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Legal Ethics

  • June 20, 2018

    Ex-Dewey CFO Disbarred By Fraud Scheme Felony Conviction

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP chief financial officer Joel Sanders, convicted in Manhattan federal court last year on fraud and conspiracy charges, was disbarred Wednesday in New York.

  • June 20, 2018

    Judge May Be Ousted Over Role In Custody Spat, Court Told

    A New Jersey state judge may be removed from office after improperly intervening in a child custody dispute on behalf of her former intern, lying to police and disciplinary authorities, and submitting altered phone records, a panel told the state Supreme Court in a report made available Wednesday.

  • June 20, 2018

    Apology For 'Overheated Rhetoric' Can't Revive Patent Suit

    A California attorney who recently apologized for inserting “overheated rhetoric” against his opposing counsel in a motion to revive a patent infringement lawsuit could not make up for a lack of evidence in the case centered on an expired license for MRI imaging, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • June 20, 2018

    Ogletree's Bid To Transfer Sex Bias Row Stalled As Suit Grows

    A San Francisco federal judge held off on deciding whether to transfer a $300 million gender discrimination suit against Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC to Orange County, California, saying Wednesday he’d let the proposed class amend its complaint to add equity shareholders, some of whom live in Northern California.

  • June 20, 2018

    Rennert, Ex-Attys Move To Settle Row Over $214M Verdict

    The Renco Group has reached a preliminary agreement to settle a case against its former attorneys, who it claims are to blame for an “inconsistent” jury verdict that cost the company and its billionaire owner Ira Rennert $214 million in damages.

  • June 20, 2018

    Grocery Store Worker's Atty Loses Sanction Bid In OT Suit

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday blasted the attorney representing an employee behind a collective action alleging overtime pay violations at two Brooklyn grocery stores, striking his sanctions bid the same day it was filed and saying the court will instead consider whether he deserves punishment for repeated misconduct.

  • June 20, 2018

    Costs For Financial Crisis Suits Against Attys Still Climbing

    A decade and counting after the tanking global economy triggered a deluge of lawyer-targeted litigation, the costs for financial crisis-era malpractice suits continue to climb, according to insurer data released this week.

  • June 20, 2018

    Gawker Auction Set For July After Stalking Horse Offer OK'd

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved the $1.1 million stalking horse offer and bidding procedures for the Gawker.com domain name and its archive of old stories, clearing the way for an auction scheduled for next month.

  • June 20, 2018

    W.Va. Justice Charged With Fraud, Taking Desk

    A West Virginia Supreme Court justice was indicted Wednesday on charges of fraud, lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and tampering with a witness related to his alleged misuse of state funds and property.

  • June 20, 2018

    No Fraud In $1.8M Structured Settlement Co. Deal: Judge

    A New York state Supreme Court judge threw out a lawsuit Tuesday that had accused the majority owners of a defunct structured-settlement buyout company of fraud from a $1.8 million purchase of a competitor, concluding they properly took priority on the shuttered buyer’s debts as a secured creditor.

  • June 20, 2018

    Feds Fight Convicted Ex-Valeant Exec's Claims Of Juror Bias

    Prosecutors told a New York federal court Tuesday that a former Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. manager’s conviction over a $9.7 million kickback plot can’t be scrapped just because one of the jurors in the case didn’t disclose that she was involved in a civil lawsuit, saying the exec’s motion for a new trial should be denied.

  • June 20, 2018

    Ill. Board Wants Convicted Judge Removed From Bench

    The Illinois board monitoring the conduct of the state’s judges has filed a formal complaint seeking the removal of a Cook County, Illinois, judge convicted in a $1.4 million mortgage fraud scheme, saying her failure to resign has harmed the state’s judicial system.

  • June 20, 2018

    Wilmington Bank Can Keep Attorney In Insurance Row: Judge

    A New Jersey federal judge ruled on Tuesday that a bank can keep its attorney in a dispute over whether a homeowner improperly cashed an insurance check for herself, finding that the attorney’s referral of the case to a prosecutor didn’t warrant disqualification.

  • June 20, 2018

    Ex-Pa. Lawmaker Loses Corruption Conviction Appeal Bid

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal from a former state representative pushing to dodge a conviction for using public funds on campaign-related technology purchases on grounds that prosecutors had destroyed potentially exculpatory evidence.

  • June 19, 2018

    Jones Day Sued Over Alleged Gender Bias, 'Fraternity Culture'

    A former Jones Day partner sued the firm in California court Tuesday for allegedly treating women as “second-class citizens,” providing preferential treatment to men and firing her for speaking out against its alleged “fraternity culture.”

  • June 19, 2018

    Ga. Justices Disbar Atty For Seizing Art, Hiding Funds

    The Georgia Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney who allegedly improperly handled money for an art dealer client and seized art pieces to force payment of legal bills, rejecting a recommendation by a special master to suspend him for four years and instead opting to yank his license entirely.

  • June 19, 2018

    Allstate Dodges Sanctions, Sheppard Mullin Atty Less Lucky

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday overturned $13,000 in sanctions assessed against Allstate by a magistrate judge in a medical billing case but upheld the sanctions against the insurer's Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP attorney, saying Allstate was not responsible for her conduct.

  • June 19, 2018

    Australian Commission Seeks Lift Of Contingency Fee Ban

    An Australian state legal commission charged with examining access-to-justice issues called Tuesday for lawyers to be allowed to take a cut of recoveries as payment in class action cases.

  • June 19, 2018

    DC Circ. Backs Boehringer In FTC Atty-Client Privilege Row

    The D.C. Circuit refused to overturn a ruling that communications subpoenaed from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. during a Federal Trade Commission pay-for-delay investigation are covered by attorney-client privilege, saying Tuesday one of their main purposes was to get legal advice.

  • June 19, 2018

    No Sanctions For Atty Who Shared Allegedly Confidential Info

    A Pennsylvania federal judge shot down a bid to sanction a McCullough Eisenberg LLC lawyer accused of emailing purportedly confidential deposition excerpts to more than a hundred bankruptcy attorneys as he sought input on a case over KeyBank NA’s debt collection practices.

Expert Analysis

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Clearer Rule On Witness Compensation Disclosure Is Needed

    Ekaterina Long

    In April, the Fifth Circuit vacated a jury verdict in the Pinnacle hip implant product liability litigation due to undisclosed payments made to plaintiffs' experts. This issue would not have arisen if Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(2)(C) imposed an affirmative duty to make a complete disclosure regarding compensation of nonretained expert witnesses, says Ekaterina Long of Godwin Bowman & Martinez PC.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wallach Reviews 'Uncivil Warriors'

    Judge Evan Wallach

    "Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.