A New York federal judge on Tuesday rejected King & Spalding LLP’s bid to escape allegations it fired an associate for raising ethical concerns about two partners, saying at a hearing she found it "incredibly hard" to buy the firm's stated reasons for terminating him.
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King & Spalding Draws Rebuke In Bid To Toss Firing Suit

A New York federal judge on Tuesday rejected King & Spalding LLP’s bid to escape allegations it fired an associate for raising ethical concerns about two partners, saying at a hearing she found it "incredibly hard" to buy the firm's stated reasons for terminating him. Read more »

Eagan Avenatti Owes Ex-Partner $10M From Bankruptcy Deal

A California bankruptcy judge on Tuesday entered a $10 million judgment against defunct class action law firm Eagan Avenatti LLP — which is owned by Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her legal battle against President Donald Trump — finding the firm defaulted on its bankruptcy-resolving settlement with a former partner over allegedly unpaid fees. Read more »

Ex-Penn State GC Fights Discipline Over Sandusky Probe

An ex-Penn State University general counsel and former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice went before a disciplinary committee in Pittsburgh on Tuesday to fight allegations that she violated professional conduct rules in representing three school administrators who were eventually charged in connection with the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. Read more »

Herrick Beats New Damages Bid In Suit Over Filing Deadlines

A New York state judge on Tuesday rejected an investment group’s bid to void an arbitrator’s finding that Herrick Feinstein LLP owed no damages for allegedly bungling filing deadlines in a breach of contract suit alleging a trader used the group's funds for a "pump and dump" scheme. Read more »

'Housewives' Star Moves Toward Deal In Malpractice Battle

A once-incarcerated star of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" and her bankruptcy trustee have called on a New Jersey federal bankruptcy court to dismiss her bankruptcy case in order to finalize a settlement in their malpractice action against her former attorney in state court. Read more »

Atty Overbilling Suit Not Covered By Insurance: 10th Circ.

The Tenth Circuit declined to revive a dispute between a Colorado foreclosure attorney and his insurance company, ruling that the lower court was right to find the company did not have to defend the lawyer from a class action over alleged overbilling. Read more »

ENFORCEMENT

Convicted Judge Says Mortgage Fraud Case On Shaky Ground

An Illinois state judge convicted earlier this year in a $1.4 million mortgage fraud scheme appeared in court on Tuesday to reset the date of her sentencing while she argues that the government had not proved she intended to commit fraud. Read more »

DISCIPLINARY MATTERS

Fla. Attys Who Gave Rays Tickets To Judge Facing Probation

A referee recommended Tuesday that the Florida attorneys who gave a judge Tampa Bay Rays baseball game tickets while litigating a case before him receive one year's probation and be required to speak to new attorneys about the incident. Read more »

LITIGATION

Pa. Firms Facing Incinerator Project Suit Blame Contractor

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellot LLC and a financial firm both accused in a newly filed lawsuit of misleading the city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, about an incinerator project that nearly sank the state capital under $360 million in debt are arguing that the project’s financial failure lies not with them, but with the construction company that couldn’t complete the project. Read more »

Cup Maker Denies Atty Conflict In $25M Trade Secrets Suit

Drinkware manufacturer Tervis Tumbler urged a Florida federal court Monday to deny a bid to disqualify its counsel Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP in a $25 million trade secrets case, saying there is no conflict from the firm's past representation of plaintiff Trinity Graphic on unrelated matters. Read more »

Book Authors Say Judge's Defamation Suit Ignores Context

A Pennsylvania state judge’s “slanted” reading of a book about an infamous murder trial he oversaw fatally undermines allegations he was defamed by the authors as a defense-friendly hack and a drunk, the book's authors argued in a Monday federal filing. Read more »

Judge, Atty Didn't Tell Deportee Of Relief, Justices Told

A green card holder urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to review his case alleging that he was unlawfully deported after both his lawyer and an immigration judge failed to inform him of all the relief he could seek, arguing that it has major implications for both removal proceedings and criminal prosecutions for illegal re-entry. Read more »

DC Circ. Says Mail Maneuver Fails To Erase $550K Tax Debt

The D.C. Circuit thwarted an attorney’s attempt to avoid half a million dollars in taxes when it ruled Tuesday in favor of a Tax Court decision that a statute of limitations began when a notice was mailed, not when it was dated. Read more »

Investment Firm Wants To Split $580M Dallas Pension Fight

Investment consulting firm The Townsend Group LLC has accused the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System of “transparent gamesmanship” in its lawsuit alleging the pension fund lost $580 million due to bad real estate investment advice, and wants the Texas Supreme Court to split up the case. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Del. Faces IP Surge, Bench Gaps On TC Heartland's Birthday

One year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s TC Heartland ruling steered hundreds of new patent cases to Delaware from Texas and other states, federal judges and attorneys are patently scrambling to manage the surge with fewer resident judges. Read more »

Feature

Gorsuch, Ginsburg Go To Mat Again In Class Waiver Case

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has once again delivered a 5-4 majority opinion over a vigorous dissent from his liberal colleague Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, this time clashing in a high-profile dispute over arbitration clauses protecting businesses from worker class actions. Read more »

New England's Bernstein Shur Updates Parental Leave Policy

New England-based law firm Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson PA said Tuesday it has implemented a new parental leave policy that allows 16 weeks of paid leave for attorneys regardless of their gender, making no distinction between primary and secondary caregivers. Read more »

NY Lawmakers Tap Interim AG Underwood To Finish Term

Acting New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood was tapped Tuesday by the state legislature to serve out the remainder of Eric Schneiderman’s term after he resigned earlier this month amid allegations of physical abuse by four women. Read more »

Legal Tech Download: Reed Smith, Norton Rose, Bryan Cave

The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at six recent developments. Read more »

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