Legal Ethics

  • March 26, 2024

    Sedgwick Judge Rips Attys 'Playing Games' In Clawback Trial

    A California federal judge presiding over the Sedgwick LLP trustee's bid to claw back $1.1 million from two ex-partners overruled defense objections to Sedgwick's financial statements, asking, "How am I supposed to do this without numbers?" and telling counsel, "You're playing games with me on this, because I need to see numbers."

  • March 26, 2024

    Judge Declines 'Mini-Trial' Over Fees In 'Reply All' TM Suit

    A federal magistrate judge in Brooklyn has awarded nearly $1.1 million in legal fees to Spotify's Gimlet Media while calling out "the extensive finger-pointing and mutual accusations" from a software company and its lawyers over who owes fees after bringing a failed trademark suit targeting the "Reply All" podcast.

  • March 26, 2024

    Indicted Exec Wants Suit Tossed For Prosecutors' Misconduct

    A former healthcare CEO indicted on novel insider trading charges is trying once again to have the case tossed from California federal court, this time accusing prosecutors of improperly contacting a represented party in a separate but related civil case, weeks after a previous attempt to duck the charges failed.

  • March 26, 2024

    Law Firm Can't Ditch Class Cert. In Interest Rate Challenge

    A Michigan federal judge on Tuesday declined to decertify a class of debtors alleging a law firm charged unlawfully high post-judgment interest rates, saying the defendants were confused about what was needed to show standing.

  • March 26, 2024

    Texas AG Scores 'Huge Victory' With Securities Fraud Deal

    A deal announced Tuesday that ended Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's nearly decadelong securities fraud case is a significant win for the chief legal officer, who avoided a potentially messy trial in a case that experts told Law360 might have been weaker than prosecutors had hoped.

  • March 26, 2024

    Meta, Porn Stars Fight Over Fate Of OnlyFans Suit

    Meta traded barbs with adult entertainment performers about how to end a suit claiming the social media giant conspired with OnlyFans to boost the risqué platform over competitors, with the performers fighting to drop their California federal court allegations in a way that they could still be refiled.

  • March 26, 2024

    Boston To Pay $4.7M To Settle Suit Over Fatal Police Shooting

    The city of Boston said Tuesday that it has agreed to pay $4.7 million to settle a suit brought by the mother of a Black man fatally shot by police in 2016, ending a yearslong case that saw the city repeatedly draw the ire of the presiding judge due to discovery missteps.

  • March 26, 2024

    Trump Hit With Gag Order In NY Criminal Trial After Threats

    The New York judge overseeing Donald Trump's hush money case on Tuesday imposed a limited gag order on the former president, barring him from speaking publicly about jurors or witnesses and limiting what he can say about any attorneys in the case, prosecutors, court staff or their families.

  • March 26, 2024

    Men Let Off $114M Fraud Fight Feds Dismissal Pause

    A group of men who a Texas judge recently let off federal criminal charges of illegally manipulating stock prices has urged the court to reject prosecutors' attempt to pause dismissal of the case, arguing there is no justification for the move.

  • March 26, 2024

    Girardi Fraud Trial Moved To Aug. 6

    A California federal judge has agreed to postpone disgraced California plaintiffs attorney Tom Girardi's trial to Aug. 6, setting the proceedings to begin 16 months later than originally required at the outset of the case.

  • March 26, 2024

    Golf Pro Out Of Bounds In Atty Fee Stay Bid, 11th Circ. Told

    Media companies have urged the Eleventh Circuit to reject pro golfer Patrick Reed's bid to block their award of attorney fees after defeating the player's defamation suit alleging that journalists' criticism of his recruitment to the Saudi-backed LIV Tour hurt his health and career.

  • March 26, 2024

    NY Lawyer Disbarred As Result Of $1.2M Theft Conviction

    A New York appeals court on Tuesday disbarred former Gordon & Silber partner Arthur Cohen, who was sentenced to prison in October for siphoning about $1.2 million from the now-defunct law firm.

  • March 26, 2024

    Ex-CLO Must Arbitrate Firing Suit Against Gambling Co. GAN

    Online gaming and sports betting company GAN Ltd. has won its bid in California federal court to force its former chief legal officer into arbitration over claims in his wrongful firing complaint alleging his termination was motivated in part by his whistleblowing and objections to a hostile work environment.

  • March 26, 2024

    Fox Rothschild Wants Gag Order To Silence Atty's 'Bombast'

    Fox Rothschild LLP has doubled down on its request for a gag order against an attorney pursuing a malpractice suit against the firm over allegedly mishandled immigration work, telling a New Jersey federal court that the attorney's "bombast and recklessness needs to end."

  • March 26, 2024

    Ailing Health Co. Steward Owes Attys $600K, Firm Says

    A small Boston law firm that represented Steward Health Care System in a variety of cases says the beleaguered healthcare provider has strung it along with promises to pay fees that now total more than $600,000.

  • March 26, 2024

    Ex-DOJ Official Clark's Atty Discipline Hearing Begins In DC

    D.C. Bar authorities told a Washington, D.C., ethics panel on Tuesday that former U.S. Department of Justice official Jeffrey Clark attempted to leverage the DOJ to overturn the 2020 presidential election based on a lie, while Clark's attorney denounced the ethics charges against his client as "absurd."

  • March 26, 2024

    Wells Fargo Denies Liability Over Texas Atty's Fraud Scheme

    Arguing a San Antonio lawyer's widespread fraud scheme predated his relationship with the bank, Wells Fargo has asked a Texas federal judge to trim a suit launched by the attorney's former clients, who accused the bank of enabling the scheme that landed the attorney behind bars for 50 years.

  • March 26, 2024

    Paxton Cuts Deal To End Decadelong Securities Fraud Case

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has cut a deal with state prosecutors to end a securities fraud case against him that has stretched nearly a decade, attorneys told a Houston court Tuesday.

  • March 25, 2024

    J&J Exec 'Shocked' Over Atty's Ties With Talc Plaintiffs

    Johnson & Johnson's vice president of litigation said on Monday he was "utterly shocked and appalled" upon learning an attorney who served as the company's outside counsel was working with its adversary Beasley Allen Law Firm and one of its attorneys in litigation over the alleged link between the company's talcum powder products and ovarian cancer.

  • March 25, 2024

    Backstabbing 'Just How Law Firms Work': Sedgwick Judge

    A California federal judge told counsel during bench trial openings Monday that the Sedgwick LLP trustee's bid to claw back $1.1 million from two ex-partners isn't a "blame game," and "partners stab each other in the back every day and move on to the next one" — "it's just how law firms work."

  • March 25, 2024

    GOP Reps. Re-Up Demand For Biden Classified Docs Info

    Two top Republicans sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday threatening to possibly hold him in contempt of Congress if he doesn't answer their subpoena for materials related to the special counsel's investigation of President Joe Biden's handling of classified documents.

  • March 25, 2024

    Ill. Atty Fights To Keep Reinstatement Dispute In DC Court

    An Illinois attorney argued Monday that her lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Justice and its immigration component's refusal to reinstate her practice before federal immigration courts belongs in D.C. federal court, where the DOJ is based, not Virginia.

  • March 25, 2024

    Sunday Ticket Plaintiffs Rip NFL For 'Privileged' Name Games

    The plaintiffs in the antitrust class action against the NFL over its Sunday Ticket broadcast package have accused the league of hiding behind a front-office executive, with an inaccurate job title, to claim that vital documents were privileged and did not need to be disclosed.

  • March 25, 2024

    Atty Can Drop Alleged Schemer Who Didn't Pay For 2 Years

    A man accused of being the mastermind behind a $2 million cannabis crowdfunding scheme must find a new lawyer after stiffing his previous counsel for nearly two years, a Michigan federal judge said Monday.

  • March 25, 2024

    NC Judge Agrees To Suspension After Lying For Jailed Son

    A North Carolina judge has agreed to a 120-day suspension for a "pattern of problematic conduct" that included lying to a magistrate in an attempt to spring her son from jail and for closing a courtroom without permission, according to state Supreme Court order.

Expert Analysis

  • Murdaugh Trials Offer Law Firms Fraud Prevention Reminders

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    As the fraud case against Alex Murdaugh continues to play out, the evidence and narrative presented at his murder trial earlier this year may provide lessons for law firms on implementing robust internal controls that can detect and prevent similar kinds of fraud, say Travis Casner and Helga Zauner at Weaver and Tidwell.

  • Firm Tips For Helping New Lawyers Succeed Post-Pandemic

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    Ten steps can help firms significantly enhance the experience of attorneys who started their careers in the coronavirus pandemic era, including facilitating opportunities for cross-firm connection, which can ultimately help build momentum for business development, says Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners.

  • What To Know About Recent Trends In PTAB Sanctions

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    Hilary Gerzhoy at HWG discusses recent Patent Trial and Appeal Board trends in sanctioning and how to handle a discipline complaint from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the wake of the PTAB's recent cancellation of multiple biological specimen collection patents.

  • Tackling Judge-Shopping Concerns While Honoring Localism

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    As the debate continues over judge-shopping and case assignments in federal court, policymakers should look to a hybrid model that preserves the benefits of localism for those cases that warrant it, while preventing the appearance of judge-shopping for cases of a more national or widespread character, says Joshua Sohn at the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Perspectives

    How Attorneys Can Help Combat Anti-Asian Hate

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    Amid an exponential increase in violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, unique obstacles stand in the way of accountability and justice — but lawyers can effect powerful change by raising awareness, offering legal representation, advocating for victims’ rights and more, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • Opinion

    Congress Needs To Enact A Federal Anti-SLAPP Statute

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    Although many states have passed statutes meant to prevent individuals or entities from filing strategic lawsuits against public participation, other states have not, so it's time for Congress to enact a federal statute to ensure that free speech and petitioning rights are uniformly protected nationwide in federal court, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Some Client Speculations On AI And The Law Firm Biz Model

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    Generative artificial intelligence technologies will put pressure on the business of law as it is structured currently, but clients may end up with more price certainty for legal services, and lawyers may spend more time being lawyers, says Jonathan Cole at Melody Capital.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Approaching Digital Assets In Discovery

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    The booming growth of cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens has made digital assets relevant in many legal disputes but also poses several challenges for discovery, so lawyers must garner an understanding of the technology behind these assets, the way they function, and how they're held, says Brett Sager at Ehrenstein Sager.

  • Opinion

    High Court's Ethics Statement Places Justices Above The Law

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    The U.S. Supreme Court justices' disappointing statement on the court's ethics principles and practices reveals that not only are they satisfied with a status quo in which they are bound by fewer ethics rules than other federal judges, but also that they've twisted the few rules that do apply to them, says David Janovsky at the Project on Government Oversight.

  • Opinion

    Time For Law Schools To Rethink Unsung Role Of Adjuncts

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    As law schools prepare for the fall 2023 semester, administrators should reevaluate the role of the underappreciated, indispensable adjunct, and consider 16 concrete actions to improve the adjuncts' teaching experience, overall happiness and feeling of belonging, say T. Markus Funk at Perkins Coie, Andrew Boutros at Dechert and Eugene Volokh at UCLA.

  • Tips For In-House Legal Leaders In A Challenging Economy

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    Amid today's economic and geopolitical uncertainty, in-house legal teams are running lean and facing increased scrutiny and unique issues, but can step up and find innovative ways to manage outcomes and capitalize on good business opportunities, says Tim Parilla at LinkSquares.

  • How Cognizant Bribery Case Could Shape DOJ Investigations

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    A case playing out in New Jersey federal court – U.S. v. Coburn, involving bribery charges against former Cognizant executives – will examine when a company’s cooperation becomes an outsourced investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, and could potentially limit the government’s use of certain evidence, says Sara Kropf at Kropf Moseley.

  • SEC May Be Regulating By Enforcement With Atty Actions

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent high-profile actions against Covington and Frost & Miller show the agency is taking "regulation by enforcement" to a new arena — attorney misconduct — despite having a never-used rule on the books at its disposal, say attorneys at Tarter Krinsky.

  • What Associates Need To Know Before Switching Law Firms

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    The days of staying at the same firm for the duration of one's career are mostly a thing of the past as lateral moves by lawyers are commonplace, but there are several obstacles that associates should consider before making a move, say attorneys at HWG.

  • A Case For Sharing Mediation Statements With Counterparties

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    In light of a potential growing mediation trend of only submitting statements to the mediator, litigants should think critically about the pros and cons of exchanging statements with opposing parties as it could boost the chances of reaching a settlement, says Arthur Eidelhoch at Eidelhoch Mediation.

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