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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.