Legal Ethics

  • January 31, 2020

    NJ Justices Suspend Pa. Atty For Ignoring Clients

    A Philadelphia personal injury attorney was hit with his second license suspension in New Jersey for failing to communicate with clients in seven different matters due to what he said was mental distress over his mother's death, according to an order and decision made public Friday.

  • January 31, 2020

    No Reboot For Misconduct Suit Against Mass. Judge

    A dismissed misconduct suit against a Massachusetts federal judge can't be revived because judicial immunity ended the claims and meant the presiding court never needed to reach the merits, according to an order entered Friday.

  • January 31, 2020

    Nev. Man Could Pay $1K-A-Day Fine In CFTC's $11M Ponzi Suit

    A Nevada man will be fined $1,000 per day if he doesn't comply with a court order in the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's suit accusing him of running an $11 million binary options scheme, a Nevada federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • January 31, 2020

    'This Is Not A Lawsuit,' Judge Tells Man Suing Ex For Breakup

    A Los Angeles judge on Friday chastised a man suing his ex-girlfriend for fraud after she broke up with him, calling his claim "ridiculous" and granting his ex-girlfriend's request to move the case to San Francisco, where she lives.

  • January 31, 2020

    Boeing Undercut $1.3B Air Force Deal Trial, Aircraft Co. Says

    A defunct Alabama aircraft maintenance company has urged a federal court to again sanction Boeing for backtracking on trade secret documents its legal department retained less than two weeks before trial in a dispute over a $1.3 billion Air Force deal.

  • January 31, 2020

    Utah Supreme Court Gives 'Dreamers' Path To Practice Law

    The Utah Supreme Court has approved a rule making "Dreamers," undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, eligible for admission to the bar in the state, joining California, Illinois and a handful of others.

  • January 31, 2020

    Fight Over Head Atty Status In GE 401(k) Row Heats Up

    A group of General Electric 401(k) plan participants is fighting Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP's bid to be named class counsel in a proposed class action accusing GE of loading the plan with underperforming company-affiliated funds, saying the firm's request to take the helm "blindsided" other plaintiffs lawyers.

  • January 31, 2020

    Davidson Berquist DQ’d From Patent Appeal Over Conflict

    IP boutique Davidson Berquist Jackson & Gowdey is not allowed to represent a patent holder in an infringement suit over navigation device technology because it has worked with the opponents’ subsidiary, according to a Federal Circuit decision that disqualifies the law firm from the case.

  • January 31, 2020

    Foley Cuts Ties To Venezuelan Official After Boycott Threat

    Foley & Lardner LLP has reportedly agreed to step away from a $12.5 million contract it recently inked with the top lawyer in Nicolas Maduro’s government in Venezuela, following public pressure from U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., who threatened to boycott the firm.

  • January 31, 2020

    Cab Co. Trustee Sanctioned For Discovery Abuse

    An Illinois district judge has sanctioned the trustee in the Chapter 7 bankruptcy of a major Chicago cab company for abusing discovery in his suit against the company’s owners, saying the trustee has been filing overly broad requests and baseless objections.

  • January 31, 2020

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

    The past week in London has seen a top Dechert partner face allegations of intimidation and abuse over his conduct in the United Arab Emirates, Barclays Bank drag a member of the Saudi royal family into court and a small-business lender sue a male-grooming salon that offers human "fat freezing." Here, Law360 looks at those claims and more.

  • January 30, 2020

    Ex-Arent Fox Atty Accuses Firm Of Disability Discrimination

    A former Arent Fox LLP intellectual property attorney hit the firm with a disability discrimination suit Wednesday, claiming he was fired as retaliation for nerve-compression issues in his forearms and his subsequent requests for accommodation and medical leaves.

  • January 30, 2020

    Ex-Boies Schiller Atty Tells Of Avenatti's Nike 'Stickup'

    A former Boies Schiller attorney on Thursday told a New York federal jury that he tried to keep celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti at bay for days while cooperating with law enforcement after Avenatti threatened Nike Inc. with a scorched-earth media campaign over the company's alleged role in youth basketball corruption.

  • January 30, 2020

    Fracking Co. Atty DQ'd, Ordered To Testify In Patent Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday disqualified a fracking contractor's attorney, ruling he was a necessary witness in an alleged patent fraud scheme case and couldn't both testify and advocate in front of a jury in the upcoming trial.

  • January 30, 2020

    NJ Real Estate Atty Suspended For Pocketing Tax Refunds

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday suspended an attorney indefinitely for pocketing clients' entire property tax refunds after purportedly claiming he would only keep a third of such savings, and for creating bogus documents stating his fee was the full amount.

  • January 30, 2020

    Indicted Ex-Giuliani Ally To Give More Info To Congress

    A discovery dispute in Manhattan federal court between Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two indicted ex-allies of President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, ended quickly Thursday when it emerged that Parnas doesn't need judicial leave to give more information to Washington, D.C., lawmakers investigating Trump.

  • January 30, 2020

    Atty Dispute Over $2.6B Terror Award Returns To State Court

    A New York federal court has agreed to move a suit over the fees stemming from a $2.6 billion judgment against the Iranian government back to state court, agreeing that the federal court did not have jurisdiction.

  • January 30, 2020

    11th Circ. Urged To Revisit Suit Over False Bar Exam Results

    The 11th Circuit has been urged to reconsider the dismissal of a putative class action against a technology company that created software that erroneously concluded applicants had failed Georgia's bar exam, as the company owed a duty to the applicants.

  • January 30, 2020

    LabMD Racketeering Suit Against Tiversa, Law Firms Axed

    A Pennsylvania federal judge threw out LabMD’s lawsuit alleging that attorneys from Pepper Hamilton and Morgan Lewis & Bockius and Dartmouth College trustees worked with former cybersecurity firm Tiversa to extort LabMD, agreeing Wednesday with a magistrate judge that the 2016 case was barred by the statute of limitations.

  • January 30, 2020

    Law360's The Week In Discipline

    A Texas lawyer with a habit of filing harassing lawsuits and an Indiana prosecutor who tried to take revenge on a police detective lead Law360's The Week in Discipline, which compiles sanctions and conduct charges that may have flown under the radar.

  • January 30, 2020

    Hillary Clinton Relents, Accepts Service Of Tulsi Gabbard Suit

    Hillary Clinton has agreed to accept service of presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's $50 million "Russian agent" defamation suit against her after twice rebuffing a process server's attempts to do so, Gabbard's attorney told Law360 on Thursday.

  • January 30, 2020

    Delta Travelers Defend Recusal Bid In Kickback Suit

    Travelers suing Delta Air Lines Inc. doubled down Thursday on their recusal request for the Florida federal judge overseeing their case — which accuses the airline of accepting kickbacks for selling trip insurance — after Delta urged the court to view their bid with “extreme skepticism.” 

  • January 30, 2020

    Ex-Trump Adviser Says DNC, Perkins Coie Dossier Full Of Lies

    A former adviser for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign claimed Thursday that Perkins Coie LLP was paid $12.6 million to help fund an opposition research effort that fueled a dossier "replete with falsehoods" about him.

  • January 30, 2020

    Judge Irked By Being In The Dark On 'Varsity Blues' Conflict

    A frustrated federal judge said Boies Schiller Flexner LLP and Donnelly Conroy & Gelhaar LLP can represent both a cooperating defendant and defendants still fighting the "Varsity Blues" case despite expressing anger over being kept in the dark about the conflict.

  • January 29, 2020

    Sullivan & Cromwell Wants $13M Double-Dealing Suit Axed

    Litigation accusing Sullivan & Cromwell LLP of acting unethically in proceedings related to a $56.2 million arbitral award against Laos offers a "tortured and illogical narrative" of actual events, the firm has fired back in a motion to dismiss.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Hard Phrases Lawyers Should Master

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    While Kelly Corrigan's popular book, "Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say," focuses on simple words or phrases that individuals can use to improve their personal lives, attorneys can utilize Corrigan's advice for professional benefit, says Karen Ross of Tucker Ellis.

  • Insights From Recent Cases Considering Waiver Of Privilege

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    In this discussion of developments in the law of privilege, attorneys at Paul Weiss explore three recent federal court cases concerning circumstances that can lead to waiver of protections for work product and attorney-client communication: Barbini v. First Niagara Bank, IQVIA v. Veeva Systems and VR Optics v. Peloton Interactive.

  • E-Discovery Experts Could Increase Fed. Court Efficiency

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    As electronic data demands on federal courts continue to increase, it may be time to consider whether the courts should establish an office that could be staffed with technical experts familiar with electronic discovery issues, says Douglas Smith of Kirkland.

  • Remembering Justice Stevens As A Law Firm Leader

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    Rothschild Barry's John Coffey, who joined Justice John Paul Stevens' law firm in 1965, shares what it was like to watch Justice Stevens practice law, mentor younger lawyers and land a malfunctioning plane.

  • Answers To Key Legal Finance Ethics Questions

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    While there is discussion in some quarters about new regulations on commercial legal finance, the hands-off approach taken by the majority of courts and legislatures is an implicit recognition that it is already sufficiently regulated, says Danielle Cutrona of Burford Capital.

  • Inside A Closely Watched FCA And FIRREA Decision

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    Last week’s district court decision in Luce v. U.S. interprets a stricter standard of causation for False Claims Act cases and, significantly, makes a helpful contribution to a dearth of case law interpreting the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act’s penalty provisions, says Derek Adams of Feldesman Tucker.

  • Federal Agencies Need A Uniform Record-Keeping Process

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    The administrative record is very important to federal agency litigation — as showcased in last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census — yet there is no set of consistent principles to guide agencies in compiling these official records, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • The Role Of Dictionaries In Last Term's High Court Decisions

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    Since 32 of the 67 decisions issued by the U.S. Supreme Court during its October term cite dictionaries, it’s worth reviewing the opinions to learn which dictionaries the justices consulted and how they used them, say Bruce Wessel and Brian Weissenberg of Irell & Manella.

  • How To Evaluate The Rise In Legal Employment

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    Although the rate of employment for law school graduates — which had been falling steadily — saw a small increase over the last year, other factors, such as fewer graduates overall and potential future job growth stagnation, temper the good news for those pursuing law degrees, say Tiffane Cochran and Tyler Grimm of AccessLex Institute.

  • Opinion

    Pa. Court Muddies Privilege And Work-Product Waters

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    With respect to attorney-client privilege and the work-product doctrine in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Superior Court's recent decision in Newsuan v. Republic Services is significantly flawed and will contribute to confusion, uncertainty and risks, says Kevin Allen of Eckert Seamans.

  • Opinion

    The Business Case For Championing Diverse Legal Teams

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    Leveraging the collective strengths of a diverse workforce is not only the right thing to do, it’s a strategic imperative for any successful firm or business, says Louise Pentland, executive vice president and chief business affairs and legal officer of PayPal.

  • Rethinking The Tech-First Approach To Law Firm Solutions

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    When a lawyer complains about some workflow inefficiency they are having, the knee-jerk reaction of many firms is to look for a technology-based workaround. This overlooks the importance of human psychology and behavior, which may be the root of the problem, says Ryan Steadman of Zero.

  • Top 10 Techniques For Crafting A Dazzling Brief

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    Legal writing often falls flat not because it’s unorganized, but because it’s technically unsound and riddled with gaffes that cheapen and degrade it. Avoiding the most common mistakes will keep judges interested and, most importantly, make them trust you, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Inside The New Anti-Money Laundering Guidance For Attys

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    The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force recently updated its global guidance for lawyers on how to detect and prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. The 2019 guidance bears structural similarities to the 2008 version, but contains several significant changes, says Kevin Shepherd of Venable.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Ballard Spahr Diversity Chief Virginia Essandoh

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    In the final installment of this monthly series, legal recruiting expert Carlos Pauling from Major Lindsey & Africa talks with Virginia Essandoh about the trends and challenges she sees as chief diversity officer at Ballard Spahr.

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