Legal Ethics

  • November 28, 2017

    Barnes Says Cellino Wants To Burn Firm To The Ground

    One of the name partners of Cellino & Barnes PC, who is fending off an attempt by the other to dissolve the Buffalo, New York-based personal injury law firm known for its catchy jingle, accused his partner of threatening in an expletive-laden rant to “burn the place to the ground.”

  • November 28, 2017

    Feds Point To Email Trove In Ex-Katten Atty Fraud Trial

    Prosecutors in the trial of ex-Katten Muchin attorney Evan Greebel blanketed the jury Tuesday with email exchanges with his notorious former client Martin Shkreli discussing numerous settlement agreements that prosecutors say were wrongly used to pay off deceived investors in Shkreli’s hedge funds with assets of Retrophin Inc.

  • November 28, 2017

    Advocacy Groups Fight Fla. Gov.'s Bid To DQ 'Hot Mic' Justice

    Liberal advocacy groups challenging Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s plan to appoint the next three state Supreme Court justices on his last day in office fought back Tuesday against his bid to disqualify Justice Barbara Pariente from the case, calling it a “transparent bullying tactic” that could set a dangerous precedent.

  • November 28, 2017

    NJ Atty Who Spent Client Funds On Businesses Disbarred

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has disbarred a real estate attorney accused of misappropriating more than $56,000 from clients' funds by, among other things, borrowing from a client’s escrow account to pay expenses related to businesses he owned, according to a decision and order posted Tuesday.

  • November 28, 2017

    Attorney Admits To $50M Chinese Investor Visa Fraud

    A Los Angeles-area attorney pled guilty in federal court on Monday to operating a $50 million EB-5 visa fraud scheme that provided green cards to Chinese nationals without ensuring the required investments in the United States, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

  • November 28, 2017

    Attys Walk Out Of Brooklyn Court Over ICE Arrest

    Around 100 criminal defense attorneys launched an impromptu protest outside a Brooklyn courthouse Tuesday after at least one of their clients was picked up by federal immigration officials and detained after appearing in court on charges unrelated to immigration matters.

  • November 28, 2017

    Pa. Judge's Suit Over Book Portrayal Sent To Home Court

    A Pennsylvania federal court agreed Tuesday that a defamation lawsuit brought by a Philadelphia County judge over his portrayal in a book about the infamous murder trial of abortion provider Kermit Gosnell could be heard in his home court.

  • November 28, 2017

    Conn. Law Firm Moves To Nix Debt Collector Defamation Suit

    A Connecticut consumer protection law firm urged a New York federal judge Monday to throw out a lawsuit accusing it of maintaining a website outlining false allegations against a debt collector, saying the complaint failed to show how the statements were false or defamatory under the Lanham Act.

  • November 28, 2017

    High Court Reinstates Atty Suspended In Mistaken Identity

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday lifted its suspension of a New York attorney after apparently confusing him with a disbarred elder law specialist of the same name, the second case of mistaken identity at the high court this year.

  • November 28, 2017

    Cosby Accuser's Attys Slam Ex-DA's Frivolous Suit Claim

    Attorneys for the woman at the center of a criminal sexual assault case against actor-comedian Bill Cosby told a Pennsylvania state judge on Monday to throw out a lawsuit accusing them of pursuing frivolous litigation that a former district attorney claims blew up his bid to regain public office.

  • November 28, 2017

    Ex-Clyde & Co Partner Suspended Over Fund Transfers

    A U.K. attorney with Clyde & Co has been suspended by the Solicitors Regulation Authority after making several “improper” fund transfers from the firm’s client accounts to its office account.

  • November 28, 2017

    Waymo-Uber Trial Delayed Over Claims Of Hidden Evidence

    A California federal judge on Tuesday granted a request from Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo to postpone a hotly anticipated trade secrets trial against Uber Inc., following accusations that the ride-share giant hid evidence discovered by federal prosecutors.

  • November 27, 2017

    ICJ Judges Commonly Sit As Arbitrators, Study Finds

    At least 20 current and former International Court of Justice judges worked as arbitrators during their tenure, circumstances that could undermine the court's reputation as the world's most important and respected court, according to a study published Monday by an international nonprofit organization.

  • November 27, 2017

    Shkreli Mentor And Investor Says He Lied To Feds

    An investor and onetime mentor of Martin Shkreli on Monday told jurors in the trial of the controversial former pharmaceutical executive’s ex-attorney of how he lied to FBI agents when questioned about what prosecutors say was a sham consulting agreement with Shkreli-founded Retrophin Inc.

  • November 27, 2017

    Justices Deny Appeal Of Dow's Award In Nova Patent Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a Federal Circuit decision that affirmed Dow Chemical’s $2.5 million attorneys’ fee award and a finding that Nova Chemicals used “extreme tactics” in a fraud suit against Dow and its attorneys over alleged misconduct in an underlying patent case.

  • November 27, 2017

    Ex-WellCare GC Gets 6 Months For Medicaid Fraud Scheme

    A Florida federal judge sentenced Former WellCare Health Plans Inc. general counsel Thaddeus M.S. Bereday to six months in prison and fined him $50,000 after he previously pled guilty to participating in a Medicaid fraud scheme, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

  • November 27, 2017

    Pa. Jury Convicts Payday Lending Bigwig, Atty Of Fraud

    A Pennsylvania federal jury convicted a Philadelphia-area businessman and a Delaware lawyer of conspiracy and fraud charges Monday over a payday lending business that prosecutors say charged interest rates of over 700 percent.

  • November 27, 2017

    Ex-SEAL Wants Former Atty To Face Suit For Book Advice

    A former Navy SEAL has told an Indiana federal court that his former attorney should have to face claims that the lawyer gave him ruinous advice about the need to submit his firsthand account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden to the U.S. Department of Defense for a prepublication review.

  • November 27, 2017

    Ex-Law Firm Secretary Wins $277K Atty Fees In OT Suit

    A former secretary for a boutique Los Angeles firm won more than $277,000 in attorneys’ fees on Monday after a jury found in her favor on overtime and wage statement claims, although the judge trimmed the award from a requested $830,000, citing an inability to apportion the attorneys' work between claims that allow fees and those that don't.

  • November 27, 2017

    DOJ Closes J&J Witness Tampering Investigation

    Federal prosecutors in Texas have wrapped up an investigation into whether a Johnson & Johnson unit sales representative tainted another witness’s testimony during a recently completed hip implant liability trial, in which the drugmaker was hit with a $247 million verdict, Johnson & Johnson said Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    We Must Protect Consumers From Illegal Debt Collectors

    Maura Healey

    Companies are allowed to collect the money they are owed, but they cannot break the law or cheat people in the process. Some of the biggest players in the debt collection industry are not focused on getting it right, says Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

  • A Guide To The Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

    Adam Raviv

    Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.

  • How Collaboration Is Changing Inside Some Law Firms

    Chris Cartrett

    In our recent survey of business of law professionals, nearly half of respondents said that who they collaborate with, inside their law firm, is different from five years ago, says Chris Cartrett of legal software provider Aderant.

  • Opinion

    Dealing With Difficult Lawyers

    Alan Hoffman

    Some lawyers tend to be overly aggressive, regarding law practice as a zero-sum game in which there are only winners and losers. The best response is to act professionally — separating the matter at hand from the personalities. But it is also important to show resolve and not be vulnerable to intimidation, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • 2nd Circ. Corruption Prosecutions In A Post-McDonnell World

    Brian McEvoy

    The landscape of federal public corruption law changed dramatically following the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision last year in McDonnell. In recent months, the Second Circuit has been grappling with the scope and implications of the ruling, say Brian McEvoy and William Ezzell of Polsinelli PC.

  • The Psychology Of Hourly Fee Arrangements

    J.B. Heaton

    The range of possible and better fee agreements is wide. But such alternatives will become popular only if litigants confront the psychological tendencies shaping their existing fee arrangements, says J.B. Heaton, a partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP.

  • A Cautionary Tale For Law Firms Engaging With Prosecutors

    Matthew Kahn

    A California appellate court recently held that a law firm representing a company whose former employee was being prosecuted for embezzlement was not a member of the prosecution team. This ruling provides critical guidance for law firms considering cooperating with prosecutors on behalf of their clients, says Matthew Kahn of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Self-Collection In E-Discovery — Risks Vs. Rewards

    Alex Khoury

    As judges become better educated about the complexities of collecting electronically stored information, in particular the inefficacy of keyword searching, they are increasingly skeptical of self-collection. And yet, for many good reasons (and a few bad ones), custodian self-collection is still prevalent in cases of all sizes and in all jurisdictions, says Alex Khoury of Balch & Bingham LLP.

  • 6 Common Lateral Partner Myths Debunked

    Dan Hatch

    It’s safe to say that while demand ebbs and flows for legal services, there will never be a shortage of opinions about lateral partner hiring, which is positive for the industry, as anything with such vital importance to careers should attract significant attention. However, there is a unique mythology that travels with the discussions, says Dan Hatch of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Heller Sequels And 2nd Amendment, Still Undecided: Part 3

    Robert W. Ludwig

    In the final installment of this three-part series, attorney Robert W. Ludwig concludes his deep dive into the controversial history of Second Amendment jurisprudence.