The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday approved a public reprimand for a judge who, during the 2020 election for Hendry County court judge, called several people he knew to tell them he was supporting the incumbent judge's opponent, a violation of the state's Code of Judicial Conduct.
Judges in Tennessee may not create nonfungible tokens of their likenesses that for-profit organizations could use to auction, even if a portion of the proceeds were donated to legal aid groups, a state judicial committee has determined.
The revelation that a Texas plaintiff lawyer made a faulty disclosure to an Iowa court on an out-of-state practice application has triggered a wave of withdrawals by her and other Dean Omar Branham Shirley LLP lawyers.
A Canadian company lost an opportunity to buy cryptocurrency worth nearly $33 million when two Pennsylvania attorneys allegedly ran a fraudulent scheme for nearly five months, according to a new federal civil suit filed Wednesday.
The New York Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would allow attorneys to practice in the state without keeping a physical office there and while living elsewhere, reflecting a paradigm shift in a profession that has largely gone remote due to the pandemic.
Democrats' long-running legal bid for testimony from ex-Trump White House counsel Don McGahn came to an end late Wednesday after the Jones Day partner agreed to testify "as soon as possible" in a closed session before the House Judiciary Committee about the former president's attempts to obstruct the Russia investigation.
A bummed-out California judge on Wednesday lambasted loquacious lawyers for handling the nation's second opioid crisis trial at a decidedly West Coast clip, declaring that they've been "wasting time" with irrelevant inquiries during four weeks of increasingly tedious testimony.
A Gibson Dunn partner with a lead role in pursuing financial information from Chevron foe Steven Donziger acknowledged during cross-examination Wednesday that the oil giant was willing to spend millions to pursue an $800,000 judgment and other relief against him.
Amazon has admitted it systematically "annihilated" all evidence over the first six years of a Texas federal court suit accusing the online retail giant of infringing networking patents, the tech companies suing it claimed Wednesday in a bid for sanctions.
A split New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a lower court must reevaluate an ex-Cape May County worker's state law whistleblower claim relating to the county's handling of Capehart & Scatchard PA's bid for a public contract, toppling an intermediate appeals court's order that would have sent the case directly to trial.
Italian energy company Eni SpA has pressed a Delaware federal judge to sanction a litigation funder for failing to comply with discovery orders related to an arbitration against Nigeria, claiming that the funder's misconduct has harmed the oil giant.
A massive price-fixing litigation against bankrupt tuna giant Bumble Bee has been stayed in California federal court, but the presiding judge said its lawyers can't quit the case because doing so subjects the company to default.
A now-defunct investment partnership urged an Illinois federal judge not to let two law firms escape civil racketeering claims it launched over their alleged roles in a fraudulent loan scheme, arguing the attorneys should be forced to answer for their conduct.
A D.C. federal judge opted Wednesday to admonish Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP and former firm partner Alex Oh in connection with the Exxon human rights case that appears to have led Oh to resign prematurely from her new post as enforcement head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
A Texas federal judge Tuesday chided Baylor University for "disproportionately" fixating on discovery in a Title IX suit challenging its response to sexual assault reports, saying it's "far past time" to move on from a yearslong document production battle and go to trial.
Attorneys for House Democrats and the Biden administration revealed late Tuesday that they've "reached an agreement in principle" in the nearly two-year legal showdown over lawmakers' bid to compel testimony from former Trump White House counsel Don McGahn about the former president's efforts to interfere with the Mueller probe.
A California federal judge on Tuesday granted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's bid to ax a suit Twitter lobbed against him over his investigation of the social media platform's content moderation practices, finding the case to be premature since no enforcement actions have been taken.
Walmart Inc. has asked the Fifth Circuit to resurrect its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice in which the retail giant sought a declaration that its prescription opioid sales are lawful, arguing that pre-enforcement review is a standard route for entities looking to clarify the scope of the law without waiting to be sued.
Kenyon & Kenyon LLP, a now-shuttered intellectual property law firm, can't recover $9.3 million in unpaid legal fees from a former client that invented a system for music and film downloads, a New York judge ruled Monday, saying the firm waited too long to seek its payday.
A National Labor Relations Board judge erupted at attorneys for Amazon and the worker the company is accused of firing for his role in protests against the company's COVID-19 safety policies, scolding them Tuesday for repeatedly asking pointless questions.
A Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner testified Tuesday in Chevron foe Steven Donziger's contempt trial that a court order mandating him to hand over his devices included privacy protections, despite Donziger's fears about delivering the entire body of his communications to the company.
Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP and founder Marc Kasowitz have asked a New York state judge to toss a suit accusing them of giving bad legal advice to a former Universal Music Group executive when they struck a $1.7 million sexual harassment settlement on his behalf, calling the claims "preposterous."
A Vermont federal judge said attorneys for a class of plaintiffs suing over perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, contamination should be paid the equivalent of a one-third contingency fee if Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. makes a direct settlement offer to property owners.
The Washington Football Team backed its former general counsel's bid to seal arguments made in Virginia federal court litigation over a sexual harassment probe into the team, noting that, as a nonparty, the team never had a chance to consider some key documents in question.
Alleged "copyright troll" Richard Liebowitz doesn't need to pay attorney fees for bringing an unsuccessful copyright lawsuit over stock images of spare ribs after a Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday found the request for fees to be "overly punitive."
A Massachusetts federal judge’s recent rebuke of the state Attorney General’s Office for refusing to respond to discovery requests in Alliance for Automotive Innovation v. Healey highlights six important considerations for attorneys who want to avoid the dreaded benchslap, say Alison Eggers and Dallin Wilson at Seyfarth.
Following the D.C. Circuit’s recent notice discouraging use of the font Garamond in legal briefs, Jason Steed at Kilpatrick looks at typeface requirements and preferences in appellate courts across the country, and how practitioners can score a few extra brief-writing points with typography.
As the legal industry continues to change in the post-pandemic world, law firms should adapt to client demands by constantly measuring and managing the profitability of their services, says Joseph Altonji at LawVision.
Recent rulings shed light on how courts and international arbitration tribunals decide if litigation funding materials are discoverable and reaffirm best practices that attorneys should follow when communicating with funders, say Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Michele Slachetka and Christian Plummer at Jenner & Block.
This year's law graduates and other young attorneys must recognize that the practice of law tests and rewards different skills and characteristics than law school, and that what makes a lawyer valuable changes over time, says Vernon Winters, retired partner at Sidley.
The COVID-19 crisis has allowed lawyers to hone remote advocacy strategies and effectively represent clients with minimal travel — abilities that have benefited working parents and should be utilized long after the pandemic is over, says Chelsea Loughran at Wolf Greenfield.
The well-intentioned efforts and salutary purposes of the legal industry's Mansfield Rule diversity metric are tainted by the Diversity Lab initiative's omission of veterans, who are underrepresented at large law firms and entitled to advantageous treatment based on more than 200 years of public policy, says Robert Redmond at McGuireWoods.
The shift to remote health care amid the pandemic highlights a host of legal issues, including cultural miscommunication risks and international credentialing considerations, say Brett Johnson and Claudia Stedman at Snell & Wilmer.
The next few years could be an opportune time for bankruptcy litigants to capitalize on the advantages of third-party financing as the obstacles to its use — including attorney ethics issues and prohibitions against champerty — seem to be clearing at a slow but steady pace, say Daniel Simon and Natalie Rowles at McDermott.
Multidisciplinary, industry-based groups at law firms allow for more holistic legal advice, lead to sustainable client relationships, and are likely to replace practice group monoliths at many firms, say Jennifer Simpson Carr at Furia Rubel, Timothy Corcoran at Corcoran Consulting and Mike Mellor at Pryor Cashman.
The proposed Inspector General Access Act that would allow the U.S. Department of Justice inspector general to investigate allegations of misconduct by DOJ attorneys would do little to increase accountability, and could undermine decades of practiced procedure at the Office of Professional Responsibility, says Steven Wasserman at the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys.
Minority attorneys are often underrepresented in conferences, media interviews and other law firm thought leadership campaigns, which affects their visibility with potential clients and their ability to advance at their firms, says John Hellerman at Hellerman Communications.
The current high demand for midlevel associates provides them a rare opportunity to potentially explore new practice areas, but associates should first ask themselves six questions to begin figuring out why a change sounds appealing, says Stephanie Biderman at Major Lindsey.
To truly support a client going through a complicated lawsuit or a painful experience, lawyers must think beyond interpreting legal guidelines and navigating court proceedings, says attorney Scott Corwin.
Due to the pandemic, the gap between law school and the first day on the job has never been wider, but law firms can leverage training to bridge that intimidating gap and convey the unique value of their culture in a virtual environment, say Melissa Schwind at Ward and Smith, and William Kenney and Jaron Luttich at Element Standard.