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  • H1-B Worker's Suit Against Attys In Trafficking Case Tossed

    An Indian citizen who says her U.S. lawyers bungled a lawsuit brought against her former employer for allegedly engaging in human trafficking and visa fraud missed her opportunity to sue them on claims of malpractice, fraud, negligence and RICO violations, a California federal judge has ruled.

  • Trump Sanctions In Hillary Clinton Lawsuit Paused For Appeal

    A Florida federal judge put on hold nearly $1 million in sanctions against former President Donald Trump and one of his lead attorneys until the Eleventh Circuit decides their appeal on the failed racketeering lawsuit against Hillary Clinton that triggered the monetary penalty.

  • Girardi Trustee's Claims Against Litigation Funder Axed

    A California federal judge has thrown out the Girardi Keese bankruptcy trustee's claims that New York litigation lenders owned by a convicted felon drove thousands of cases to disgraced attorney Thomas Girardi and his law firm and helped him loot millions of dollars from clients, counsel for the funders confirmed Tuesday.

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    NY Firm Says $6.3M Suit Should Be Aimed At Girardi Keese

    The DiNardo Law Firm asked a federal judge on Tuesday to toss a $6.3 million suit against it, arguing that the suit is wrongly attempting to recoup losses from a 9-year-old settlement with disgraced Girardi Keese attorney Thomas Girardi and his partner Robert Finnerty, who allegedly sent two checks totaling $6.3 million to DiNardo. The New York-based firm added that a nearly identical suit was previously dismissed in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County.

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    Law Firm Diversity Barely Budges — Again

    Ethnic and racial diversity remains largely stagnant at U.S. law firms, with the percentage of Black, Asian and Latino lawyers ticking up just slightly in 2021 compared to the previous year, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association said in an annual report.

  • Chicago Firm Partners In Bitter Fight Over Workload, Fees

    The named partners of Chicago personal injury firm Wise Morrissey LLC have taken their business dispute to court, with one seeking to kick out his allegedly unfit co-founder and accusing him of not pulling his own weight, weeks after that partner said the other was trying to cut him out of a $5 million payday.

  • Atty, Partner Had Illegal Kickback Deal, Houston Court Hears

    Attorneys for a Houston personal injury firm told a Harris County district judge Tuesday that she should not grant an ex-employee a new trial because the settlement he sought to challenge stems from an alleged illegal kickback scheme.

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    Harris St. Laurent Adds 2 Attys To Launch New DC Office

    New York boutique firm Harris St. Laurent & Wechsler LLP is hiring two experienced white collar criminal defense professionals who will launch the firm's new Washington, D.C., office, the firm announced this week.

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    Attys Ditch ChatGPT, Develop Custom Generative AI Tools

    The rise of ChatGPT has inspired a few attorneys to create their own generative artificial intelligence tools for the legal profession, resulting in lawyer-focused spins on this transformative technology that could simplify certain attorney tasks.

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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.

  • 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."

  • 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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    ABA Votes Law School Admissions Tests Must Stay, For Now

    The American Bar Association's policymaking body on Monday rejected a proposal that would make it optional for accredited law schools to use standardized test scores in their admissions processes.

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    New Calif. Lawyers Assoc. GC Embraces Being Female Leader

    After a week on the job and two decades in the profession, the new general counsel of the California Lawyers Association is embracing her role as a woman in a leadership position in the legal profession.

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    5-Atty Schnader Harrison Aviation Team Joins Victor Rane

    A group of seven Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis attorneys, led by a lawyer who had practiced at the firm for more than 30 years, have moved their aviation-focused practices to Los Angeles-based firm Victor Rane.

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    Why Philly's Conrad O'Brien Said Yes To Clark Hill Tie-Up

    The Philadelphia litigation boutique Conrad O'Brien had many suitors seek a merger over its nearly 40-year history, but it wasn't until Clark Hill PLC came knocking last spring that practice manager Nick Centrella and the rest of the firm's leadership decided they were ready for a change.

  • 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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    Law Firm Data Breaches Continue To Rise

    Law firms continued to be hot targets for cybercriminals this past year given the confidential information they possess, with more firms — from BigLaw to solo offices — disclosing to state authorities that they had fallen victim to data breaches in 2022, a Law360 Pulse analysis found.

  • NJ Atty's Coverage Suit Belongs In Fed. Court, Judge Says

    A New Jersey attorney who sued his insurance companies for denying coverage for a malpractice suit brought over a scam wire transfer should have his case remain in federal court, a magistrate judge has said, due to the potentially high-dollar amount of the dispute.

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    Meet The ABA's Honorees For Commitment To Diversity

    The American Bar Association has selected four history-making legal professionals to receive its 2023 Spirit of Excellence award, which recognizes commitment to ethnic and racial diversity in the legal profession.

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    Girardi Thefts A Tough Lift For Client Restitution Funds

    In recent years, the legal business has seen some ambitious liars, grifters and embezzlers — and the ripped-off victims left in their wake. But the scale of Los Angeles lawyer Thomas Girardi's alleged theft promises to surpass the financial limitations of client restitution funds.

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    Legal Industry Continued Job Growth In January

    Despite recession worries and law firm layoffs, employment in the legal industry is continuing to grow, with the sector adding 2,400 jobs in January, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • Ritz-Carlton Fights To Keep Fla. Atty On In Class Suit

    Counsel for plaintiffs in a proposed class suit accusing Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. LLC of hiding automatic tipping charges urged a Florida federal magistrate judge on Friday to disqualify Ritz-Carlton's local counsel, arguing that the hotel company had failed to show an "overriding need" for the retention of the attorney, whose entering the case caused a judge's recusal.

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    Chicago Firms Croke Fairchild, Prendergast Layden Merge

    Chicago firms Croke Fairchild Duarte & Beres LLC and Prendergast Layden Ltd. have said they are merging and will operate under Croke Fairchild's name.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    February is off to a sobering start for the legal industry with new federal criminal charges against attorney Tom Girardi, more legal tech company layoffs and a report revealing that law firm profits were lower in 2022 than the previous year. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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