Legal Ethics

  • September 23, 2019

    Comedy Writer Testifies Billionaire Frequently Asked For Sex

    A comedy writer who worked for Alki David's media companies testified Monday that the billionaire choked her, slapped her butt, and frequently propositioned her for sex, kicking off the trial of the third sexual battery case against David to go before a California jury in six months.

  • September 23, 2019

    Wachtell Seeks NY Trial Against Carl Icahn's CVR, Touts Docs

    Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz on Monday told a New York trial judge that CVR Energy Inc. and Carl Icahn are ignoring substantial evidence that they misused Wachtell's internal documents in their bid to dodge the firm's lawsuit, saying the firm is ready to go to trial.

  • September 23, 2019

    Litigation Funder Turns Up Heat On Concussion Deal Judge

    Litigation funder Thrivest claims the federal judge overseeing the concussion settlement is ignoring a Third Circuit ruling that overturned her decision to void hundreds of loans, and in a highly unusual move, the funder has asked the appellate court to step in and force her hand.

  • September 23, 2019

    Garvey Schubert Says Judge Mistook Firm In Witness Row

    Garvey Schubert Barer has urged a D.C. federal judge to reconsider his decision to allow portions of testimony by an expert for a TV station that accuses the law firm and a former attorney of malpractice, saying the court may have misinterpreted the firm's arguments in its motion to strike the testimony.

  • September 23, 2019

    Ex-Skadden Atty Tries To Block TransPerfect Bill Request

    A former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP attorney accused of overbilling document management company TransPerfect Global Inc. told a Nevada state court on Monday that the company's discovery request for billing records violated a fee petition process imposed by a Delaware court.

  • September 23, 2019

    Nevada Atty Disbarred For Role In $60M Diamond Stock Scam

    Nevada's highest court has disbarred an attorney who in February acknowledged participating in securities fraud as part of a scam in which federal prosecutors contended investors lost more than $60 million through buying shares in a fake diamond company.

  • September 23, 2019

    Atty Escapes Divorce Malpractice Suit In Ill. Appeals Court

    An Illinois woman waited too long to sue her attorney for allegedly coercing her into accepting a divorce settlement that provided her too little, a state appellate panel affirmed Friday.

  • September 23, 2019

    Quinn Emanuel Launches #MeToo Plaintiffs Practice

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP announced on Monday that the firm has launched a new #MeToo-inspired practice group focused on representing victims of harassment, assault or discrimination in the workplace.

  • September 23, 2019

    Ohio Task Force Recommends Tougher Penalties For Judges

    An Ohio state disciplinary task force has recommended that the state make changes to its existing attorney and judicial disciplinary process, including by increasing the potential penalties for judges to include being removed from the bench.

  • September 23, 2019

    NJ Joins NY In Disbarring Atty Over $170K Theft From Clients

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has disbarred a New York attorney who copped to stealing a collective $170,000 from two clients in matrimony and estate matters, according to a decision and order released Monday.

  • September 23, 2019

    Firm Swiped $1M From Settlement Payment, Insurer Says

    A New York-based law firm that has focused on insurance litigation matters allegedly pocketed $1 million that was meant as a settlement payment in another case, a New Jersey-based insurance carrier has contended in New York state court.

  • September 23, 2019

    Nissan, Ex-CEO Pay SEC $16M To End Compensation Claims

    Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and its former CEO Carlos Ghosn agreed Monday to pay $15 million and $1 million, respectively, to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claims related to the alleged concealment of more than $140 million in retirement compensation.

  • September 23, 2019

    Dechert Says ENRC Damages Capped At £3M In SFO Suit

    Dechert LLP could be forced to pay as much as £3 million ($3.73 million) if it loses legal battles over its role in a corruption probe launched against Kazakh mining company Eurasian Natural Resources Corp., the law firm told a judge in London.

  • September 20, 2019

    Bilzin Sumberg Sanctioned For Claims Against Opponents

    A Florida state judge has sanctioned Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod PA and partner Jose M. Ferrer, finding they improperly handled attorney-client privileged communications that formed the basis for a bad-faith motion to strike their opponent's defenses ahead of a damages trial in a dispute between former business partners.

  • September 20, 2019

    NJ Judge Cited For 'Close Your Legs' Remark Fights Removal

    An embattled New Jersey judge facing ethics charges over comments that included asking a domestic violence accuser if she'd tried to "close her legs" to avert an attack pushed back against the state Supreme Court's removal bid Friday, saying it's a harsh and disproportionate reaction to his infractions.

  • September 20, 2019

    Feds Fight Avenatti's Bid To Escape Extortion Charges

    Prosecutors have hit back against a claim by embattled celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti that he was singled out for his criticism of President Donald Trump and that the extortion and conspiracy charges against him are politically motivated, saying there's no evidence to back up Avenatti’s claim.

  • September 20, 2019

    Calif. Atty Beats Malpractice Suit Over Flawed Judgment

    The clock started ticking on a woman’s potential malpractice claim when it became clear a judgment her lawyer secured was unenforceable, not when she started paying another attorney to clean up the mess, a California appeals court said in a recent ruling that the woman’s suit had come too late.

  • September 20, 2019

    King & Spalding Adds Ex-Hunton Andrews Litigator In Texas

    King & Spalding LLP has added to its ranks a business litigator who previously served as managing partner of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s Austin, Texas, office, the firm has announced.

  • September 20, 2019

    NY Judge Knocks Hedge Fund For Flimsy DQ Bid

    A New York federal judge on Friday agreed to sanction hedge fund Weston Capital Advisors Inc. for an "objectively unreasonable" bid to get him to step away from overseeing a long-running fight over millions owed to an Indonesian bank.

  • September 20, 2019

    Ex-NJ Political Boss Disbarred Over Corruption Convictions

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has disbarred a former Democratic power broker despite his tearful plea to keep his law license following his 2015 federal convictions for accepting kickbacks to help a software developer secure municipal business.

  • September 20, 2019

    Construction Co. Slams Worker's 'Ploy' To DQ Judge

    A former Day & Zimmermann worker concocted a conflict to try to disqualify a federal judge overseeing his suit claiming the company failed to pay overtime, claiming Thursday that he does not like the judge's decisions on conditional certification of collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • September 20, 2019

    NLRB Defeats Fired Attorney's Race Bias Suit

    An Alabama federal judge on Friday tossed a black attorney's suit claiming the National Labor Relations Board fired him because of his race, saying he didn't identify white workers who committed the same offense he allegedly did — losing sensitive legal documents and lying about it — and were allowed to stay on board. 

  • September 20, 2019

    Atty Who Went AWOL On Injury Case Gets 2-Year Suspension

    A New York state appeals court has suspended a personal injury attorney with a history of disciplinary actions for two years after he neglected a slip-and-fall case and only learned that it had been dismissed when his former client sued him.

  • September 20, 2019

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen an investment banker sue his former Mishcon De Reya LLP lawyers following a failed lawsuit against Newcastle F.C.'s billionaire owner, a foreign exchange business drag the head of its Irish operations into court and an Enterprise insurance unit take action against its Greek brokerage arm. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • September 20, 2019

    NJ Firm Beats Malpractice Suit Claiming It Abandoned Client

    Lord Kobrin Alvarez & Fattell LLC convinced a New Jersey state judge Friday to toss a malpractice suit alleging the firm failed to defend a onetime client against a doctor's collection action, after the firm presented evidence that the man allegedly pocketed an insurance payment for the medical services and stiffed the physician.

Expert Analysis

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    Pursuing Wellness: Steps Toward A Supportive Firm Culture

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    As an early advocate of the American Bar Association's year-old well-being pledge, we launched an integrated program to create and sustain a supportive workplace culture with initiatives focused on raising mental health awareness, embracing creativity and giving back to the community, says Casey Ryan at Reed Smith.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Mental Health Education As A Firm Priority

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    Our firm drives a holistic concept of well-being through educational opportunities, such as a series of expert-led workshops intended to address mental health and substance abuse issues that we vowed to fight when we signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge one year ago, says Krista Logelin at Morgan Lewis.

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    Pursuing Wellness: A Firm's Work With Mental Health Experts

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    Signing the American Bar Association's well-being pledge last year was a natural progression of our firm's commitment to employee wellness, which has included developing partnerships with professionals in the mental health space to provide customized programming to firm attorneys and staff, say Annette Sciallo and Mark Goldberg at Latham.

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    Pursuing Wellness: When A Firm Brings Counseling On Site

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    One year ago, our firm signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge and embraced a commitment to providing on-site behavioral health resources, which has since become a key aspect of our well-being program, say Meg Meserole and Kimberly Merkel at Akin Gump.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Inside A Firm Meditation Program

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    After our firm signed the American Bar Association’s well-being pledge one year ago, we launched two key programs that included weekly meditation sessions and monthly on-site chair massages to help people address both the mental and physical aspects of working at a law firm, says Marci Eisenstein at Schiff Hardin.

  • Early Sampling Of Electronic Info Is Underutilized In Discovery

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    The early and prompt provision of samples from all electronically stored information sources as a part of ESI protocol search methodology is consistent with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and may allow for significant cost savings during discovery, says Zachary Caplan at Berger Montague.

  • The Factors Courts Consider In Deposition Location Disputes

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    In the absence of a federal rule governing deposition location, federal courts are frequently called on to resolve objections to out-of-state deposition notices. Recent decisions reveal what information is crucial to courts in making the determination, says Kevin O’Brien at Porter Wright.

  • What To Consider Before Filing For A Rule 57 Speedy Hearing

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    Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 57 and its state counterparts provide a method for expediting claims for declaratory judgment that warrants closer attention than it has historically received from litigants and courts, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

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    Why I Became A Lawyer: Expanding The Meaning Of Diversity

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    My conservative, Catholic parents never skipped a beat when accepting that I was gay, and encouraged me to follow my dreams wherever they might lead. But I did not expect they would lead to the law, until I met an inspiring college professor, says James Holmes of Clyde & Co.

  • How The Wayback Machine Can Strengthen Your Case

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    The Wayback Machine, which archives screenshots of websites at particular points in time, can be an invaluable tool in litigation, but attorneys need to follow a few simple steps early in the discovery process to increase the odds of being able to use materials obtained from the archive, says Timothy Freeman of Tanenbaum Keale.

  • Opinion

    Draft Civil Procedure Jurisdictional Rule Needs A Tweak

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    The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee’s proposed addition to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 7.1 needs to be amended slightly to prevent late-stage jurisdictional confusion in cases where the parties do not have attributed citizenship, says GianCarlo Canaparo at The Heritage Foundation.

  • New Insights On Privilege, Ethics Duties For In-House Attys

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    A New York federal court's recent decision in Fischman v. Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings dispels the notion that in-house legal advisers are prohibited from using information about their employers in pursuing discrimination claims against them, says Jessica Westerman at Katz Marshall.

  • New Best Practices Under E-Discovery Spoliation Rule

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    The amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) provides explicit criteria for imposing sanctions when electronically stored information has been lost during discovery, but courts are still not consistently applying the new rule, with some simply ignoring it in favor of inherent authority, say Matthew Hamilton and Donna Fisher at Pepper Hamilton.

  • How Law Firms Can Create Content Decision Makers Will Read

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    According to our recent survey, the one simple attribute that attracts both in-house counsel and C-suite executives to content is utility, but it’s also clear that both groups define utility differently and prefer different content types, says John Corey of Greentarget.

  • Opinion

    Limits Of Justice System Prevent Scrutiny Of Gender Bias

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    A Jane Doe plaintiff’s recent decision to no longer remain a named plaintiff in a sex discrimination class action against Jones Day, in order to avoid risks of disclosing her identity, speaks volumes about the structural challenges that allow discrimination to persist in some of our country’s most powerful business sectors, says Joseph Abboud at Katz Marshall.