Legal Ethics

  • September 18, 2017

    Ex-Dewey CFO Says It's Only Fair He Doesn't Serve Time

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP Chief Financial Officer Joel Sanders urged a New York judge on Monday to impose a no-jail sentence, arguing the prosecution's request for a four-year sentence is turning "a blind eye to reality" in comparing Sanders with major Ponzi schemers.

  • September 18, 2017

    Rebuke Of Bentham Deal May Chill Canada Class Suit Funding

    A recent decision by a Toronto judge throwing cold water on a third-party funding deal from Bentham IMF for plaintiffs in a medical device case may severely hamper interest from commercial funders in backing future Canadian class actions, experts say.

  • September 18, 2017

    Chipotle Worker Says Overtime Suit Didn't Flout Texas Court

    A Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. worker who filed a putative class action in New Jersey seeking overtime pay under an enjoined U.S. Department of Labor overtime rule change urged a Texas federal judge on Monday not to hold her and her counsel in contempt over the suit.

  • September 18, 2017

    Jurors Hear Secretly Recorded Spat At NY Atty's Fraud Trial

    California federal jurors were treated Monday to profanity-laden recordings secretly made by a contractor while he confronted New York attorney Joel Zweig about forging his name on a lease agreement and an affidavit, as the lawyer's trial on fraud and perjury charges continued into its second week.

  • September 18, 2017

    Attys Shed Suit Over $1.3M In Insurance Claims At 3rd Circ.

    A three-judge Third Circuit panel agreed Friday that there was not enough evidence to force a pair of Claims Worldwide LLC attorneys to face trial on allegations that they conspired to submit $1.3 million in false insurance claims on behalf of a Philadelphia church.

  • September 18, 2017

    Atty Tells Jury Tribe Grew Wary Of Racer's Payday Loan Plan

    An effort by racer Scott Tucker to involve California's Yurok tribe in a lending operation fizzled amid tribal concern it would have no role in the business except to “exist,” the Yuroks' former lawyer told a Manhattan jury Monday in the criminal fraud trial of Tucker and his attorney Timothy Muir.

  • September 18, 2017

    Dodge Owners Slam Sanctions Bid In Clutch Defect Suit

    A proposed class of Dodge Dart owners alleging clutch defects fired back at Fiat Chrysler’s bid to have them sanctioned, telling a California federal judge on Friday that the automaker’s request comes too late and that they didn’t allow key evidence to be discarded as junk.

  • September 18, 2017

    Stanford Ponzi Scheme Receiver Battles Ex-GC For Records

    The receiver unwinding Robert Allen Stanford's $7 billion Ponzi scheme asked a Texas federal judge Thursday to force Stanford's former general counsel to show why he hasn't produced requested documents regarding his bank accounts and properties in Texas and Florida in the receiver's clawback suit targeting Stanford's legal advisers.

  • September 18, 2017

    NJ 'Housewives' Star Blasts 'Insulting' Malpractice Suit Offer

    "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice and her Chapter 7 trustee told a bankruptcy judge Monday that they’re willing to take a second stab at mediating their state court malpractice lawsuit against Giudice’s former lawyer, despite having received an “insulting” settlement offer during a failed negotiation attempt last month.

  • September 18, 2017

    Former Paul Weiss Atty Pleads Guilty To Child Porn Charge

    A former Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP staff attorney will be sentenced in December after pleading guilty in Virginia federal court on Friday to transmitting multiple videos and still images of child pornography.

  • September 18, 2017

    Litigation Financing Co. Closes Second Fund At $500M

    Litigation funder Longford Capital Management LP on Monday said it closed its second private investment fund at its $500 million cap and hailed the fund as the largest of its kind in North America.

  • September 15, 2017

    Posner’s Book Reveals Deteriorating Ties With Chief Judge

    Retired Judge Richard Posner has come under fire from his former boss, the chief judge of the Seventh Circuit, after his latest book slammed decisions she made over a program that handles litigants who represent themselves before the appeals court.

  • September 15, 2017

    Fla. Atty Says Lender Didn't Allege Actual Harm In EB-5 Row

    A Florida attorney asked a federal court Friday to toss claims filed against him by a mortgage holder on a Palm Beach hotel property at the center of an alleged $50 million securities fraud suit involving the EB-5 visa program, saying no actual harm was alleged.

  • September 15, 2017

    Buchanan, Doctor Settle Suit Over Arena Football Team Buy

    Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC and a bankrupt Tampa-area surgeon asked a Florida federal court Friday to permanently dismiss the doctor's suit claiming the law firm improperly vetted his $19 million purchase of a local Arena Football League team, having reached a settlement.

  • September 15, 2017

    Judge's Suit Over Psych Exam To Test Oversight Limits

    A federal judge sued the judiciary and its disciplinary panels after they tried to make him submit to a psychiatric evaluation, a move that will tee up a rare constitutional test of a judicial oversight law and test the limits of how far court authorities can go to control judges with lifetime appointments, experts said.

  • September 15, 2017

    Doctor Urges High Court To Revive Suit Over $4M Settlement

    A doctor who accused his former hospital of purposefully contaminating his surgical tools has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Second Circuit’s decision not to revive his follow-up suit against the Philadelphia law firm he claims pushed him to take a $4 million settlement agreement with the hospital.

  • September 15, 2017

    5th Circ. Backs NLRB On Union-Dodging Contractors

    The Fifth Circuit on Friday agreed with the National Labor Relations Board that two contractors should be liable for anti-union efforts that occurred when they took over a youth job training center in Sacramento, California, ruling that union members were bypassed for hiring and working conditions were changed unilaterally.

  • September 15, 2017

    Authors Say Pa. Judge Can't Bring Libel Suit In Home Court

    A Pennsylvania state judge pursuing defamation claims over his portrayal in a recent book about the murder trial of infamous abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell should not be allowed to pursue his case in the court where he sits, the book's authors and publisher argued on Friday.

  • September 15, 2017

    Ill. Firm Wants Cut Of Suit It Didn't Work On, Ex-Client Says

    Patent law firm Niro Law Group LLC was sued in New York federal court Thursday by one of its former clients over claims the firm tried to collect a portion of a settlement the client reached in a separate suit that the firm had nothing to do with.

  • September 15, 2017

    Tenn. Exec Argues Over Jurisdiction In Fla. Time-Share Suit

    A Tennessee executive told a Florida federal court Thursday it shouldn’t hear a suit brought by a Florida country club and time-share seller accusing his firm and related firms of fooling time-share owners into paying for undelivered legal services, saying the club's new complaint fails to establish states where the parties are citizens.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 4 Ways Law Firms Can Help Battle Addiction

    Link Christin

    With more than a third of lawyers showing signs of problem drinking, and untold others abusing prescription drugs and other substances, it is time for law firms to be more proactive in addressing this issue, says Link Christin, executive director of the Legal Professionals Program at Caron Treatment Centers.