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Legal Ethics

  • September 21, 2018

    DirecTV User Fights To Keep Law, Audit Firms In RICO Case

    An auditor and a law firm accused of extorting hundreds of people by demanding money for alleged misuse of DirecTV showed a pattern of racketeering activity that should prevent them from escaping a proposed class action, a consumer told a New Jersey federal judge Friday.   

  • September 21, 2018

    GOP 'Cultural Blindness' Comes Under Fire In #MeToo Era

    Despite the long-lasting bitterness over Justice Clarence Thomas’ confirmation and the rise of the #MeToo movement, Republicans are putting politics above process by rushing their inquiry into sexual assault allegations against D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, experts tell Law360.

  • September 21, 2018

    Ill. Atty Suspended After Making Fake Dating Profile For Rival

    The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday indefinitely suspended the law license of an attorney who admitted to creating a fake online dating profile for a lawyer whom he frequently opposed in court.

  • September 21, 2018

    Cadwalader Asks For Court's Help With Settlement Talks

    A week before trial is scheduled to begin, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft told a New York state court on Friday that there is still the potential to settle a legal malpractice suit brought by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder but that the court must step in to ensure decision makers will be at the table.

  • September 21, 2018

    Pa. Panel Junks 11th Hour Privilege Waiver In Estate Fight

    An en banc Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that a widow in an estate dispute engaged in an improper trial by ambush as she waived her attorney-client privilege, which she had previously asserted to shield communications between her husband and his attorney, as the case went before a jury.

  • September 21, 2018

    Atty Can't Shake $1.76M Suit Over Alleged Consulting Scam

    A Texas federal judge has declined to throw out a suit by a medical device developer accusing a California attorney of scamming it out of $1.76 million, ruling that the court did have jurisdiction over the case.

  • September 21, 2018

    Pa. Judge Defends Axing Ex-DA's Suit Against Cosby Accuser

    A trial judge is urging a Pennsylvania appeals court to uphold her ruling axing claims from a former Montgomery County district attorney alleging that Andrea Constand, whom comedian Bill Cosby was convicted for sexually assaulting in April, tanked his bid to regain public office by targeting him with a "bogus" defamation lawsuit.

  • September 21, 2018

    Luv N' Care's Claims Cut In 'Family Drama' With Ex-Counsel

    A New York federal judge dismissed almost all counterclaims against intellectual property boutique Goldberg Cohen LLP in the firm's long-running dispute with former client Luv N’ Care, criticizing both sides and calling the dispute a “family drama."

  • September 21, 2018

    Houston Atty Charged In $18M Offshore Tax Evasion Scheme

    A Houston attorney has been indicted in a Texas federal court on charges of conspiracy and tax evasion for his role in a scheme to repatriate more than $18 million in untaxed earnings from the Isle of Man, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • September 20, 2018

    Correction: Attys Sanctioned $655K After $645M Medical Device Row Loss

    An Ohio federal judge ordered Cavitch Familo & Durkin Co. and three of its attorneys to pay more than $655,000 in sanctions Wednesday for its discovery abuses while representing Healthcare Essentials Inc., which was ordered to pay medical device maker KCI USA Inc. $645 million in trebled damages earlier this month for stealing and rebranding KCI’s product.

  • September 20, 2018

    Judge's Atty Sues To Keep Remarks Out Of Meek Mill Film

    An attorney for the judge who sent rapper Meek Mill to prison on a parole violation says filmmakers secretly recorded him making comments that appeared critical of the judge, and is asking a Philadelphia state court to turn the recordings over to him.

  • September 20, 2018

    Rakoff Sanctions Petrobras Deal Atty For 'Kitchen Sink Brief'

    U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff issued an order in New York federal court on Wednesday for a $10,000 sanction to be imposed against the attorney of an objector to the $3 billion Petrobras settlement, saying the attorney intended to “extort a payment” by delaying the settlement.

  • September 20, 2018

    Ill. Firm Can't Collect Fees For Work On Its Qui Tam Suit

    The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday sided with an appellate panel's ruling rejecting fee awards for lawyers of a firm that brought whistleblower claims accusing My Pillow Inc. of failing to collect taxes on certain sales to Illinois customers, citing 150-year-old precedent that the court said puts the issue to bed.

  • September 20, 2018

    Kavanaugh Accuser Negotiating Testimony Before Senate

    Amid the furor sparked by sexual misconduct allegations against D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his accuser entered into negotiations Thursday over appearing before the Senate for a hearing that could determine whether the judge makes it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • September 20, 2018

    Attys Ask To Withdraw From Suit Over Mattress Review Site

    Attorneys for a mattress review site accused of faking reviews that implied a company’s mattresses cause cancer have asked to withdraw from the suit in both Utah federal court and the Tenth Circuit, saying there is a “fundamental disagreement” with their client over legal strategy.

  • September 20, 2018

    Colo. Law Firm Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Suit

    A Colorado law firm has agreed to a $30,000 settlement in a suit by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that it fired a legal assistant only 10 days after hiring her because she was pregnant.

  • September 20, 2018

    Law360's The Week In Discipline

    A Ohio lawyer suspended after a political corruption scandal and a Texas lawyer facing another round with disciplinary authorities after seeing his disbarment order thrown out lead Law360's The Week In Discipline, which compiles sanctions and conduct charges that may have flown under the radar.

  • September 20, 2018

    Ex-Staffer Hits Stevens & Lee With Maternity Bias Suit

    Stevens & Lee PC is facing claims in Pennsylvania federal court that it discriminated against a legal assistant who was fired shortly after returning from maternity leave in the midst of several medical complications that she and her daughter were facing.

  • September 20, 2018

    Objector Atty's Offer To Quit Law In Ill. Awaits Ruling

    An Illinois federal judge said Thursday she will decide in October whether to enter judgment against a Texas attorney accused of running an extortion scheme through objections to class action settlements after he offered to stop practicing law in Illinois to end Edelson PC’s suit, a move Edelson opposes.

  • September 20, 2018

    Tech Co. Tries To DQ Ex-Exec's Attys Over Privileged Docs

    A data security startup on Wednesday moved to disqualify the lawyers representing its ousted co-founder in a suit in California federal court accusing him of sharing trade secrets with technology giant Oracle Corp., saying the co-founder's attorneys had weaponized privileged documents he allegedly stole.

Expert Analysis

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Structuring Investigations In Light Of UK Privilege Case

    Mark Beeley

    The English Court of Appeal's much-anticipated decision in Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation means that companies will continue to face difficulties in obtaining the information they need to investigate suspected wrongdoing, without losing the benefit of legal advice privilege under English law, say Mark Beeley and Rebecca Dipple of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Opinion

    High Court Must Correct La. Judge's Failure To Recuse

    George Eskin

    The U.S. Supreme Court should agree to hear Lacaze v. Louisiana, a case involving an egregious conflict of interest for a judge who presided over a capital case. It is an opportunity to remind judges to disclose their known connections to cases before them, and recuse themselves when necessary, says George Eskin, a retired California Superior Court judge.

  • Can Kavanaugh Be Impeached For Statements To Congress?

    Barbara Radnofsky

    Sitting U.S. senators and a former congressional staffer have accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of misconduct, including being untruthful in his nomination and confirmation processes for both the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Could this subject him to impeachment? Attorney Barbara Radnofsky explores the question through past precedent.