The sudden guilty plea of a now-former Skadden lawyer who helped write a legal analysis commissioned by Paul Manafort on behalf of a Ukrainian president puts further scrutiny on the firm’s role in the controversial report and whether Skadden crossed into the legally precarious position of unregistered lobbying for a foreign government, experts said.
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Ex-Skadden Atty's Plea Raises Specter Of Foreign Lobbying

The sudden guilty plea of a now-former Skadden lawyer who helped write a legal analysis commissioned by Paul Manafort on behalf of a Ukrainian president puts further scrutiny on the firm’s role in the controversial report and whether Skadden crossed into the legally precarious position of unregistered lobbying for a foreign government, experts said. Read more »

Pepper Hamilton Settles With Philly Union Boss Ex-Client

Pepper Hamilton LLP on Thursday agreed to settle accusations that it breached its duty to politically influential Philadelphia union boss John Dougherty, a former client, by taking advantage of confidential information about a criminal investigation he faced to defend the Philadelphia Inquirer in a libel suit. Read more »

Atty Interfered With Ex-Law Firm’s Web Rights, Jury Says

A California federal jury found Friday that an attorney interfered with multiple domain names belonging to securities boutique Trowbridge Sidoti LLP after she claimed ownership following her exit from the firm, but found that her refusal to relinquish just one of the domain names caused harm, awarding only $7,800 in damages. Read more »

NY Atty, Judge Accused Of Stealing Over $4M From Trusts

A judge in upstate New York and an attorney have been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $4 million from the family trusts they were responsible for overseeing, the New York state attorney general announced Friday. Read more »

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Philly Bar Chancellor Rips Calls For Justices' Impeachment

The chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association on Friday lambasted the growing number of Republican politicians calling for the impeachment of state Supreme Court justices who in January ordered the redrawing of congressional districts to correct for partisan gerrymandering. Read more »

DISCIPLINARY MATTERS

Philly Atty Disbarred After Soliciting 14-Year-Old Girl

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has disbarred an attorney who pled guilty to soliciting an underaged girl forced into prostitution, who reported that the two had sex in his office. Read more »

‘Strategy’ Defense Fails Atty Who Shirked Case: Texas Court

A Texas appeals court has upheld a jury’s findings that an attorney violated state professional rules of ethics, noting that by his own admission he outright ignored discovery requests and was generally unresponsive in representing an auto accident client. Read more »

LITIGATION

Fitbit Wants Rival Sanctioned After Beating IP Suit

A Fitbit Inc. rival should be sanctioned for not conducting the simplest of investigations before claiming Fitbit infringed a patent covering its motion detection technology, the company told a California federal court in a renewed push to have the since-dismissed suit deemed frivolous. Read more »

Trump Hotel Cos. Fight to Keep Law Firm Arb Suit Federal

Trump International Hotels Management LLC and an affiliate hit back Thursday at a Panamanian law firm’s request to remand its suit accusing the Trump entities of improperly responding to arbitration over a “mismanaged” hotel by pulling the firm into the fight, telling a Delaware federal court that the matter doesn’t belong in state court. Read more »

Judge Calls For Sanctions In WWE Concussion Suit

A Connecticut federal judge on Thursday recommended partial sanctions against the lead attorney for two former wrestlers in the concussion suit against World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., calling for him to pay for legal fees associated with the sanctions motion and warning him that failure to follow another court order would result in his dismissal from the suit. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

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How Mentors For Senior Partners Could Benefit BigLaw

Large law firms have long offered mentorship programs in which senior partners bestow pearls of wisdom upon junior attorneys, but at least one law firm is shaking up that traditional model in what some say could be a game-changer for the legal industry. Read more »

LSAT Administrator Likely In Contempt As Feds Sit Idly By

A California federal judge said Friday that the Law School Admission Council Inc. was likely in contempt of a consent decree laying out ways it should accommodate disabled test takers, adding it was “astounding” that the federal government took no position on the alleged violations after it had vigorously pursued the litigation for several years. Read more »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

A report revealed that National Public Radio management hired and retained news executive Michael Oreskes despite multiple "flags" regarding his inappropriate behavior toward women, Democrats dinged new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission guidance as old advice, and the general counsel of Discover Financial Services spoke with Law360 about how the company prioritizes diversity and inclusion. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read more »

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Law360's Pro Say: Microsoft's Supreme Court Privacy Battle

On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we are joined by Microsoft's head of litigation to talk about upcoming U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in a privacy case over data stored on servers overseas. We also chat about a BigLaw attorney swept up in Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation, the Supreme Court narrowing legal protections for corporate whistleblowers, and a legal beef over Dunkin' Donuts Angus steak sandwiches. Read more »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week. Read more »

Up Next At The High Court: Antitrust Rule, Public Unions

The U.S. Supreme Court is closing out its February oral argument session with a blockbuster docket, taking on a key doctrine of antitrust law in a case involving American Express Co. and pondering the fate of public sector unions. Read more »

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