21, 2018

    Law Firm Must Face Claims It Botched Domino’s Injury Case

    A New York appeals court on Wednesday revived a legal malpractice suit against Lozner & Mastropietro PC that alleged the firm failed to pursue claims against Domino's Pizza for a client who was injured by one of the company’s drivers.

  • November 21, 2018

    DA Group Chief Tapped To Head Pa. Judicial Conduct Board

    The Pennsylvania board responsible for investigating ethics complaints against state judges has tapped the executive director of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association to take over as its chief counsel.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: My RBG Guide To Judging

    Goodwin Liu

    I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Financial Elder Abuse Claims

    Geoffrey Gold

    Recent litigation surrounding Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee has drawn attention to the issue of financial elder abuse. Geoffrey Gold of Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP offers practice pointers on using the provisions of the California Elder Abuse Act to protect senior clients who may have been victims of financial fraud.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • NY Commercial Division Backs Technology-Assisted Review

    Elizabeth Sacksteder

    Neither the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure nor most state procedure codes expressly address whether, in what circumstances, or how a party may use technology-assisted review to fulfill its disclosure obligations. A new rule introduced last week by the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court aims to fill that gap, say Elizabeth Sacksteder and Ross Gotler of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • Why CFPB Should Not Regulate The Practice Of Law

    Joann Needleman

    After a four-day jury trial, an Ohio federal judge ruled this week that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau failed to prove that debt collection law firm Weltman Weinberg & Reis Co. LPA had misled consumers by sending them demand letters. The decision calls into question the CFPB's authority to investigate or bring enforcement actions against collection law firms, says Joann Needleman of Clark Hill PLC.