Legal Ethics

  • January 19, 2018

    DOL Gets $1.9M Sanction Against Health Care Co. In OT Case

    A Florida federal judge Friday ordered a $1.9 million sanction against a home health care staffing service in a U.S. Department of Labor overtime suit, saying the company has yet again failed to comply with an order to produce copies of nurses’ payroll records.

  • January 19, 2018

    Lloyd's, SFA End $64M Dickstein Malpractice Coverage Row

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday dismissed a dispute between Lloyd's of London and SFA Group over responsibility for a $64 million malpractice judgment against a former Dickstein Shapiro lawyer, at the request of both parties.

  • January 19, 2018

    '#Killinnazis' Uproar Shows Attys Must Tread Lightly Online

    Recent fallout from courthouse photos posted to an attorney’s Instagram page, including his loss of admission privileges in Philadelphia and the challenging of a $28 million jury verdict based on his use of the inflammatory hashtag “#killinnazis,” offers a cautionary tale about how even purportedly personal social media use can land lawyers in trouble, experts say.

  • January 19, 2018

    Hanover Off Hook For Costs In Dershowitz Defamation Suit

    Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange can’t force Hanover Insurance Group to cover its costs after both insurers paid to settle a lurid defamation suit against famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz involving claims of child sex slavery, a Florida federal court ruled Friday.

  • January 19, 2018

    Fla. Atty In Allied Veterans Gambling Case Wins Costs

    Florida's Fifth District Court of Appeal ruled Friday that a Jacksonville attorney, whose conviction for helping a purported charity run a $300 million illegal gambling ring was overturned, is entitled to collect costs under state law because the state declined to pursue further prosecution.

  • January 19, 2018

    Dentons Probing Claims Of Atty’s 'Inappropriate Behavior'

    Dentons has put on leave one of the partners it absorbed in its October combination with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens LLP while the firm investigates claims of “inappropriate behavior,” the firm confirmed Friday.

  • January 19, 2018

    Client Insult Protected From Atty Defamation Suit: NJ Court

    Whether or not a defendant in a fee dispute with his former attorney actually believed the lawyer was a "no good drunk,” as he wrote in an email, is irrelevant to whether the statement was protected by the litigation privilege, a New Jersey appeals court said Friday.

  • January 19, 2018

    Thompson Hine Atty Still DQ’d In $86M Pump-And-Dump Case

    A Brooklyn federal judge has declined to reconsider his disqualification of a Thompson Hine LLP attorney from representing a broker charged with aiding an $86 million pump-and-dump scheme, ruling in an order entered Thursday that there’s no alternative but for the broker to find new counsel.

  • January 19, 2018

    Ex-Dewey Exec DiCarmine Might Represent Self At SEC Trial

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executive director Stephen DiCarmine is considering defending himself against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's fraud claims at a possible jury trial because of "significant financial issues," his counsel told a Manhattan federal judge Friday.

  • January 18, 2018

    Kipling-Quoting Oil Developer Gets No Fees In Patent Case

    An oil well technology patent case where passions once ran high enough to prompt defendant BlueStone Natural Resources II LLC to quote a Rudyard Kipling poem was not so exceptionally weak as to merit attorneys’ fees for the company, a Texas federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • January 18, 2018

    Immigration Judges Sued For Not Conducting Bond Hearings

    Two immigrant detainees filed a putative class action Wednesday in North Carolina federal court, alleging that immigration judges in Charlotte have failed to properly conducting bond hearings and that the Executive Office of Immigration Review also failed to take "corrective action."

  • January 18, 2018

    11th Circ. Frees Paul Weiss From Suit By Ex-Dolphins Coach

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday agreed to ax a suit by former Miami Dolphins coach Jim Turner against attorney Ted Wells and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP over an investigative report examining a culture of bullying inside the team, saying that the statements in the report cannot be considered defamatory.

  • January 18, 2018

    Atty Fees For Berkshire Bank CEO's Son Concern Libor Judge

    A Manhattan judge expressed unease Thursday over the failure of Berkshire Bank to disclose that the son of its CEO Moses Krausz is a lawyer with a direct stake in the lender's effort to lead a class targeting four megabanks for allegedly rigging the global London Interbank Offered Rate.

  • January 18, 2018

    Atty Agrees To Disbarment For Filming Women In Restrooms

    The general counsel of a Tampa, Florida-based maintenance and repair company has agreed to be disbarred after he was caught using cameras in the women's restrooms at the company's facility to covertly film female employees.

  • January 18, 2018

    Law360's The Week In Discipline

    A Minnesota lawyer arrested during a trial and a Michigan judge stuck with a $1 million-plus verdict lead Law360’s The Week in Discipline, which compiles sanctions and conduct charges that may have flown under the radar.

  • January 18, 2018

    Fake Medical Pot Certifications Get Fla. Atty Disbarred

    A Florida attorney's legal career figuratively went up in smoke Thursday as the state's Supreme Court disbarred him for providing erroneous advice that led clients to believe they had legal certification to grow, possess and use medical marijuana, resulting in several arrests and a fully armed SWAT team raid.

  • January 18, 2018

    Derrick Rose Asks 9th Circ. To Sanction Rape Accuser Attys

    NBA star Derrick Rose has urged the Ninth Circuit to sanction the attorneys for a Los Angeles woman who lost her suit accusing Rose and his two friends of raping her, slamming the appeal for being “frivolous” and arguing they should pay $5,000 for wasting the court’s time and resources.

  • January 18, 2018

    Pa. Justices Disbar Judge Who Stole Cocaine From Evidence

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed Thursday that disbarment was the proper punishment for a former Washington County judge who pled guilty to charges that he repeatedly stole cocaine submitted as evidence in drug cases he had decided.

  • January 17, 2018

    Ex-Ill. Judge Must Face Mortgage Fraud Charges: Court

    A former Illinois county judge's efforts to escape criminal fraud charges failed again Tuesday when a federal court rejected her argument that the grand jury testimony was perjured and declined to dismiss the indictment.

  • January 17, 2018

    Ill. Atty Censured For Not Banning Disbarred Wife From Firm

    The Illinois Supreme Court has censured a lawyer for failing to prevent his disbarred wife from practicing in his office.

Expert Analysis

  • When And How To Communicate With Pro Se Litigants

    David Northrip

    Given the surprisingly large volume of pro se litigation in the United States, there will inevitably be times when you need to communicate with self-represented litigants. Following Model Rule of Professional Conduct 4.3 can help you minimize risks and maximize payoff, say attorneys at Shook Hard & Bacon LLP.

  • The Legal Case Against Weinstein’s Suppression Efforts

    Lynne Bernabei

    A recent lawsuit in the Southern District of New York alleged a criminal conspiracy to stop disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein’s victims from coming forward. Authorities in the U.S. and the U.K. may have grounds to look behind the veil of attorney-client privilege at communications between Weinstein and lawyer David Boies, say Lynne Bernabei and Kristen Sinisi of Bernabei & Kabat PLLC.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • Taking And Defending Depositions You Can Actually Use

    Bethany Kristovich

    All too often, lawyers just think about “getting through” the deposition phase without fully taking advantage of the opportunity to develop their story. But following a few basic rules on the front end can help maximize the impact of a deposition at trial, say Bethany Kristovich and Jeremy Beecher of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Ethical Landmines For Counsel To Closely Held Entities

    Chris Blazejewski

    Representing closely held entities can present an array of ethical dilemmas for in-house or outside counsel, especially with regard to fiduciary duties and conflicts of interest. These challenges can be particularly onerous where in-house counsel wears two hats for the entity: lawyer and executive, say Christopher Blazejewski and Jessica Kelly of Sherin and Lodgen LLP.