Legal Ethics

  • November 30, 2020

    Berg & Androphy Hit With Race Bias Suit By Fired Black Aide

    Law firm Berg & Androphy has been slapped with a race discrimination lawsuit by a Black legal assistant who says she was canned for complaining that she was paid less and held to higher standards than her non-Black peers.

  • November 30, 2020

    Calif. Tribe Seeks Sanctions Against BIA In Trust-Land Row

    The Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians in central California has urged a federal judge to sanction the Bureau of Indian Affairs, saying the federal agency acted in bad faith and willfully violated a 1983 court order to take land into trust for the tribe.

  • November 30, 2020

    Pension Plan Eyes Negligence Suits Against Linklaters, Squire

    A pension plan for the auto industry is seeking court permission to bring a professional negligence claim against Linklaters LLP and Squire Patton Boggs LLP after they allegedly gave poor advice about equal payouts to members of the multi-employer scheme.

  • November 25, 2020

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2020 Practice Groups of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.

  • November 25, 2020

    The Firms That Dominated In 2020

    The eight law firms topping Law360's Firms of the Year managed to win 54 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, for guiding landmark deals, scoring victories in high-profile disputes and helping companies navigate uncharted legal seas made rough by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • November 27, 2020

    Ex-Freshfields Atty Overturns Sexual Misconduct Penalty

    A former Freshfields partner in London has overturned a six-figure penalty imposed over his sexual encounter with an intoxicated junior attorney, as a court ruled on Friday that the finding of a disciplinary tribunal that he acted without integrity was "not coherent."

  • November 25, 2020

    Calif. Judge DQ'd From Atty Fees Fight In Water Plan Dispute

    A California appeals court Tuesday ruled that a lower court judge should be disqualified from hearing a dispute over attorney fees after the Imperial Irrigation District fended off a challenge to its water distribution plan, ruling the district had the right to request a new judge after its initial loss in the case was overturned on appeal.

  • November 25, 2020

    Akin Gump Must Explain Role In $1B Ohio Energy Bailout Bill

    An Ohio bankruptcy judge ordered Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP attorneys billing the bankruptcy estate of reorganized debtor FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. to explain what role, if any, they had in lobbying efforts to get a controversial $1 billion nuclear reactor bailout bill passed by the Ohio Legislature before he would approve their fees.

  • November 25, 2020

    Feds Say NC Atty Used Fraudulent Funds For Plastic Surgery

    A North Carolina attorney has been charged with bank fraud after she and two others allegedly applied for loans and credit cards using Social Security numbers that were not theirs to pay for her plastic surgery and other expenses, according to federal prosecutors.

  • November 25, 2020

    Disability Groups Criticize Tweak To Fla. Bar Admission Rules

    Investigations into Florida Bar applicants' mental and substance abuse disorders must focus on whether any condition "may impair the ability to practice law," under rule changes approved Wednesday by the state's Supreme Court, but disability groups say the new language doesn't do enough to erase stigmas.

  • November 25, 2020

    Notice Dispute Can't Block TV Co. From Malpractice Coverage

    A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday handed a partial win to a TV station fighting for insurance coverage of underlying malpractice claims, ruling that the company may be able to go after its lawyer's onetime insurer for damages even if the attorney ran afoul of notification requirements under the insurance policy.

  • November 25, 2020

    Wisconsin Atty Who Mishandled Clients' Cash Is Reinstated

    Wisconsin's highest state court has reinstated the legal license of an attorney who was suspended in 2018 after he was found to have made unauthorized transfers between client and business accounts.

  • November 25, 2020

    Ex-Secretary Says Texas Firm Axed Her For Reporting Abuse

    A former secretary at Hartline Barger LLP has sued the firm in Texas federal court, alleging she was wrongfully terminated and suffered abusive behavior after requesting an earlier work schedule to receive treatment for breast cancer.

  • November 25, 2020

    Qatari Financial Arm Seeks $55M Over 'Flagrant' UAE Bank

    The Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority has asked a New York state court to enforce a 200 million Qatari riyal ($55 million) judgment from its financial court against First Abu Dhabi Bank over its "flagrant and persistent flouting" of an investigation.

  • November 25, 2020

    Bar Argues For In-Person Hearing Rights At Mass. Top Court

    The Boston Bar Association has urged the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to hold an upcoming hearing in a criminal case in-person, arguing virtual hearings can cause unconstitutional disparities for low-income communities and people of color.

  • November 25, 2020

    MoFo Pans 'Self-Righteous Say-So' In Maternity Bias Case

    Morrison & Foerster LLP has fired off a final effort to shut down allegations that the firm discriminates against mothers before the claims wind up before a jury, insisting that the two accusers remaining in the litigation ignore the facts and rely on "self-righteous say-so."

  • November 25, 2020

    Texas PI Firm Settles Client Poaching Suit With Fired Atty

    A Texas personal injury firm has resolved a dispute with a former attorney it accused of poaching 50 mass tort litigation clients after she was fired for what the firm says was bad performance, just weeks after the fight hit the courts.

  • November 25, 2020

    Allen & Overy Sued For £12M Over London Stadium Deal

    The owners of London's former Olympic stadium say they are owed almost £12 million ($16 million) by Allen & Overy, blaming the law firm's drafting of a lease with a top English soccer club for leaving them exposed to an expensive dispute over extra seating at the ground.

  • November 24, 2020

    Beth Wilkinson Hit With Lawsuit Amid NFL Harassment Probe

    A dustup involving litigator Beth Wilkinson and her probe of alleged sexual harassment in the Washington Football Team's front office spilled into federal court this month, as a lawsuit aimed to block information tied to a confidentiality agreement from being disclosed.

  • November 24, 2020

    Attys In 5Pointz Graffiti Destruction Case Net $2M In Fees

    A New York City real estate developer that destroyed a famed graffiti space known as 5Pointz has agreed to pay attorneys at Eisenberg & Baum LLP, who are representing the artists behind the space, more than $2 million in attorney fees, according to a joint stipulation filed Tuesday.

  • November 24, 2020

    San Bernardino Settles Retaliatory Prosecution Suit For $65M

    The California county of San Bernardino will pay Colonies Partners LP $65 million to end the development firm's federal court suit accusing the county of the retaliatory investigation and malicious prosecution of a co-managing partner at the firm, the parties announced Tuesday.

  • November 24, 2020

    Ex-Fox Rothschild Atty Blasts Redo Bid In Bias, Assault Suit

    A former Fox Rothschild LLP attorney has joined the firm in denouncing what he called a former legal assistant's "outlandish" bid to revive parts of her sexual assault and discrimination suit against him and the firm, arguing that the assistant rehashed arguments that the New Jersey federal court already rejected in October.

  • November 24, 2020

    Ethics Complaints Against Trump Attys Are Likely A Dead End

    Even in this era of extreme political polarization, don't hold your breath waiting for attorney ethics enforcers to target President Donald Trump's lawyers for trying to overturn Joe Biden's election win in court.

  • November 24, 2020

    NJ Judge Reprimanded For Hearing Her Landlord's Cases

    A New Jersey municipal judge has been publicly reprimanded by the state's high court after admitting last year to violating judicial ethics rules by not recusing herself in cases involving an attorney who was her office landlord.

  • November 24, 2020

    Kansas Atty Suspended After Copping To Role In Cyberattacks

    Oklahoma's highest state court on Tuesday suspended for over two years a Kansas personal injury lawyer who pled guilty last year to knowing about cyberattacks waged on his behalf against Leagle.com and others.

Expert Analysis

  • 7 Tips For Predeposition Meetings Under New Federal Rule

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    Attorneys can use a new predeposition meet-and-confer obligation for federal litigation — taking effect Tuesday — to better understand and narrow the topics of planned testimony, and more clearly outline the scope of any discovery disputes, says James Wagstaffe at Wagstaffe von Loewenfeldt Busch.

  • Ethics Reminders As Employees Move To Or From Gov't

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    Many organizations are making plans for executives to go into government jobs, or for government officials to join a private sector team, but they must understand the many ethics rules that can put a damper on just how valuable the former employee or new hire can be, say Scott Thomas and Jennifer Carrier at Blank Rome.

  • A Key To Helping Clients Make Better Decisions During Crisis

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    As the pandemic brings a variety of legal stresses for businesses, lawyers must understand the emotional dynamic of a crisis and the particular energy it produces to effectively fulfill their role as advisers, say Meredith Parfet and Aaron Solomon at Ravenyard Group.

  • Ethics Considerations For Law Firms Implementing AI

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    Richard Finkelman and Yihua Astle at Berkeley Research Group discuss the ethical and bias concerns law firms must address when implementing artificial intelligence-powered applications for recruiting, conflict identification and client counseling.

  • Picking The Right Location And Tools For Virtual Courtrooms

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    Attorneys should consider the pros and cons of participating in virtual court proceedings from home versus their law firm offices, and whether they have the right audio, video and team communication tools for their particular setup, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Beware Atty Ethics Rules When Reporting COVID-19 Fraud

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    Attorneys considering blowing the whistle on False Claims Act violations by recipients of COVID-19 relief may face a number of ethical constraints on their ability to disclose client information and file qui tam actions, say Breon Peace and Jennifer Kennedy Park at Cleary.

  • Opinion

    Legal Defense Fund Donations Should Get Gift Tax Treatment

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    Contributions to legal defense funds, which may be used to finance litigation related to the governmental transition, should be treated as gifts instead of income for tax purposes to avoid protracted, politically weaponized litigation, and remain consistent with a government-ethics approach, says Robert Rizzi at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • Looking For Judicial Activists? Check The Footnotes

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    U.S. Supreme Court nominees typically face intense questioning over potential judicial activism, but a better way to gauge judges' activist tendencies may be to look at the footnotes in their opinions, say Christopher Collier at Hawkins Parnell and Michael Arndt at Rohan Law.

  • Best Practices For Legal Technology Adoption

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    The pandemic has accelerated the need to improve the practice of law through technology, but law firms and in-house legal departments must first ensure they have employee buy-in and well-defined processes for new digital tools, say Dan Broderick at BlackBoiler and Daryl Shetterly at Orrick.

  • The Pandemic's Long-Term Impact On Law Firm Operations

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    Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey looks at how pandemic-era remote work has changed the way law firms operate — from shifts in secretarial functions to associate professional development — and explains why some alterations may be here to stay.

  • Opinion

    Lack Of Access To Remote Court Proceedings Is Inexcusable

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    Blanket rules that bar recording or dissemination of remote public court proceedings impede presumptive common law and First Amendment right of access, greatly expand courts' powers over nonparties, and likely run afoul of U.S. Supreme Court precedent, says Matthew Schafer at ViacomCBS.

  • Opinion

    Why Attacks On Trump's Election Lawyers Are Problematic

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    The vilification of Jones Day and Porter Wright for their involvement in President Donald Trump's election lawsuits is an attack on lawyers' duty to advocate for their clients' causes fearlessly and zealously within the bounds of the law, says Pierce O'Donnell at Greenberg Glusker.

  • Avoiding 6 Common E-Discovery Production Pitfalls

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    Vanessa Barsanti and Sarah Mahoney at Redgrave explore how attorneys can prevent collateral discovery disputes by efficiently overseeing the electronic document review process and ensuring the integrity of the information provided to opposing counsel.

  • Law Firm Biz Development Tips For The Pandemic Era

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    Jessica Starr and Monica Ulzheimer at Alston & Bird look at four areas where business development and other law firm administrative teams can take a leadership role in driving practice growth at a time when attorney interactions with clients and peers are limited.

  • Rulings Show Limits Of Federal Agency Vacancy Law

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    Recent court decisions applying the Federal Vacancies Reform Act to invalidate improper presidential appointments of acting federal agency heads have had little evident impact, highlighting shortcomings in the law that could become more acute if the presidency and Senate are controlled by different parties, says Steven Gordon at Holland & Knight.

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