A California federal magistrate judge entered a not guilty plea Monday for disgraced former attorney Tom Girardi on behalf of the court, pending a competency hearing to determine his ability to face wire fraud charges connected to his alleged theft of millions from clients of his former firm, Girardi Keese.
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Girardi Competency Hearing Ordered In LA Wire Fraud Case

A California federal magistrate judge entered a not guilty plea Monday for disgraced former attorney Tom Girardi on behalf of the court, pending a competency hearing to determine his ability to face wire fraud charges connected to his alleged theft of millions from clients of his former firm, Girardi Keese.

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Cos. Sued Over Recalled Eyedrops Linked To Outbreak

A Kentucky man hit several companies with a proposed class action over recently recalled eyedrops linked to an outbreak of drug-resistant bacteria that has caused at least one death and permanent blindness in some cases.

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Fla. Judge Axes Sanctions In Deadly Tesla Collision Suit

A Florida magistrate judge on Monday declined Tesla's request to impose penalties on the estate of a 22-year-old woman that sued the carmaker over a deadly collision in 2019, finding answers to the company's demand for admissions over disputed facts in the case were neither untimely nor noncompliant.

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Long Island Diocese Creditors Seek $321M Ch. 11 Abuse Fund

The unsecured creditors of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre have submitted a Chapter 11 plan that calls for the diocese and its affiliates to pay $321 million into a fund for sexual abuse victims, tens of millions more than the diocese proposed.

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Atlantic Records, Trustees Want Sex Abuse Claims Dismissed

Atlantic Records Group has asked a New York state court to trim claims that it is liable for sexual assault by its deceased co-founder Ahmet Ertegun in the 1980s, saying Ertegun's conduct was not in furtherance of his employment, and therefore the company can't be held responsible.

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8th Circ. Says Estate's Suit Against Auto Insurer Atty Is Barred

The estate of a South Dakota man who was killed in a 2009 car collision cannot pursue a malpractice claim against the lawyer representing the other driver's insurance company, the Eighth Circuit has determined, predicting "the South Dakota Supreme Court would prohibit the assignment of legal malpractice claims."

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LITIGATION

Gov't Wants To Weigh In On 3M 7th Circ. Bankruptcy Appeal

The U.S. Trustee's Office has asked the Seventh Circuit to be allowed to participate in oral argument in a 3M Co. subsidiary's appeal over a bankruptcy court's refusal to extend a stay to cover multidistrict litigation over faulty earplugs, saying its views should be important to the court.

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Ex-Ga. Trial Atty Colleagues Settle Client-Stealing Case

A Georgia trial judge pressed pause on litigation between former colleagues whose relationship was tainted by client-stealing accusations, after the medical malpractice attorneys reached an undisclosed deal putting the claims to rest.

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Ex-Client Says Fla. Law Firm Behind On Malpractice Deal

A former client of Florida-based law firm Gary Williams Parenti Watson & Gary PLLC has told a Georgia federal court the firm is in default of their confidential settlement agreement in her malpractice suit and thus owes her almost $580,000.

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Starbucks Faces Sanctions Bid In Burn Suit Discovery Row

A Starbucks customer who sued after being scalded by spilled drinks in a North Carolina drive-thru urged a federal court Monday to sanction the coffee powerhouse for its "frivolous" objections to her discovery requests, arguing that the company doesn't back its claim that her requests are premature.

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Commanders Ask For Arbitration In Railing Failure Fan Suit

The Washington Commanders contend they should go into arbitration for a lawsuit filed by four fans who claim the team and its home stadium are responsible for the injuries they sustained after a railing collapsed and they plummeted 5 to 10 feet onto concrete.

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Ohio Neurologist Given 2½ Years For Drug Kickback Scheme

A Cleveland-area neurologist has been sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison and fined $50,000 after he pled, just as his trial was to begin, to participating in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s neurological medication Nuedexta.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Judge Greenaway Will Retire From 3rd Circuit In June

Judge Joseph A. Greenaway Jr. is retiring from the Third Circuit in June after more than two decades on the federal bench, giving President Joe Biden another appellate vacancy to fill.

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Judge McKenna, H.W. Bush Appointee To SDNY, Dies At 89

Former New York federal judge Lawrence M. McKenna, who oversaw cases ranging from the Adelphia Communications scandals to the legal troubles of boxing promoter Don King, died Friday after a long illness, a family member confirmed Tuesday.

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ROSS Can't Hide Behind Fair Use, Thomson Reuters Says

Legal services company ROSS Intelligence has fallen short of showing that it engaged in fair use when it created a database that Thomas Reuters alleges illegally used its law database, Westlaw, without permission or compensation, the media conglomerate argued to a Delaware federal court in a filing.

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NJ Judge Shortage Halts Civil, Divorce Trials In 2 Vicinages

The New Jersey judiciary is halting all civil and matrimonial trials in two vicinages comprising six counties in the northwest and south of the state effective Feb. 21 due to a shortage of judges, according to an announcement from state Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.

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Feds Say Ex-FBI Trainee Can't Ax Statements In Trading Case

A former FBI trainee who allegedly lied to insider-trading investigators shouldn't be able to keep those false statements out of evidence because he made them voluntarily, Manhattan federal prosecutors told a judge.

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Davis Wright Trims Staff, Citing Overcapacity

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has laid off 21 professional staff members, it confirmed Tuesday, becoming the latest BigLaw firm to cite "excess capacity" as a reason for reducing its workforce amid economic uncertainty.

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The Discipline George Santos Would Face If He Were A Lawyer

Rep. George Santos, who has become a national punchline for his alleged lies, hasn't faced many consequences yet, but if he were a lawyer, even his nonwork behavior would be regulated by the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and violations in the past have led to sanctions and even disbarment, says Mark Hinderks at Stinson.

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Ex-LA DA Trims But Can't Nix Activists' Suit Over Gun Incident

A California judge on Tuesday threw out activists' false imprisonment claims against former Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey and the estate of her late husband, who brandished a handgun when they rang the couple's doorbell in 2020, but kept the suit alive by declining to throw out a negligence claim.

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Ohio Senators Mull Litigation Funding Disclosures Bill

Ohio lawmakers are mulling a bill that would, among other things, require third-party litigation financiers to disclose their participation in particular lawsuits, a move that its sponsor says is necessary to help make the state friendlier for businesses and litigators.

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Bank Cuts $100M Deal With $24M Fees In Stanford Ponzi Fight

The court-appointed receiver of the $7 billion scheme run by convicted Ponzi scammer Robert Allen Stanford notified the Texas federal judges presiding over related investor litigation of Trustmark National Bank's proposed $100 million settlement, which is being vetted on an expedited basis and includes $24.2 million in attorney fees.

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Kramer Levin Attorney's 'Baseless Attacks' Earn PTAB Block

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday blocked a Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP managing partner from representing Centripetal Networks in a patent challenge, citing his 2021 sanctions for baselessly accusing Amazon of relying on antisemitism to win over a jury.

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