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  • Personal Injury Atty Won't Pay Client's Medical Bill, Suit Says

    A Texas medical provider says it is owed north of $336,000 by a personal injury attorney and his client for procedures incurred based on promises of payment with the eventual settlement money, claiming in court that the lawyer reversed course by refusing to pay while profiting from the treatment provided.

  • NC Firm's Clients Put 'Lives On Hold' Amid FBI Probe

    Former clients of North Carolina-based Washburn Law PLLC say they've been left in the lurch after some $3 million went missing from the firm's trust account, sparking an ongoing FBI investigation.

  • Ga. Trial Atty Stuck With Ex-Partner's Client-Stealing Claims

    The Georgia State-wide Business Court on Wednesday denied a motion by trial attorney Lloyd N. Bell and his Bell Law Firm to dismiss the remaining claims in a client-stealing case brought by his former co-counsel.

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    DoNotPay CEO Cancels 'Robot Lawyer' Court Use

    The chief executive of DoNotPay, a chatbot that's been dubbed a "robot lawyer" by its creators, tweeted on Wednesday that the company has canceled its plans to use artificial intelligence in a physical courtroom, instead focusing on consumer rights.

  • NJ Atty's Gun In Court Draws Censure But Splits Board

    A New Jersey attorney was censured recently for bringing a loaded gun without a permit to the Middlesex County courthouse in 2019, a case that left the state's Disciplinary Review Board torn about the appropriate punishment and how to discourage what it sees as a growing trend of lawyers acting carelessly with firearms.

  • 4th Circ. Juggles Fla. Firm's Fee Bid With Atty Misconduct

    The Fourth Circuit on Wednesday weighed whether a Florida law firm is still entitled to attorney fees after one of its name partners was caught defrauding the clients, as the firm argued his misconduct should not have detracted from the firm's legitimate work on their behalf.

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    Former Calif. County Atty Joins Singleton Schreiber

    Litigation firm Singleton Schreiber LLP is growing its Northern California team by adding a former county counsel in Calaveras County and later Yolo County as an of counsel in its Sacramento office.

  • Girardi Trustee Drops Special Counsel Accused Of Conflicts

    Tom Girardi's bankruptcy trustee has replaced Abir Cohen Treyzon Salo LLP as special counsel amid claims that the Los Angeles plaintiffs firm had concealed serious conflicts of interest from its clients and the court.

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    How Attys Are Using AI In E-Discovery To Search For Feelings

    More e-discovery companies are building artificial intelligence tools to detect negative and positive sentiments as well as certain emotions in documents, which can help attorneys more quickly identify key communications when investigating potential wrongdoing.

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    Ex-McDermott Partner On Why She Went Solo

    Andie Kramer spent three decades at McDermott Will & Emery LLP establishing herself as an expert on tax and regulatory issues in asset trading, and she thought she might stay at the firm forever — but after years of flirting with the idea of going solo, she decided it was finally time.

  • Pa. Law Firm Hit With TCPA Suit Over Debt Relief Robocalls

    A Pennsylvania law firm specializing in debt relief services has been hit with a putative class action in Colorado federal court alleging it used prerecorded robocalls to solicit clients in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

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    Philly Boutique Adds Ex-Prosecutor To Whistleblower Practice

    A former assistant U.S. attorney has joined Philadelphia law firm Youman & Caputo LLC as a partner in its whistleblower practice, bringing extensive experience in investigating and litigating cases under the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute and Controlled Substances Act.

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    Ex-Bayer US Legal Chief Launches Dispute Resolution Group

    The former general counsel of Bayer U.S. has launched a dispute resolution firm in New Orleans, leveraging his decades of legal experience to help advise clients on federal and state legal issues and resolve litigation. 

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    Meet Conn. Atty Suing State Over Gun Restrictions In Parks

    A one-time counsel for Alex Jones who has challenged vaccine mandates is representing a financial adviser and attorney suing Connecticut in federal court over the constitutionality of a state regulation that bans handguns from state parks, beaches and forests.

  • Atty Covered For Trust Mismanagement Suit, Court Told

    An exclusion in an attorney's insurance policy doesn't clearly bar coverage for damages arising from the undervalued sale of farmland, a man who sued the attorney in state court on allegations of mismanaging a trust fund told a New Mexico federal court.

  • Law Firm, Building Seek Termite Coverage From Nationwide

    Nationwide Insurance owes a Jacksonville law office and real estate company more than $250,000 in termite and water damage, the office and company told a Florida federal court.

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    Class Action Partner Is Latest Hire At NJ's Shub Law

    New Jersey consumer class action firm Shub Law has announced the hiring of a new partner, a litigator with more than a decade of experience in a range of class action areas, from data breaches to defective products.

  • Firms Squabble Over $1.8M Fees In DuPont Wage Class Action

    Pennsylvania law firm Moremarrone LLC says it never forged a contract on how to divide attorney fees when negotiating a settlement with DuPont in a Fair Labor Standards Act class action, urging a federal judge to take its side in a dispute with its former litigation partner, Stephan Zouras LLP.

  • Confidentiality Covers Calcagni & Kanefsky Client For Now

    New Jersey firm Calcagni & Kanefsky LLP will not have to identify a client facing defamation charges for blowing the whistle on allegedly illegal operations by a Swedish gambling company without a more thorough review of the allegations, the New Jersey Appellate Court ruled, reversing a lower court's earlier decision.

  • Former NC Law Firm Partners Sued Over Competing Practice

    A suit filed by Weaver Bennett & Bland PA over an alleged scheme by two former partners to launch a competing operation after pilfering Weaver Bennett clients and employees, was assigned on Friday to a North Carolina state judge specializing in complex business disputes.

  • High Court Won't Hear Wis. Mandatory Bar Membership Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday for the second time declined to hear a challenge to Wisconsin's mandatory bar membership policy, denying a petition that argued key precedent on the issue had been overturned by the high court's 2018 Janus decision on mandatory union dues.

  • High Court Won't Take On Texas Atty's Tax Fraud Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a Texas attorney's fight to escape a conspiracy conviction connected to a client's $1.1 million in unpaid taxes despite his claims that the federal jury didn't receive instructions on how the Internal Revenue Service goes about collections, according to a denial issued Monday.

  • Texas Pain Clinic Says Personal Injury Attys Never Paid Up

    A pain clinic in Dallas is suing a group of personal injury attorneys who it says owe it hundreds of thousands of dollars the attorneys won in judgments or settlements representing uninsured injury victims who deferred payment for medical care they received.

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    High Court Drops Tax Law Firm's Privilege Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dismissed an unnamed law firm's bid for the court to adopt a broad approach in determining whether dual-purpose client communications containing both legal and nonlegal advice are protected under attorney-client privilege.

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    Axiom Starts Arizona Law Firm, Names Managing Partner

    Legal staffing and legal services provider Axiom launched an Arizona-based law firm called Axiom Advice & Counsel, or AA&C, on Monday, months after securing an alternative business structure license from the state.

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