Legal Ethics

  • February 09, 2024

    Conn. Justices Asked To Rule On McCarter Damages Dispute

    A Connecticut federal judge has granted McCarter & English LLP more than $680,000 in prejudgment interest after the firm's victory on claims a former client refused to pay legal fees in an underlying suit.

  • February 09, 2024

    Burford Can't Sub For Sysco In Pork, Beef Price-Fixing Suits

    Legal investment firm Burford Capital cannot substitute for Sysco in sprawling price-fixing lawsuits against pork and beef producers because doing so would extend the litigation just so Burford can maximize its return on investment, a Minnesota federal judge ruled Friday.

  • February 09, 2024

    NJ Courts Reject Liability In Ex-Judge's Harassment Suit

    The New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts asked a state court to remove it as a defendant from a municipal court administrator's sexual harassment suit against a former municipal judge, saying the parties were not employees of the AOC.

  • February 09, 2024

    NC Court Won't Halt Immigration Atty's Disbarment

    The North Carolina Court of Appeals has declined to halt the disbarment of an immigration attorney accused of misusing client funds, over the lawyer's objections that he's licensed by the New York bar and therefore can't be disciplined by Tar Heel State watchdogs.

  • February 09, 2024

    NJ Attorney Gets 3-Month Suspension For Misleading Ads

    A New Jersey-based attorney was hit with a three-month suspension by the Supreme Court of New Jersey's Disciplinary Review Board after it found that he engaged in improper advertising by directly mailing potential clients solicitation letters featuring inaccurate and missing information.

  • February 09, 2024

    Inquiry Of Georgia DA No 'Witch Hunt,' State Committee Says

    The chairman of a Georgia Senate special committee investigating the district attorney overseeing the election interference case against former President Donald Trump said during the committee's first meeting Friday that the investigation would be a "quest for the truth," not a "political witch hunt."

  • February 09, 2024

    NY Panel Rejects NYCLU Demand For Memos To State Judges

    A New York state appellate court said the state's court system is not bound to comply with a request by the New York Civil Liberties Union to disclose internal documents interpreting federal and state law that were sent to judges over the course of more than a decade.

  • February 09, 2024

    Workday Bias Case Should Stay In Calif., Md.-Based Atty Says

    A Black senior counsel at Workday urged a California federal court to keep alive his race and disability discrimination suit against the human resources services company and a deputy general counsel, saying his claims under California law are valid despite his living in Maryland.

  • February 09, 2024

    Feds Seek Over 5 Years For NYC Atty In $18.8M Ponzi Scheme

    Federal prosecutors are seeking 5¼ to 6½ years in prison for a New York City attorney who admitted to running an $18.8 million Ponzi scheme that defrauded real estate investors, in addition to separately laundering funds from an expansive insurance fraud scheme.

  • February 09, 2024

    Off The Bench: NCAA NIL Rule Lives; Dartmouth Players Win

    In this week's Off The Bench, a Tennessee judge sends mixed signals to the NCAA in the fight over its NIL recruiting ban, Dartmouth's basketball players tally a win for college athletes' unionization efforts, and DraftKings tries to stop rival Fanatics from benefiting from a former executive who switched sides. If you were on the sidelines over the past week, Law360 is here to clue you in on the biggest sports and betting stories that had our readers talking.

  • February 08, 2024

    Dechert Pushes To Deep-Six Hacking Cover-Up Suit

    Dechert LLP, its former white collar practice leader and others on Thursday urged a New York federal judge to find that alleged concealment of a hacking campaign to discredit a critic of a firm client isn't enough to support a civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act case.

  • February 08, 2024

    Ga. Judicial Watchdog Wants Probate Judge Ousted

    The long-running trial of a Georgia probate judge accused of violating the state's Code of Judicial Conduct on social media and jailing a woman seeking to amend her marriage record wrapped Thursday, with the head of the state's judicial watchdog arguing she should be removed from the bench.

  • February 08, 2024

    Disbarred Ex-DA Not Immune In False Felony Suit, Rival Says

    A former Colorado district attorney has urged a federal judge to keep alive his case accusing his disbarred successor and political rival of falsely charging him with felony embezzlement, while dropping some claims, arguing that absolute prosecutorial immunity or qualified immunity should not apply.

  • February 08, 2024

    Baltimore Judge To Face Hearing Over Claims He Groped Atty

    A Baltimore city district court judge is set to face a judicial ethics hearing in May over allegations that he repeatedly touched a lawyer without her consent following a bar association event, while he apologized for making the woman uncomfortable and said he genuinely thought she had been flirting with him.

  • February 08, 2024

    Judge Newman Says She's Been Cut From Judicial Listserv

    The day after a national panel that reviews judicial misconduct affirmed Federal Circuit Judge Pauline Newman's suspension for refusing to undergo medical tests as part of a probe into her mental fitness, the judge complained Thursday that she had been taken off an email list that goes to all judges.

  • February 08, 2024

    Trustee Balks At Retroactive Atty Hire In Infowars Ch. 11 Case

    The Office of the U.S. Trustee opposed a retroactive retention of a law firm for the bankruptcy trustee in the Chapter 11 case of Alex Jones' Infowars radio show production company, saying there is no justification for failing to file a retention application for more than a year.

  • February 08, 2024

    1st Amendment Limited In Court, Prosecutor Tells 6th Circ.

    The First Amendment "is not without limit in a courtroom setting," says a Michigan county prosecutor who is trying to convince the Sixth Circuit not to disturb a ruling that upholds the state's prohibition on recording livestreaming court proceedings.

  • February 08, 2024

    CFPB Takes Restitution Discount To End Mortgage Relief Case

    After a decade of litigation with four bankruptcy attorneys who ran a mortgage relief scam, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday agreed to end an appeal for $12 million in penalties, or about one-fifth of an initial judgment in the case.

  • February 08, 2024

    Investor Denies Making Yacht Buy To Hide Truth Social Gains

    A Florida venture capitalist on Thursday denied laundering insider-trading proceeds via the purchase of a $14.7 million yacht, after prosecutors alleged in Manhattan federal court that he illegally profited from a secret plan to take Donald Trump's Truth Social company public.

  • February 08, 2024

    Atty In 'The Saudi Sun' Case Seeks Jury Trial Over Sanctions

    A Seattle attorney accused of creating a fake newspaper called The Saudi Sun and filing it as a court exhibit is pushing back against a $268,000 sanction order, arguing to the Ninth Circuit that he should have a jury trial first.

  • February 08, 2024

    Live Nation Worker Can Fight $5.5M Disputed Atty Fee

    A New York appeals court on Thursday sustained a breach of contract counterclaim in a suit over $5.5 million in attorney fees against Morelli Law Firm PLLC stemming from a Live Nation event worker's historic $20 million personal injury award.

  • February 08, 2024

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Must Revamp Social Media Defamation Suit

    The social media influencer facing a $150 million defamation lawsuit claiming he misrepresented an ex-Greenberg Traurig LLP attorney's nightmarish divorce can breathe a sigh of relief — for now — as a Florida federal judge tossed the suit Thursday after finding it is "far longer than it needs be," but said most of it can proceed if refiled properly.

  • February 08, 2024

    Doctor In NBA Fraud Case Can Ditch Atty Over Plea Squabble

    A Seattle physician accused of taking part in a healthcare fraud scheme orchestrated by former NBA players may drop his court-appointed attorney and represent himself in the New York criminal trial, a federal judge in Manhattan ordered, approving the move after the doctor claimed the lawyer refused to withdraw his guilty plea.

  • February 08, 2024

    Ex-Schnader Harrison Atty Alleges Firm Mishandled Funds

    A former partner of now-shuttered Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP has accused the firm of mismanaging funds deducted from employee pay by failing to deposit them into a retirement plan, according to a putative class action in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • February 08, 2024

    Ex-NJ Judge Suspended From Law Practice Over Groping

    The New Jersey Supreme Court handed down a one-year suspension from practicing law to a former North Bergen municipal court judge who was previously permanently barred from being a judge for groping a woman and being dishonest about the incident in the judicial ethics case against him.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Ways Firms Can Rethink Office Design In A Hybrid World

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    As workplaces across the country adapt to flexible work, law firms must prioritize individuality, amenities and technology in office design, says Kristin Cerutti at Nelson Worldwide.

  • A Midyear Look At How AI Is Affecting Lawyers

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    The past six months have been a notable period for advancements in artificial intelligence and generative AI, and as we head into the second half of the year, we must review the implications that AI has for the legal industry, including how lawyers will be advising clients on use of AI technology, says Natasha Allen at Foley & Lardner.

  • Opinion

    Bar Score Is Best Hiring Metric Post-Affirmative Action

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    After the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling striking down affirmative action admissions policies, law firms looking to foster diversity in hiring should view an applicant's Multistate Bar Examination score as the best metric of legal ability — over law school name or GPA, says attorney Alice Griffin.

  • New Health Data Compliance Considerations For Pa. Lawyers

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    Given the regularity with which attorneys handle private health information, it is important for Pennsylvania firms to understand recent significant amendments to the state's data breach law, which address information not currently covered by federal law, says Mark Mattioli at Post & Schell.

  • Ghosting In BigLaw: How To Come Back From Lack Of Feedback

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    Junior associates can feel powerless when senior colleagues cut off contact instead of providing useful feedback, but young attorneys can get back on track by focusing on practical professional development and reexamining their career priorities, says Rachel Patterson at Orrick.

  • Steps To Success For Senior Associates

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    Adriana Paris at Rissman Barrett discusses the increased responsibilities and opportunities that becoming a senior associate brings and what attorneys in this role should prioritize to flourish in this stressful but rewarding next level in their careers.

  • Legal Profession Must Do More For Lawyers With Disabilities

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    At the start of Disability Pride month, Rosalyn Richter at Arnold & Porter looks at why lawyers with disabilities are significantly underrepresented in private practice, asserting that law firms and other employers must do more to conquer the implicit bias that deters attorneys from seeking accommodations.

  • Opinion

    Appellate Funding Disclosure: No Mandate Is Right Choice

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    The Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules' recent decision, forgoing a mandatory disclosure rule for litigation funding in federal appeals, is prudent, as third-party funding is only involved in a minuscule number of federal cases, and courts have ample authority to obtain funding information if necessary, says Stewart Ackerly at Statera Capital.

  • Case Law Is Mixed On D&O Coverage For Gov't Investigations

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    As the Fourth Circuit’s recent decision in Brown Goldstein v. Federal Insurance Co. demonstrates, federal appeals courts take different approaches to determine whether government investigations are covered by directors and officers liability insurance, so companies and individuals must review their policy language, say Chloe Law, Jan Larson and Caroline Meneau at Jenner & Block.

  • How Attys Can Avoid Exposing Their Firms To Cyberattacks

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    Attorneys are the weakest link in their firms' cyberdefenses because hackers often exploit the gap between individuals’ work and personal cybersecurity habits, but there are some steps lawyers can take to reduce the risks they create for their employers, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy & Protection.

  • Virginia 'Rocket Docket' Slowdown Is Likely A Blip

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    After being the fastest or second-fastest federal civil trial court for 14 straight years, the Eastern District of Virginia has slid to 18th place, but the rocket docket’s statistical tumble doesn't mean the district no longer maintains a speedy civil docket, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • Indemnification In Exec Separation Deals: Read The Fine Print

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    The Delaware Chancery Court’s recent decision denying the former CEO of space infrastructure company Momentus the advancement of legal fees highlights the importance of considering post-employment indemnification and advancement rights in executive separation agreements, says Daniel Morgan at Blank Rome.

  • 5 Management Tips To Keep Law Firm Merger Talks Moving

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    Many law firm mergers that make solid business sense still fall apart due to the costs and frustrations of inefficient negotiations, but firm managers can increase the chance of success by effectively planning and executing merger discussions, say Lisa Smith and Kristin Stark at Fairfax Associates.

  • Rethinking In-Office Attendance For Associate Retention

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    The hybrid office attendance model doesn't work for all employees, but it does for many — and balancing these two groups is important for associate retention and maintaining a BigLaw firm culture that supports all attorneys, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • The Crucial Privilege Exception At Play In Trump Indictment

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    Following Donald Trump’s recent indictment for retaining classified documents, Hilary Gerzhoy at HWG explains how his attorney’s notes of their conversations became admissible in the case, what it means for the attorney's representation of Trump, and what obligations lawyers have in similar circumstances.

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